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Wednesday, November 14, 2007


(Pictured) CLOUD TEN
(The first white THOROUGHBRED
born in Canada) Read more
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FROST KING was one of the greatest horses ever born in this country. If you were not around for his heroics - early 1980's- you sure missed something.
Here's a bio from the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (Frost King was inducted several years ago)

"In the early 1980s the “Travellin’ Man” logged more miles than any trucker on the #401. When he called it a career at age five the big, flashy roan gelding had a bankroll of almost $1.2 million, second only to Sunny’s Halo for Canadian breds at that time.

Frost King’s name was taken from a discarded refrigerator near the farm north of Toronto where he was raised. He won stakes races in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and visited many of the leading tracks in the U.S., winning stakes at Keeneland and Chicago’s Sportsman’s Park and placing in major events in Massachusetts, Illinois and Michigan. Frost King also earned frequent flyer points as a 3-year-old in 1981 when he represented Canada in the inaugural running of the Japan Cup in Tokyo, finishing second by a length to Mairzy Doates. He was also Canada’s first entry in the Budweiser Million.

Frost King was bred and co-owned by Ted Smith and Bill Marko, a Sovereign Award winning trainer. Twice Smith offered the son of Ruritania for sale — as a weanling at Keeneland and again at the CTHS yearling sales in Toronto. Both times the bidding failed to reach Smith’s $10,000 reserve and he took him home to race for his stable. Frost King was Canada’s champion 3-year-old in 1981 and swept honors the following year when he was named Horse of the Year, champion grass horse and older horse. During a remarkable career of 55 starts he was never worse than third on 40 occasions. Of his 27 victories, 21 came in stakes races.

At two he won the Cup and Saucer Stakes and the Winnipeg Futurity. In 1981 he was beaten less than a length in the Queen’s Plate but captured the affection of fans and bettors, winning the Canadian Derby, Toronto Cup, Bunty Lawless, Achievement, Col. R.S. McLaughlin, Queenston and Plate Trial Stakes. Good horses have the ability to sprint and carry top weight, which the “Travellin’ Man” did often as a 4-year-old in 1982. That year he was assigned 130 pounds or more in eight of his starts, often spotting opponents from 10 to 15 pounds. Frost King won both the Bold Venture Handicap and the Bunty Lawless under 132 pounds for regular jockey, Lloyd Duffy. He carried 131 pounds in the Jockey Club Cup.

Frost King carried his class and durability at age five, travelling to Western Canada, where he set a track record at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Kentucky and Detroit, winning four more stakes races. An ankle injury forced his retirement."

Will the next Frost King come out the race named in his honour tonight?

Favouried NOT BOURBON and STUCK IN TRAFFIC have promising records so far and GRAZETTES LANDING, from the first crop of Paynes Bay, is an exciting prospect for the Melnyk Stables.



Owner No. starters Avg/starter
minimunm 10





SAM-SON FARMS 29 53,018





Leading Breeders by Province-bred Earnings

Average Earnings/Starter

Min. 10 starters

Mel P. Lawson 10 831,369 83,137

Knob Hill Stable 20 1,261,451 63,073

William Sorokolit 25 1,557,947 62,318

Gustav L. Schickedanz 28 1, 560,813 55,743

Chiefswood Stables Ltd. 12 661,200 55,100

Kinghaven Farms 28 1,497,299 53,475

Eugene Melnyk 78 3,780,478 48,468

Sam-Son Farm 35 1,683,036 48,087

George Strawbridge Jr. 10 449,129 44,913

Beclawat Stable 14 570,204 40,729


April Wayenburg’s Blazing Colours Farm in Wellanport, Ontario is the home to numerous stallions, many with Thoroughbred pedigrees, that present mare owners of all breeds an opportunity to breed a horse of another colour.

April’s farm (check her nice website at was the birthplace of the first white Thoroughbred born in Canada, the cleverly named CLOUD TEN (by the Native Royalty line stallion Sato out of the Winged T mare Burlinton Arcade, a granddaughter of Tome Fool).

Her farm is also expected to be the future home of a breeding operation for top Woodbine owner CHARLES LALOGGIA, owner of stakes winner OFFICER CHERRIE and stakes calibre fillies LICKETY LEMON and CLEARLY FOXY plus SKIP CODE.

Here is a report from April about her winning thoroughbreds at the recently completed ROYAL WINTER FAIR..

“RFF Golden Time (Timely Roberto, a son of Time to Explode out of the Prince John John-Damascus line mare Golden Miracle) won Senior Champion Thoroughbred and then went back for the Grand Champion Class. He won that too!!! And (he received) the Ontario Jockey Club Challenge Trophy.

White Pharaoh (Sato-Golden Belle) won his weanling class and then got Reserve Junior Champion.

So a great day for our Thoroughbreds at the Royal Winter Fair.

We also have a few other rare coloured TB’s here at the farm who have won different titles and we are also the breeders of the first white TB born in Canada. Since then we have had a total of 4 born here and the only farm in Canada to have bred any.

Here is a photo of Golden Time (mentioned above) from last month. “


As reported on this site a few days ago, champion racehorse GILDED TIME will stand at stud in 2008 in Alberta, where a proposed 1 mile track is expected to be completed in 2009.

His offspring have won more than $43.4 million and he’s sired 49 stakes winners and now Gilded Time has been purchased by Bar None Ranches and will stand at that farm near Dewinton, Alberta, Canada, in 2008. The 17-year-old son of Timeless Moment formerly stood at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

“He is a very attractive animal and has been a fixture on the leading sires list," said Bar None farm manager Mike Vanin. "He has not even arrived, and his book is already filling fast."

"We are seeing tremendous growth in our industry in western Canada," Vanin added."With the proposed multi-million dollar racetrack project in Alberta to be completed in 2009, this is an excellent time to bring a proven sire like Gilded Time to our region.”

Lines for slots - Hastings report

published: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

By Derrick Penner, vancouver sun

Great Canadian Gaming Corp. didn't run any ads to say it would be opening its slot-machine lounge at Hastings Park Racecourse on Saturday morning. But there was still a lineup to get in, and the room was filled to capacity, according to company executive Howard Blank.

How did people find out? "That's a good question," said Blank, Great Canadian's vice-president of media and entertainment.

"Maybe it was friends at the track who told them. It was on the evening news, so they must have heard the news."

The Hastings Racecourse gambling room that opened Saturday is a temporary facility with 150 slot machines and an off-track betting parlour. But it will grow into the controversial $40-million remake of Hastings Racecourse, which will eventually include a casino with as many as 600 slots built beneath the track's grandstand.

Read more at this site..




Louis Romanet, director general of France Galop and chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities will be awarded a special Sovereign Award this year by the Jockey Club of Canada.

The award will be presented in recognition of Romanet's many years of service to the international racing and breeding industry.

Louis Romanet, who will retire as director general of France Galop on Dec. 31, will continue to serve as chairman of the international federation until October 2009.

Jean Romanet, Louis Romanet's father, was the recipient of a special Sovereign Award in 1978.

Since then, the Special Sovereign is usually awarded to a “special” Canadian or a person or horse who did something significant for Canadian racing: Frank Drea, Sunny’s Halo, Richard Duchoissois, Rothmans, Milt Dunnell and Awesome Again among the winners.

This year, the Special Sovereign could have also gone to JAMBALAYA, the first Canadian bred winner of the Grade 1 Arlington Million and a dual Grade 1 winner this year for Catherine Day Phillips. Jambalaya was injured and could not make 3 starts in Canada this year, thus he is not eligible for a Sovereign.


  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Lines form for racetrack slots"

    Remember when lines formed at racetracks for the actual....*GASP*....RACES?

    *sigh*. Too bad the only time good crowds at racetracks are even mentioned is when a new slot parlor opens.

  • At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Monashee should be on that list for a special Sovereign.
    When was the last time a Canadian horse won 11 consecutive Stake races????

  • At 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While I would agree with you Anon 9.22am, my question after reading your statement would be, what do you suggest as ideas for improvement?


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