LIVING HER DREAM
You won’t see Kerri-Lynn Raven’s name appearing among the leading
trainers at Hastings Racecourse this season but take note that her horses have been making some noise lately.
During the last few race days she has hit the winner’s circle twice and
is slowly gaining momentum. Kerri-Lynn became familiar with horses while she was taking equestrian classes at Humboldt College in Ontario, which eventually led her to becoming involved in horse racing and working with several thoroughbred trainers.
“At one time I wanted to be a jockey and had ridden in a Powder Puff
Derby to support breast cancer in Alberta,” she says, “but that was a wake-up
call for me. It wasn’t what I had expected. I really enjoy eating and having to watch my weight wasn’t in my plans. My regular weight is 130 pounds
and I’m happy with that.”
Once that decision was made, Kerri-Lynn went to work for the powerful
Alberta-based Greg Tracy stable and was an assistant trainer for four years.
“After parting company with Greg, I decided to go on my own and decided
to give Hastings a shot,” she says. “I’ve been lucky having owners who love and enjoy all aspects of the business.
“I have a filly for Don Danard and last Sunday won a race with George
Sharp’s Become an Insider. I met George while racing at Phoenix.”
Raven is excited about her recent purchase of multiple stakes winner Blue
Dancer who has $325,000 in career earnings.
“I began exercising him in 2014 when he won the Alberta Futurity,” she
says. “Now I’m partners with Wayne Oliver and can’t wait to see Blue Dancer run at Hastings.”
Kerri-Lynn is a big believer in teamwork. “Having people working
with you who love what they do is a big reason for anyone’s success,” she says. “For me, it’s my crew, my owners and good friend Scott Williams who always come by my barn to give me a helping hand. I couldn’t do it without them.”
KEY WEEKEND: Three major $50,000 stake races are on the weekend
agenda at Hastings with the Monashee going Saturday prior to Sunday’s Lt.
Governors and Spaghetti Mouse.
The Monashee for fillies and mares is named after Canmor Farms
outstanding Hall of Fame mare. The race features a fine field including favored BC Stables Here’s Hannah going for her 10th win in 11 starts, trained by John Morrison and ridden by Richard Hamel.
Speaking of Here’s Hannah, her only exercise person since arriving at
Hastings has been former jockey Angie Smith. “She’s nice to gallop,” says
Angie. “She can be professional and yet strong-minded at times.”
Second choice on the morning line is George Gilbert’s Good Luck to You
trained by Phil Hall and ridden by Enrique Gonzalez. Good Luck to You is
coming off a big victory in the $75,000 Shirley Vargo Handicap at Edmonton’s
The Lt. Governors will be competitive with Peter Redekop’s Apalachee Bay
trained by Phil Hall and ridden by Amadeo Perez going up against second favorite Calgary Caper owned by Hall, Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht.
THEY’RE BACK: A record field of 100 wiener dogs will be vying for
Top Dog honors this weekend in the 10th annual Wiener Dog Races at Hastings. There’ll be five qualifying heats Saturday and three Sunday prior to the championship round after the sixth race on the thoroughbred ca rd.
NOTES ON A PROGRAM: There is a Celebration of Life in honor of the late Mary Cowan scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2019, 1-4 p.m. at 3530 – 208th Street in Langley. Mary Cowan was the first female jockey in Canadian racing history and truly a great person