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By Lindsay Ward 11 Dec, 2017


The Alberta Thoroughbred community has lost a valued member with the passing of Lynn Chouinard on December 7 at the age of 75. Mr. Chouinard was an influential breeder, owner and builder in the industry for the past thirty years through his racing and breeding farm, Bar None Ranches. Mr. Chouinard and his family built Bar None Ranches into a world class facility which has bred and raced numerous stakes winners and champions including such familiar names as Code Name Fred, Silver Baubles, Fuhr Ore and Gone in a Flash. Bar None Ranches has received many awards over the years as a leading Alberta breeder and owner with its runners earning over $8.6 Million since the year 2000. Mr. Chouinard received the prestigious Ken Cohoe Trophy for Horseperson of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the industry.  

After a cancer diagnosis twelve year ago, Mr. Chouinard defied the odds with his confident spirit and determination, telling Jonathan Huntington of the Edmonton Sun in 2006 that “You just stay positive and live a day at a time.” His willpower saw him through to the end of this racing season and the inaugural Century Downs Meet. Mr. Chouinard braved the snowy conditions and visited Century Downs in person on the last weekend of the season to cheer on his own Bar None horse, Surging Star, to a win. Another Bar None owned and raised horse, Remarkable Vintage, also earned the title of leading Alberta bred for the entire Century Downs meet. It was a great way to close the season for Mr. Chouinard who told Horse Racing Alberta in a 2006 interview that, “I would like to be remembered as someone who made racing very, very competitive.”

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church (338 Ave and 32 Street East, Okotoks, AB) on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be a private family event. Donations in memory of Lynn may be made to Charitable Foundation of the Family (130, 4019-8th St SE Calgary, T2G 3A5, 403-278-0249. www.familycharity.ca ) The Foundation is a charity Lynn cared a great deal about which supports those less fortunate in the area he lived and worked in. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Lynn's family through www.evanjstrong.com . Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. 403-265-1199.

Click here to read the obituary for Lynn Chouinard

By Lindsay Ward 05 Dec, 2017

Amber-Lynn Jacobson of Running Fawcett Thoroughbred is a busy thoroughbred breeder and trainer as well as a familiar name at the Alberta Thoroughbred Sales. She was the top consignor by average this year and sold the highest priced yearling with a $45,000 Point of Entry filly. One of her all-time favourite horses, however, is a six-year-old full brother to multiple stakes winner Canaveral Leader named Runmommasboyrun (Runrun).

Consigned through the 2012 CTHS Alberta Yearling sale, Runrun was the very first horse Jacobson ever bred and “when he sold, it was bittersweet but from that day,” she said. “I told (buyer) Crystal Cates, manager of Riversedge, that I wanted to have first right of refusal to buy him when he was done racing.”
  Read entire article >> OTTB: RUNRUN THE RANCHER  (First published in Canadian Thoroughbred on Sirebook 2018)

By Lindsay Ward 05 Dec, 2017
The 2017 Stallion bonus will be paid proportionately to Stallion owners whose Stallions have eligible Alberta Thoroughbred progeny with earnings of $10,000 or greater during the calendar year. Stallions must have stood in the Province of Alberta for the entire calendar year of conception for each year's crop to be eligible.
By Lindsay Ward 05 Dec, 2017

Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Calgary Area:

This fall was an exciting time for Thoroughbred fans as ‘A’ Track racing made a successful return to the Calgary area on September 23, 2017. This date marked the first time in nine years that ‘A’ track live Thoroughbred racing has taken place in southern Alberta since Stampede Park ran its last race on June 15, 2008. 

 In 2016, the Alberta government signed a new ten year contract with Horse Racing Alberta. This long term deal brought the Thoroughbreds back to the south end of the province this season in a partnership with Century Casinos. Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Joe Ceci, was in attendance at Century Downs on the final weekend of racing and emphasized that the partnership with Horse Racing Alberta will give the entire horse racing industry renewed stability and confidence to develop future plans, “the return of thoroughbred race horses to Century Downs is an important signal that the industry is thriving.”

Read more >> Inaugural Century Downs Meet

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