It was an exciting weekend of racing at Evergreen Park in their second-last weekend of the season. Perhaps the most exciting race of the weekend was the quarter horse distance final stakes race. "Free Thought", the nine-year old gelding trained by William Leech and ridden by Ricardo Moreno, was vying for his eighteenth win in a row. "Free Thought", put on a clinic and won easily for his eighteenth win in a row. A desperate and valiant attempt was made by Blandford Stewart on, "S.S. Frosty", but to no avail. "Free Thought" is arguably one of the best quarter horses to ever race in this area.
Also on Saturday, the fillies and mares were competing in the Distaff Stakes and Codi Blatler, who is making a name for herself as a trainer in these parts, pulled off another victory with, "Pretty Dark Rose", who was ridden to an easy victory by Alan Rizo. This is Rizo's first year racing on the Community Circuit in Alberta, and he is fast becoming one of the more popular riders for trainers to use.
On Sunday, there were nine races. Two of the featured races were the third leg of the Starter Stakes, which owner/trainer, Godfrey Weaselhead, won with , "Lucky B.N.", ridden by Alan Rizo to victory.
The highlight of Sunday was the Grande Prairie Derby and it did not disappoint. "Triple Power", ridden by Trevor Simpson, and trained by Carson Frey, was in a two-horse battle with Clinton Rycroft's, "King Clover". Down the stretch, "Triple Power" gave up the lead momentarily to "KIng Clover', but recovered to pick up the victory in an exciting finish.
The handle for Sunday's race card was over a hundred and thirty thousand dollars, which has to be a near record for Evergreen Park in one day. The final weekend is coming up to close out what has been an exciting race meet and promises a lot of great horse racing action.