Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:46

Farewell Old Horse

Written by Sugar Doyle with files from Standardbred Canada
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Standardbreds Forever Day, held at Northlands Park - during the Easter weekend of 2010, provided the backdrop for As Promised's final tour around a racetrack in Alberta. Here's a photo of As Promised looking eager, in the outdoor paddock, prior to going on track. Standardbreds Forever Day, held at Northlands Park - during the Easter weekend of 2010, provided the backdrop for As Promised's final tour around a racetrack in Alberta. Here's a photo of As Promised looking eager, in the outdoor paddock, prior to going on track. (Shauna McInotsh)

As Promised passed away this week at the age of 24. Don McNeil bought into As Promised five years ago, and in his limited time connected with As Promised he fully understands the magnitude of his impact on Canadian harness racing. "As far as I'm concerned, he's the foundation sire for the province of Alberta. He's totally dominated the stakes series, prolific in the number of foals he's produced, " stated McNeil. "He's a world class horse."

As Promised has sired Alberta’s Horse of the Year on multiple occasions, and numerous provincial divisional champions. He was Western Canada's first stallion to produce a Breeders crown champion with 2000 Aged Pacing Mare winner Rons Girl, campaigned by Keith Clark. As of publication, As Promised produced 102 $100,000 performers from 735 starters with total progeny earnings in excess of $35 million.

The old horse last raced in Edmonton on September 22, 1996. It would be a 5th place finish, in an $8500 invite, which included the likes of In Troubles Double, Thatll Be Me, Full Throttle, Taking It Further, Stomp Yer Feet and Corporate Song.

There was a time when As Promised was pretty much unbeatable around these parts. From September 6, 1992 to March 14 1993 - he'd post 18 straight wins which included a $110,950 stake victory, in 1:52.1, over True Tyrant and Asperation Jug. He'd follow that up with another 17-race win streak than ran from October 23, 1993 to May 15 1994.

Fortunate enough to sit up behind the talented pacer, during his racing career in Alberta, have been former owner Keith Clark, Bobby Clark, John Baxter and Don Monkman Jr..

"He was pretty much unbeatable at home here in his good years, he was too good for here," said Hall of Famer Keith Clark. "And he gave me a lot of thrills, he was a great horse and a beautiful horse to drive."

Dr. David Dyrholm’s Sky West Farms purchased the stallion in late 2000. In 2003, As Promised was the leading sire of three-year-olds in North America in the category of average earnings with $71,238. His popularity as a sire propelled him to be Canada’s most prolific stallion, breeding 307 mares in 2005 for a *North American record.

"He showed his capabilities when he was racing with Keith," stated Dyrholm. "He was a very wise, quick to learn horse and totally dependable."

When asked what made As Promised the Hall Of Fame horse he was, Dryholm noted "his willingness to do whatever was asked of him and his dependability and performance, both in racing and in breeding."

Please join us in offering condolences to the connections of As Promised.

*With files from Standardbred Canada

 

 

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