Thoroughbred
I met an old friend the other day. We haven’t talked in years. But there he was right where he had always been when I used to write for the…
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:45

87th Canadian Derby - Draw List

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer Odds 1 Hold the Giant (KY) 3/G L G Olguin 122 T Rycroft 15-1 2 Sorryaboutnothing (FL) 3/G L D G Lopez 122…
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. There was one at Northlands Park on Saturday that was worth a touch more - $162,189. Barry of Athabasca and 13…
The winds whipped like razors; thermometers were frozen at minus 26. That was the scene jockey Quincy Welch walked into when he left Barbados and first came to Alberta on…
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 14:35

Opportunity Lost?

For the last while, this corner has been constantly advising our readers of the High 5 pool carryover at Northlands which reached $157,581 going into Saturday’s seventh race. Well guess…
When Riversedge Racing Stable Ltd. (partners Robert Vargo and Norm Castiglione) stepped up to the plate at last year’s Alberta Yearling sale with a final bid of $95,000 for HIP…
Ernie Keller couldn’t sleep.  He tossed. He turned. But Northlands veteran trainer kept waking up “I don’t think it was about worrying about the race,” Keller said after Monday’s Sun…
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 09:17

From Humble Beginnings to Top Trainer

When trainer Robertino Diodoro looks in the rear-view mirror the past - even if it is more than two decades ago - seems like yesterday. “I was 18 years old…
The live action on tap at the start of K-Days at Northlands was less than stellar with no stake races carded so we had to look elsewhere to find high…
Thursday, 21 July 2016 09:02

Jockey Spotlight - Keishan Balgobin

Keishan Balgobin rides thoroughbreds for a living. But he said he’d really like to ride a different breed of animal - bulls. Yup, wild, ornery, maniacal bulls. “My dad owned…