The new Mare Purchase Program announced by the HBPA and CTHS of Ontario seems to have added a little zip to the Ontario breeding industry as more than half a dozen people have purchased mares in the field 2 days of the Keeneland January sale in Kentucky. Not all of the ones below are eligible for the 50% rebate on the purchase price (up to $15,000 per mare) but nine buyers of 11 mares – that’s good news.

SPRING FARM – KNOTTY PINE (GB), Pivotal mare $35,000

NICK NOSOWENKO – NIGHT GATHERS (IRE), Giant’s Causeway mare, $3,500

RICHARD HOGAN, AGENT – YES SHE’S A LADY, Yes It’s True mare $210,000
STORMY VENUS, by Stormy Atlantic $18,000

STEVE KEMP – DANCE CHIC TO CHIC, Forestry mare $45,000

GAIL WOOD – EMPTY PROMISES, Broken Vow mare $19,000

PARK STUD – ALPHA MOON, Alphabet Soup mare $16,000
ME LOVE, Giant’s Causewway mare $17,000

IVAN DALOS/TALL OAKS – HATMAKER, by Empire Maker $25,000

ROBERT HARVEY – ILLUMINATING, by Distorted Humor $22,000

NORTHERN DAWN, AGENT – FEISTY, a Ready’s Image mare $3,000



Ontario bred to start in Pegasus World Cup, share sold to Reeves/West Point



It’s official – BREAKING LUCKY is headed to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup to meet California Chrome and Arrogate – Jan 28 at Gulfstream Park. The Ontario bred colt has been training steadily at Palm Beach Downs – photo by Janis Maine




Wednesday morning update – BREAKING LUCKY worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 and up six furlong in 1:13 according to trainer Reade Baker..Jockey Christian Rivera was on board..

“I like this horse, it was an awesome workout,” said Rivera.



Reeves Thoroughbred Racing (http://reevestr.com/) is pleased to announce that a deal has been reached with Gunpowder Farms and West Point Thoroughbreds (http://www.westpointtb.com/) to run BREAKING LUCKY in their starting gate position for the Inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational to be held January 28 at Gulfstream Park.

Gunpowder Farm owner Tom Keithley is also pleased to announce that West Point Thoroughbreds and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing have also purchased an interest into Breaking Lucky.

According to Terry Finley, President & CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds, “we bought in earlier this week knowing it was a good chance to run in the Pegasus”.

Fineley’s West Point Thoroughbreds is a successful syndicate group that is very familiar with Canadian-bred horses and you often see its horses race at Woodbine.

Breaking Lucky is the 5 year old son of Lookin At Lucky, out of Shooting Party by Sky Classic. Foaled in Ontario, Breaking Lucky won the Grade 3 Seagram Cup Stakes on Aug 1 at Woodbine, and the Prince of Wales Stakes in Fort Erie in 2015. Most recently, he was second in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap to Gun Runner. He was ridden by Luis Contreras, and is trained by Reade Baker.

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing has partnered with RA Hill Racing, and Eric Young in their Stakeholder Position for the Pegasus World Cup. They are thrilled to welcome BREAKING LUCKY to the richest horse race in the world.

More about Dean Reeves – 

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, a private racing stable owned by Dean and Patti Reeves of Atlanta, GA., is one of a dozen stakeholders in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest horse race to be run Saturday, Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.

The Reeves, who formed their stable in 2009 with trainer Kathy Ritvo and campaigned 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, are currently searching for a horse to contest the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus.
Dean Reeves became interested in horse racing as a young adult. He attended his first Kentucky Derby in the year 1976, and continued to attend every year for the next consecutive 22 years! In 2007, Dean and his wife Patti met their current horse partners, Bob and Esther Ades, while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Ades is a lone-time horse racing enthusiast from the New York area, and had already had a starter in the Kentucky Derby with his horse Technology, who won the Florida Derby in 1992. While the wives hit it off discussing jewelry, the men began plotting to buy their first racehorse together. And from this chance meeting, the Ades & Reeves partnership was born.


Dean Reeves