Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Court Hears Details of Fight over Disqualified Horse in Canadian Derby

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Court Hears Details of Fight over Disqualified Horse in Canadian Derby

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Fight over disqualified race horse in court

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EDMONTON - With the horse-racing community still buzzing over a controversial disqualification in one of its most well-known races, a fight over which horse won a Canadian Derby race two years ago is being heard in court this week.

Queen's Bench Justice June Ross started hearing details Wednesday about the results of the Aug. 19, 2017, race at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Chief Know It All was originally declared the winner despite a complaint from the trainer of Double Bear.

"I thought clearly -- and I think that's apparent in the video -- that my horse won the race," Hal Veale, who owns Double Bear, said outside court. "He didn't finish first because he was interfered with but, had he not been interfered with by Chief Know It All, he clearly was going to win the race."

Nearly a year later, the Horse Racing Appeal Tribunal disqualified Chief Know It All and named the horses Double Bear and Trooper John co-winners because they apparently finished in a dead heat.

The tribunal ruled Chief Know It All had made contact with another horse and altered the outcome of the race.

Veale said it's been a frustrating couple of years since the race.

"It's not easy to win the Canadian Derby, it really isn't," he said. "There are people who have raced for 20, 30, 40 years who have never won a Canadian Derby -- and I was one of them up until that day.

"So there I am with a winner after all that time and people aren't letting me have it."

Veale said there's a $90,000 prize for the winner, $30,000 to the second-place horse and $15,000 to the third-place horse.

"That's a considerable amount of money," Veale said. "It's the biggest race that we have in Western Canada."

There's also the prestige of having a winning horse, he said.

The case echoes last weekend's Kentucky Derby. …

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