By Chris Lomon /@ChrisLomon
A jockey goes the extra mile to net a career first, another rider returns to the saddle after a personal loss, a graded stakes winner hangs up his horseshoes, a country bids farewell to a beloved horseman, and a Standardbred superstar adds a new chapter to his legendary status.
Here are five takeaways from last week:
Shining Star Harr
Kelsi Harr had to dig deep to record a career milestone. Teaming with Best Kept Secret, the jockey netted her first stakes score, taking the Minnesota HBPA Distaff by a hard-fought head. The race, originally scheduled for the turf, was contested over a sloppy main strip after rains pummeled Shakopee earlier in the day.
Prado Pays Tribute To Father
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado returned to the saddle after heading home to Peru to spend time with family and friends after his father passed away. Ranked eighth all-time in wins, the 53-year-old veteran is just over 40 wins away from surpassing Chris McCarron for seventh spot.
Ohio Hangs Up His Horseshoes
A 10-year-old son of Elusive Quality, Ohio made his last start in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 24, finishing sixth. He retires with an 11-5-4 mark from 37 starts and earnings of $639,748. Bred by Fazenda Mondesir, Ohio is the only stakes winner produced from his group 3-winning dam, the Nedawi mare Etoile Blanc.
A Down Under Legend
Australian racing fans are remembering decorated horseman A.D. (Tony) Turnbull. Best known for his association with one of the sport’s most popular champions, Miracle Mile, and dual Inter Dominion winner Hondo Grattan, Turnbull suffered a stroke and passed away May 24 at the age 91. His last trip to the winner’s circle as a driver was aboard What Can I Say at Fairfield on July 29, 2002.
Standardbred racing fans will no doubt want to put this book on their must-read list. On May 25, the virtual launch for “Somebeachsomewhere: The Harness Racing Legend from a One-Horse Stable” took place. Nimbus Publishing and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame hosted the online event, with owner/trainer Brent MacGrath and driver Paul MacDonell answering questions alongside author Simmins Marjorie on the shared screen.