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ACTRA Awards 2013

Written by Garry Allison - Rocky Mountain Turf Club
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It was somehow appropriate that Rocky Mountain Turf CEO Max Gibb was selected the Breeder of the Year at the 2013 Alberta Community Thoroughbred Racing Association's awards banquet held earlier this month.

"This is quite an honour," Gibb said. "It was especially nice when you consider the other quality breeders involved in this fine sport." Horses bred by Gibb earned $63,856 in purse money in beating out Bar None Ranches with $47,373 earned.

Gibb was also in the spotlight in the owner's division as his Dr. Killi, trained by Lyle Magnuson, was the top Alberta Bred two-year-old male and his Rocky Mountain Turf Club Stable took home the Alberta Bred three-year-old male honours with He's Italian. He's Italian, trained by Lyle Magnuson, was also named the Alberta Bred Male Champion, with $15,683 in earnings.

A special award saw the late Ivan Clark and his widow Shirley named the Outstanding Horse Persons of the year. Shirley has returned at the Parade Marshal for the RMTC this Spring's Meet.

Dubla Gold, owned and trained by Pete and Erna Dubois was named the high point male of 2013 as well as taking the Sprint Male title.

The RMTC Spring Meet trainer of the year was Rick Wiest and the leading Spring jockey was Larris Allen. Allen was the top rider at Grande Prairie as well and Lyle Magnuson was the top trainer at the northern track. Allen was also named the 2013 Jockey of the year Magnuson was the leading Fall Meet trainer at the RMTC and Scott Sterr was the top jockey in the Fall Meet.

Magnuson, always in the winner's circle, was named the trainer of the year and the most supportive trainer of the year.

Mistress Bell was selected the 2013 ACTRA horse of the year. Mistress Bell, owned by Darlene Roan and trained by Les Adams, was also the Alberta Bred Older Female for 2013 and the Alberta Bred Aged Mare. She was also the Alberta Bred Champion female for 2013.

Carol Brown and trainer Allan Brown saw their Nomanisanisland earn top honours as the best Alberta Bred older male, four year and upwards, and the best Alberta Bred Aged Male.

At The Bada Bing was the ACTRA Claiming Male and the Jacqueline Smith owned and Lyle Magnuson trained, nine year old, was also named the ACTRA Older Male.

Another multiple award winner was Ann's Seven, the ACTRA Claiming Female and the ACTRA Sprint Female. She is owned by Cecil Wiest and trained by Allen Goodsell. She was also the ACTRA 2013 High Point Female.

The other Alberta Bred winners were:

  • Star Catcher, owned and trained by Lyle Magnuson, the top Alberta Bred Two-Year-Old Filly
  •  Lost My Aura, owned by Clayton, Cory and Carlton Wiest and trained by Rick Wiest, was the leading Alberta Bred Three-Year-Old Filly
  • The leading Alberta Bred Claiming Female, Sizzano, was trained by Bob Gwilliam and owned by Tom Dixon, Harry Gwilliam and Ed Akerstrom
  • Wisewood Bobbie, owned by Tom Alcott and Joanne Barnaby and trained by Tom Alcott, was the top Alberta Bred Claiming Male

Other ACTRA winners were Pipestone Flyer, the top Distance Horse, owned by Michael Braun and trained by Nellie Pigeau, and as well, Lot A Smoke, owned by Bea Ann Friesen and trained by the late Ivan Clark was the ACTRA Older Female honours, for nine year olds and older.

The leading apprentice jockey was Corrine Andros.


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