ďIím not a wealthy guy, Iím a businessman. I know what I can afford to spend. Iíve looked at the 10 year deal the industry has struck with the government. I look at the new track to be built in Edmonton, and Iíve decided that now is the time to get involved. This is a business decision as much as it is a sport to me.Ē
So noted new Standardbred owner Michael Arnold, an Ontario native who is now dabbling in horse ownership in Alberta. He claimed a couple of horses from Ontario and had one make his first Century Downs start on their opening meet card last Saturday where he finished fifth.
That horse is the regally bred Well Said Stride, a Well Said six-year-old gelding whose dam is the great Cathedra. A winner of $733,000 in her racing career, the Run The Table mare is one of the greatest producers ever with 11 foals earning $4.8 million to date including Cathedra Dot Com ($1.6 million), Western Shooter ($904,000), The Preacher Pan ($715,000) and Cabrini Hanover ($1.4 million).
Well Said Stride, a winner of $99,000 to date in his career, was Cathedraís final foal as she passed away following his delivery. She was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.
ďIíve been kicking around the idea of getting into racing for four or five years,Ē Arnold told Horse Racing Alberta.
ďA friend of mine in BC, Calvin Chadwick, introduced me to (trainer) Darryl Cutting. I live just north of Olds and went to the yearling sale last fall. I didnít get anything there so I claimed a couple of horses in Ontario and brought them out here.
"The rules say they cannot race for 60 days if they are claimed outside Alberta. So Iím here today to see the gelding get its first start.Ē
To read the full story please click here.