Agreement Gets Thoroughbred Racing Back on Track

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 07 Nov, 2017

The Alberta government's renewed agreement with Horse Racing Alberta supports jobs and is helping to ensure the viability of the industry

After a nine-year absence, thoroughbred racing returned to the Calgary area in the 2017 season at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. The long-awaited homecoming of the iconic race horses follows the government signing a new 10-year agreement with Horse Racing Alberta last year, which will help support rural communities and the agriculture sector across the province.

“Our partnership with Horse Racing Alberta gives the industry stability and confidence to continue developing racing in the province. The return of thoroughbred race horses to Century Downs is an important signal that the industry is thriving. Continued support of rural communities is just one way we’re working to bring the economic recovery to the homes of each and every Albertan and working to make life better for all Albertans.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance
Read the full press release >> Agreement Gets Thoroughbred Racing Back on Track
By Lindsay Ward 21 Nov, 2017
CAR TALK (IRE) 2009
Bernardini x Mini Chat by Deputy Minister

Son of leading sire Bernardini,
CAR TALK (IRE), to stand at Empire Equestrian in Ardrossan, Alberta!
Earnings of $3,060,480. Winning 5 Graded Stakes as a 3 yr. old - The Preakness, Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup, The Jim Dandy,
and The Withers. Placing 2nd in the Breeders Cup Classic. An Eclipse Champion 3 year old. Among the Leading sires in N. America and
standing for a $100,000 stud fee. Sire of recent GR 1 Winners:  Rachel's Valentine, Greenpointcrusader, and Cavorting.


The dam of Car Talk (IRE), Mini Chat, by Deputy Minister is also the dam of $464,606 GSW Dixie Chatter and the dam of $418,391 GSW Rumor. His 2nd dam, Phone Chatter, is a GSW of $838,742 and is also an Eclipse Champion 2 year old.

His first foals are 2 year olds in 2017!
Car Talk was injured as a 2 year old and never reached his full potential as a race horse!

View stallion flyer (PDF) on Car Talk (IRE)

Standing at Empire Equestrian - Ardrossan, Alberta
Contact 780 719 0400
2018 fee $1500
By Lindsay Ward 07 Nov, 2017

After a nine-year absence, thoroughbred racing returned to the Calgary area in the 2017 season at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. The long-awaited homecoming of the iconic race horses follows the government signing a new 10-year agreement with Horse Racing Alberta last year, which will help support rural communities and the agriculture sector across the province.

“Our partnership with Horse Racing Alberta gives the industry stability and confidence to continue developing racing in the province. The return of thoroughbred race horses to Century Downs is an important signal that the industry is thriving. Continued support of rural communities is just one way we’re working to bring the economic recovery to the homes of each and every Albertan and working to make life better for all Albertans.”

Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board, Minister of Finance
Read the full press release >> Agreement Gets Thoroughbred Racing Back on Track
By Lindsay Ward 24 Oct, 2017
Between the Smithbilt/Cam Clark Ford Gala and the inaugural C Cup Classic charity race, an impressive total of $15,929 was raised over the Horses, Hats and Hope charity weekend. All funds are going directly to support breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA).

The Horses, Hats and Hope gala, hosted by major sponsors Cam Clark Ford and Smithbilt Hats, took place on Saturday, October 14th at the Smithbilt location in Calgary. $7,395 was raised through the ticket sales, virtual horse race and silent auction.

Mike Nault and Asbigastexas won the C Cup Classic race held on Sunday, October 15th at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino. Five amateur rider and horse teams competed for a purse of $4,000 in the charity race held over almost four furlongs between races 6 and 7 on the regular race card.  $6,857 was raised by the riders and their teams through online donations, pledges and donations made to specific riders at the track on Sunday.  Further donations brought in an additional $1677.

The Alberta Quarter Horse Racing Association (A.Q.H.R.A.), Century Downs, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Alberta Division (C.T.H.S.) Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (H.B.P.A.) and Horse Racing Alberta (H.R.A.) funded the $4,000 C Cup Classic.

Our appreciation and thanks goes out to the following sponsors: Cam Clark Ford, Smithbilt Hats, Alberta Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (A.T.O.B.A.),Bar None Ranches Ltd., Energy Equine, Equine Extreme, Highfield Investment Group, Peaceful Valley Stables and White Windows Thoroughbreds.

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By Lindsay Ward 11 Oct, 2017
Support breast cancer research by sponsoring your favorite rider in the C Cup Classic this Sunday at Century Downs! Pledge on line at www.ontracktosupportbreastcancer.com . In Partnership with A.Q.H.R.A., Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, C.T.H.S. (Alberta Division), H.B.P.A. and H.R.A.
Many thanks to our sponsors: A.T.O.B.A., Bar None Ranches Ltd., Cam Clark Ford, Equine Extreme, Highfield Investment Group, Peaceful Valley Farms, Smithbilt Hats and White Window Thoroughbreds. 
By Lindsay Ward 11 Oct, 2017
Get your tickets through the CTHS Alberta office today! None available at the door.
By Lindsay Ward 27 Sep, 2017

An impressive $800,000 was paid out by purchasers at the 2017 C.T.H.S. Alberta Sale held at the Northlands Expo Centre in Edmonton on Sunday, September 17th.  A total of 107 top quality Thoroughbred yearlings were on offer with the gross sale figure increasing by over $300,000 from the previous sale. The yearling sale average increased in a positive direction to $10,233.33, up 24% over the 2016 average of $8,252.23.

Hip # 34, a beautiful Point of Entry filly consigned by Running Fawcett Thoroughbreds, was the top seller of the sale after she was purchased by Riversedge Racing Stables for $45,000.  Her sire is a Dynaformer stallion who is currently #2 on the Blood Horse list of First Crop Sires by Two Year Old Average and Median. Her dam, Carmen’s Kiss by Macho Uno, produced the winner of the $50,000 Beaufort Stakes the previous day at the Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic.  

Read the full press release >> Positive News from the CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred Sale

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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

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