Tag Archives: Western Canada Handicap

Light Dust: Champion of the Prairie Racing Circuit and Proudly a Manitoba-Bred

[caption id="attachment_16234" align="alignright" width="1000"] Light Dust becomes the only horse to win the Western Canada Handicap three times. Edmonton Journal. June 24, 1957.[/caption] by Bob Gates Last winter, during a covid-induced research binge, the name Light Dust jumped off the pages of the defunct Winnipeg Tribune. The headline read, "That's all for Light Dust." This…
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Alfred G. Tarn: Rosser Pig Farmer turned World Class Horseman

[caption id="attachment_12233" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alfred Gilbert "Alf" Tarn. A world-class horseman from Manitoba.[/caption] by Bob Gates Father Time has been cruel to the memory of Alfred Gilbert "Alf" Tarn. Who? That’s the point of this week's time tunnel flashback. There was a time when it was inconceivable that the name Alf Tarn would fade into…
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Stars of the Western Canada Handicap

[caption id="attachment_10418" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Possibly the best of the best, Light Dust won the Western Canada Handicap in 1954 and 1956. Shown here setting a new track record on February 5, 1957 at Sunshine Park.[/caption] by Bob Gates Polo Park racetrack played host to some of the most historic races in Western Canada including the…
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