“We’ve got to get some people to notice us,” said BC owner and breeder Peter Redekop. His donation of $100,000 to boost the British Columbia Derby (Grade 3) purse to $250,000 certainly turned some heads.

The 84-year-old member of the BC Horse Racing Hall of Fame, who jumped into the game 50 years ago, has been making substantial annual donations to enhance the stakes purses at Hastings Racecourse for years, something he explains is simply a practical way to attract people to the sport of racing. This Canadian Thoroughbred article looks at Redekop’s humble past and his tremendous string of good luck in the BC Derby— a race he won three years in a row — as well as taking a stab at the 2006 Kentucky Derby with Cause to Believe which gave Redekop the Derby bug and led to his $360,000 purchase of the Scat Daddy son Anothertwistafate at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales.

Read the full story on Canadian Thoroughbred.