No fewer than four standardbreds conquered the elements and turned in their best personal lifetime performances for wins at the first-ever Battle of Alberta -- six features for a combined $500,000 -- at Northlands Park yesterday.
Battling snow, wind and freezing temperatures, the honours were performed by Doober Hoozzitz, Rossridge Fortune, A Special Lady and Flak Jacket.
Alberta Standardbred Horse Association executive director Fred Gillis came away both astounded and overjoyed.
"I don't think we give these Alberta-bred horses enough credit for the quality that they are," he said.
"The problem is that we haven't been able to showcase them. We have to start thinking outside the box for ways to show the public that there is terrific entertainment to be had at the track."
The day's biggest upset was posted by Doober Hoozzitz in the $50,000 Super Final four four-year-old mares.
Garry Schedlosky kept her close as hot favourite A PS Moneymaker carved out the lead. Out of the final turn, the longshot outsider paraded to the lead and won handily.