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Future Derby Winner?

They’re Off!

May 2014

Looking for Photos We are looking for old photos of people or horses from the past; jockeys, trainers, backstretch personnel are all welcome and will be used in future issues. Each photo will be scanned and returned to it’s owner in the condition it is received. No win-photos please. Back Issues Available If you are interested in a particular story or issue there are back issues of HorseRacingBC available. Email: jimreynolds@uniserve. com and ask for the issue you are interested in. They are free but supply is limited. CTHS Sale Entries Deadline for the entries to the CTHS BC Yearling & Mixed Sale is Friday, May 16th. No Late Entries will be accepted. Entry Forms are available on the CTHS website or by contacting the CTHS staff at 604 - 574 - 0145. Photos by Patti Tubbs Sovereign Award winner Patti Tubbs will take your favourite horse’s photo. Ms. Tubbs can be reached at

Title Contender Takes First Stakes of the Year

Visiting jockeys Rico Walcott and Aaron Gryder thrilled an opening day crowd with $50,000 stakes victories under ideal weather conditions Sunday at Hastings Racecourse. Walcott, leading rider at Edmonton’s Northlands Park in 2013, slipped through the rail on Title Contender to take a commanding lead entering the final turn and won the George Royal Stakes for 3-yearolds and up by 1 ½ lengths over long shot Twistgrips.

Title Contender, winner of the 2013 BC Derby with Walcott aboard, is trained by Anita Bolton for B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame owner Peter Redekop. Title Contender’s final time was 1:16.25. Southern California-based Aaron Gryder fittingly rode Hollywood Miss to victory in the co-feature Brighouse Belles for fillies and mares. Hollywood Miss is trained by Troy Taylor for a syndicate owned by Glen Todd of the North American Thoroughbred Horse

Company. Final time for Hollywood Miss was 1:17.32. Todd is hoping to have Gryder as a regular rider again at Hastings. “We’re still in the talking stages,” Todd said. Gryder had 225 starts for Todd last year, finishing fifth in the overall jockey standings with 45 wins. The total handle for the eight-race card Sunday was $679,783, a 38 per cent increase over opening day in 2013.

Princeton Racing Cancelled Princeton Racing Days is suspending racing for the 2014 race season. We wish all our best to our fellow Interior tracks and Hastings Park this season. Interior BC Racing Dates Osoyoos - Desert Park June 14th and August 16th, 2014 Vernon - Kin Park July 13th, 27th & August 9th, 2014 The Thoroughbred Ladies Club of BC, whose charity work and scholarship program has benefited backstretch workers at Hastings Racecourse since 1973, meets the first Tuesday each month. If you would like to join them in their worthwhile efforts or help at the occasional function, please call: Linda Sentes 604-318-7949 Barb Williams at 604-542-8951.

Campbell, Marino to National Driving Championships Brandon Campbell took the lead early in the Western Regional Driving Championship and never relinquished it from that point forward while racking up three wins during the nine-race challenge on

Fraser Downs’ meet-closing card Saturday afternoon. Campbell and runner-up Jim Marino will advance to the 2014 National Driving Championship, which takes place on August 26 at Red Shores

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Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Campbell, a P.E.I. native now based in Alberta, is looking forward to his homecoming and competing at the con’t on pg 2 national level.

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“My mom and two sisters and the rest of my family will get to meet my new daughter,” said Campbell. “I’m really, really pumped about it. “My whole family is from P.E.I. The last Drivers Challenge, I got lucky enough to be able to go out there and it was a really great experience. My whole family is from there and they built quite a name for themselves and everybody welcomed me with open arms. It would be an absolute privilege to be able to go back again.” The lead changed hands between opening leg winners Bill Davis and Scott Knight before Campbell took over the top spot in round three with a victory aboard Steve O, who followed Hector Protector wide and defeated him in a battle to the wire. Campbell maintained his lead in the standings through the rest of the competition while earning back-to-back wins in the sixth and seventh legs with runaway winner Steal The Diamonds and Slow And Easy, who rallied wide off cover and swept by the field down the stretch. Campbell earned a total of 90 points while Marino (63 points) clinched the runner-up honours with a victory in the last leg aboard the pocket-pulling Pureform Olympia, edging out Gerry Hudon (62 points) in the final standings by one point. Hudon, Richard Remillard and John Chappell also earned victories in the other legs of the competition. The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in the World Driving Championship in Australia in February/March 2015. Here is a look at the official leaderboard: Rank - Driver - Region - Points 1. Brandon Campbell - Alberta - 90 pts 2. Jim Marino - B.C. - 63 pts 3. Gerry Hudon - Alberta - 62 pts 4. Bill Davis - B.C. - 56 pts 5. Richard Remillard - Saskatchewan - 55 pts 6. Travis Cullen - Alberta - 51 pts 7. John Chappell - B.C. - 46 pts 8. Scott Knight - B.C. 44 pts 9. Don Howlett - Manitoba - 25 pts

Remembering… Ken Skinner 1956 — 2014

The Voice of the Races

Jack Short called the horse races---on the public address systems at the Lansdowne and Exhibition Park Tracks — far longer than anyone in North America. From the start of the 1934 season until he retired following the 1976 season, his career lasted 43 years.    By his own estimate, he called between 48,000 and 50,000 during that time. Thats enough furlongs to stretch twice around the world. His vocal trademark was his sign-off at the end of each racing day: “ADIOS AMIGOS!” It came not from racing, but from a time in 1931 when he rounded up some unemployed musicians and put together and fronted a dance band in California. It specialized in Latin- American music.

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The Reluctant Star by Marcy Emery

If Pat Jarvis had her name on the masthead of this publication, this story would be about Charlene Miller. “I’m not really good at these things, you should talk to Charlene instead” she suggested when reached at her Hastings shedrow earlier in April. Of course, Pat Jarvis doesn’t talk long about anything without mentioning the goodness in someone or something else; a very small percentage of her sentences begin with “I”. If you’re lucky enough to get her talking you’ll hear some wonderful stories, even if she rarely casts herself in their leading roles. In 1976, when other kids her age were getting drivers licences, Pat Jarvis became the youngest Canadian to take out a Thoroughbred trainers licence, issued at Sandown Park. It was a provisional licence and she could only train horses she had ownership in, but she started Jim Jackson’s Amazing High twice that year, winning one of those starts and earning

$612. When asked how she thought she’d done in her first season as a trainer, Ms. Jarvis replied, in classic fashion, “I guess that was pretty good.” Five decades into her career now, Jarvis will tell you that the challenge of riding the highs and lows never gets old and that good owners and a good crew make the process of bringing out the best in horses at all levels something worth getting up for every morning. Grooms like Dan Fisher push her to be better and clearly theirs is a relationship based on trust and respect. Of Fisher Jarvis says, “We think alike. I could go away for a month and come back to find everything running exactly as it should with him.” Lillian Meehan, Pat’s sister, supports every effort in the barn and acts as eyes and ears out on the track .The two complement and accent each other perfectly. Young people on the crew are carefully selected and cultivated, just like the

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees. A total of 14 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame. Wando and Horatio Luro are among the three horses and four people representing Thoroughbreds. The Thoroughbred Inductees are: Male Horse Category: Wando - bred and owned by Gustav Schickedanz, Schomberg, Ontario. Female Horse Category: Apelia - bred and owned by Steve Stavros, Knob Hill Stables, Newmarket, Ontario. Veteran Horse Category: Cool Mood – owned by David Wilmot, Kinghaven Farms, King City, Ontario. Veteran People Category: Horatio Luro – Argentine-born trainer of Northern Dancer Jockey Category: Robert Landry - Toronto, Ontario. Builder Category: William (Bill) Graham - owner of Windhaven Farms, Caledon, Ontario and Lexington, Kentucky. Builder Category: Arthur Stollery, owne.r

horses, and they tend to thrive – Jarvis barn graduate William Lavanway also had a marvellous year in 2013. In Pat’s barn, long careers are available to humans and to horses. Bringing young people into the business, keeping good people close and finding homes for retiring race horses are part of that old-school way that is once again recognized as vital to the health and longevity of the Thoroughbred industry. There is a genuine love for the sport, the animals and the racetrack way of life in Pat Jarvis and this shines brightly as she shares her many stories. A view of constant learning and development, that self-deprecating way and a bunch of good people and horses around her might be all the ingredients required in the recipe for a year as successful as last for Team Jarvis but Pat, like her father who taught her, will say that the secret ingredient is time. “We have all these “things” now

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– ceramic blankets, lasers. Everybody wants everything to be quick. I’m old-school, I learned to do things manually. I like to let horses mature and to come into their own in their own way.” The Jarvis barn is understandably excited about Neverabettercause this year because according to Pat, “the Cause to Believes seem ready early and he came in so mature. It’s always exciting to see where they’ll go next.” Back in the day Pat Jarvis with two-year-old Casual Belief somebody felt the goes roughly as fol finish immediately same way about Pat lows: In 2004, Ben after the race. He ran Jarvis, and that excite- Zenari sent her a either third or fourth… ment about her potensomewhat difficult/ what did “not losing” tial has been acknowl- possibly hopeless mean, exactly? edged more than once horse to train with the Reached by phone later over five decades, to be instructions that the that evening, Ben sure. However, the horse should run and Zenari clarified everyonly story Ms. Jarvis not lose. In the prething for Pat Jarvis. related to this maga“instant internet re“All you had to do was zine wherein she sults” world of 2004, beat one. I’ll be sendappeared in a leading much discussion took ing you six more next role (with deference to place in the Jarvis barn week.” the horse, as always) regarding the horse’s

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Opening Day - Hastings 2014

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Hind Gut Acidosis And The Lameness Link… By Doug Campbell Poor Hind Gut Function is an Overlooked Source of Some Unsoundnes and Hoof Quality Issues in Equines. How Digestive Probiotics Can Help Maintaining adequate 6.5 - 6.7. When events grains/processed feeds, founder easily and Removing, reducing or bacteria, enzymes, levels of gut microbes happen that cause the increases in body exhibit poor hoof managing the contribyeasts and MOS and enzymes in the pH to fall below 6.5, temperatures from integrity (cracks), uting factors is a start prebiotics, all of which horse’s foregut (stomthe hind gut becomes physical exertion or despite proper hoof in addressing the hind contribute to a healthy ach, small intestine) acidic and a condition fever, mental stress care. gut issue. Most impor- hind gut and decrease and the hind gut called hind gut acidosis (releases hormones Behavioral observatantly, ensure that the the toxic effects of (cecum, large and occurs. The acidic that cause the pH to tions associated with horse has continual hind gut acidosis. small colons) goes well condition causes the drop), stall confinestomach (gastric) access to high quality Having an awareness beyond just supporting beneficial bacteria that ment, severe/inconsis- ulcers can also point to fibre, water 24/7 and of hind gut acidosis, good digestion. A ferment fibre and tent/inadequate exerhind gut ulcers - a minimal carbohydrates. and the implications it horse’s hind gut health, produce the VFAs to cise, can all be result of hind gut Optimize the feeding can have on movement and its ability to die off . This leaves the contributing factors. acidosis. A horse may program with high and hoof quality, gives effectively ferment ideal environment in The chronically acidic be sensitive on its quality roughage and equine caregivers fibre, can also play a the hind gut for the hind gut becomes a sides, belly and flanks, adequate protein, another perspective to significant role in rapid growth of harmprime environment for be irritable/fidgety vitamin and mineral consider when dealing keeping the horse ful microorganisms pathogenic (harmful) under saddle, act levels. Minimize with unsoundness and sound. Effective hind and endotoxins. Bymicroorganisms to cinchy (girth squeezes periods that horses go hoof issues. gut function is imporproducts of these propagate in. The the dorsal colon and is without roughage (a tant for hydration, harmful microorganresult is an ongoing painful), stride uneven- horse’s stomach is Involving Your Vet synthesis of vitamins isms can have serious “leak” of endotoxins ly or move short effectively empty in 20 Veterinary involvement and amino acids, and implications - gas colic into the blood stream, behind (especially on minutes); take hay to is an essential part of the production of and laminitis are resulting in a continual the right hind), have the warm up ring, successful, proactive volatile fatty acids common ones. compromise of sound- difficulty with bendprovide hay in the foal care. (VFAs), which provide There are many factors ness and hoof quality. ing/collection/lead trailer, let them eat Setbacks during this 80% of a horse’s that can alter the pH Some indicators that changes, stand camped while grooming and critical period of rapid metabolic energy level of the hind gut, point to hind gut out behind (or under), tacking up. Protect musculoskeletal horses don’t run on causing it to become acidosis are: flatulence, even appear run down their stomachs from growth, along with a carbohydrates like acidic. Starch overflow loose or smelly stools, behind, all in an effort acid splash when naive immune system humans do! However, into the cecum due to diarrhea, colic or colic to protect the sore hind riding or hauling by facing viral and bactewe tend to forget that large grain meals symptoms, picky eater/ gut area. using a temporary rial diseases, parasites, maintaining high continues to be a off feed, appearing Frequently, unsoundstomach acid buffer. and weaning stress, can quality fibre fermenta- primary cause; how“herring-gutted” and a ness issues are treated Supplemented probiot- have a major impact on tion in the hind gut is ever, lack of adequate loss of top line muscle. with anti-inflammatory ics for horses that your foal’s future athalso important for what forage, withholding Horses drugs, in an effort to cannot ingest sufficient letic performance and it does not produce, feed for prolonged may present with alleviate the sympamounts of probiotics health. However, ensuch as endotoxins and periods, antibiotic or continuous or intermit- toms. Unfortunately, and prebiotics from suring your veterinarigas. anti-inflammatory tent non-structural many of these drugs natural sources might an plays an integral Optimum hind gut drugs, worming, lameness, have very further compromise be considered. This is a role in your foal’s first function is dependent trailering, mycotoxin soft or thin soles, gut microbes resulting way to continually few months can help upon maintaining a and aflatoxin molds frequent sole abscessin an even provide high levels of you promote his lifenarrow pH window of ingested from hay/ es, a tendency to more acidic hind gut. live beneficial gut long health.

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Issue # 61

British Columbia Racing Rules Changes for 2014 COMMON RULES: Chapter 1 Add: Director of Racing – to have the same powers as and be interchangeable with “Executive Director” Chapter 3 Rule 15a 2(a)(b)(c) Amend to read: 15a     Procedure where positive test sample occurs (1)       Upon receiving a written report from the official chemist that a positive test has been secured from a sample taken from a horse, the Stewards/Judges shall immediately notify the trainer of that horse, and immediately commence an inspection (2)       For a period not exceeding seven clear days from the commencement of and during the period of inspection required under (1): (a)       all horses trained by the trainer of the horse whose positive test is the subject of the inspection may be denied entry privileges; (b)       all horses wholly owned by the trainer may be denied starting privileges unless sold or transferred to persons approved by a Steward or Judge; and (c)       the horse whose positive test is under investigation may not be permitted to start until the investigation is completed.  THOROUGHBRED RACING RULES  Chapter 4 Rule 103(1)(a) Amend to read: 103.     Required workouts at Hastings (1)       A horse that has not started for 35 days shall not be allowed to run for its initial start at Hastings in the current calendar year unless: Chapter 4 Rule 103 (2)(a) Amend to read: (2)       All two year old horses and first life time starters shall: (a)       register two workouts acceptable to the Stewards, one of which shall not be less than five furlongs, prior to running in a race of a distance of six furlongs or longer.   Both workouts shall have taken place within 35 days immediately prior to the race.

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Chapter 6 Rule 112a. (2)(g) Amend to read: 112a. Official Outrider – Mornings (added 17/03/2005)  (2)       Have complete jurisdiction over the activity on the racetrack during training hours to: (g)       ensure that no one backtracks past the six furlong pole during gate schooling hours without the permission of the starter or his representative. Chapter 7 Rule 113(13) Amend to read: 113.    Jockey eligibility  (13)     The minimum jockey fee is considered earned when the jockey is weighed out by the clerk of scales. Chapter 9 Rule 131(7) Amend to read: 131.    Claiming prohibitions (7)       If a claimed horse is entered in a claiming race within 25 days of being claimed: (a)      a horse that won the claiming race from which it was claimed shall start for at least 25 percent more than the amount for which it was claimed.              (b)      a horse that did not win the claiming race from which it was claimed shall start for at least the same amount for which it was claimed. Chapter 9 Rule 140 Amend to read (add (4): 140.    Voided claim (1)       Claims not keeping with these rules shall be void. (2)       The Stewards may at any time in their discretion require any person who has made a claim to file an affidavit that he/she has claimed in accordance with the rules. (3)       If , upon receipt of a protest regarding a claim, the Stewards may void the claim, the owner shall repay the purchase price to the claimant, who shall return the horse. (4)      The Stewards shall void the claim of a horse that is euthanized on the track or immediately following the completion of the race that it was claimed from. Approved by the Assistant Deputy Minister, GPEB, on April 16, 2014

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