Alberta Thoroughbred Community Loses Ben Zenari 

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 22 Jun, 2017

Influential Alberta Breeder and Owner will be Missed

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 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
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). 

T.L.C.S.
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 

By Lindsay Ward 10 May, 2017

2017 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale 

DOWNLOAD 2017 SALE CONTRACT

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Northlands Park EXPO Centre - Edmonton, Alberta

DEADLINE FOR MAIN CATALOGUE: FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2017

Click on this link to go to the CTHS Sale Information page 

 

By Lindsay Ward 18 Apr, 2017
Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Inside Straight ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48 2/5 over a fast track to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) by two lengths over Domain's Rap at odds of nearly 20-1!

Randy Howg, a "sugar beet farmer from Alberta"  was quoted in the April 15, 2017 BloodHorse,"It's just unbelievable, I don't know how this can be true. It's a long ways from Canada. I've got a lot of friends in Alberta up there watching. This is just incredible to win this. I should be home planting beets. But my son and wife are looking after things at home. I think they probably thought I was on a wild goose chase, but I had a pretty good day."

Read the full story at >>

BloodHorse - April 15, 2017 Inside Straight Springs Oaklawn Handicap Upset




By Lindsay Ward 13 Apr, 2017
Horse Racing Alberta has released an official statement announcing the Backstretch Coordinator position has been filled by Horse Industry Expert Theresa Sealy. Theresa will work with Tracks and Horsemen's Associations to plan, develop and implement programs for the backstretch. Read the entire announcement >> Horse Racing Alberta Officially Announces Backstretch Coordinator Position
By Lindsay Ward 11 Apr, 2017

Photo: Rebecca O'Neill on Bay Bayou (Show name - Maverick)

Congratulations to the Alberta winners of the 2016 Jockey Club Incentive Awards:

1st - 195 points Rebecca O'Neil - Bay Bayou (Maverick) Jumper
2nd - 165 points Tara Gulash - Running Chews - All Thoroughbred
3rd - 128 points Deanna Schirmaier - Shant Speed (Speed Zone) Jumper

Click on the following link to view the >> full Performance Awards Results (PDF)

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