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NEW "THRILLS & SPILLS" 2014 - CHECK OUT THRILLS & SPILLS NEW PAGE UNDER RACING NEWS. THRILLS SPRING EDITION IS FINALLY HERE Check it out CLICK HERE   

***2014 ASHA Yearling Sale was held Monday October 13th in Olds, AB. The sale was a huge success! We almost doubled our total sales and our average price is approx up 20% from last year. 2014 ASHA YEARLING SALES RESULTS VIEW HERE

RESULTS ARE IN FOR THE AB SIRES STAKES STANDINGS AFTER THREE EVENTS FOR TWO YEAR OLDS AND THREE YEAR OLDS.. View under EVENTS (AB SUPER FINALS)

NORTHLANDS PARK 2014 FALL RACING DATES VIEW HERE

2014 STAKES ELIGIBLES - SEE FULL LISTS UNDER RACING NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS!! THE WINNING NAME FOR THE "NAME THAT FOAL" CONTEST IS "PICKLES ON TOP" submitted by 6yr-old Rachel Ratsoy of Edmonton - VIEW CONTEST WINNERS Click here to VIEW Winning Picture

ASHA and it's members would like to thank BILL ANDREW for purchasing brand new Race Number Pads which were sorely needed. And do they look awesome!

 

2014 AB STALLIONS CLICK HERE

2014 STAKES NOMINATION FORM : CLICK HERE

AS PROMISED DAY - VIEW POSTER HERE

 

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(ASHA) was formed to represent and protect the best interests of Standardbred industry participants and bring about a closer, more understanding relationship among members, racetracks, racing associations, governing bodies and the public.

FREEDOMS PASS TRIBUTE! 

On Thursday, July 31st our popular Alberta Sire Freedoms Pass passed away peacefully in his sleep overnight at the age of 20 at his owner Samuel Johnson’s farm in Sherwood Park, AB.

Freedoms Pass was born June 17, 1994 in Montgomery, NY.  He was bred by Gerald Bloch of Cote St. Luc, QC and Alan Ritchie of La Jolla, CA.  Freedoms Pass was the son of Artsplace and out of the Nihilator mare Freedom Aloft.  Freedom was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 in the 1995 Kentucky Standardbred Yearling Sale by the late Robert Schushlow.  

Freedoms Pass came from a very strong racing family.  Freedom had a half brother Dr Drew who was a 1:49.3 pacer and made $520,861.  He also had half brothers JB Stena who made $372,212 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 and Colavito who earned $240,063 with a mark of 1.52.1.  His dam is a half-sister to Leah Almahurst who made $1,053,201, Firm Belief who made $625,801 and Looking For Art who made $433,983.

Freedoms Pass never raced at two and only made two starts at three.  Trainer Sam Johnson purchased him at the 1997 Harrisburg sale with the intent of breeding him.  A friend of Johnsons who also trained horses said, ‘if that was my horse I would put him back in training and race him’.  Well Sam did just that!

Freedoms Pass went undefeated at four and five.  He captured six victories at Northlands Park before retiring him to the breeding shed.  Don Monkman Jr. drove Freedom five of the six victories and Keith Clark drove him in his last victory.

Freedom had a large book of mares waiting to breed to him and bred quite a few mares in the early stages of his stallion career.

Freedom’s progeny has earned over $8 million, with an average of $49,745 per starter.  He was ranked in the top 10 of North American stallions for three-year-old average earnings in 2005.

Twenty three of Freedom’s offspring have earned over $100,000.  Top stakes winners include Patriot Dream ($492,261), Freedoms My Style ($367,302), Jennas Pass ($290,378), Blue Star Secret ($272,406), Maximum Pass ($215,832), Pauls Pass ($208,350), Barona Ice ($200,756) and Blue Star Royalty ($200,110).

A number of Freedom’s daughters have now been bred.  Campasser out of Freedom’s daughter Dream Passer is the fastest progeny with a mark of 1:51.1.  In addition, the 2013 AB Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Nghttraintovegas is also out of the Freedom’s daughter Midnight In Vegas.

One of Freedom’s most recent accomplishments is Pass The Port, the 2013 AB Champion Two-Year-Old Colt nominee who just took a mark of 1:54.1 on July 6th at Alberta Downs.

Freedom’s Pass was a great horse and lived a good life.  Owner Sam Johnson always loved him and looked after him well.

Rest in heaven Freedom! We will miss you!

Written by Orianna Scheck

RACING INFORMATIONImportant Dates and Info

Northlands Park Racing 2014
Jan 3rd – Mar 15th

Alberta Downs Racing 2014
May 3rd - Nov 9th

Northlands Park Racing 2014
Nov 14th - Dec 31st

2014 AB RACING CALENDAR
2014 ASHA YEARLING SALE APPLICATION
2014 STAKES SCHEDULE
THE HORSES PRAYER
 
 
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