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Alberta Stallion Cape Canaveral Pensioned at Age 25

Cape Canaveral has been one of the leading sires in Canada since 2008.

Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral

Tony Leonard

Cape Canaveral  has been pensioned from stallion duty at Highfield Stock Farm at Okotoks in the province of Alberta in Canada.

Cape Canaveral has been one of the leading sires in Canada since 2008, according to an Oct. 13 release from Highfield, where he was the foundation sire for 13 years. According to Highfield, Cape Canaveral has 18 crops of racing age, 519 foals, 417 starters, 38 stakes winners, 304 winners of 1,046 races, and earnings of over CA$17.5 million. 

The 25-year-old is one of the last sons of Mr. Prospector standing in North America and is out of 1990 Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Seaside Attraction. Cape Canaveral won his first start at 2, and went on to win the San Miguel Stakes (G3) as a 3-year-old and won three of four starts before his retirement. He has had an incredible influence on racing in Alberta.

"Cape Canaveral has been a great fit for our program and has been an asset to racing in Alberta. His offspring are precocious, athletic, and have a lot of speed, he definitely stamped them with his best qualities," said Highfield president Adrian Munro. "He's been a great stallion for us."

Cape Canaveral has sired multiple champions in Alberta, including Pearl of Knowledge, Onestaratatime, and Capitalism. His progeny also helped Highfield Investment Group win leading breeder of Alberta-breds in 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2020. Cape Canaveral progeny remain strong at race tracks and sales in Alberta. 

"For 13 years 'Cape' has been the undisputed king of the farm, and he still has his paddock outside where he can keep an eye on things, and he will remain in the same stall in the stallion barn every night," said stallion manager Jennifer Buck. "He's been a huge part of our breeding program and we've been blessed to have him. We wish him a long and happy retirement." 

As a broodmare sire, Cape Canaveral continues to make his mark on racing. Highfield reported he is the sire of 72 dams of foals of racing age with 182 runners, 128 winners (52%), and 12 stakes winners.