10-5-2014 - Report on HRIMC meeting of November 3, 2014
To B.C. horse racing industry participants and media:
• Standardbred sector
• Thoroughbred sector
• Great Canadian Gaming Corp.
• Other industry participants
Industry Management Committee meeting
The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee met on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Highlights of the meeting:
· The Committee approved in principle the idea of providing additional financial support for horse population initiatives proposed by the Thoroughbred sector. Details regarding the amount of funding and the mechanics of the programs are to be worked out in the next several weeks. The Committee recognizes that a shortage of racehorses (particularly in the Thoroughbred sector) is likely the most significant issue facing the industry in British Columbia and that quick action is required to draw more horses into our jurisdiction for the 2015 live racing seasons. It is anticipated that such programs will benefit both breeds, as was the case when each breed was assigned money for horse population incentive programs from a $100,000 surplus in the Industry Marketing Fund.
· Great Canadian Gaming Corp. reported to the Committee that the lease at Hastings Racecourse has been renewed with the City of Vancouver for a further two-year period, with an expiry date of Nov. 9, 2016. The Committee welcomed the stability this renewal, as well as the long-term lease still set to run at Fraser Downs in Surrey, brings to the horse racing scene in the province.
Director of Racing Sustainability
BC Horse Racing Industry Management Committee
November 5th, 2014
9-17-214 - We would also like to thank everyone who attended our sale at Thunderbird Show Park on September 9th. Congratulations to Cheryl Fruno the lucky winner of the draw for the VIP trip for two to this year’s Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park, California!
9-9-2014 - 2014 CTHS Sale Results NOW ONLINE!! CLICK HERE
9-2-2014 - Congratulation to the winnners of the CTHS Sales Stakes!
Irish Lyric - Three Year Old Fillies
Wonder World - Three Year Old Colts and Geldings
Lord Rosberg - Two Year Old Colts and Geldings
Finalitys Charmer - Two Year Old Fillies
8-11-2014 - 2015 Western Canada Stallion Edition booking form is online now. CLICK HERE.
8-8-2014 - Report on the HRIMC meeting of August 1, 2014 - CLICK HERE.
8-5-2014 - Congratulations to all winners in the 2-14 BC Cup!! (Photos by Four Footed Fotos)
BC Cup Debutante
Quatre Cat – by Abraaj out of Four Girls, by Foxhound.
Owner: Stuart & May Carmichael and David & Sylvea Gregory
Trainer: Sylvea Gregory
Breeder: Rob McDonald
BC Cup Nursery
Cederberg – by Rosberg out of In From the Cold, by American Chance
Owner: NATHC, Troy Taylor and Dawn Tom
Trainer: Troy Taylor
Breeder: John D. Gunther
BC Cup Stellar’s Jay
Koffee Grinder – by Grindstone out of Just Pinn’er, by Stephanotis
Owner: Butch & Renata Goertzen
Trainer: Craig MacPherson
Breeder: Butch & Renata Goertzen
BC Cup Dogwood
Dawselina – by Skimming out of Quick Gainer, by Pangbourne
Owner: Alvarado Stable
Trainer: Pedro Alvarado
Breeder: Fairmeade Farm
BC Cup Distaff
Wando Woman – by Wando out of Navajo Rain, by Marshua’s Dancer
Owner: J. Dennis Spence
Trainer: Cindy Krasner
Breeder: Rob McDonald
BC Cup Classic
Wilo Kat – by Katahaula County our to Regal Red, by On Target
Owner: Wayne Oliver, Rob Fiorvento, Cowboys n Indians Stables and Bill Randall
Trainer: John Snow
Breeder: Village Bus Service Ltd.
7-16-2014 - 2014 CTHS Yearling & Mixed Sale entries now online!! Click Here for full catalogue.
5-8-2014 - Horse Council British Columbia has invited all CTHS members to complete a 10 – 15 minute survey on the Agriculture Land Reserve. Click HERE to access the survey.
4-22-2014 - 2013 Annual Review online now. CLICK HERE to view.
3-26-2014 - Early closing nominations are due on Tuesday , April 15th, 2014
All forms recently sent out in the mail to CTHS members and buyers at the CTHS sale were correct, however, the fillable forms created by Hastings have errors.
Click here for fillable early nomination forms and the errata notes.
The CTHS Sales stakes nominations can be dropped off at the CTHS office in Cloverdale, our hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.
2-27-2014 - POP ARTIST RETIRED TO STAND STUD
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2-17-2014 - Western Thoroughbred ID Services to discontinue registration/identification services
Due to the continuing decline of B.C.’s Thoroughbred foal crop over that last several years we have come to a decision to discontinue our Registration/ Identification service. We will cease services once the 2013 foal crop registrations are complete.
We want to thank all of our customers for their patronage over the past 20 years and wish you all continued success in the future.
Please contact the Jockey Club directly at 1-800-444-8521 for assistance on all registration needs.
Reg & Marie Peat
Western Thoroughbred Identification Services
2-14-2014 - BCRIMC Funding Arrangements Announcement - CLICK HERE
2-12-2014 - The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee - News Release CLICK HERE TO READ.
1-29-2014 - The CTHS office staff is preparing to mail out the cheques for the 2013 Breeders Awards CLICK HERE for more information.
1-20-2014 - Horse Racing Status Update – Hastings Racecourse
It is important that all owners, trainers and breeders understand the events that have unfolded with regards to the ongoing discussions that representatives of the thoroughbred sector have had with Douglas S. Scott, Chair of the Horse Racing Industry Management Committee, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and standardbred sector.
Recall that in April 2013 the HRIMC produced a draft “White Paper” that was to be the framework for racing going forward in terms of structure, management and finances. This draft report was produced after “consultation” with industry stakeholders and considerable delay. Interestingly, one of the report’s precepts was that GCGC would be made “whole”. GCGC would be guaranteed that it would not lose money running racing and would be paid by the industry to do so. No one on the horsemen’s side of the equation can remember that concept being discussed. Nevertheless, it was in the report front and center and remains the sticking point in negotiations to this day.
On September 23, 2013 all parties met at the British Columbia Lottery Corporation headquarters to present their positions. Each of the stakeholders made their presentations with the idea that the HRIMC would then make some decisions for the future in general and the 2014 season in particular. However, following the September 23 meeting, the parties were advised by the Committee to work out their agreements on their own. In effect, the Committee abandoned its previous position as the decision maker of record and told the industry to figure it out.
In late October of 2013 the Chair of the HRIMC directed the thoroughbred and standardbred sectors to come to a long term agreement with regards to revenue sharing. This request carried a threat of the loss of slot revenues by both sectors if no agreement could be reached. After numerous meetings an agreement was reached and signed off on by both groups. The agreement was for 5 years and both parties were satisfied that it would enable them to build their respective businesses going forward.
On November 22, 2013, GCGC finally submitted a proposal to both sectors outlining revenue sharing and racing schedules. Both the standardbed and thoroughbred sectors found the proposal completely unacceptable for a variety of reasons, including GCGC’s position that each sector would pay all costs, both training and racing, over and above very minimal racing schedules. Initially GCGC proposed a base schedule for thoroughbreds of 27 days. Further, there were several material mistakes in the proposal that necessitated an amendment. This amendment was not completed by GCGC until the 10th of December.
On December 23, 2013 the industry stakeholders again met with the HRIMC at BCLC headquarters in Vancouver. The stated purpose of the meeting was to arrive at an agreement with the assistance of the HRIMC who would be providing guidance and to some extent, mediation. This turned into an all-day session, but unfortunately it produced no resolution of the horsemen’s differences with GCGC. It was agreed that all parties would meet again after the New Year. To date, no such meeting has taken place although the thoroughbred representatives are more than willing to do so.
In any event, the thoroughbred and standardbred groups remain steadfast in their desire to not pay surcharges for racing and training. GCGC continues to insist on extra money to run more than a minimal number of racedays and they want to be paid on a per month basis for training costs. This would have to come out of purse money and is a concept that exists at no other track. Such costs are the responsibility of the track operator the world over.
To the present time, GCGC has remained intractable in its position, and while threats were very quickly made in regard to the horsemen’s share of slot revenue, it would appear that no similar threats have been conveyed to GCGC in an effort to move them to seriously negotiate agreements with regard to racing schedules or revenue sharing with the two breeds.
Discussions continue to take place between all parties in an effort to resolve this difficult situation. However, thoroughbred representatives are very clear and unwavering in their refusal to not pay GCGC’s outrageous and unprecedented demands for racing and training expenses that are properly and historically the responsibility of the track operator and will stand firm on the recent agreements between the two breeds.
The thoroughbred sector is determined and will not cave in to the demands of GCGC. It is of utmost importance that all owners, breeders and trainers stand united in the ongoing negotiations. Make no mistake, racing will continue at Hastings as it has for more than 100 years. There will be racing in 2014 at Hastings and into the future.
David Milburn President of the HBPA of BC
Ole Nielsen President of BCTOBA
Leif Nordahl President of CTHS BC Division
1-8-2014 - 2014 Horse Racing Season at Hastings
Regarding the 2014 Horse Racing Season at Hastings, President Leif Nordahl advises that there was never a meeting scheduled for Monday, January 6th, 2014. At the last meeting with the horsemen and the BCHRIMC on December 23rd, it was decided that the next meeting was to be held sometime during the week of January 6th after Doug Scott returned from holidays and communicated with Brian Butters and Glen Todd on the 7th and 8th respectively regarding setting a date for a meeting.
Leif hopes that we will soon have a settlement regarding the number of days and allocation for 2014.
1-6-2014 - New sire standing in B.C.!
12/9/13 Special thanks....We would like to thank the Swift Thoroughbreds organization for developing our filly into the Champion that she is now and the CTHS BC sales team for their help in connecting us with her owners. This award is after 25 years of raising thoroughbreds and we are honored to be recognized for raising such a great filly.
Bruce & Sally Whitehouse (Whitewood Farm)
Breeder – Architecture
2013 Champion 2-year-old filly Open & BC-bred Division
12/5/2013 - 2013 Thoroughbred Industry Awards – Winners click here
10/02/2013 - Bred in B.C. by Phoenix Rising Farms, Goldstryke Glory (Second In Command - Glory Is Forever) goes gate to wire in Apelia Stakes. Her advantage dwindled in the last sixteenth, but she held on to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.19.
9-30-2013 - CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CTHS SALES STAKES WINNERS
THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLIES DIVISION
KIRI’S GAL by Kiridashi – Princess Alex (Stephanotis)
Breeder: Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds
Owner: L. D. S. Enterprises Ltd.
Trainer: Craig MacPherson
Jockey: Frank Fuentes
THREE-YEAR-OLD COLTS & GELDINGS DIVISION
STEPUPFORTHEMONEY by Stephanotis – Diana Has Money (Talk Is Money)
Breeder: Robert W. Simpson
Owner: Lillian Jarvis-Meehan
Trainer: Pat Jarvis
Jockey: Frank Fuentes
9-23-2013 - Presentation to BC Horse Racing Industry Managment Committee - CLICK HERE
9/10/2013 - The CTHS Annual Yearling and Mixed Sale held at Thunberbird Park in Langley was a great success.With nice weather hundreds of local buyers and several from other provinces and Washington State showed up.
The sale grossed $1,329,200 from a total of 92 horses that sold which was slightly down from 2012 when 80 horses sold for a total of $1,341,100.00. The average was also just a bit lower at $14,448 compared to $15,965.00 in 2012. The median although was $9000.00 which was $1500.00 ahead of 2012.
A new feature this year was a $60,000 draw. Six lucky buyers received a $10,000 credit that could be used only against purchases. Brian Butters from the BCRIMC and Mary-Margaret Bentley the marketing manager from BCLC were on hand to handle the draw.
Sales Topper Hip #63 sold for $102,000 to Glen Todd by White House Stables
Photos by CatchaMoment Photos
Leading Buyer - Glen Todd ($155,000)
9/02/2013 - Goldstryke Glory, a BC-bred three year old filly by Second In Command - Glory Is Forever by Roar, won the 6 furlong $100,000 Inglorious Stakes race by 7 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:09:18 on Labour Day at Woodbine racetrack. Goldstryke Glory is owned by Barry Holmes and bred by Phoenix Rising Farms.
8/26/2013 - Congratulations to the CTHS Stakes winners!!!
TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES DIVISION
ARCHITECTURE – by Dixie Chatter – Harmony Creator (Yankee Gentleman)
Breeder: Whitewood Farm
Owner: Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Trainer: Dino Condilenios
TWO YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS DIVISION
NEVERABETTERCAUSE – by Cause to Believe – Never Assume (Vying Victor)
Breeder: Bryan Anderson & Carol Anderson
Owner: Jim Eccott, Bryan and Carol Anderson and Lillian Jarvis-Meehan
Trainer: Pat Jarvis
8/18/2013 - Congratulations to sales graduate HERBIE D winning the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.
HERBIE D – by Orchid’s Devil – Chilli Chines (Katowice)
Breeder: George Robbins
Owner: George Robbins and Darcia Doman
Trainer: Rob Gilker