Horses, Hats and Hope Fundraising Event sponsored by Smithbilt Hats and Cam Clark Ford!

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 11 Oct, 2017

Join us at Smithbilt Hats for an evening of virtual horse racing, silent auction and great food supplied by The Nash! Tickets may be purchased through the CTHS Alberta office at 403-229-3609 and will not be available at the door.

Get your tickets through the CTHS Alberta office today! None available at the door.
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 . 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


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


Jean Kruse

Manager, CTHS (Alberta Division)


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.
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