NATHC proud to announce we have another colt.  We now have 5 new foals and 4 of them are colts.

This big boy is by Texas Wildcatter out of the mare Pike Place Market that is owned by Mark Dedomenico and NATHC.  The foal was born at Canmor Farms is mare is booked back to Texas Wildcatter.

The foal is a full brother to the very promising 3 yr old gelding Transplant whom is currently in training at Hastings Racecourse.


Ernie Braithewaite, 80, passed away peacefully in Surrey, British Columbia, on March 6, 2018. He had suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) in his final years, which is an uncommon brain disease.
Born and raised in Dewberry, Alberta, he, along with his brother, Lorne and sister, Sharon, were the children of Joe and Olga Braithewaite. The hard-working farm boy later became a highly competitive hockey player at the University of Alberta, where Ernie pursued a bachelor of commerce degree.
At 19, Ernie travelled to study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and play and teach the locals hockey. After touring Europe in cool 1950s-style with pals in a VW Beetle, Ernie returned to Edmonton to resume his commerce degree. It was then that he met his future wife Marlene.
After graduation, Ernie worked in accounting for companies around Edmonton, ending up in the nearby oil boomtown of Drayton Valley, still playing hockey, then for the Lacombe Rockets. Taking advantage of a vocational training program to educate teachers, Ernie returned to the University of Alberta to become a teacher. The family later moved to Medicine Hat where Ernie taught high school.
Ernie taught business and accounting for two years. One of the speakers he invited was a securities broker. Ernie was impressed by the speaker’s success and soon moved the family to Calgary where he started in the securities business with Richardson Securities. Meanwhile, Ernie was recruited to play senior hockey with the Drumheller Miners, who won the Allen Cup in 1967 and were Canada’s representative team in European play.
He and Bill Grafam started the Calgary office of Cochran Murray. Ernie then completed part-time MBA studies at the University of Calgary, later teaching courses in the program. Ernie shifted into the oil industry, working first with Sunningdale Oil. This broadened his horizons to Dubai and elsewhere. Eventually Ernie, Roy Gillespie and George Rostoker formed Cherokee Resources.
While in Calgary, Ernie met numerous colorful people, such as Jesse Knight, who flew Ernie into the bandito-lands of Mexico in search of silver; and the aristocrat-born White Russian painter Nicholas de Grandmaison, who survived German internment camps in World War I and eventually came to Canada to produce acclaimed portraits of Indigenous people that earned him an Order of Canada and burial –where Ernie served as one of the pallbearers – on the Peigan reserve in Southern Alberta where de Grandmaison had been made an honorary chief.
Ernie and Marlene then began pursuing their interest in horses, acquiring a couple of Thoroughbreds and then moving to a farm south of Calgary. In the early 1980s, he and Marlene bought a mare in Kentucky and moved to acreage on Whidbey Island to breed Thoroughbreds. Ernie also made several trips to Saratoga and he even got a trainer’s license, in order to better train his trainers.
The longtime horseman, WTBOA member and former Oak Harbor resident, Ernie and his wife Marlene bred 1996 Washington champion three-year-old filly Another Sparkle, a daughter of Son of Briartic who earned $105,863. They also bred that filly’s $265,419 stakes-winning, graded stakes-placed half-sister Late Sailing. The best Washington-bred they bred was the Son of Briartic gelding Royal Reach. The $383,885 earner was acknowledged with a special Washington turf award in 1990 (in the days before Washington gave a turf championship.)
More recently the Braithewaites had been active with British Columbia-bred runners with their Seattle-based partner I. M. “Sonny” Gorasht. Their stellar broodmare La Belle Creole, whose dam Sweet n Precious was a stakes-producing half-sister to Another Sparkle and Late Sailing, had five stakes winners for the partnership: British Columbia champions Suva and La Belle Rose, and Gotta Find Bubba, La Belle Fleur and Locket (her leading earner with $190,537). They also raced the latter two distaffers.
Ernie also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.
Other stakes winners they bred include Washington-bred Dash Eight and BC-bred Lasting Rose.
During the 1990s the Braithewaites were eight times ranked among the top 40 breeders in Washington, including their second place finish in 1990 and fifth place ranking in 1999.
From 2002-16, the Braithewaites, either alone or with Gorasht, had 26 wins and won over $490,000. Their earlier US earnings are not available on Equibase.
The Braithewaite family spent many summers camping around Alberta and British Columbia, which included plenty of bridge, cribbage, fishing, ukuleles and singing.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Marlene; sons, Murray (Tracey), Gary (Silvia) and Neil (Michele); grandchildren, Ross, Allison, Emerson, Cesar and Martin; brother, Lorne; and sister, Sharon.
A commemorative ceremony will be scheduled for inurnment at Dewberry beside the graves of Ernie’s parents.


AUBURN, Wash. (February 15, 2018) – Northwest 3-year-olds will have their own triple crown in 2018.
Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC and Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.—separated by just 165 miles/265 kilometers—will offer a $100,000 bonus for any horse that sweeps a new three-race series, the tracks have announced.

The “Northwest Triple” begins with the Muckleshoot Derby at Emerald Downs on Sunday, July 29, continues with the BC Derby at Hastings on Saturday, September 8, and concludes with the debut of the $100,000 Getaway Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sunday, September 23. Additionally any horse with a top three finish in all three races will receive a $10,000 bonus and any horse starting in all three races will receive a $1,000 bonus.

Hastings General Manager Darren MacDonald said the Northwest Triple is a natural given the tracks’ proximity and race dates.

“We have some great racing in the Northwest and these bonuses should create a lot of excitement for owners, trainers, and the fans,” MacDonald said.

Emerald Downs Vice President of Racing Jack Hodge believes the bonuses will help both tracks, “Our partnership with Hastings grows each year and the horsemen have a chance now to run for some nice bonuses.”

Emerald and Hastings are also teaming up on three additional bonuses*:

· $25,000 bonus for any horse sweeping the Longacres Mile on August 12 and BC Premiers on October 8.

· $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Washington Oaks on July 22 and British Columbia Oaks on September 8.

· $25,000 bonus for sweeping the Emerald Distaff on August 12 and Ballerina on October 8.
Hastings opens its 52-day season on Saturday, April 21 and Emerald Downs opens its 67-day meeting on Sunday April 22.

*Bonuses paid in Canadian dollars.


April 22nd Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural 3+ 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
April 22nd Brighouse Belles 3+FM 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
May 5th Jim Coleman Province 3 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
May 6th Ross McLeod 3F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
MAY 20TH Seattle Overnight Stake 3F 6F  $         50,000.00 EMD
May 21st Vancouver Sun 3+FM 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
May 21st George Royal 3+ 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
May 27th Auburn Overnight Stake 3 C&G 6F  $         50,000.00 EMD
May 28th Hastings Overnight Stake 3+F&M 6F  $         30,000.00 EMD
June 2nd Emerald Downs 3F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
June 3rd River Rock Casino 3 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
June 3rd Governor’sOvernight Stake 3 + 6F  $         50,000.00 EMD
June 10th Kent Stake 3F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
June 16th Strawberry Morn 3+FM 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
June 16th WA State Legistrators Stake 3 + 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
June 17th John Longden 6000 3 + 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
June 17th Cocoa Cola Stake 3 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
June 24th Budweiser Stake 3+ 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 1st Chris Loseth 3 8.5k  $         50,000.00 HST
July 1st Irish Day Stake 3F 8.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 2nd Supernaturel 3F 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
July 8th Seattle Slew Stakes 3 8.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 14th Monashee 3+FM 8.5k  $         50,000.00 HST
July 15th LT. Governors 3+ 8.5k  $         50,000.00 HST
July 15th Spaghetti Mouse 2 6F  $         50,000.00 HST
July 15th Boeing Stake 3+FM 8.5k  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 15th Angie C Stake 2F 5.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 15th King County Express 2 5.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 15th Mt Rainier Stake 3+ 8.5k  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 22nd Washington Oaks 3F 9F  $         50,000.00 EMD
July 29th Muckleshoot Derby 3 9f  $         50,000.00 EMD
Aug 6th BC Cup Classic 3+ 9F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC Cup Distaff 3+FM 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC Cup Nursery 2 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC Cup Debutante 2F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC Cup Winston Churchill Derby Trial 3 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC Cup Hong Kong Jockey Club 3F 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 6th BC CUP Marathon (BC BRED) 3+ 11F  $         20,000.00 HST
Aug 12th Barbara Shinpoch Stake 2F 6F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Aug 12th WTBOA Lads Stake 2 C&G 6F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Aug 12th Emerald Distaff 3+F&M 9F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Aug 12th Longacres Mile 3+ 8F  $       200,000.00 EMD
Aug 24th CTHS SALES STAKE 2 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 24th CTHS SALES STAKE 2F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 24th CTHS SALES STAKE 3&4yo 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Aug 24th CTHS SALES STAKE 3&4yo FM 8.5F  $         50,000.00 HST
Sept 2nd Wa Cup Juvenile Filly Stake 2F 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 2nd Wa Cup Juvenile C&G Stake 2 6.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 8th Derby 3 9f  $       150,000.00 HST
Sept 8th Oaks 3F 9f  $       100,000.00 HST
Sept 8th SW Randall Plate 3+ 9F  $         50,000.00 HST
Sept 8th Delta Colleen 3+ 9F  $         50,000.00 HST
Sept 8th Jack Diamond (Can Bred) 2 6.5F  $       100,000.00 HST
Sept 8th Sadie Diamond (Can Bred) 2F 6.5F  $       100,000.00 HST
Sept 9th Wa Cup Sophomore Filly Stake 3F 8F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 9th Wa Cup Sophomore Stake 3 8F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 16th Wa Cup Filly & Mare Stake 3+ F&M 8.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 16th Muckleshoot Tribal Classic 3+ 8.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 23rd Gottstein Futurity 2 8.5F  $         50,000.00 EMD
Sept 29th Fantasy 2F 8.5F  $         75,000.00 HST
Sept 30th Ascot 2 8.5F  $         75,000.00 HST
Oct 8th Ballerina 3+FM 9F  $       100,000.00 HST
Oct 8th Premiers 3+ 11F  $       100,000.00 HST