Challenging weather conditions during the last four live race days at Northlands obviously affected attendance and wagering. Furthermore five less races were carded during this period as compared to 2015.
Despite the above noted factors, total handle on the live product for the first eight days of the meet amounted to $2,107,508 compared to $1,831,089 last year for an overall increase of $276,419 (15%) Year to Date.
Here and There — Calgarian Mike Tarpwho owned the Renfrew Chrysler Dealership raced thoroughbreds under R.K. Smith’s care for about 10 years in the early 2000s now races exclusively in the United States. He reached the pinnacle of success in racing on May 20, 2016 when his homebred 3 year old Ghostzapper filly Go Maggie Go won the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan at the Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore.
We would be remiss if we did not report on the success that another Calgarian - Trainer Robertino Diodoro is having thus far in 2016. Robertino has been leading trainer at Northlands in past years however, this year has deployed the majority of his stable of 135 at Turf Paradise, Oaklawn, Santa Anita, Canterbury Downs and Prairie Meadows. He does have of a small string at Woodbine under the care of Assistant trainer Rob Atras who was his assistant at Oaklawn this year as well as at Northlands during the 2015 meet.
Diodoro is currently ranked 4th of 4,411 Trainers in North America with 106 wins and 19th in total earnings of $1.97 million. He trains one of the fastest sprinters in the country in Subtle Indian who in all likelihood will be pointed to the Breeders Cup Sprint later this year. Not bad for a local kid who starting walking hots for his grandfather at Stampede Park in the early 90s!