All of the naysayers of the world are eating some crow as Evergeen Park wrapped up a very successful summer meet of racing. In fact, the final weekend featured eleven races on Sunday, including a variety of Stakes Races.
The first major Stakes of the weekend was on Saturday, with the running of the Northland Park Handicap. "Master's Bluff, trained by Nellie Pigeau and ridden by Blandford Stewart picked up the victory. Coming in second was Mankumar Mohindee's "Carlot Cowboy", ridden by Trevor Simpson. "Master's Bluff" won three stakes races over the summer at Evergreen Park.
The first of three major stakes races on Sunday was the A.Q.H.R.A./Evergreen Park 440 yard dash. An upset was the name of the game in this race as Tom Kenway's "Honor the Fast Man", ridden by Martin Ortiz, edged out, "Toughie", the major favourite, trained by William Leech.
In the 880 yard Distance Challenge, another upset was in the making as Blandford Stewart, rode veteran, "Glittering Blue" to victory. "KR Streakin Version", who holds the track record for 880 yards had to settle for third after a bad start.
The Evergreen Park Paint the Park Purple stakes wrapped up the day. Again, an upset took place. Bucky Stockwell's, "Big Miss Steak", picked up the victory, ridden by Blandford Stewart, while John Poirier's, "She's it Again", ran a hard fought second. The favourite, "Lady Amelia", trained by Garry Marks was only able to pick up a third. "Lady Amelia" had already won two stakes races this summer at Evergreen Park.
The leading trainer and jockey award was handed out after the eighth race and long-time trainer, Nellie Pigeau, edged out Lyle Magnuson for the honour, in a battle that went back and forth all summer. Blandford Stewart picked up his second consecutive leading rider award at Evergreen Park, beating out Larris Allen.