The history of the Alberta derby is one of great pride for the horse racing fans in and around Alberta.
Sunday, July 28th, will mark the sixth consecutive year that Evergreen Park will host the prestigious event. The purse will be $50,000 through the generous sponsorship of Grande Prairie business people, K. Drysdale, D. Dale, A. Side and E. Welsh. The mile and sixteenth derby will be run as race 8 on Sunday, July 28th. There is a strong Grande Prairie connection with local trainer, Jason Coney, sending out his winner from the Grande Prairie derby, “The Hybrid”. “The Hybrid”, will be ridden by Trevor Simpson who rode him to victory in the Grande Prairie Derby two weeks earlier.
Another local name familiar to the Grande Prairie area is Rycroft. Tim Rycroft, son of the Grande Prairie legend, Tom Rycroft, will be sending out two horses from Riversedge Racing Stable. “Proud and Loud”, ridden by Rafael Zenteno Jr., along with another Riversedge Racing Stable contender, “Striders Ring”.
Elige Bourne, who was a well respected rider from the seventies and eighties and breeder and trainer since that time, sends out the lone filly in the race, “Exactly”. “Exactly has two firsts and two seconds in four starts this year, leaving her the top money earner heading into this race.
The Robbin Martens owned and Lionel Joseph trained entry is, “It’s All Good”, will round out this field and will go off as the morning long shot.
A capacity crowd is expected at Evergreen Park for this yearly highlight known as the Alberta Derby.