Picture above: After Johnny Bayi’s win at Woodbine, owner David Clancy (second from left) with his fiancé Suzanne Ellis (left) owner Tony Burgess (right) and his wife Josephine O’Brien.
A track and field athlete with an affinity for finding ways to beat the house drew David Clancy to the racetrack as a teenager growing up in Toronto’s northwest region of Etobicoke.
As an avid track and field runner David gravitated towards anything that involved a race. The lure of horses racing coupled with the concept of having statistics to determine possible outcomes brought him pleasure. During his high school days David would sneak off to the track on the weekends where he’d educate himself on ways to beat the house and make money handicapping runners.
Ultimately life took him down a path away from the racetrack and it wasn’t until 2005 that the now successful accountant had his horseracing passion rekindled. David partnered to purchase an Irish pub in Burlington, Ontario which was home to an off-track betting parlour. Around about that time a client introduced him to thoroughbred trainer Steve Attard. Breeder Sue Foreman sold and partnered with David on his first yearling, subsequently named, Keino West, after the Kenyan track miler Kip Keino, a gold medalist at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics.
Trained by Steve Attard, Keino West, racing under David’s Track West Racing Inc. (his stable is named after his high school track club) and Susan Foreman, broke his maiden at the end of his two-year-old season.
As a three-year-old Keino West provided David with the ultimate thrill of horse ownership by competing in the 2009 Canadian triple crown series. The talented son of the stallion Kissin Kris out of the mare Vanetta Hill (by stallion Crown Attorney) finished a game 6th in the Queen’s Plate, 4th in the Prince of Wales, and 5th in the Breeders’ Stakes.
After purchasing a farm near Tottenham, David considers his involvement in the industry as more of a breeder now, racing only those horses that he breeds that don’t sell.
With a band of a dozen thoroughbred mares, half owned in partnerships, David explains that sometimes before a sale a horse may get sore or something minor happens which causes them to be overlooked by buyers. It is these horses that provide David with the opportunity to form racing partnerships and introduce new people and share the excitement of racehorse ownership.
David’s most recent homebred competing at Woodbine is Johnny Bayi (named after the middle-distance runners John Walker and Filbert Bayi). The now 4 year old gelding by the stallion Bodemeister out of the mare Dancethewayyouare won his first career race on November 10, 2018, at Woodbine in his 10th start under trainer Danny Vella with jockey Rafael Hernandez. Johnny Bayi is owned by David’s Track West Racing Inc. in partnership with first time owners Dave Noel, Tony Ditchburn and Phil Giansante and longtime owners Donald Whalen and Tony Burgess.