**Coming up Wednesday, Jan. 18, the AQHA AWARDS for Quarter Horseracing, see what Canadian-breds are up for Canadian AQHA Horse of the year…
**Canadian horsepeople are in OK for Heritage Place January Sale beginning on Thursday!
CANADIAN TRAINER JASON PASCOE PREPPING HORSES IN OKLAHOMA
One of Ajax Downs’ rising stars, trainer Jason Pascoe, is currently training two dozen Quarter Horses at Sallisaw Training Centre at Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma, and will soon be moving the stable to Remington Park for some early training races.
Pascoe, a former equestrian rider who began training Quarter Horses in 2006, was the second leading conditioner at Ajax Downs in 2017 by QROOI points. Pascoe collected 285 points for 24 wins, 26 seconds and 28 thirds from 122 starters. Perennial leading trainer Joe Tavares led in 2017 with 384 points with 28 wins from 283 starts.
It was the second straight year Pascoe sent out 24 winners during the Ajax meeting, a career high total. His purse earnings of $344,812 in 2017 marked a career high.
The owner of GFR Racing in Pontypool, ON with partner Bryanne Langford had a memorable 2017 season sending out stakes winners LS Prince and Too Much White plus High Point 3-year-old gelding/stallion Maryland Magic (edging LS Prince) and High Point 2-year-old fillies AJ CHICK IN 15 and ISLAND VODKA, who tied in that category.
Bolstered by a strong set of horses from owner Milena Kwiecien of Burlington, ON, Pascoe and Langford expect to start some if the barn’s young horses in training races at Remington in early February.
“We will be moving to Remington at the beginning of February and will doing the schooling races,” said Langford, who is also a director of the QROOI. “We have some paid into all three Futurities at Remington.”
All of the Pascoe horses in Oklahoma were being ridden by Ajax jockey Ed Walton but Walton recently suffered an injury which will sideline him until the 2018 season begins.
Langford said they are excited about a lot of the 2-year-olds in the barn this year. “My favourite right now is a 2 year old filly named Stripper Dust. Milena bought her at the Heritage yearling sale in September.”
Stripper Dust was purchased for $12,500 and is a daughter of Lousiana Senator (sire of LS Prince) from the Grade 1 winning mare MIRANDA FAME by Dash Ta Fame.
Pascoe also trains for Gary McNichol (owner of 2yo Colt/Gelding runner-up Too Much White) and has a few of his own horses.
AQHA AWARDS, FORUM and HERITAGE PLACE SALE
The American Quarter Horse Association will host a forum about the Bank of America Racing Challenge on Thursday, January 18, at 8:30 a.m. at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City.
The forum will be held before the start of the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale to address questions and concerns surrounding the Challenge program.
The forum will address topics that include the nomination and sustaining fees for 2018 regional races, the 2018 Bank of America Challenge Championships, regional schedules and bonus races.
The Bank of America Racing Challenge has, for more than a quarter century, provided racing American Quarter horsemen increased racing opportunity and money at events held around the world.
The schedule of events this week at Heritage Place is as follows:
• Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Pre Sale Party Hosted by Heritage Place Everyone Welcome 5pm-6pm
. Announcement of the 2017 AQHA Racing Champions 6pm (in the Auditorium)
*You can watch the Awards at the AQHA website.
• Thursday, January 18, 2018
AQHA Racing Challenge Open Forum 8am (in the Auditorium)
Session One: Hips 1-306 Starting Promptly at 10am
• Friday, January 19, 2018
Session Two: Hips 307-612 Starting Promptly at 10am
OQHRA reception in restaurant and club immediately following the sale Race Trackers Reunion
• Saturday, January 20, 2018
Session Three: Hips 613-918 Starting Promptly at 10am
Restaurant and Club Open Daily
Phone (405) 682-4551 www.heritageplace.com
CONTENDERS FOR AQHA CANADIAN HORSE OF THE YEAR
ALBERTT Gr g 2013 Mr Jess Tex – Squincheyes, Mr Eye opener. Owner/trainer – SCOTT REID
9-3(0)-2(1)-1(0) Earnings: $39,166
ARCTIC FAME b.g. 2011 Dash to the Arctic – Magic |Ta Fame, Black Moons Arising Owner: George Coleman. Trainer: Scott Reid
9-7(0)-0(0)-1(0) Earnings: $47,038
BRINGONTHEWAVE gr.g. 2015 Wave Carver – Special Corona, Corona Cartel Owner: Dale Zukowski. Trainer: James Doolin
6-5(2)-0(0)-0(0) Earnings: $41,745
COUNTRYS COMIN BAC Ch. g 2011. Country Chicks Man – Bac to center, by Splash bac. Owner/trainer Ralph Pearson
9-3(0)-3(0)-1(0) Earnings: $32,283
CRUISINFOURABRUISIN, Sor. g 201 First Timber – Tagulator by Royal Evening Snow. Owners Barry and Janic Sather. Trainer: Janice Sather
10-5(0)-2(0)-1(1) Earnings: $31,560
GHOST PINES, grf. 2014 Fire Finder – Quick Six Lady by Tres Seis Owner: Gary McNichol. Trainer: Michele Woodley
5-3(1)-1(0)-0(0) Earnings: $36,974
HAD TO BE IVORY, b.g. 2015 Ivory James – Hand to be Fandango by Hadtobenuts. owners: Carol and Jaime Robertson. Trainer: Bryn Robertson
5-5(2)-0(0)-0(0) Earnings: $69,931
HICKERSON – sor. g 2014 Country Chicks Man – easily Holland by Holland Ease. owners: Richard Wincikaby/DK Training centre. Trainer: Don Reid
7-1(0)-2(1)-1(0) Earnings: $36,429
HONOR THE FAST MAN b.g. 2014 Honor the Perry – Buckle high, by Heza Fast Man. Owner/trainer: Tom Kenway
6-3(3)-3(0)-0(0) Earnings: $38,652
MAKE ME BODACIOUS b.f. 2014 Bodacious Jess – Make Us a Miracle by Dean Miracle. owner: Rick Crispi. Trainer: Tom Dunlap
12-3(0)-4(0)-3(0) Earnings: $30,840
AJAX DOWNS’ leading owner CHRISTINE is also on the short list for AQHA Champion Owner:
BELLA VISTA FARMS LLC
141-22(0)-17(0)-23(0) Earnings: $271,076
160-21(0)-34(1)-22(0) Earnings: $231,562
150-20(3)-20(2)-20(2) Earnings: $1,441,781
DARLING FARMS / J GOMEZ / E SOLIS
9-7(3)-2(1)-0(0) Earnings: $1,430,411
EDWARD C ALLRED
414-45(3)-72(4)-65(9) Earnings: $680,480
FLY BABY FLY PARTNERSHIP
5-3(1)-0(0)-1(0) Earnings: $1,585,200
JUAN A MEDINA
16-11(2)-1(1)-0(0) Earnings: $955,394
LUIS MIGUEL ALBORES GLEASON
59-23(5)-8(3)-6(2) Earnings: $337,297
34-10(1)-4(1)-5(0) Earnings: $684,095
PARAGON FARMS LLC
92-30(4)-16(1)-7(2) Earnings: $1,013,530
PETE A SCARMARDO
140-25(6)-25(3)-19(4) Earnings: $663,588
RALPH OR CAROLYN FALES
89-24(4)-17(3)-15(2) Earnings: $196,565
RELIANCE RANCHES LLC
114-14(2)-10(2)-16(4) Earnings: $685,795
ROGELIO MARQUEZ JR
117-32(7)-16(1)-14(2) Earnings: $1,104,787
STEVE D BURNS DVM
159-26(3)-17(1)-29(3) Earnings: $314,368
TERRY & IRENE STENNETT
101-25(1)-20(0)-20(2) Earnings: $436,345
BOBBY D COX
817-133(13)-122(17)-89(9) Earnings: $3,494,224
CUADRA LA PRESITA
176-33(4)-27(0)-28(0) Earnings: $304,847
EDWARD C ALLRED
912-131(10)-155(17)-141(14) Earnings: $2,093,949
GRANT FARMS LLC
290-40(5)-38(3)-39(4) Earnings: $881,495
JAIME H GOMEZ
159-29(4)-25(1)-17(0) Earnings: $1,825,494
JUAN A MEDINA
22-12(2)-1(1)-0(0) Earnings: $963,323
JULIANNA HAWN HOLT
102-15(1)-4(0)-8(0) Earnings: $1,746,612
LUIS MIGUES ALBORES GLEASON
65-25(6)-7(0)-8(4) Earnings: $1,467,769
MARTHA F WELLS
218-36(3)-34(5)-33(3) Earnings: $358,287
379-42(3)-42(3)-52(4) Earnings: $1,143,078
470-69(6)-73(6)-63(4) Earnings: $2,373,974
STEVE D BURNS DVM
665-115(6)-88(8)-75(8) Earnings: $1,610,530
249-45(11)-30(5)-36(6) Earnings: $1,190,881
WEETONA STANLEY & W E SMITH
228-37(4)-29(2)-24(2) Earnings: $708,917
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – RACEVIEW NETWORK on location at AJAX DOWNS 2017
QUARTER HORSE RACING INDUSTRY PROGRAM 2018-2019
The 2018-19 Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) has been approved by the Ontario Racing Board of Directors. The 2018-19 QHRIDP was planned based on the recommendations of the industry representative Quarter Horse Advisory Group.
The main QHRIDP components will remain similar to prior years, with the 2018-19 program projected to provide over $3.5 million in total purses and incentives.
New to the QHRIDP, a Mare Breeding Incentive will be introduced as a new program to encourage breeding of QH mares in Ontario. The goal of the new program is to increase the future racing population by providing a $1,000 incentive to eligible participants upon breeding a mare. To accommodate the budget expenditures for the Mare Breeding Incentive, the Breeders Awards and Stallion Awards were cut by 10% to $400k and $40k, respectively.
The Third Start Bonus, which provides a $1,000 incentive to the trainer of record on the completion of three starts at Ajax Downs during the season, will be continued into 2018-19. The incentive will introduce a maximum cap of $10,000 to any one trainer.
To support increased program participation, late enrolments will now be allowed subject to a late fee. The fee for filing a late Stallion Enrolment (after January 15 for active stallions) will be $200. Broodmare enrolments may be filed after foaling, with no time limit, upon paying a late fee of $200 and providing proof of residency.
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For more information on Ontario’s Horse Improvement Programs, visit www.ontarioracing.com and select “For Industry Insiders” and “Breeding Programs.” The Program Administrator may be contacted at (416) 477-5529.
QROOI 2017 Awards Banquet
The QROOI will host their 2017 Awards Banquet on Saturday February 17, 2018 at the beautiful facility, Ajax Convention Centre. Cocktails are at 6pm and dinner will be at 7pm. Tickets are $25 each (includes HST). The QROOI is very excited to have ‘Two For the Show’ DJ at the Awards dinner.
Please come join us and help us to celebrate our 2017 Champions!
Please contact Monique at the office to purchase your tickets. A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at Ajax Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and the Homewood Suites Ajax. If you would like a room for that evening please speak with Monique or contact the hotels directly. Ajax Hilton Garden Inn can be reached at (905) 686-9400 and Homewood Suites can be reached at (905) 686-5969. Please use the QROOI code when booking your room for a cheaper rate.
Equine Guelph Offers 150 FREE Short Courses for Grooms and Trainers in Horse Racing
Guelph, Ontario – Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The three-week online course will run this winter from January 22 – February 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph’s new online training platform, The Horse Portal.
According to the 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey, gut issues were ranked as the number three health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the number one killer of horses, but it is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level and stress may also cause an increased risk of colic.
“Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers,” says Hugh Mitchell, Chair of Ontario Racing. He adds, “This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well.”
The three-week online short course will be flexible and practical with content appropriate for the racing industry. The course will be delivered from respected experts from the horse racing community. For the first time, trainers and grooms from the three sectors will come together in discussion groups to share expertise and experience with each other.
“Offering the ‘Gut Health & Colic Prevention’ course at no charge will be an appealing way to engage the racing community to try out flexible, online learning on The Horse Portal,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph.
To register, go to www.TheHorsePortal.ca/OntarioR acing and apply the appropriate coupon code for the free course valued at $95. Registration for the 150 free courses will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 50 trainers and grooms from each sector. Coupon code: ORacingQHghc
This program is an online training partnership between Ontario Racing and Equine Guelph, with funding provided by Grand River Agricultural Society. Project partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. and Standardbred Canada. The online course is sponsored by Intercity Insurance Services Inc. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd.
For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca/Ontario Racing