Champion millionaire and fan favourite Pender Harbour will make the final start of his stellar career in the Valedictory Stakes-G3 on Sunday, November 29th, the final day of Woodbine’s 2015 thoroughbred racing season and, no matter where he finishes, this seven-year-old Philanthropist gelding will be going out a winner.
Pender has asked his connections – Denny Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk, and Robert and Roberta Giffin – to donate $15,000 to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society to celebrate the end of a grand run at the races and the start of his new life and career. Pender has a retirement plan but there are many other less fortunate racehorses who need assistance transitioning, and this gift will make an enormous difference to their lives. Pender also hopes this will inspire other horses and their owners to follow suit!
Bred by Gardiner Farms Limited, Pender Harbour was purchased by Denny Andrews at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s Toronto yearling sale for a mere $17,000. At time of writing, he has won 12 of 39 lifetime starts and over $1.8 million under trainer Mike DePaulo’s tutelage, accounting for 10 added money events, including the 2011 Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes during his championship year. His many stakes-placings include a second in last year’s Valedictory Stakes-G3, as well as a third place finish in the 2011 Queen’s Plate.
We applaud this grand horse and his owners for this most generous gesture and look forward to news of Pender Harbour in his new life as a riding horse in Western Canada.