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EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS MESSAGE CORNER
November 16, 2014
4 broodmares have been purchased at Harrisburg for the HRBC broodmare program and will be resold at the mixed sale November 22nd in the Fraser Downs paddock at 1:00. For those of you who have Track It or a sale catalog they are: #1433 Odds On Ruthless, #1437 Seawind Gabriella, #1459 Rockin In Pink and #1461 Shes Just Rockin. Pedigrees for all the horses entered into the upcoming sale can be found under "Events" then click "Mixed Sale."
2015 Breeders programs and stakes race update!!!
A complete review of all Breeders programs and stake races was done last summer by a large committee over the summer, recommendations were made to the Board and posted.
At the November meeting of the Board reviewed the following: 2015 Breeders Stakes and incentives, 2014 stakes program shifted to the Racing division of allotment and members survey
After a lengthy discussion, the Board felt the 2015 Breeders program has enough incentives to sustain a healthy program.
The Board felt the previous stakes program (Mr. Vancouver, Miss Valentine, etc.) was not achieving the desired results for BC racing.
The Board feels there should be a healthy relationship with Alberta and the fact there were some concessions made to open their stakes program would give the BC based horses the opportunity to race there.
The Board endorses the stakes program with a 3 year old race to have eliminations and final for each sex in April. The original concept of eliminations and final for each sex of older horses will be moved to the fall. A two year old race (divisions if needed) for each sex will be written after Breeders Classic day.
The spring dates and purses will be finalized shortly.
The 2014 Breeders Classis day at Fraser Downs is in the books and it was a fantastic day!!!
I would like to congratulate all the stake race participants, of course everyone wants to win but it is a great accomplishment to get horses into these races.
I am sure the cold wind had a major influence on the races but that is what makes horse racing, you just never know!!!
Congratulations to the Chadwick's and Kootenay Mystic for reminding us small owners that the horses can't read the program to know they are not supposed to win.
There were tears flowing in the winners circle for both of Dennis Johnston's stake wins. Doug McNair offered to pay his own way out from Ontario if he could get any drives on the card and have a fun day with his future brother in law Billy Davis Jr., some things are just meant to be.
I hope, Need You So Bad, winning the final of the Robert Murphy Memorial stake takes away some of the pain that JJJ Stables and Bill Davis continue to go through after the happenings of this summer.
I would like to thank Diane Pennington for co-ordinating the "event day" atomosphere, there are so many other Volunteer's that make this day happen, THANKS, you know who you are!!!
2015 SUMMER STABLING AND RACING OPTIONS UPDATE
We are continuing talks with Fraser Downs with regards to summer stabling. Fraser Downs Management has indicated to HRBC that there will be no summer racing.
Jim Vinnell, Bill Pambrun, Mike Brown (Director of racing - GPEB) and myself met with Racing Management and the Native Band representatives in Kamloops on October 15th. Mike gave both parties an extensive document with regulatory needs and both parties will now have to do a cost analysis to see if racing is possible in the future. The infrastructure is there, it just needs updated.
Osoyoos has given a price to rent the facility for training only, they are a volunteer organization only and are not able to supply any help with manpower for an extended period of time. All cost and risk to host racing would have to come from an outside source.
More information to follow as we have it...
As of Sunday, November 11 (22 days into the meet) the average number of starters per race is 8.29.
We will be doing a review at the end of October with respect to Thursday wagering. Off the top of my head I expect to find Thursday's weak (not as much as you might think from Saturday nights last year) and Friday's to be up this year.
THE MIXED SALE WILL BE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND at 1:00, APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE.
Until next time.....
Wall of Memory- The Board of Director's would like to update the "Wall of Memory", please let the office know the persons name and year of passing.