On Thursday morning, Winbak Farm of Ontario announced the addition of Betterthancheddar to its stallion lineup for 2015.
“With the new incentives and rejuvenation of the Ontario Program, Ontario is a great place to have Betterthancheddar, a millionaire son of Bettors Delight,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “Betterthancheddar was an outstanding racehorse and has a phenomenal pedigree.”
Betterthancheddar p, 2, Q1:55.3s; 3, 1:49.1s; 1:48f ($1,636,086), is the son of two Living Hall Of Fame parents, Bettors Delight and Lady Ashlee Ann. In 2012, at four, he was the winner of 2012 O’Brien Award for Aged Pacing Horses/Geldings.
“’Cheddar’ as a baby was a standout in my mind; perfect conformation and perfect size, his gait was astonishing,” said Casie Coleman, trainer of Betterthancheddar. “His grittiness and toughness on the track was unbelievable.”
A tough racehorse, he was one of the top three-year-olds in North America. His wins included the American-National Final, Breeders Crown elimination and Final, Cane Pace, Summertime Pacing Series elimination and the Windy City. He was second in the Little Brown Jug elimination and was a strong third in the Final. He was also second in his Somebeachsomewhere division.
“His quick speed to snap off the gate or come out of a hole quick like in the Breeders Crown was incredible, he always gave 110 percent on the track,” said Coleman. “He was very versatile, he could come from the back, snap the wings, come first over or whatever you asked of him.”
At four, Betterthancheddar won the Ben Franklin Pace elimination and $500,000 Final (in a 1:48 world record), Bobby Quillen Memorial (in a 1:49.2 World Record), Canadian Pacing Derby elimination and Des Smith Classic elimination. He was second in the Canadian Pacing Derby Final and Mohawk Gold Cup.
In 2013, he was second in the Molson Pace and third in the Ben Franklin Pace elimination before suffering a torn suspensory.
His dam has a production record of stakes winners. Lady Ashlee Ann is also the dam of Ashlees Big Guy, p, 2, 1:53; 3, 1:51.2; 1:50.4f ($1,009,523), Artists View, p, 2, Q1:55; 3, 1:50.4; 1:49.4 ($788,811) and BJs Squall, p, 2, 1:53.2; 3, 1:53.1s ($268,595).
“I know I’ll be definitely be breeding some of my mares to him and be looking to buy some of his yearlings at the sales,” said Coleman.
Betterthancheddar will stand his first Ontario season at an introductory stud fee of $3,500.
For more information on Betterthancheddar, be sure to check out Winbak Farm’s website or call Winbak Farm of Ontario at 905.838.2145.
(with files from Winbak)