Ed Odeven Reporting

By Ed Odeven

TOKO (March 4, 2020) — Shawn Kennedy, employed as the racing chaplain for Ontario Thoroughbred Racing, has a specialized job. It requires empathy, dedication, the ability to connect with people and a commitment to prayer and providing counsel on a wide range of matters.

Kennedy has worked at Woodbine Racetrack since 2004, serving the community with distinction.

In September 2016, the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club honored him with an Award of Merit for lifetime service to the thoroughbred racing industry. That same month, Canadian Thoroughbred magazine published a feature about Kennedy, highlighting his work and the deep ties he’s forged with folks within the community.

“He has walked more miles on Woodbine’s shedrows than most hotwalkers,” Canadian Thoroughbred reported. “His finger is on the pulse of the entire backstretch. Each day he makes the rounds of Woodbine’s barns talking to an aging population of workers, and trainers…

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