Justin Stein began his racing career in his native British Columbia in 2004, recording his first career win on August 28 at Hastings Park, and by the following year had become the track’s leading rider with 148 wins.
Stein moved to Woodbine full-time in 2006 and finished his first season in Ontario with 109 wins, good for fourth in the jockey standings.
In 2012, Stein won the Queen’s Plate with “Strait of Dover.”
Three years later, he won the Woodbine Oaks with a 66-1 shot “Academic,” who went on to defeat males with Stein aboard in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park and the Grade 3 B.C. Derby at Hastings.
The 41-year-old Stein retired from the saddle in 2016, moving back to his home province to raise goats and live far away from the racetrack and the city.
He returned to race-riding at Woodbine in the spring of 2019 and has prospered, winning his first Grade 1 with “Starship Jubilee” in the last year’s Woodbine Mile while finishing atop the Woodbine jockey standings in earnings and second in races won.