TRIPLE POWER WINS DERBY & STOJAN HAS GREAT WEEKEND
There were lots of happy people at JDA Raceway at Evergreen Park on the weekend, but likely none more delighted than Don Danard, Don Knight and Chuck Stojan.
Those three were the winners of the biggest races on Days 11 and 12 of the 14-day season of The Horses At Evergreen Park.
Sunday's biggie was the Grande Prairie Derby - over a mile for a purse of $13,750.
Triple Power (photo above in yellow), the favorite going into the race, didn't disappoint for owners Danard and Knight- but it was a battle.
Triple Power took the lead out of the gates and held that position until the 3/4 pole falling behind King Klover and The Truth Project. Heading into the stretch Triple Power had moved into second and then nipped King Klover at the finish line by 3/4 of a length for the win and a $7,287 cheque.
Just after the race ended an objection was filed by King Klover's camp for interference on the backstretch by Triple Power, but the stewards dismissed the complaint.
Jockey Trevor Simpson was aboard Triple Power, who is trained by Carson Frey.
Knight bred the horse.
Blandford Stewart, the leading jockey at The Horses At Evergreen Park heading into the last weekend of races Aug. 22-23, was in the stirrups for King Klover, who is trained by local trainer Clinton Rycroft and owned by Riversedge Racing Stables.
Blue Jewel, trained by Grande Prairie's Kathy McNally, was third after starting fifth and being fifth at the 3/4 pole. Alan Rizo was in the saddle on Blue Jewel, owned by Wayne Stable.
The Truth Project finished fourth and E Gay Go ended up fifth.
TWO BIG WINS
Stojan was a double-winner on Saturday.
His horse Stripsteak earned Stojan, the quarter horse owner of the year in North America last year, another trip to the Bank of America Championships in New Mexico in October.
Stripsteak won the Bank of America Challenge Regional final Saturday, and $29,418 of the $60,038 purse, over 440 yards. The Grande Prairie businessman had three horses at the B of A Championships in three different races last year - including Stripsteak, who finished fifth out of 10 horses in the Challenge final in Albuquerque.
Ricardo Moreno was in the saddle on Stripsteak, who is trained by William Leech.
Saturday's regional challenge final was the second of four Bank of America Regionals being held at Evergreen Park this year. The other two go next weekend.
Stojan was also a proud owner after the first race of the day on Saturday.
His horse Free Thought added to its world record win streak for quarter horses with its 18th victory in a 770-yard run. Seven of those 18 wins have come at JDA Raceway.
Stojan said he will run Stripsteak at Century Mile in Edmonton this fall and may retire him from the track, or may not, before the 2020 season ends.
First post times for both Saturday and Sunday next week are 1:15 p.m.
Besides the B of A Regionals the other big race next weekend is the Mr. Mike's Paint The Park Purple - Race for the Cure. It's a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research.
Anyone interested in taking in the races can register for free tickets online at www.evergreenpark.ca. There is some walk-up available and masks are mandatory.
Those unable to attend can watch the races on the Park's Livestream and also bet through Xpressbet.com or HPIbet.com. Links to all three are at www.evergreenpark.ca