Grift is one busy 'super'

JOHN SHORT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

As usual, the busiest man in Alberta racing during the last couple of days has been Ron Grift, track and barn superintendent at Northlands.

The turn-around from the end of the harness spring meet which ended Sunday to tonight's start of the thoroughbred summer schedule was complicated more than a little by rain. A major part of the adjustment is to make the surface much softer for the pounding of thorougbreds than for the measured strides of standardbreds.

About 1,100 horses will be fully settled within the next few days. Because Northlands removed some stalls in recent years, many other racers will be situated on farms and acreages in the area.

Quincy Welch led Stampede Park jockeys with 66 victories, followed by Rickey Walcott and Stephan Heiler.

The meet's leading trainer was Greg Tracey with 25 victories, followed by Ron Grieves and Red Smith.


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