Vancouver, B.C. (Dec. 12/14) – Trips to the podium have become a way of life for British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame owner Peter Redekop.
Part of the Hastings Racecourse scene since the mid 1960’s, the silver-haired gentleman with a perpetual smile walked off with four awards at the annual Thoroughbred Awards Dinner on the heels of a thrilling season from two stars of his stable: Alert Bay and Title Contender.
Alert Bay swept the Champion 3-Year-Old Male Open Division honours as well as the Open Horse of the Year award. Title Contender was recognized as Champion Sprinter and Champion Older Male Open Division. Alert Bay and Title Contender are both trained by Anita Bolton.
Alert Bay’s victory in the $150,000 Grade 3 BC Derby on Sept. 14 established local thoroughbred racing history for Redekop as he became the first owner to capture the Derby three years in a row. Redekop won with Title Contender in 2013 and Second City in 2012. He won his first BC Derby with Squire Jones in 1994.
Owners Gail Breckenridge and Lillian Jarvis-Meehan were called to the presentation table three times by emcees Dan Jukich and Mike Heads when Lord Rosberg was named BC Bred Horse of the Year, Champion 2-Year-Old Male Open Division and Champion 2-Year-Old Male B.C. Bred Division.
Trained by Pat Jarvis, Lord Rosberg earned more than $115,000 in 2014, winning three of four starts including the Jack Diamond Futurity and CTHS Sales Stakes. He lost to Blue Dancer by a nose in the Ascot Graduation Stakes.
Finality’s Charmer, owned by L.D.S. Enterprises and trained by Craig MacPherson, was a double winner by being named Champion 2-Year-Old Filly BC Bred Division and Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Open Division. Finality’s Charmer won two stakes races: the Sadie Diamond and CTHS Sales and lost in a photo finish to Quatre Cat in the BC Cup Debutante.
Other equine winners: Wilo Kat, Champion Older Male B.C. Bred Division, owned by Wayne Oliver, Rob Fiorvento, Cowboys n Indians Stables and Bill Randall, trained by John Snow; Madeira Park, Champion Older Filly/Mare Open Division, owned by Exclusive Stable and Ray Hanson, trained by Dave Forster; Touching Promise, Champion Older Filly/Mare B.C. Bred Division, owned by Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bennett, trained by Barbara Heads; Koffee Grinder, Champion 3-Year-Old Male B.C Bred Division, owned by Butch and Renata Goertzen, trained by Craig MacPherson; Ole’s Miss, Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Open Division, owned by Canmor Farms, trained by Tracy McCarthy; Dawselina, Champion 3-Year-Old Filly B.C. Bred Division.
Individual 2014 winners were Amadeo Perez, Leading Jockey; Corrine Andros, Leading Apprentice Jockey; Craig MacPherson, Leading Trainer and Swift Thoroughbreds Inc., Leading Owners.
The Class of 2014 British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductees are former jockey and Vancouver media personality Tom Wolski along with all-time leading B.C.-bred money earner and winner of 10 career stakes, Spaghetti Mouse.
The 2015 Hastings Racecourse season launches on the April 25-26 weekend with regular afternoon start times of 1:50 p.m. More information is available at www.hastingsracecourse.com