River Lass Named Alberta HOTY

Published: February 19, 2011 11:11 pm EST

The 2010 Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) Awards were presented on Saturday evening at the Northlands Park Paddock Theatre in Edmonton with Alberta’s Horse of the Year honours going to River Lass


River Lass won 13 of 23 starts as a sophomore earning over $226,000 for trainer Kelly Hoerdt, who also co-owns with fellow Beaumont resident Blair Corbeil.

The daughter of As Promised-Brass Buttons’s biggest victories came in the $100,000 Battle of Alberta Super Final and the $75,000 ASHA Breeders Stake. She was also a close second in the $100,000 Western Filly Pace. Her top notch efforts on the track also earned her the Three-Year-Old Alberta Sired Filly title.

Hall of Fame horseman Keith Clark was named both Trainer and Driver of the Year again in 2010. Clark drove 170 winners to over $1.1 million in earnings. On the training side, he sent out 168 winners and earned $1.3 million in purses. Among his crew were ASHA Award winners Western Olympian, Lady And Thetrench and Wrangler Hitech.

Here is a look at the complete list of 2010 ASHA Award winners:

Two-Year-Old Alberta Sired Filly (sponsored by Sky West Farms)
Im Sheila, owned by Catherine Case & Gary Clark

Two-Year-Old Colt/Gelding (sponsored by Tru West Company)
Western Olympian, owned by Keith Clark, Bob Jones & Peter Giannakopoulos

Two-Year-Old Alberta Sired Colt/Gelding (sponsored by Bedrock Farms)
Takem Todakleaners, owned by Diane Bertrand, Thomas Menard & Sherri Sorensen

Three-Year-Old Filly (sponsored by Barona Yearlings)
Kick To The Curb, owned by Harvey & Ann Jaeger & Tim Kane

Three-Year-Old Alberta Sired Filly (sponsored by Perky In Pink)
River Lass, owned by Kelly Hoerdt & Blair Corbeil

Three-Year-Old Colt (sponsored by Rocky Mountain Turf Club)
All Canadian Mjjz, owned by Larry Thomas & Rod Starkewski

Three-Year-Old Alberta Sired Colt (sponsored by M S Bill McBeth)
Barona Ice, owned by Barona Yearlings

Four-Year-Old Alberta Sired Mare (sponsored by Meridian Farms)
Lady And Thetrench, owned by Keith Clark, Pat Elynuik & John Hind

Four-Year-Old Alberta Sired Horse (sponsored by Alfa-Tec Products)
Wrangler Hitech, owned by Keith Clark, Bob Jones & Peter Giannakopoulos

Champion Aged Mare (sponsored by Lacombe Fire Dept.)
Starring Role, owned by William Andrew & Dan Sifert

Champion Aged Horse (sponsored by Alberta Downs-Lacombe)
Neal Diamonique, owned by Ed Dhoedt & Chris Greenwood

Champion Claimer of the Year (sponsored by BMO-Bank of Montreal)
Mr Mozzart, owned by Joe Tinelli

Groom of the Year(sponsored by Raceway Tack)
Jackie Starkewski

Trainer of the Year - Under 200 Starts (sponsored by Olds Agricultural Society)
Doug Stout

Driver of the Year - Under 200 Starts (sponsored by Boston Pizza)
Bobby Clark

Trainer of the Year (sponsored by Univet Pharmaceuticals)
Keith Clark

Driver of the Year (sponsored by Schanks Athletics Clubs)
Keith Clark

Breeder of the Year (sponsored by Gunnholme Farms)
M S Bill McBeth

Owner of the Year (sponsored by Standardbred Canada)
Kelly Hoerdt & Blair Corbeil

Horseman of the Year (sponsored by Northlands Park)
Bill Andrew

Breeders Award of Recognition (sponsored by Bill & Denise Andrew)
Doris (Dee) McDougall

Horse of the Year (sponsored by Horse Racing Alberta)
River Lass, owned by Kelly Hoerdt & Blair Corbeil

(With files from ASHA)