- Knob Hill Stable
Knob Hill Stable was a Canadian
Thoroughbred horse racingand breeding operation established by Torontobusinessman, Steve Stavro.
The stable bred and raced a number of champions such as
Canadian Horse of the Yearhonourees, Benburb and Thornfield. In 1992, Steve Stavro was voted a Sovereign Awardas both outstanding breeder and owner. In 1993, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association voted him their North American Breeder of the Year Award.
In 1992 the Knob Hill colt Benburb earned
Canadian Horse of the Yearand Champion 3-year-old male honours after winning the classic Prince of Wales Stakesand defeating United States star A.P. Indywhile winning the Molson Export Million Stakes. The following year, Stavro's filly Apeliawas Champion Sprinter and Bold Debrawon the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Broodmare. Thornfield and another champion, Saoirse, came later. Thornfield was 1999 Horse of the Year and Champion grass male after winning the Canadian International Stakes. Saoirse was Champion Older Female Horse in 2000.
Although successful at both, Stavro prided himself on breeding, as opposed to buying, winning thoroughbreds. He campaigned such other important winners as Debra's Victory,
Granacus, Megas Vukefalos, Schossberg, and Zadracarta. Granacus and Schossberg were winners south of the border. Granacus won the 1988 Grade I Blue Grass Stakesat Keeneland, and Schossberg captured the Jerome Handicapand the Philip H. Iselin Handicap.
After his death in 2006, one of his horses he had purchased at the Keeneland Yearling sale,
Leonnatus Anteaswas awarded the Sovereign Award for Champion 2-Year-Old Male Horse
Alezzandrowon the Sovereign Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male Horse
* [http://www.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=2236 Knob Hill Stable at the NTRA]
* [http://www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com/builders/2006/Steve_Stavro.asp Steve Stavro/Knob Hill Stable at the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame]
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