Northlands Park to Host Legends on Tour

Northlands Park to Host Legends on Tour
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/Blood-Horse Publications
(edited press release)
Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, will host three riders from Legends on Tour during the track's historic Canadian Derby weekend, it was announced June 4.

Retired Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Laffit Pincay Jr. and Jorge Velasquez will be in Edmonton, Alberta Aug. 22-23 as part of a stop on their tour of North American racetracks. The first-year tour started at Churchill Downs and will stop next at Northlands Park for the city’s biggest racing weekend.

Day, winner of the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is the winner of the 1991 Canadian Triple Crown. He won nine classic races in the North American Triple Crown series comprised of Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and piloted 8,804 horses to the winner's circle before retiring in 2001.

Pincay, winner of the 1984 Kentucky Derby, was the all-time winningest jockey with 9,530 victories when he retired in 2003. Active jockey Russell Baze surpassed his mark in 2006.

Velasquez, winner of the 1981 Kentucky Derby, finished second to Affirmed aboard Alydar in all three Triple Crown races in 1978. Affirmed is the most recent Triple Crown champion.
Fans will be able to attend two events (tickets required for each) to meet the jockeys. Dinner & Derby Dialogue will be Aug. 22, with the Canadian Derby breakfast on the morning of the Thoroughbred race (Aug. 23). The track will also host an autograph session with the riders on Derby day.

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