Alberta Derby

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Alberta Derby
LocationAlberta, Canada

The Alberta Derby, although it hasn't been continuously run every year since its start in 1905, it does have the distinction of being the province of Alberta's most run race (100 different years). The first Alberta Derby was raced before Alberta became a province. Alberta was still a district in the North West Territory until September 1st, 1905. The first Alberta Derby preceded that by nearly 2 months as it was run for the first time at the Calgary Fair on July 7, 1905. At that time it was as an Alberta bred handicap race open to any age thoroughbred. It was run at the old Victoria Park half mile track in Calgary till 1916 and then at Exhibition Track in Edmonton in 1917.[1][2]

It was restarted in 1931 by RJ Speers who is considered as the Father of Racing on the prairies. This time it was set up for 3 year old Western Canada Bred thoroughbreds. It was run till 1942 at Chinook Park in Calgary which was a mile in circumference.[3][4]

From 1943 to 1973 it was raced at either Victoria Park or Exhibition Track half mile tracks at varied distances.[5][6]

The Stampede Park era began in 1974 as the old Victoria Park was refurbished to 5/8ths mile in circumference and major changes were made to the grandstand as well. The race grew in stature from a modest $12,500 purse in 1974 to $125,000 in 2008 which was the year that Stampede Park closed its doors to horse racing.[7][8]

2009 and 2010 saw no Alberta Derby run, but in 2011 Alberta Downs, which was a brand new racetrack, kept the Alberta Derby tradition going, this time on a 7/8ths of a mile turf course. Alberta Downs raced the Derby 3 more times after that till 2014.[9]

In 2015 the Alberta Derby moved north to Grande Prairie and Evergreen Park. Four local horsemen (Al Side, Ken Drysdale, Ed Welsh, and Dennis Dale) have donated the bulk of the purse money for this race every year it has been at Evergreen Park. The latest purse was $55,400.[10]

Records

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 3 – Chris McGregor (2000, 1994, 1990)
  • 3 – Rick Hedge (1983, 1977, 1974)
  • 3 – Billy Norris (1970 – div 2, 1969 – div 1, 1969 – div 2)
  • 3 – Jimmy Sivewright (1951, 1947, 1944)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 6 – RK Red Smith (2012, 2001, 1996, 1983, 1977, 1973)
  • 6 – D Earl Robertson (1969, 1958, 1956, 1954, 1953, 1948)

Alberta derby winners

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner(s)
Time
Distance
Purse
Track
2019 Exactly Rigo Sarmiento Elige Bourne Dion Alexandre 1:44.46 1 1/16th $55,400 Evergreen Park
2018 Regal Max Shamaree Muir Rick Hedge Almac Stable & Kerredge Farm 1:44.23 TR 1 1/16th $58,700 Evergreen Park
2017 Real Quality Rico Walcott Dale Saunders Dale Saunders – M & P Equipment ------ Met Set Consulting Ltd 1:44.86 1 1/16th $55,100 Evergreen Park
2016 Law Master Keishan Balgobin Dale Saunders Met Set Consulting Ltd 1:44.92 1 1/16th $57,400 Evergreen Park
2015 Xtreme Denigray Tony Maragh Twylla Bensmiller Ted Graling 1:48.03 1 1/16th $42,500 Evergreen Park
2014 Abeel Nela Mohammed Monica Russell Grayross Stable & Monica Russell 1:40.00 1 mile turf $20,000 Alberta Downs
2013 Eric The Great Tony Maragh Jerri Robertson Mitch Killmove & Jerri Robertson 1:41.00 1 mile turf $15,000 Alberta Downs
2012 Double Kisses Richard Mangalee R K Smith Red Ron Farms 1:40.00 1 mile turf $15,000 Alberta Downs
2011 Dash To My Tune Rojidan Ramirez Paul Lemasurier J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd *1:52.00* unofficial 1m 70yards turf $25,000 Alberta Downs
2009 and 2010 race was not run
2008 Arkhill Rickey Walcott Craig MacPherson Neville Davis 1:43.40 1 1/16th $125,000 Stampede Park
2007 Amazin Blue Quincy Welch Jerry Hollendorfer Peter Redekop 1:46.40 1 1/16th $125,000 Stampede Park
2006 Halo Steven Pedro Alvarado Jordan Terry Marta Racing Ventures 1:43.60 1 1/16th $125,000 Stampede Park
2005 Knights Covenant Desmond Bryan Monica Russell Robert Vargo 1:48.40 1 1/16th $125,000 Stampede Park
2004 Fly Esteem Desmond Bryan Robert Kingston J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd 1:45.00 1 1/16th $100,000 Stampede Park
2003 Taiaslew Real Simard Greg Tracy Stan Ryan & Shelli Tracy 1:43.80 1 1/16th $100,000 Stampede Park
2002 Lord Shogun David Wilson Robert Van Overschot Canyon Farms 1:46.20 1 1/16th $100,000 Stampede Park
2001 Fancy As Richard Hamel R K Smith Red Ron Farms & Linda Smith 1:46.00 1 1/16th $100,000 Stampede Park
2000 Scotman Chris MacGregor Pam McDougall Lomar Stable & Scott Wilson 1:44.40 1 1/16th $75,000 Stampede Park
1999 Digital Dan Gerry Olguin Lance Giesbrecht Cecil Peacock 1:44.000 1 1/16th $75,000 Stampede Park
1998 * A Fleets Dancer Real Simard Rodney Cone Cam Allard Paul & Michelle Shirley 1:45.20 1 1/16th $75,000 Stampede Park
1997 Shantastic David Wilson Harold Barroby Canada West Ranches 1:44.40 1 1/16th $100,000 Stampede Park
1996 Letkingo Yves Turcotte R K Smith Red Ron Farms 1:51.60 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1995 Trick Charge Richard Ziegler Don Gilkyson Currie & Lukowitch & McDonald 1:51.20 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1994 Funboy Chris McGregor C Thompson Hayden & Zoleschuck 1:49.00 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1993 Cozzy Grey Perry Winters Ronald Burke Allard & Ashcroft & Clough 1:50.60 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1992 Cool Pacific Richard Hamel Don Schnell G Meloh Stable 1:53.40 1 1/18th $100,000 Stampede Park
1991 Milo Winds Graham Niblett Leland Meier Whispering Winds Stable 1:50.80 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1990 Majestic Horizon Chris MacGregor Pam McDougall G Meloh Stable 1:48.80 1 1/8th $100,000 Stampede Park
1989 Arctic Blitz Curtis Levine Dave Toner Henry Hoesgen 1:52.00 1 1/8th $75,000 Stampede Park
1988 Galoway Plains Alan Cuthbertson Daryl Snow Lindsay Semple 1:53.20 1 1/8th $75,000 Stampede Park
1987 Steady Power Richard DosRamos Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:47.80 TR 1 1/8th $75,000 Stampede Park
1986 Steady Effort Robin Platts Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:53.20 1 1/8th $75,000 Stampede Park
1985 Imperial Choice Irwin Driedger James Day Sam Son Farm 1:52.60 1 1/8th $75,000 Stampede Park
1984 Ten Gold Pots Robin Platts Gil Rowntree B K Y Stable 1:54.00 1 1/8th $75,000a Stampede Park
1983 Win Mor Miss Rick Hedge R K Smith Winsong Farms & Canmore Farms 1:50.00 1 1/8th $75,000a Stampede Park
1982 Exclusive Canadian Dan Beckon Gil Rowntree B K Y Stable 1:50.00 1 1/8th $75,000a Stampede Park
1981 Regimen Dan Beckon Mike Doyle Barbara Rausch 1:49.40 1 1/8th $50,000a Stampede Park
1980 Police Inspector Chris Loseth Alan May Imperial Stable 1:51.20 1 1/8th $30,000a Stampede Park
1979 Fowl Supper Bruce Phelan Allan Bott Canada West Ranches 1:50.40 1 1/8th $30,000a Stampede Park
1978 Australasian Chris Loseth Alan May Bob Williams 1:52.00 1 1/8th $30,000a Stampede Park
1977 Western Reason Rick Hedge R K Smith Elmbrook Stable 1:51.80 1 1/8th $17,500a Stampede Park
1976 My Man Friday Andy Smith Percy Stephen Eagle Rock Ranch 1:55.40 1 1/8th $24,500 Stampede Park
1975 Brendas Orphan John Whittle Fred Melenchuk Dave Kapchinsky 1:52.80 1 1/8th $15,000a Stampede Park
1974 Pilot Bird Rick Hedge Mike Cojocar A and W Farms 1:51.00 1 1/8th $12,500 Stampede Park
1973 Trochu Joe Gerry Rasmussen R K Smith Elmbook Stable 1:52.60 1 1/8th $10,000a Victoria Park
1972 Winning Red Gerry Rasmussen Ed (Goody) Goodwin Andy Sim 1:51.00 1 1/8th $10,000a Victoria Park
1971 Kims Kid Delbert Rycroft Ernie Camyre Ernie Camyre 1:53.20 1 1/8th $7,500a Victoria Park
1970 – 2nd Tinga Bulldog Billy Norris Ron Brock Colonel Fred Scott 1:53.00 1 1/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1970 – 1st Steel Hatter Charlie Billingsley Jim Lengyel Don Buchanan 1:55.20 1 1/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1969 – 2nd Harry Safari Billy Norris D G (Boomer) Rees Joe Garfin 2:05.80 1 1/8th $4,900a Victoria Park
1969 – 1st Northern Mission Billy Norris Earl Robertson Lee Williams 2:06.40 1 1/8th $5,000a Victoria Park
1968 Major Mack Ken Whittle Fred Melenchuk K and S Stable 1:58.20 1 1/8th $7,000a Victoria Park
1967 – 2nd Fortitude Jack Phillips W H McDonald F M Clark Jr 1:54.00 1 1/8th $5,830 Victoria Park
1967 – 1st Alfs Folly Dale Wright Freddy Jones Sturgeon River Ranch 1:55.40 1 1/8th $5,950 Victoria Park
1966 – 2nd Cal Emir Gene Giesbrecht K M Portman JMD Stock Farm 1:59.40 1 1/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1966 – 1st Green Dust Dale Wright Eddie Johnson Mac Glen Ranches 1:58.40 1 1/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1965 – 2nd Chopstick Sandy Shields Red McKenzie Borger & McKenzie 1:59.00 1 1/8th $3,000a Victoria Park
1965 – 1st Chariot Chaser Sandy Shields Red McKenzie Lomar Stable 1:58.80 1 1/8th $3,000a Victoria Park
1964 Farnsfield Frank Barroby F M Tiny Holden F M Tiny Holden 2:21.60 1 3/8th $5,000a Victoria Park
1963 Brother Leo Frank Inda W H Murphy W H Murphy 2:22.80 1 3/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1962 Henry Rocket Jack Troute H. Sawula H Sawula 2:32.400 1 3/8th $5,000a Victoria Park
1961 General C G Pederson E Yates Anderson & Urbine 2:22.00 a1 3/8th $5,000a Victoria Park
1960 Val B Fast A Stein Jo Johanson A I I'Anco Stable 1:51.60 a1 1/8th $5,000a Victoria Park
1959 True Tan H Gray J H Heipel J H Heipel 1:53.60 a1 1/8th $3,000a Victoria Park
1958 Last Hour Dick Armstrong Earl Robertson Lee Williams 1:54.40 a1 1/8th $4,000a Victoria Park
1957 Golden Jubilee C Potts R Johnson M and D Stable 1:49.00 1 1/16th $8,000 Exhibition Track
1956 Spangle Sheila Tommy Stadnyk Earl Robertson J A Charlesworth 1:55.40 a1 1/8th $7,000a Exhibition Track
1955 Sky Lynn R Diaz J E Bryans Circle Dot Ranch 1:53.60 a1 1/8th $7,000a Exhibition Track
1954 Flying Joe G Godley Earl Robertson Mrs D E Robertson 1:58.00 a1 1/8th $4,000a Exhibition Track
1953 Virginia Fair D Richards Earl Robertson J A Charlesworth 1:55.20 a1 1/8th $4,000a Exhibition Track
1952 Fair Elf H Matthews W H Murphy J H Evans 1:52.40 a1 1/8th $3,000a Exhibition Track
1951 Beau Orage Jimmy Sivewright F M Tiny Holden F M Tiny Holden 1:55.20 a1 1/8th $2,500a Exhibition Track
1950 Storm Bell Stan Connell F M Tiny Holden F M Tiny Holden 1:50.00 1 1/16th $2,000a Exhibition Track
1949 Fair Author A Haller C S James H R Metheral 1:57.00 1 1/16th $1,500a Victoria Park
1948 Franks Mistake Emil Roy Earl Robertson Lee Williams 1:52.40 1 1/16th $1,500a Exhibition Track
1947 Knight Pilot Jimmy Sivewright J P Kilgour Stevens & Kilgour 1:49.40 1 1/16th $1,500a Exhibition Track
1946 – 2nd Fort Garry V Bovine H E Howe K and K Stable 1:27.80 a7f $1,000a Victoria Park
1946 – 1st Yorkton V Bovine H E Howe K and K Stable 1:27.80 a7f $1,000a Victoria Park
1945 Pardo Paul Bailey A Young C E Greene 1:27.20 a7f $1,000a Victoria Park
1944 Pagan Star Jimmy Sivewright Neil Campbell Neil Campbell 1:27.40 a7f $1,000a Victoria Park
1943 Baby Broom Freddy Solomon H A Shepherd H A Shepherd 1:27.20 a7f $1,000a Victoria Park
1942 Brooms Sentry Gayle Smith D Campbell J N Pitts 1:50.40 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1941 Wilkie Gayle Smith D Campbell J N Pitts 1:53.40 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1940 Ebony Stick Scotty Craigmyle C Booth Don Grant 1:42.40 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1939 Four Clubs Scotty Craigmyle A J Robinson F F Montague 1:42.40 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1938 Roman Marcus Al Bodiou Jo Johansen Ken Leach 1:42.60 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1937 Golden Gower Laurence DuPre D Campbell Whittier Park Stock Farm 1:42.60 1 mile $1,500a Chinook Park
1936 Pagan Knight J Gordon J Wills Winverwell Stable 1:40.00 TR 1 mile $1,500a Chinook Park
1935 Taxaurelius J Mantz W Marsh Scotia Stable 1:41.60 1 mile $1,500a Chinook Park
1934 Peach Stone Johnny Longden L T Waugh Tom Stone 1:59.20 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1933 Carhan Queen D Birley C T Leavitt Mrs R Stedman 1:44.00 1 mile $1,000a Chinook Park
1932 Carhan King L Logan Charlie Leavitt Mrs Charlie Leavitt 1:55.20 1 mile $1,500a Chinook Park
1931 Lauretta Whittier Jimmy Collins E C Sutton Mrs F Eaton 1:42.20 1 mile $1,500a Chinook Park
1918 thru 1930 race was not run
1917 Sharpshooter Wolf N A Joe Clemons N A 1 mile $300 Exhibition Track
1916 Bassano Boy N A N A T H Hunter 1:47.00 1 mile $300 Victoria Park
1915 Flying Squirrel Taylor N A Walter Sporle 1:50.00 1 mile N A Victoria Park
1914 Charlie Mac James Rae N A Shorty McLaughlin 1:50.50 1 mile N A Victoria Park
1913 Ben Ara Tommy Cummings N A J C Bremner 1:49.25 1 mile $600 Victoria Park
1912 Mazdah N A N A Gayle Nibbs 1:49.00 1 mile $600 Victoria Park
1911 Smith Bowman Tommy Cummings N A Wheat City Stable 1:54.00 1 mile N A Victoria Park
1910 Llandoff Small N A R E Exham 1:49.50 1 mile $250 Victoria Park
1909 Llandoff James Rae N A James Rae 1:47.50 1 mile $300 Victoria Park
1908 Beaver Dam Lad Ed McAbee N A Ed McAbee 1:47.50 1 mile $400 Victoria Park
1907 Beaver Dam Lad Ed McAbee N A Ed McAbee 1:46.50 1 mile $300 Victoria Park
1906 Fortuna II Charlie McLaughlin N A H C Gordon 1:50.00 1 mile $400 Victoria Park
1905 The Bishop K E Holbrook N A R F Bevan 2:03.25 1 1/8th $400 Victoria Park

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