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Voodoos President winner on the ice and on the racetrack

'I actually had a hard time breathing it’s just the adrenaline rush is unbelievable'
Jim Bruce (far left) and his son Graeme with Arthur's Pass and jockey Allan Garcia after their big victory Sunday. Photo courtesy Twitter.

Voodoos President Jim Bruce was thrilled last spring to hoist the Copeland Cup when the Powassan Voodoos captured their first ever NOJHL title.  

But the North Bay businessman who runs 11-17 Food Services locally, as well as La Huerta Imports Inc., experienced even a better victory rush on Sunday.  

That’s because on that day he watched the six-year-old gelding he purchased only five weeks earlier capture first place in the Grey race at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Sunday, October 1st.  

His speedy new acquisition named Arthur’s Pass came through in his debut coming from behind and brought home with him the $50,000 purse.  

“It was such a rush,” stated Bruce, who owns the horse with his son Graeme, who is also a part-owner of the Voodoos.  

“I actually had a hard time breathing it’s just the adrenaline rush is unbelievable. The winning feelings were similar but it was a minute in a half and you are glued to watch where my horse was going to finish.”

Bruce credits jockey Alan Garcia and trainer Donald MacRae for getting the horse prepared in such a short time.