The 85th running of the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in Edmonton for three-year-old horses was held in mid-August. For an outstanding second year in a row, the race was won by trainer Robertino Diodoro of Diodoro Racing Stables with the same jockey as last year Rico Walcott. This time the race was won by a Florida-born three-year-old named Edison. Edison was sixth in the early going and slowly creeped to near the front on the back stretch. Once he turned it on there was no catching him and he raced to a 11.5 length win over the second place horse. It was a mirror image of the Canadian Derby last year when Broadway Empire took over the lead on the back stretch and left the rest in the dust.
Kimberley Dunsmore, a Lloydminster resident and past Durness 4-H member, is an exercise rider for Diodoro Stables and played an important role in the successful Derby Weekend. They arrived at the stables at 4 a.m. Saturday morning to prepare horses for the prestigious day of racing. They had seven horses racing on derby day in five different races so there was a lot of work to be done. At the end of the day, the Diodoro Racing Team had won the $200,000 Canadian Derby for a second straight year and also won a $50,000 stake race with another one of their horses named Short Memo.
It was a great weekend and an amazing accomplishment for this team to win back to back Canadian Derbys.