03/23/2009 12:00AM

Teagues Fight named best in Alberta


Teagues Fight was named Alberta's 2008 horse of the year at the Night of Champions awards dinner Saturday.

Trained by Doug MacDonald, Teagues Fight won five stakes races and never finished worse than third in seven starts while facing the top stakes horses in Alberta last year. Teagues Fight earned $222,050 in 2008, bringing his career earnings to $588,908.

Teagues Fight showed his versatility at 5 last year with decisive wins in his last two starts. He came from well off the pace to win the 6 1/2-furlong Sun Sprint Championship on Aug. 4 at Northlands, and then stalked the pace before drawing off to win the 1 1/16-mile Alberta Breeders Handicap by two lengths.

Teagues Fight was also named the champion older horse and the top Alberta-bred.

He was bred by Horizon Farm Ltd. and is owned by Rocky Mountain Turf Club and Don Gibb. Jockey Stephan Heiler rode Teagues Fight in all of his races.

Takika took home the trophy for the top older filly or mare. Trained by Barry Brown, Tanika won four stakes races in Alberta and also the $74,000 Matron at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Other winners included Dandy Dora as 2-year-old filly; Robo Willie, 2-year-old colt or gelding; Arkhill, 3-year-old male; Bears Artiste, 3-year-old filly; Inuit Fisher, sprinter.

Danny Dion, who races under the stable name Bear Stables Ltd., was honored as the horseperson of the year.