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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.
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 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’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