The Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic weekend on September 17th and 18th had a good crowd in attendance to watch over 50 horses compete for $350,000 in purse money on race day Saturday along with a ‘Made in Alberta’ marketplace followed by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) Alberta Division sale on Sunday bringing in over half a million dollars.
The Fall Classic races on Saturday were a great lead in to sale day as six of the seven races were won by CTHS Alberta sale graduates! The last race on the day, the Alberta Premier’s Futurity, was presented by Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Oneil Carlier to the connections of undefeated multiple stakes winner Norm’s Big Bucks. Thank you to the sponsors of the Fall Classic races – True North Holdings Inc, Red Diamond Stable, Highfield, Peaceful Valley Stable, White Windows Thoroughbreds and Horse Racing Alberta.
The 2016 Thoroughbred sale was held on Sunday in the EXPO Centre at Northlands and offered buyers the opportunity to bid on their own potential stakes winning horse from the 100 quality yearlings on offer.
$51,000 was the price paid by Riversedge Racing Stable for Hip #75, the top selling yearling in this year’s CTHS Alberta Sale. Bred and consigned by Highfield, the dark brown filly by Exhi out of Fabulous Brush is a full sibling to the 2015 sale topper and stakes winner, Norm’s Big Bucks. Exhi is a stakes winner of over $800,000 and also sired Alberta runner and multiple stakes winner Victory Day. The son of Maria’s Mon currently sits in second spot on the Bloodhorse list of 2016 Canada leading second crop sires.
Results from the yearling portion of the 2016 sale show a total of 62 yearlings sold for $511,700 down 27% from $716,300 for 63 sold in 2015. The average yearling price this year of $8,253 is down 27% from the 2015 average of $11,369. The 2016 Alberta sales numbers are similar to earlier results from CTHS Alberta sales prior to 2015 and 2014 and in alignment with the downward trend found at the British Columbia and Ontario CTHS sales this year.
The top selling yearling is an Alberta bred! Owners of Alberta bred thoroughbreds have the opportunity to share in additional bonus money through the Owners Breeding Support portion of the Alberta Breed Improvement Program. In 2016, $1,204,815 is available to be paid to the owners of winning Alberta bred race horses.
For more information, please contact:
Jean Kruse, Manager - Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division)
#218, 1935 – 32nd Avenue N.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C8
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