01/16/2016 10:37AM

Owner, Woodbine Mile sponsor Atto dies at 70


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – John Atto, whose insurance company sponsored the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile during the early years of the $1 million race, died last Tuesday at age 70.

Atto was an avid owner. His best horse was Parose, who won the Grade 3 Durham Cup and the Grade 3 Woodbine Slots Cup in the early 2000s.

A chapel service will be held at Bay Gardens Funeral Home at 947 Rymal Road East in Hamilton, Ontario, at 1 p.m. Eastern on Monday. Visitation will be there Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.