Bob Clark has returned to the Century Downs Racetrack and Casino this season to compete for a spot in the Western Regional Driving Championship taking place on June 23. As a driver, Clark has almost 11,000 starts and 1,379 wins and as a trainer, he has over 2,500 starts and 553 wins.
Although Clark has plenty of knowledge on the racetrack, he also has experience as a landscape manager and is now also currently working for Orica, an explosives company based out of Australia. While Clark continues to work for Orica, he is also competing in this season’s races. It’s a nice change of pace for Clark as he does not depend solely on his driving cheques. Clark is in a good mood and finds it nice to “come in and see everybody and be so relaxed.”
Horse racing and training also runs strong in Clark’s family as both of his parents were in the Standardbred business. Clark is the youngest of nine children, seven of which participated in the industry. Keith Clark, Bob’s brother, has also won numerous training and driving titles as well as one of the biggest honours in Canadian racing: an induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. While Keith had many of Alberta’s top horses, Bob also worked for Keith.
“There have been lots of nice [horses] along the way working for Keith, but my favourite would be THATLL BE ME,” says, Bob. However, when discussing his favourite horse of all time, Bob’s instant choice was Gravel Gertie. “I owned part of GRAVEL GERTIE and [she’s] probably the one for me,” says Bob.
When asked about sneaking his way into the fourth spot of the upcoming Western Regional Driving Championship on June 23, 2018, Bob was very excited.
“That would be a thrill, I’ve never had that opportunity. It would be nice if that would happen,” says Bob. Century Downs Racetrack and Casino wishes Bob Clark the best of luck as he competes for his spot in the Western Regional Driving Championship.
COMING UP THIS WEEKEND
The Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Mother’s Day Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. With seasonal fruit trays, an assortment of baked goods and a variety of main entrées your mother is sure to be treated to a wonderful meal. Show her how much you truly appreciate her by joining us this Sunday! Our Mother’s Day Brunch is currently sold out, but you can sign up to be put on the waitlist by emailing reservations(at)cnty.com.
As Spring is upon us, the ASHA 2018 Meridian Farms “Name that Foal” contest is back! Be sure to check out the foal naming contest winner named on May 13, in the Winners Circle. With spectacular parents such as MYSTICIAN (father) and SOUTHWIND LUNA (mother), the foal is certain to be cute! Prizes for the name, the best letter describing why that name should be chosen and the best art work will be awarded in two age group categories (8-years-old and under and nine to 16-years-old).
See you this weekend!