British Columbia horseman Ben Ternes died March 14. Ternes, who owned Ternes Farm near Langley, bred and/or raced six stakes winner alone or in partnership. The best of the group was homebred Isolater, whom Ternes raced with Georgina Olafson. Isolater won eight stakes in the mid-1990s.
Ternes’ death came two weeks before the death of farm stallion Vying Victor of an apparent heart attack. Ternes had acquired Vying Victor after the stallion’s racing career. A son of Flying Paster, Vying Victor was 19.
A homebred racing for Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Malmuth, Vying Victor captured the Remington Park Derby and Santa Catalina Stakes in the United States, plus the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Handicap at Woodbine and the Sir Winston Churchill Handicap at Exhibition Park. His stakes-placings include a third-place finish in the Molson Export Million Stakes (gr. II) at Woodbine. He retired with five wins from 28 races and earnings of $537,416.
Vying Victor proved to be a top stallion in Western Canada. He is represented by 27 stakes winners, including Disfunction, who won the May 19 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) in track-record time at Woodbine. Vying Victor also sired stakes winners Dancewithavixen, Alabama Rain, Commodore Craig, Ultimate Force, Elana d’Amour, and Lady Vye. His runners have earned $14.3 million.
Vying Victor’s dam, Elegant Victress (by Sir Ivor), also produced stakes winners Explicit, Flying Victor, and Sharp Victor.