Power Park To Stand And Race
Published: May 24, 2012 9:47 am ET
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He’s been a remarkable racehorse for 10 years, one of the best Quebec-bred pacers ever. Now, owner Gilbert Sauve is giving Power Park a shot as a stallion in Quebec.
Sauve plans to breed three of his own mares to Power Park this year and is making him available for other interested breeders, for a stud fee of $1,250.
“I have as much confidence in him (as a stallion) as any other horse. He’s never disappointed us. And with the industry rebuilding in Quebec, the actions you take now could pay off in three years,” said Sauve, an osteopath who was part of the ownership group that savoured 62 wins in 204 starts and almost $900,000 in earnings during Power Park’s remarkable run from 2002 to 2011.
He subsequently bought out partner Micheline Gaudet and now owns three-quarters of the 12-year-old son of Good News Scooter. The other quarter was retained by original partner Jean Mondoux.
Power Park hasn’t raced since December, but Sauve isn’t ruling out a return this year. In fact, he foresees it.
“He’s at a training centre in Crabtree, but he’s not the retiring type. He hasn’t trained this year and he’s not happy about it. He runs all the time. He doesn’t want to stop. And there’s not a thing wrong with him, so why not bring him back? It’s not about money. What he knows is racing, and he deserves to do what he likes.”
(A Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)