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4 The Game, June 2008 Canada’s Thoroughbred Racing Newspaper Ontario Breeder John Whytall Passes Away
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Long-time Ontario thoroughbred horse breeder, John Whytall passed away suddenly on May 7, 2008
winner, Golden Choice for a couple of seasons. John later acquired his own stallions, Welbred Fred and Synastry Express which he stood at his farm in the early 2000’s.
John Whytall and Stallion Welbred Fred - 2002 Game  le photo
with it. It’s hard for me to accept that he’s no longer around, available at the end of a phone to offer sage advice to someone like me, so ignorant to the nuances of the industry.
after an accident in his home.
He was 62.
John had been involved in horses
That he will be sorely missed
is stating the obvious, not for his knowledge and insight, though both guided me many times; but for his integrity, a jewel of great price.
for more than 25 years and was most recently the owner of the stallion Hubba Hubba, a son of Storm Cat, who was standing at his 125 acre Serendipity Farms in Oakwood, Ontario.
Let me offer you, for Mora and me, our profound regrets at such tragic news. John was a dear friend to me and a credit to the industry.
A former publisher of a tourist information magazine, Serendipity Summer, John got his start in horses while visiting with a friend who raised and sold Appaloosa horses around the same time he started his own Real Estate Development Com- pany called Country Tyme Realty.
- Mora & Dick
John’s Appaloosas and Quarter Horses were winning lots of ribbons however he switched his focus to breeding and raising thoroughbred race horses stating that, “you can’t eat ribbons.”
friends and business associates who will also miss him dearly.
John purchased his own thorough- bred mares and in the beginning stood Dick Sanderson’s 1986 Queen’s Plate
Good friend Dick Sanderson remembers John Whytall in a letter he wrote to John’s wife Delores, shortly after hearing the news of his passing:
I received the shocking news yesterday....John was so alive, alert,
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John mainly sold his offspring off of the farm because he felt he could offer potential owners a better deal selling privately.
John leaves behind his wife Delores and their children Kristin and Adam; along with many close
A personal note from me, Stacie Roberts of The Game, “John, I hope you are watching from above when Hubba Hubba’s 2-year-olds win their  rst races this year. I know it would have been something you would have loved to experience yourself. You will be missed and will always be remembered.”
Dear Delores,
he Woodbine Stable Area says
FLootprint Breaks Track Record ast season’s Canadian Derby winner, Footprint, made his 2008 debut a spectacular one by winning the
goodbye to Bill Wheatcroft (Wheaty) who passed away on May 17, 2008. He was 86.
$50,000 Teeworth Plate Stakes in record breaking time on May 17 at Stampede Park, in Calgary.
“Racing was Wheaty’s life!” said daughter Wendy McLaren.
Footprint, who ran the mile in 1:35  at, knocked four-  fths of a second off the course record set by Roll On Briartic in 1989, to win by 1 1/2 lengths over 2008 Sprint Championship Stakes winner, Ronaldino and tough older horses, Test Boy and Teagues Fight,  nishing third and fourth respectively.
He leaves behind son Wayne Wheatcroft & wife Bee, Daughter Wendy McLaren, Granddaughter Kristin, Great Grandson Nickolas and many friends at Woodbine and Fort Erie.
In an email sent to The Game by Footprint’s exercise rider Bruce Barnhill, he stated, “He never ceases to amaze me. The win pushes his lifetime earnings as a 2, 3 and now 4 year old to just over $400,000! What a pleasure and an honor to be associated with him.”
A service, conducted by Chaplain Shawn Kennedy, will be held in June on the Woodbine Backstretch.
CTHS Special Award Winners Announced
Frezacon Romps in 2008 Debut
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario) announced that they will honour partners Mike Carroll and John C Harvey, Jr. as Breeder of the Year and
rezacon, 2007 Fort Erie Horse of the Year, returned to
the late Tammy Samuel-Balaz as the recipient of this year’s Blood-Horse Mint Julep Cup award.
out of the gate and never looked back, scoring a three and one half length victory over 2006 horse of the year Cold War.
CTHS Annual Awards Dinner, honouring the Ontario- Bred champions of 2007, will take place on Friday, June 13th at the Glencairn Golf Club in Milton, Ontario.
Clark was riding Frezacon for the  rst time, taking over the reins from retired jockey Robbie King Jr. “He’s awesome,” said Clark. “I just sat there and let him do his thing, I wish there were more like him.”
Other highlights will include the presentation of over
70 awards to the Ontario breeders of Historical Grade 1 Canadian or Open Graded Stakes and Ontario-Bred Stakes Winners of 2007. A silent auction will also take place
with the proceeds going to the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.
Winning  rst time out is not new for Frezacon. Last year the son of Lexicon scored an impressive eight length win in a $10,000 claiming race at a distance of one mile and seventy yards. This year he faced tougher company in an allowance event going one mile and one sixteenth.
Tickets for the awards dinner are $78.75 per person
and may be obtained by contacting the CTHS of ce at 416-675-3602. The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m.
“He trained very well going into the race,” said trainer Myckie Neubauer. “I think he was getting a bit tired at the end, but so were the others, he ran pretty much the same as he did  rst time out last year.”
Neubauer plans to keep Frezacon racing at Fort Erie if possible. “We’ll keep an eye on the condition book, if his races  ll, we’ll be here.”
the races on May 25 in spectacular form.
With Cory Clark in the irons, Frezacon  ew to the lead
The  nal time for the 1 1/16 mile was 1:46 3/5.
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