Important Message Regarding Equine Herpes Virus

  • By Lindsay Ward
  • 18 Oct, 2016

Message from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry that went out to veterinarians through the ABVMA

Between October 12 and 14, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry received calls from horse owners who had heard that there may have been a case of neurotropic equine herpes virus (nEHV-1) at a stable in Alberta. Agriculture and Forestry contacted the private veterinary practitioner and learned that testing had been completed on the affected horse. The results were positive for a wild strain of EHV, but they were negative for nEHV-1.

nEHV-1 is a notifiable disease in Alberta, meaning that if it is diagnosed in a horse in Alberta, the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian must be notified immediately. The wild type of EHV found in this Alberta horse is a common virus that occurs in horses worldwide and is not notifiable in Alberta.

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 

By Lindsay Ward 10 May, 2017

2017 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale 


Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Northlands Park EXPO Centre - Edmonton, Alberta


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)

By Lindsay Ward 05 Apr, 2017

Congratulations to Curtis Stock who has just been announced as a 2017 inductee into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on the Thoroughbred Communicator ballot!Blair Burgess, Mach Three, Eugene Melnyk, Curtis Stock and Quiet Resolve are among the CHRHF Class of 2017.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2017 Inductees. In this, the 250th Anniversary Year of Horse Racing in Canada, a total of 10 horses and people have been elected from a very strong list of candidates.

Representing Thoroughbreds in the Class of 2017 are Builder  Eugene Melnyk, Trainer  Harold Barroby, and Communicator  Curtis Stock as well as horses  Quiet Resolve, and  South Ocean.

Originally from London, Ont., Curtis Stock’s affection for the horses, jockeys, trainers and horse people in general is reflected in his writing, He began to follow racing in Calgary during his high-school days and gained valuable experience covering racing there while attending university. That soon led to an opportunity in Toronto, working with honoured Canadian Horse Hall of Fame member Bruce Walker in the Ontario Jockey Club Publicity Department. Stock would later return to Alberta and take over publicity, marketing, and advertising at Northlands Park in Edmonton, later moving to the Edmonton Journal where he covered racing for 32 years and also plied his craft for the Daily Racing Form for 20 years. His reporting has resonated with the judges in Sovereign Award voting. His record run of Sovereigns started in 1985 and in 1993, he swept both Feature Story and Newspaper categories Stock was the recipient of back-to-back Sovereign Awards for Outstanding Feature Story in 1993-94 and took home an unprecedented eighth Sovereign Award for Outstanding Newspaper Story in Canada. Most recently Stock was the recipient of the 2015 Sovereign Award in the Outstanding Writing Category. His story, “Love of Horses”, appeared earlier that year in the Edmonton Journal. It was his 11th Sovereign Award overall; a record total. He has received this most-coveted award at least once in each of the past five decades, an achievement unmatched.

Click on the following link for more information>> Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees

By Lindsay Ward 28 Mar, 2017
Century Casinos receives approval of proposed Century Mile Racing Entertainment Centre near Edmonton!

Century Casinos announced on March 27, 2017 that the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has approved the Company's proposed Century Mile Racing Entertanment Centre project. This is one of the key approvals needed for Century Casinos to move forward with the project!

By Lindsay Ward 28 Mar, 2017
Four Alberta Race Clubs are active in the 2017 season presenting great opportunities to become involved in the world of horse racing at a fraction of the usual cost. The Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club, Century Downs Racing Club, Evergreen Park Racing Club and the Mane Attraction Racing Club are all active this season and offering membership for $300 or under.

Go to the following link to get more information:  ALBERTA RACE CLUBS
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