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"THRILLS & SPILLS" 2014 THRILLS SPRING EDITION IS FINALLY HERE Check it out CLICK HERE Please email orianna@asha.ab.ca with any ideas you would like to share including pictures, stories, highlights or achievements. ARCHIVES: SEP/OCT-13 AUG-13 JUL-13 JUN-13 MAY-13 APR-13 MAR-13

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!

ALBERTA DOWNS QUALIFERS have been cancelled Thursday April 24th. They will be re-scheduled. A decision on what day will be made on Friday. Please watch for updates. AB Downs racing secretary Raeann Gemmill contact number is 780.932.3460.

**ATTENTION HORSEMAN: NEW ALBERTA DOWNS SHIP IN POLICY READ HERE

ASHA would like to form a small committee to help in the development of "Criteria" for the ASHA Awards categories. Anyone interested in becoming part of this volunteer panel plesae contact ASHA (403.263.7765) or Diane Bertrand (780.475.2200).

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At the request of our members at the ASHA Annual General Meeting held Sunday, March 9th, ASHA has contacted Standardbred Canada regarding the 2014 Alberta Stakes payments. It has been confirmed that stake payment checks will not be cashed until May 15th but envelopes MUST STILL BE POST-MARKED on or before April 15th, 2014. The April 15th due date still applies to post-marking envelopes and PAYMENTS MADE ONLINE with SC Stakes Online. Please ensure that you still have your payment in to Standardbred Canada by April 15th. BE ADVISED THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

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The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association
(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.

AS PROMISED - FOREVER! 

Our Alberta “Champion” As Promised passed away at the age of 24 earlier this year.

As Promised was born on May 11, 1989 in Lexington, Kentucky.  He was the son of Abercrombie and Promised Princess.  Promise was purchased by Keith Clark, Blaine Dickson, Robert Carswell and Charles Campbell at the 1990 Kentucky Standardbred Yearling Sale for $16,000.

   Promise became a multiple stakes Champion with 71 race victories and earnings of $669,639.  As a freshman he won 9 of 10 races and earned $32,800. The colt came close to dying in California early in his 3yr-old year but recovered to dominate the Alberta circuit, winning 10 consecutive races enroute to a season that included multiple stakes wins, $219,582 in earnings and 23 victories in 28 starts. His 4yr-old season was also productive in winning 18 of 30 races for $196,107 and set a career mark of 1:50.2.  In Promise’s 5yr-old year he won 11 of 19 races and $109,725. The next season Promise made nine trips to the winner’s circle from 11 races for $76,000.

When he retired Clark stood the horse himself, breeding small books of mares and then decided to sell him. Sky West Farms (Dr. David Dyrholm) purchased the stallion in the year 2000. As Promised enjoyed a stellar second career as a stallion, siring winners of more than $35 million including 102 performers with earnings in excess of $100,000, 22 winners with $250,000 and 5 winners with $500,000 plus earnings. His popularity as a sire propelled him to be one of Canada’s most prolific stallions.  As Promised also traveled to Australia as a dual hemisphere stallion where he bred 100 mares each year in addition to his Alberta stud duties.

As Promised was inducted into the Canadian Hose Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

Top performers sired by As Promised include: World Champion and Breeders Crown Champion Rons Girl ($576,458), Red Star Hottie ($667,460), Weekend Bernie ($581,951), Dudes Leaving Town ($540,129), and Disagreement ($524,739). Other top performers were Blue Star Majesty, Mortified and Rookies Choice.

As Promised lived his last years at Dr. Dyrholm’s Sky West Farms. 

We will all miss you dearly but will never forget you As Promised!  Thank you for the many great years you gave us all.  Rest in heaven our great Champion!

Written By: Orianna Scheck

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