Gus Schickedanz, breeder of Goodtimes, dies
June 20, 2019
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Gustav “Gus” Schickedanz, a life-long friend of Standardbred breeder H. Charles Armstrong, with the two co-breeders of Goodtimes, recently died at age 90. Mr. Schickendanz also raced the good trotting mare Peach Pit with Bill Wellwood.
Mr. Schickendanz was a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for his powerful Thoroughbred racing legacy. He arrived in Canada in 1950 at age 21 with only $3 in his pocket and no command of the English language. He and his family had escaped from their 500-acre farm near the Baltic Sea of northern Germany, surviving shelling by the advancing Russians in 1944. Since his arrival, Schickedanz worked as a bricklayer and stone mason before he built his first house.
Prominent in his land development/home building pursuits, he also built a powerful thoroughbred racing legacy that earned the respect of his peers. His Thoroughbred breeding operation at Schonberg Farm near Nobleton, Ont. produced the Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, by homebred Langfuhr, who himself won four major U.S. stakes races (the Forego, Vosburgh, Carter and the Metropolitan Handicaps) and a Sovereign Award as champion sprinter.
Mr. Schickedanz is the only Canadian to breed winners of the Kentucky Oaks (Gal In A Ruckus), Canadian Triple Crown (Wando) and the Arlington Million (Jambalaya). He also won two Queen’s Plates with Wando and Woodcarver.