Page 7 - May 2019 Thoroughbred Highlight
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Huge opening day
at Century Mile by Curtis Stock
Century Mile, awash in colour and freshly minted brightness, buzzed with electricity long before the  rst race went under the wire at the new racetrack and casino which opened Sunday afternoon. An hour before  rst post and still a good kilometre from the track’s entrance near the Edmonton International Airport, traf c already growled to a stop.
With both the main and auxiliary parking lots full, traf c was directed to the nearby Premium Outlet Collection mall where shuttle busses collected racing fans. “We started with eight buses and we ended
up with 14,” said Century Mile casino manager
Kevan Schell. “They went non-stop.” Inside, a crowd estimated at 5,000, stood, sat and walked shoulder to shoulder.
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Martimas’s Grave on
The racehorse’s headstone highlights a forgotten part of the Hendrie Park Garden’s history.
Featured in the March 2017 issue of Thoroughbred Highlight I recently submitted part of the story of Martimas to the website After stumbling upon the gravestone of racehorse Martimas at the Royal Botanical Gardens in February 2017 I was excited to discover that the Hendrie Park Garden at RBG is actually part of the former Valley Farm, a 122-acre parcel of land once owned by William Hendrie, one of the founders of the Ontario Jockey Club.
Martimas was the  rst stallion to be listed in the Canadian Thoroughbred Stud Book published by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) in 1914.
The Atlas Obscura website is touted as “The de nitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders” where you can search the site to discover it’s more than 16,000 “curious places - in your neighbourhood and around the world”. The site also features Gastro Obscura exploring the world’s most wondrous food and drink as well as events and more.
Visit the story on Martimas’s Grave here both on Atlas Obscura and in the March 2017 issue of Thoroughbred Highlight
Trainer Robertino Diodoro with Rick Wiest, Clayton Wiest, R6 Stable and Norman Tremblay, owners of 2018 Sovereign Award Champion Three-Year-Old Male, Sky Promise.
Sky Promise won the 2018 BC Derby, Canadian Derby and Manitoba Derby achieving this within 33 days in three different Provinces in three different time zones. Visit Thoroughbred Highlight’s Highlight Blog for more!
After graduating from the groom school in 2018 Anita Nickerson has been actively involved on the backstretch at Woodbine and has announced her new start up company, Equine Revitalization.
Anita provides aromatherapy and natural products for horses including a natural bug spray, pain relief cream, and an anti-in ammatory clay. She also practises
a specialized technique for muscle relief which is a combination of the human bowen techniques and muscle massage.
To  nd out more visit
Be sure to visit our Health & Wellness Highlight Feature Section on Pages 12-19 in this issue of Thoroughbred Highlight
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