250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada - Media Release

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 28 Feb, 2017

Press Release from Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

February 2th, 2017 Press Release from the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame!

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is partnering with the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, and Standardbred Canada to create a series of celebrations of this spectacular milestone throughout 2017.

'Today we announce the launch of the ‘250 miles for 250 years’ initiative and 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada funding campaign. Racetracks, training centres, agricultural societies, communities, farms and fans are invited to take part in honouring Canada’s racing history by hosting a commemorative mile.'

Read the press release for further details
By Lindsay Ward 20 Sep, 2017
The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (H.B.P.A), Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Alberta Division (C.T.H.S. AB), Century Downs and Horse Racing Alberta ( H.R.A.) are pleased to announce an amendment to the inaugural stakes schedule at Century Downs. The C.T.H.S Three and Four Year Old Sales Stakes for both Colts & Geldings and Fillies & Mares will now be run on Sunday October 8, 2017.

More importantly, we are pleased to announce the creation of an additional stakes race of a mile and a 16th to be held on October 22, 2017 carrying a purse of $50,000 added for Fillies and Mares Three and up.

 A further announcement will be made in the near future regarding additional sponsorship to the Century Downs stakes schedule and will ensure the success of this inaugural race meet.
By Lindsay Ward 20 Sep, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2017 HRA Thoroughbred Breed Improvement Program - Alberta Bred Owner’s Bonus

The HBPA of Alberta and the CTHS (Alberta Division), along with HRA are pleased to announce an allocation of an additional $160,000 funding to the Alberta Bred Owner’s Bonus Pool of the Thoroughbred BIP for 2017.

  • This additional funding is necessitated by the greater success of Alberta-breds competing in open company which is a key objective of the program.
  • The additional funding comes from contributions from the HBPA and CTHS as well as a reallocation of existing funds within the program.
  • In order to balance the budget that remains, the payout rate of the bonus will be adjusted from 37% to 30% for the remainder of 2017, effective immediately.

Any questions can be directed to:


Darrell Bauder

Executive Director, HBPA of Alberta

403-875-1956


Jean Kruse

Manager, CTHS (Alberta Division)

403-229-3609

By Lindsay Ward 29 Aug, 2017

Congratulations to all the connections of the AB bred runners in the $50,000 Two Year Old Sales Stakes held at Northlands Park Saturday, August 12th.

AB bred REGAL MAX by Max Forever, bred by Stone Ranchers Ltd was victorious in the Colts & Geldings division for owners Almac Racing Stable and Kerredge Farm. Second place finisher was AB bred STRIPLING WARRIOR by Alydeed, bred by Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds Ltd & Laura-Jane Harvey and owned by Rollingson Racing Stable. Th ird place went to AB bred CHISUM G by Storm Military, bred by John Galatiuk for owner Lori Going. All six entries were Alberta breds.

In the Filly Division, the runner-up finisher was AB bred BITTERS by Old Fashioned. This filly is owned and bred by Red Ron Farms and Stone Ranches Ltd. Third place finisher went to AB bred BIG RIVER by Big Lightning, bred by Pierre Esquirol for owner Alivia Gogush.

By Lindsay Ward 10 Aug, 2017

The 2017 Sale promises to offer an exciting opportunity to choose your next racing star from among 114 quality Thoroughbred yearlings!

 4 BC breds, 1 California bred, 9 Kentucky breds, 2 Manitoba breds, 1 Oklahoma bred and 97 Alberta bred yearlings will be available for your consideration on September 17th. 

A wide variety of sire are represented including Alberta based sires such as Big Lightning, Boadini, Cape Canaveral, Charming Assassin, Double Honor, Gottcha Gold, Honor Devil, Imperialism, Lost Canyon, Max Forever, Mast Track, No Hesitation, Rascal Cat, Schramsberg and Teeman. Other stallions available include the freshman sires Cross Traffic, Easter Gift, Flashback, Mucho Macho Man, Revolutionary, Rookie Sensation, Shakin It Up and Strong Mandate. 

Sires with 2 year olds of 2017 include Alternation, Awesome Patriot, I Want Revenge, Liaison, O’Prado Again, Overanalyze, Paynter, Point of Entry and Power Broker. Other sire lines include Birdstone, Cause to Believe, Concord Point, Country Day, Dialed In, Exhi, Finality, Ingot, Langfuhr, Liaison, Line of David, Mighty Vow, More Than Ready, Old Forester, Pure Precision, Ready’s Image, Second In Command, Sidney’s Candy, Silent Name, Tizway, Touch Gold, Wilburn, Wilko and Where’s the Ring.

The following review discusses highlights from each of the yearling consignments in the 2017 CTHS Alberta Sale. 

Read full article : 2017 CTHS Alberta Sale Preview - Yearling Highlights

By Lindsay Ward 10 Aug, 2017
The Two Year Old Division of the CTHS Alberta Sales Stake takes place this Saturday at Northlands Park! 

The field for the Colts & Geldings division of the $50,000 Two Year Old Sales Stake has six entries, all Alberta breds. Three of the entries have already won one race in their first season. CHISUM G by Storm Military and bred by John Galatiuk has won a Maiden Claiming race and has earnings of $9,207 to date. SMOKE BOSS by Cause to Believe has won his only start to date, a Maiden Claiming race on July 3 and has earnings of $8,305. Smoke Boss was bred by Wes & Jenn Hanson. STRIPLING WARRIOR by Alydeed and bred by Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds Ltd. & Laura-Jane Harvey has won a Maiden Special Weight in two starts out this season and has earned $13,578. The remaining horses in the field are BUDDY BOY, by Formal Gold and bred by Racing Hearts Ranch; DANG BLAST, by Cape Canaveral and bred by Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds; REGAL MAX by Max Forever, bred by Stone Ranches Ltd.

The group for the Filly Division has eight entries including an Ontario bred and a British Columbia bred. EMMA JEAN TOO by Big Lightning has already added black type to her name after winning the Princess Margaret Stakes on July 29th. She has placed first and second in her only two career starts  and has earnings of $36,30to date. A second Big Lightning filly, BIG RIVER, is the only other runner in this field to have won a race to date, her Maiden Special Weight on July 26th, and she has earnings of $7,557. Both Emma Jean Too and Big River were bred by Pierre Esquirol.  The remaining fillies in the field are PARIS GIFT by Mister Do It and bred by Gordon Alger; the Ontario bred TOO ICY by Second In Command and bred by Elaine Macpherson; BITTERS by Old Fashioned and bred by Red Ron Farms & Stone Ranches Ltd.; PRINCESS CUT by Tale of Ekati and bred by Don Gibb; the BC bred RAIDER by Stephanotis and bred by William DeCoursey; PEGASUS ONEZEROONE by Champ Pegasus and bred by Don Gibb.

Two Year Old Canadian bred colts, geldings or fillies that passed through the CTHS Alberta, Manitoba or British Columbia sale in 2016 are eligible for the Two Year Old Sales Stakes in 2017.  For more information, visit the Western Sales Stake Series information page.

Best of luck to all the connections of the horses running in the 2017 CTHS Alberta Sales Stake!

 
By Lindsay Ward 10 Aug, 2017

The most prestigious race in the western provinces for three year old Thoroughbreds will take place this August 19th at Northlands Park. This classic $150,000 Grade III race typically attracts entries from far and wide to face challengers over a demanding distance of one mile and three eighths.

The Canadian Derby was the creation of R. James Speers who held the inaugural event in 1930 at Polo Park Racetrack in Winnipeg, Manitoba under the name, Manitoba Stakes. At that time, it was restricted to three year olds foaled in Manitoba. It was re-named the Manitoba Derby and opened up to “Three Year Olds Foaled in the Dominion of Canada” by 1936. It was again re-named in 1941 to the Canadian Derby and the cash purse value increased from $2,000 to $5,000. The distance was expanded to one mile and a quarter in 1934 from the one mile previously. Eastern invaders were common as the race grew in purse money and status. In 1937, Goldlure, the winner of the King’s Plate, made the 1300 mile trip from Toronto to Winnipeg by rail transport to triumph in the Canadian Derby.

The race was moved to its present location in Edmonton in 1957 after Polo Park closed. Eastern and B.C. invaders continue to make their journey to compete for the prestigious win but Alberta horses have claimed their share of the victories over the years.

Read full article>> Canadian Derby: Highlights of Past Alberta Connections

By Lindsay Ward 02 Aug, 2017
Congratulations to all the connections of the Alberta bred runner EMMA JEAN TOO on her big win in the $50,000 Princess Margaret Stakes on July 29!
This two year old filly was bred by Pierre Esquirol and is owned by Dennis, Lora and Wendy Barton. Her sire is Big Lightning and she is out of Come Hither by Left Banker.  Pierre Esquirol stands Big Lightning at his Esquirol Farms near Ryley, Alberta.
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222817/big-lightning-runners-striking-fast-in-alber...
By Lindsay Ward 04 Jul, 2017

CTHS National Office Press Release

For Immediate Release July 5, 2017 

2016 TOBA Achievements Canadian Breeder of the Year, Highfield Stock Farm Ltd. 

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, National Office, would like to congratulate Highfield Stock Farm Ltd. in being chosen as the recipient of the Canada Breeder of the Year Award at the 32nd Annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) National Awards Dinner. The TOBA National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky to honour the 2016 achievements of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. 

Highfield Stock Farm Ltd. joins previous Canadian recipients Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds (2010), Gardiner Farms (2011), William D. Graham (2012), Sam-Son Farm (2013 & 2014), and Tall Oaks Farm (2015). 

Every year TOBA hosts their Annual Awards Dinner to honour the achievements of the Owners and Breeders of the previous year. Thoroughbred Owners in the four major North American racing regions (Eastern, Midwestern, Southern and Western) and Breeders in 22 states and Canada are recognized along with the two National Breeders of the Year, National Owner of the Year, Broodmare of the Year, Rood & Riddle Sport Horse of the Year and the Robert N. Clay Award, in a night of honour. TOBA was formed in 1961 and is based in Lexington, Kentucky; they are a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners with a mission to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders. The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society is an associate member of TOBA. 

Congratulations once again on this achievement! Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society

Download full CTHS National Press Release >> 2016 TOBA Canadian Breeder of the Year

By Lindsay Ward 28 Jun, 2017
C Cup Classic
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino

Benefitting Breast Cancer Research! Funds raised will go to the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA) at the University of Alberta.
Submit your signed application to the C.T.H.S. Alberta office by Friday, July 28th and find a horse by October 11, 2017.

For information and registration for the C Cup Classic, click on the following link:
https://www.cthsalta.com/the-c-cup-classic
 
By Lindsay Ward 27 Jun, 2017
Stakes-placed winner  Energetico , a 7-year-old son of Mutakddim—Another Moochie, by Southern Halo, has been retired from racing and will stand at Dunvegan Stud near Fairview, Alberta, for the 2018 breeding season.
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/222253/energetico-to-dunvegan-stud-in-alberta

STANDING AT DUNVEGAN STUD, FAIRVIEW, ALBERTA
CONTACT RAY NIKIFORUK AT 780-835-4890 or rnikiforuk@gmail.com
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