Horse Racing in Toronto


Goldlure was a chestnut, male Thoroughbred racehorse born in 1934. He was owned and bred by Harry Hatch and trained by William Bringloe.[1] His sire was Sweepster and his dam was Golden Lure.[2]

At Two-Years-Old

As a two-year-old, he broke the track record for four furlongs on opening day at Old Woodbine covering the distance in 47 seconds.[3] He was the favourite in the Clarendon Plate, a race restricted to Canadian-bred two-year-olds, but finished second behind Erindale Stables’ Golden Silence at Thorncliffe Park.[4] He was also the favourite in the second running of the Coronation Stakes, yet finished a disappointing fifth, while Pagan King went on to win.[5]

At Three-Years-Old


In his three-year-old campaign, he was victorious in the King’s Plate. He was the pick of Doug Eppes, the Globe and Mail columnist of "Hoof Beats" a regular column that covered horseracing, who stated that “Goldlure! That’s the colt that I believe will win. … His record as a 2-year-old stands up with any of his rivals. He has an abundance of early foot and let’s hope … that he has staying power to back up his speed. I think he has”.[6]

He was ridden to victory by Sterling Young, who commented in the Globe and Mail that "when the half-mile pole was reached I reached back and hit Goldlure just once … He passed the McLaughlin horse like he was standing still-from then on I knew Goldlure would be the winner of this year’s Plate”[7]

It is significant to note that this was a back-to-back victory in the King’s Plate for a Hatch-bred horse, as Monsweep won the 1936 plate. Both Monsweep and Goldlure were sired by Sweepster.[8]

On July 4, 1937, in Winnipeg, he went gate to wire to win by a neck in the mile and a quarter race.[9]

At Four-Years-Old

Goldlure finished third in the Glandford Plate Handicap in May after being unable to hold the lead in the turn and was defeated by Donosiris, who finished first, and Worthy Duke.[10] Goldlure was also defeated in the Orpen Memorial Handicap in June, when he was defeated by Donosiris again, but by a very narrow margin.[11] Also, in the race was Bunty Lawless who finished a disappointing fifth.[12]


On June 26 at Polo Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Goldlure won the Western Handicap, running “the mile and seventy yards in 1:43 3-5, two-fifths slower than the track record”.[13] He was the first horse to win the race that had not been owned by a prairie resident.[14]
Over his racing career, Goldlure earned $13,340, winning 7 out of his 27 starts, while placing in the money 10 other times.[15]
[1] Douglas Eppes, “Hoof Beats,” The Globe and Mail, April 10, 1937, page 21 and May 24, 1937, page 23.
[2] Douglas Eppes, “Hoof Beats,” The Globe and Mail, April 10, 1937, page 21.
[3] Ibid.
[4] “Juvenile Feature To Golden Silence,” The Globe, September 17, 1936, page 7.
[5] “At Woodbine Today,” The Globe, September 26, 1936, page 7 and “Autumn Handicap to Jack Patches,” The Globe, September 26, 1936, page 7.
[6] Douglas Eppes, “Hoof Beats,” The Globe and Mail, May 24, 1937, page 23.
[7] Sterling Young, “How I Won,” The Globe and Mail, May 24, 1937, page 21.
[8] Douglas Eppes, “Hoof Beats,” The Globe and Mail, May 24, 1937, page 23.
[9] "Goldlure Captures Manitoba Derby in Close Finish," The Globe and Mail, July 5, 1937, page 19.
[10] “Parkwood Silks in Double Victory at Woodbine,” The Globe and Mail, May 24, 1938, page 23.
[11] Douglas Eppes, “Hoof Beats,” The Globe and Mail, June 13, 1938, page 20.
[12] Ibid.
[13] “Goldlure Captures Western Handicap,” The Globe and Mail, June 27, 1938, page 16.
[14] Ibid.
[15] “Goldlure,” Equibase, accessed March 7, 2019. URL:

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