It was a rare finish in the Yorkton Business Improvement District Feature Race to complete Friday’s standardbred race card at Cornerstone Raceway, as two horses finished in a dead heat.
KG Mattmerlin with Tyler Grundy in the cart came from back in the field to tie Winwood Thunder and Richard Remillard in a photo-dead heat. Best For Blues and Laurie Bell and Brian Gary rounded out the top-three.
The co-win by Grundy was his first at Cornerstone Raceway.
Grundy, who said neither he nor Remillard were sure who had hit the finish line first, said the win will be a memorable first for the Cornerstone track.
“It’s always great to get the first win, but a dead heat, the first one of the season, I’ll remember it.”
Grundy only earned his driver’s license in 2011, and is now in his second full season in the cart.
“I’m getting more, and more drives,” he said, adding for him racing standardbreds is really in his blood.
“My grandpa started it,” he said, adding his father and brother also drive.
“Grandpa trained my brother (Ryan), and I was in the barn from when I was little,” he said.
The Manitoba driver said racing is different in Yorkton than at the fair circuit tracks he is used to.
“They leave hard off the gate. They don’t leave any holes,” said Grundy, who made the five-hour trip from his home in Steinbach because he was asked by good friend and trainer Seth McLeod. “He’s been wanting me to come drive all summer long.”
However, Grundy, who is a roofer by trade said getting time off on Fridays is difficult.
Grundy said at the half he was in contention, but the next quarter did not go quite as well.
“I ended up three wide down the stretch,” he said, adding while not ideal KG Mattmerlin had enough to close hard on Winwood Thunder. “He (Mattmerlin) raced really well.”
It helped that Grundy had driven the gelding once before this season, so had some understanding of what to expect from the six-year-old.
“I just wanted to get on a helmet and stay in the mix,” he said.
Remillard also captured the Kenn Wood & Family Pace for the Lilies with Oblivious Boy over Donald Tracey with Seahorse Run and Shawn Worthen and Burnt On Top.
The night’s third big race was the Hackman Feeds Feature, and again it was Remillard who went to the winner’s circle, topping the field with Merlins Magicmaker over Gray with Maid To Measure who finished second, and Worthen who took third with Simply Dynamite.
Remillard finished with four wins on the night, starting with The Postman taking top spot in the night’s opening race.