Julia Ferreira is a 17-year-old Thoroughbred racing fan and enthusiast from Ontario, Canada. She enjoys attending the races at Woodbine, as well as taking photographs at the track just for fun. She's also an equestrian and plans on going to Olds College next year for the exercise rider/jockey program. Get to know her in the Q&A below.
Name: Julia Ferreira
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
My introduction to horse racing: I introduced myself to racing, I started watching the weekend races back in 2010 on TV back when they aired Woodbine’s weekend races on a channel called The Score. A beautiful gray stallion named Musketier got me really into the sport, as well as the rest of Roger Attfield’s trainees. It wasn’t until Woodbine Mile day in 2013 that I actually got to visit Woodbine, and it was unforgettable. My favorite at the time, Forte Dei Marmi, won the Northern Dancer [Turf] Stakes, and Wise Dan won his second Woodbine Mile right after.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: Rotate, because it allows more fans the chance to see the best of the best in Thoroughbred racing.
My three favorite racetracks, in order: I’ve only been to Woodbine, and the turf track (my favorite surface) is the outside track, so that would have to be my first choice. Ascot looks beautiful, so I would rank that second; and Keeneland third because of their Fall Stars series.
Most memorable racing experience I’ve had: Woodbine Mile day 2013, when I met a man named Tom Cosgrove and he hooked me up with Forte Dei Marmi and his connections for a visit the following year.
Favorite place at the racetrack to watch a race: Right on the rail.
My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Let Woodbine host the Breeders' Cup again.
Most influential person in my career: Roger Attfield
When I was 6, I wanted to be: Veterinarian or surgeon
Other sports/teams I follow: Portugal’s international soccer team
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: The Big Ben Challenge at The Royal
My heroes: P!nk, Roger Attfield
A pet peeve: Slow walkers (especially at the racetrack!)
What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: “Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, the Family, the Legend” and an instructional book about being a Thoroughbred racehorse groom.
Favorite magazines: Canadian Thoroughbred
Gadget I cannot live without: My phone and my Nikon camera.
Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Horseback riding
Favorite movies: “Ruffian,” “Phar Lap”
Favorite TV shows I watch: “Bondi Ink,” “Ink Master,” “The Walking Dead”
Favorite foods: Cheesecake
If I could be a guest on any TV talk show it would be: Ellen DeGeneres
Top five websites I visit daily: Instagram, Facebook, and any articles I find interesting that are posted through Facebook
Favorite musician/band: P!nk
Favorite actor/actress: P!nk
Favorite artist: Leonid Afremov and myself — I do custom digital portraits of people’s horses, as well as traditional art. (Below is a digital portrait I did, and further down some recent paintings)
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people in racing: Roger Attfield, Musketier (horse), Ramon Dominguez
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: P!nk, Adam Lambert
Favorite quote or motto: The quote from the movie “Dreamer”: “You are a great champion. When you ran the ground shook, the sky opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you’ll meet me in the winner’s circle, where I’ll put a blanket of flowers on your back.”
Things I collect: Woodbine programs, anything P!nk
Favorite charities: Old Friends
What living person do you most admire: P!nk
No. 1 Bucket-List Item: Become a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer and win a classic race.
Country you’ve never been to but desire to visit: Dubai
Favorite month of the year: March
Which is better, Thanksgiving or Christmas: Christmas
What apps are on your phone: Too many to list, but: photo editing apps, drawing apps, social media apps, iHorse Racing 2, Equibase, and Horse Races Now.
If you could pick walk-up music that would play whenever your horse(s) entered a winner’s circle after a win, what song would you pick: “Get the Party Started,” by P!nk, “We Are the Champions,” by Queen