GOTTCHA GOLD has been purchased from Strideaway Acres in Armstrong, B.C. to serve the western Canadian markets in a more centralized location at Peaceful Valley Farms in Didsbury, Alberta. New owner, Anthony Bilotta, was perusing the sales yearlings at the CTHS Alberta Yearling Sale in September when he spotted promotional posters about the stallion in the barn of Strideaway Acres. Bilotta “remembered him from back in the day and that he was a real speed horse defeating, in record time, champion and 1-9 favorite, Lawyer Ron.” Strideaway owner Cathy Reggelsen confirmed that Gottcha Gold was indeed for sale and Bilotta “did the deal right there at Northlands Park!” Bilotta was pleased to secure the transaction for Gottcha Gold particularly since the handsome stallion has classic Ribot bloodlines on both the top and bottom of his pedigree.
The multiple graded stakes winner Gottcha Gold ($1,257,986 CDN) is a speed record holder and a half-brother to graded stakes winner American Freedom ($911,044 CDN), a Bob Baffert charge. Since entering stud in 2009, the son of Coronado’s Quest out of black type dam Gottcha Last by Pleasant Tap has consistently been among the top ten leading sires in Canada by monies earned. He is the sire of multiple graded stakes winner Deland ($175,000 CDN) who is 6 for 6 and undefeated in 2016. Gottcha Gold will be standing the 2017 season at Peaceful Valley Farms for an introductory fee of $2,500 CDN.
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.
Any questions can be directed to:
Executive Director, HBPA of Alberta
Manager, CTHS (Alberta Division)
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.
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
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
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