Each month we feature an Alberta horse who has made an impact. This may be a champion of competition or a champion in some less public way. If you have or know of a horse that is a fine example of an “Alberta Horse”, tell us why, send us a photo and each month we’ll feature one horse that stands out from the herd.
Freedoms Traveller, a beautiful grey gelding, collected speed as he galloped around the track at Northlands Park on Saturday August 20, 2011. With a mile and a half to go, the patient jockey, Rafael Zenteno, made his move.
With the finish line in sight, the gelding overtook all the other horses to finish first by 5 ¼ lengths. And that’s how the 82nd Canadian Derby was won.
Known as the richest Thoroughbred race west of Toronto, the Canadian Derby is run each year at the end of August in Edmonton. The derby features 3 year old Thoroughbred horses running a distance of 1 3/8 miles.