Two-year-old filly INFINITE PATIENCE was named the British Columbia Horse of the Year and BC-Bred Horse of the Year at Thursday night’s BC Turf Awards at Newlands Golf & Country Club in Langley.
Undefeated in five career start at Hastings Racecourses, with improving Beyer Speed Figures in each start, Infinite Patience won four stakes races including the open Fantasy Stakes worth $75,000 in her final start of the season. She won the five races by a total of more than 36 lengths. She earned $158,436.
She was also named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in both the Open and BC-Bred categories and Champion Sprinter.
The daughter of Sungold (A.P. Indy) from the mare Montero, by Louis Quatorze is owned by William Decoursey and National Hockey League player Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ R.N.H. Stable. Decoursey bred the filly who was bought back from the 2018 BC Mixed Sale for $27,000 (US). Barbara Heads guided the filly to her undefeated campaign.
DeCoursey raced Infinite Patience’s dam Montero, a stakes winner of 11 races and over $205,000. Montero is also the dam of multiple stakes winner RAIDER (Stephanotis) who has won seven stakes and over $238,000.
Infinite Patience’s fourth dam is TABOLA (Round Table), a Windfields Farm mare who produced Queen’s Plate winner SON OF BRIARTIC. Tabola produced the Assert mare Pushy, a stakes producer and third dam of Infinite Patience.
Both SUNGOLD and MONTERO were award winners Thursday night. Sungold was named Champion Sire of 2019 and Champion Juvenile Sire while Montero was named Champion Broodmare.
GLEN TODD’S NORTH AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE COMPANY was the Leading Owner and it raced Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Open, FIVE STAR GENERAL (Distorted Humor), Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, Open, AMAZONIAN and Champion Older Male, Open, HE’S THE REASON. Todd’s stable had 25 wins from 119 starts and purses of $532,093.
Trainer PHIL HALL led all conditioners with 53 wins from 217 starts, well ahead of second leading trainer Glenn Todd who had 29 wins. Hall had a 24% win average and purses of $851,703.
For the first time in the history of Hastings Racecourse, two jockeys tied for leading rider. Enrique Gonzalez and Antonio Reyes each won 57 races.
RUSS AND LOIS BENNETT were the province’s Leading Breeders, ending a three-year streak by Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds.
Awards night also included BC Hall of Fame Inductions for 2019. New to the Hall is the fleet stakes winner filly DANCING ALLSTAR, the Champion 2-Year-Old Filly in Canada in 2007. The BC bred raced for Trinity West Stable.
SWIFT THOROUGHBREDS of Horatio Kemeny and Mark Mache was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as one of the province’s most successful owners as well as major supporters of the industry in the province.
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