Canadian Derby: Highlights of Past Alberta Connections

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 10 Aug, 2017

In Conjunction with the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada

Chariot Chaser - 1965 Alberta Bred Winner

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 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

By Lindsay Ward 30 Nov, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 

 The Jockey Club reminds Thoroughbred breeders that digital foal certificates will be replacing hard copies of foal certificates beginning with the 2018 foal crop. The transition to digital foal certificates was first announced at the Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on August 14, 2016. Read the full news release at  http://www.jockeyclub.com/Default.asp?section=Resources&area=10&story=1020

Breeders, as well as those who act as agents for breeders, who do not already have an Interactive Registration account should sign up for one at registry.jockeyclub.com .

“We encourage those who manage Certificates of Foal Registration to sign up for an Interactive Registration account between now and early 2018 if they have not already done so,” said Matt Iuliano, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club. “The use of digital foal certificates will allow foal papers to be easily transferred between entities at the click of a button, and we are looking forward to implementing this much-needed change.”

“We applaud The Jockey Club for pursuing this digital initiative which, given the number of certificates we manage annually, will create operational efficiencies for Keeneland and greater convenience for horsemen worldwide,” said Bob Elliston, vice president of racing and sales for Keeneland Association.

More information about digital foal certificates will be made available in early 2018 before they are officially launched in the spring.

The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net . Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com .

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.
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