Glen Todd, the founder of the Canada Cup softball tournament and one of the most successful racehorse owners in the country, has died.
Todd, who was also longtime president of the White Rock Renegades girls’ fastpitch organization and is the winningest owner in Hastings Racecourse history, passed away Saturday, according to a social media post from the racetrack. of horses of East Vancouver.
“Glen played a giant role in the British Columbia Thoroughbred racing industry, whether as the owner of hundreds of racehorses in recent years or as a business leader providing direction, insight and vital influence on continued sustainability. of the industry”, reads a publication. on the Hastings Racecourses Facebook page.
“Glen’s passion and commitment to the industry, and the people within it, were unparalleled and we will greatly miss them.”
Shortly after news of Todd’s passing began to spread, tributes began pouring in on social media, with fellow Thoroughbred owners and members of the horse racing community referring to him as a “legend” and an “icon.” ” on the sport.
Todd’s parents met at Hastings Park in 1939 and he grew up surrounded by the sport; he was involved in thoroughbred racing for nearly 60 years and owned and trained hundreds of horses in both BC and Kentucky through his company, the North American Thoroughbred Race Horse Company.
He also owned the horse-racing-themed Derby Bar and Grill in South Surrey, where photos of many of his winning horses line the walls, and worked for decades in the customs brokerage industry.
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Todd. His passion and commitment to the industry was unparalleled and he will be sorely missed. We will commemorate Glen in a way befitting his legacy of nearly 60 years in the Thoroughbred industry. pic.twitter.com/V9A1hTAU4m
— Hastings Racecourse (@hastingsraces) March 27, 2022
He was equally influential and important to the Semiahmoo Peninsula softball community. In addition to founding the Canada Cup, he was the head coach of the White Rock Renegades first team in 1986.
He was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, and is also a member of the Softball BC, Softball Canada, and World Baseball Softball Confederation halls of fame. The WBSC Hall of Fame, which welcomed Todd in 2016, has 249 members from 38 different countries, but fewer than two dozen members are Canadian, putting the South Surrey resident in elite company.
Following his induction into WBSC, Greg Timm, the current president of the Renegades who also took the Canada Cup reins from Todd several years ago, said Peace Arch News that Glen was, “in the words of the WBSC president who presented him with his plaque and ring, ‘one of the most influential international softball builders ever known.’”
“It’s a huge, huge thing. It is the biggest award that can be given to a softball person in this world,” Timm continued.
Todd, however, deflected most of the praise towards the legion of volunteers and other softball personnel who helped him build both the Renegades, arguably the most successful women’s fastpitch association in Canada, and the Canada Cup tournament. .
“It’s a great honor, for sure, but I accept it on behalf of all those people,” he said at the time. “It would never have happened without them, so this was a recognition not only for me, but for so many people in the community who have helped.”
Todd was also quick to help others, often at his own expense. So invested was he in the continued success and viability of Hastings Racecourse that, during the pandemic, he provided the company with a $1 million interest-free loan to keep the doors open, the people employed, and to finance the racing purses.
“Without Glen Todd, I’m not sure Hastings Racecourse will continue to operate,” Brook Ward, a longtime Vancouver sportscaster, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“Glen was an energetic, generous and passionate advocate who reversed the decline of racing and paved the way for future success,” fellow Thoroughbred owner David Milburn wrote.
“Glen, your contribution was unmatched. Everyone will miss you so much.”