A lot more give than take5 minute read Friday, Jun. 2, 2023
Trainer Marvin Buffalo of Day Star First Nation in Saskatchewan, and his wife Deb, won the first stakes race of the season at Assiniboia Downs with their Spitten Kitten on Tuesday night, creating a perfect segue into National Indigenous History Month, as if it were scripted.
Six-time leading trainer Tom Gardipy, Jr. from Beardy’s Cree Nation in Saskatchewan followed the same script, scoring a hat trick to move into a tie at the top of the trainer standings with Wendy Anderson and Lise Pruitt with four wins a piece. Gardipy teamed up with jockey Ronald Ali for his three wins, while Buffalo hired underrated jockey Sven Balroop to boot their big winner home.
A former champion apprentice in Trinidad, the 28-year-old Balroop won 11 races at Century Mile in Edmonton last year, but oddly couldn’t get noticed there. We’ve only seen him ride 15 horses here, and he’s looked dynamite on anything that had a chance — and some that didn’t. Balroop has won two races so far at the meeting, both for the Buffalos. Catch him on the odds board before he gets hot.
Marvin and Deb are already at that temperature. They’ve won two of three starts since arriving from Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., including the One and Only Overnight Stakes with Spitten Kitten, a three-year-old filly they bought for $2,500 as a yearling. Deb picked her out.
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LONDON (AP) — The famous royal silks are returning to British horse racing for the first time since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Taking to the track under the ownership of the queen's heir, King Charles III, Educator will don the purple, red and gold silks for a race at Salisbury on Thursday.
Educator will be the first horse in those colors since Improvise was beaten narrowly at Epsom on Sept. 8 — the same day the queen died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Tom Marquand, who will ride Educator, said he will have mixed feelings.
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