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Annual Manitoba CTHS/HBPA Awards Banquet at Assiniboia Downs

May 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Ernie Nairn

Gold Strike and Albarino captured top Thoroughbred honours at the 22nd Annual Manitoba CTHS/HBPA Awards Banquet held Friday, April 28 at Assiniboia Downs.
The Manitoba divisions of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) celebrated the awards with their 22nd banquet. The CTHS awards honour breeders' accomplishments, while the HBPA awards recognize the trainer's and owner's accomplishments.

Three-year-old filly Gold Strike was named the CTHS Manitoba-bred Horse of the Year and the CTHS top three-year-old filly. Four-year-old gelding Albarino won three awards. He was declared the HBPA Horse of the Year and was also named winner of both the CTHS and HBPA Older Horse awards.

In addition to being named CTHS Horse of the Year, Gold Strike was also selected the top CTHS 3-year-old filly. Owned and bred by Harlequin Ranches and trained by Reade Baker, Gold Strike has compiled a lifetime record of 4-2-1 in seven career starts with career earnings of $652,242.

In 2005 she had 4 starts at Woodbine racetrack and compiled a 2-1-1 record. She won the 1-1/8-miles Woodbine Oaks in Toronto on June 12, scoring a 3-1/2 lengths victory over Ready and Alluring. Prior to that victory she also won the 1-1/16 miles Selene Stakes on May 22 by 5-3/4 lengths over Lemon Maid.

In her first start of the season, she came second to Lemon Maid in the 1-1/16 mile Star Shoot Stakes. Gold Strike concluded the season with a third place finish in the 1-1/4 mile $1 million Queen's Plate. The only filly in the race, Gold Strike led the field heading into the stretch, but could not hang on and finished third behind race winner Wild Desert, with another Manitoba-bred colt King Of Jazz coming second.

In 2004, Gold Strike captured two honours at the annual Manitoba awards banquet. She was named the CTHS and HBPA top two-year-old filly. Trained that season by locally based trainer Blair Miller, Gold Strike compiled a 2-1-0 record in three 2004 season starts and earned $51,592. In 2004, Gold Strike won the Debutante and Buffalo Stakes at Assiniboia Downs.

Albarino, owned and bred by Dr. Ross A. McKague and trained by Carl Anderson, was definitely the top older horse at Assiniboia Downs in 2005. In 8 season starts, all at Assiniboia Downs, Albarino compiled a 5-1-1 record with season earnings of $124,323. His 5 victories came in the 1-1/8 miles $65,000 Gold Breeders Cup, the 1-1/16 miles $40,000 R. J. Spears Stakes, the 1-mile $40,000 Agassiz Stakes, the 1-1/16 miles $40,000 Manitoba Maturity and he also won a 7-1/2 furlongs $12,525 allowance feature on June 5.

Kimchi, bred by Stonyfield Farm, owned by Seasoft Stable and trained by Mark Casse, won the CTHS two-year-old filly award. She enjoyed 3 starts at Woodbine during the 2005 season and compiled a 1-1-1 record with earnings of $96,200. On November 15, she won a $68,400 1-1/16 mile maiden special weight feature by 6-1/4 lengths over Classical Miss. On October 22, she came second in the 1-1/16 miles $251,500 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, losing to race winner Sugar Swirl by 1-1/4 lengths. In her first career start on September 24, she was third in a 7-furlong $62,000 maiden special weight feature behind race winner Sugar Swirl and Strike Softly.

The other CTHS awards saw Missing Fortune named the CTHS two-year-old colt. Bred by Cam Ziprick, owned by Arnason Farm, Warner, Tweed, Bouchard, and Allard, and trained by Chad Torevell, Missing Fortune had five starts during the season and compiled a 1-2-1 record with earnings of $40,275. His only season victory came in the six-furlong $40,000 Frank Arnason Sire Stakes. He also record second place finishes in the six furlong $40,000 CTHS Sales Stakes and six furlong $30,000 North Dakota Stallion Stakes.

The CTHS three-year-old colt award went to King Of Jazz. Bred by Stonyfield Farm and owned by Buckram Oak Farm and trained by Carl Nafzger, King Of Jazz has lifetime earnings of $289,610 in 6 career starts, and has a career record of 3-0-1. He was the runner-up and just 2-1/2 lengths back of race winner Wild Desert in the 1-1/4 miles $1 million Queen's Plate on June 26. Prior to that finish, King Of Jazz won a $50,800 allowance feature over 1-1/8 miles by two-lengths on May 25. His other season victory came in a $50,000 maiden special weight 1-1/8 miles feature at Woodbine on April 22, when he scored a 3-1/4 lengths victory over Thunder Again.

Jazzy Express was named the CTHS Older Mare. Bred by Gary Bergsrud, the 4-year-old mare owned by J Bar Stable and trained by Harry Kube has 18 life time starts, compiled a 3-4-3 record with career earnings of $30,049. In two victories this past season, she won a 4-1/2 furlongs $9,375 claiming race by 3-1/4 lengths over Thunder Sky on May 8. On June 21, she also won a six furlong $10,000 claiming race by length over Warmnfuzzyfeelin.

Alljazz, owned by Stonyfield Farm was presented the (Lifetime Achievement) Broodmare Award. "Stallion of the Year" honours went to Buie, owned by the Buie Syndicate. Stonyfield Farm was also named "Breeder of the Year" with season earnings of $518,729. Horses bred by Stonyfield Farm enjoyed 45 starts, compiled a record of 7-7-8 with stakes placings by King Of Jazz who was second in the Queen's Plate and Kimchi who came second in the Princess Elizabeth stakes.

The HBPA award for top two-year-old filly went to Hey Hey Renee. Owned by the Off 2 Win Stables and trained by Ardell Sayler, Hey Hey Renee compiled a 2-1-0 record in three 2005 starts and had season earnings of $39,690. She won the six furlongs $40,000 Winnipeg Futurity by 2-1/2-lengths over Thunderacchi.

The HBPA award for top two-year-old colt was won by Barnstorm. Trained by Ardell Sayler and owner by Wayne Simon, Barnstorm won the six furlongs $30,000 North Dakota Stallion Stakes by a convincing 6-3/4-lengths over Missing Fortune. This was one of his two wins for the season in 2 starts and produced season earnings of $19,920.

The HBPA award for top three-year-old filly went to Cindy Embers. Owned by Pain In The Aces Stables and trained by Blair Miller, Cindy Embers compiled an impressive 3-3-2 record in 9 starts during the 2005 season and earned $70,431. Her two major stakes race victories included the one mile $40,000 R. C Anderson Stakes where she scored a 1-1/4-lengths victory over Danger Pay. She also won the one mile $40,000 Distaff Stakes by 3-1/2-lengths over Gold With Honor. Her third win came in a July 29, 7-1/2 furlongs $14,525 allowance feature where she defeated Oxford Joy by 2-lengths. She finished third behind race winner Resurgent and Brinello in the 1-1/8-miles $40,000 J.W. Sifton Stakes.

Prime Time T.V, owned by Robert Mitchell and trained by Bert Bake was named the HBPA's top three-year-old colt. The Kentucky-bred colt enjoyed 4 season starts and compiled a 3-1-0 record with season earnings of $93,300. His biggest win of the season came in the $100,000 1-1/8-miles Manitoba Lotteries Derby, rallying from the back of the pack to win the feature by an impressive10-3/4-lengths. Prime Time T. V. also won the six furlong $40,000 Golden Boy Stakes by 8-1/4-lengths over S C King and came second in the 1-1/16-mile $40,000 Derby Trial. He finished 2-1/4-lengths back of race winner Stormy Business but avenged that loss by winning the Manitoba Lotteries Derby a few weeks later.

The HBPA Older Mare honors went to Ericka's Lass. Trained by Emile Corbel and owned by the Empire Stable, Ericka's Lass had the third best earnings total last season at Assiniboia Downs behind Albarino and Prime Time T.V. She had 7 season starts and compiled a 3-3-0 record with season earnings of $74,000. Her two major stakes race victories included the six furlong $40,000 La Verendrye Handicap Stakes and the 1-1/16 miles $40,000 Winnipeg Sun Stakes.

HBPA Sprinter honours went to Florida-bred Iwoodificould. Owned by partners Murray Howell, Joan Wright and trainer Emile Corbel, Iwoodificould had 3 season starts and chalked up 2 victories with season earnings of $33,600. His biggest win came in the six furlong $40,000 Free Press Handicap stakes with a 1-1/2-lengths victory over Simply Regal

HBPA Claimer of the Year honours went to Racey Casey. Owned by the Atawaytogo Stable, and trained by Gary Danelson, the 4-year-old mare had 8 season starts and compiled a 5 -0 -1 record with earnings of $23,320. This award is designated to the Thoroughbred, racing strictly as a claimer, who puts forth the best performance at this level.

Veteran trainer Ardell Sayler of Rapid City, South Dakota was named the HBPA Trainer of the Year. During the 2005 season, Sayler recorded 323 starts with a 64-53-41 record and purse earnings of $503,672. This was Sayler's seventh trainer's title at Assiniboia Downs, tying him with veteran Clayton Gray who has also won seven trainer titles at Assiniboia Downs.

The HBPA top percentage trainer award was presented to Clay Brinson. Brinson's 79 season starts produced a 19-16-6 record; season earnings of $117,284 and a 24% win percentage.

Rohan Singh captured his third HBPA Jockey of the Year award at Assiniboia Downs. During the 2005 season, Singh had 399 starts with 84-71-49 record and enjoyed a season purse earnings total of $844,296. He was also the leading stakes race winner with 9 stakes victories in 2005.

The CTHS also presented a Manitoba-bred "Sport Horse of the Year" award to Blushing Madge. The award goes to a former Thoroughbred race horse that has gone to achieve recognition in another field of competition. Blushing Madge was bred by Dr. Betty Hughes and is now owned by Heather Hay. The 6-year-old mare has been owned by the Hay's family for two years and is ridden by their 15-year-old daughter Chelsea. They have finished in the top 3 in almost every event. Recently Chelsea and Blushing Made won the 3-day event competition at the Rocky Mountain House equestrian show, and also finished first overall in the Grand Prairie Equestrian Championship in the PT 90 Junior Division.

Dr. Ross A. McKague was also presented with the newly established "Jockey Club of Canada" award. This award goes to the top regional owners across Canada. The award was presented to Dr. McKague, by JCC board member and Manitoba Jockey Club President Harvey Warner