Alberta Bred EMMA JEAN TOO Wins Princess Margaret

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 02 Aug, 2017

Big Lightning Daughter Wins $50,000 Stakes Race at Northlands

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.
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.
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:
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.

By Lindsay Ward 22 Jun, 2017
The C.T.H.S. Alberta Division recently learned that Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder, Ben Zenari, passed away on June 13, 2017 at 81 years of age. Ben was an active graded stakes placed Alberta owner and breeder running horses in partnerships and under his own stable name, Little Mountain Stables. His top horses included the full siblings and Alberta bred runners Glance Remark, Crescent Remark and Pat of Gold. All three horses were by Regal Remark out of the broodmare, Glance's Gold by Fast Gold. Glance Remark (1997)  earned a total of $204,061 while  multiple stakes winner Crescent Remark (1999) earned $177,161 in his career. Pan of Gold (2004) was a graded stakes placed mare who placed in 8 of her 11 starts and earned $75,562 in her two seasons on the track.

Click on this link to view further information and the obituary for Ben Zenari.

By Lindsay Ward 13 Jun, 2017

The Alberta Thoroughbred community lost a valued member with the passing of Ron St. Louis on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 71 years of age.

Ron had been a continuous member of the C.T.H.S. since 1999 and was a respected representative of the Alberta Division, serving on the Board of Directors for two terms between 2012 and 2017. He served as a member of the Breed Improvement Committee and as Chair of the Finance Committee, offering his extensive accounting knowledge as a resource to the Society.

Ron was an active Thoroughbred owner and breeder for many years based at his ranch in Swalwell, Alberta. He bred and raced a number of home bred Thoroughbreds under the name Winchester Stables. Runners in recent years have included Valid Position by Tempered Appeal, Highway Holly by Alydeed and Slew the Hunter by Slew City Slew. A recent homebred, Arctic Treasure by Cape Canaveral, just won her Maiden Claiming race on June 3, 2017. Ron was also involved as an owner with part interests in horses such as Smokin Jane by Holy Bull and Sun Runner by Brunswick. He was regularly involved in the C.T.H.S. Alberta Thoroughbred Sales both as a consignor and a purchaser.

The St. Louis family has requested, in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to The Canadian Cancer Society or  Thoroughbred Lasting Careers Society (TLCS) in care of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division). 

c/o CTHS Alberta
Unit 218, 1935 – 32 Ave N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C8.

To view the obituary for Ron or post condolences, click on the following link :

In Memory of Ronald William St. Louis 1946 - 2017

By Lindsay Ward 21 May, 2017

Click on this link to view the  Alberta Thoroughbred Stars of 2016 

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