Calgary - Jason Glass traversed the Stampede track in the fastest time of the 2019 GMC Rangeland Derby on Monday night, winning the top day money prize of $6,000. Off the third barrel in the sixth heat, the veteran 48-year-old chuckwagon driver from High River, Alberta guided his outfit across the finish line in a blistering time of 1:12.05. Afterwards, he gave most of the credit to his horses for making quick turns around the barrels in the infield before keeping up their speed around the track.
“It was a combination of all four,” Glass said. “They just worked really well and they ran hard. That’s probably the nicest turn I’ve made in a long time. They started and made a beautiful turn and ran their hearts out.” The solid performance also lifted Glass up into top spot in the aggregate standings with a total time of 5:05.47.
“I’ve been having trouble even getting into the top 10 all summer, so I’m really proud of my horses,” said Glass.
He may be riding off into the sunset after this year’s GMC Rangeland Derby, but Ray Mitsuing proved he still has some racing left in him yet. The 65-year-old driver from Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, also started on the third barrel and wound up winning the eighth heat in a time of 1:12.15 to win $5,200.
After coming into the night in first place overall, Logan Gorst slipped slightly into second spot with a four-day total time of 5:05.69. Right behind him in a dead heat for third place are Evan Salmond and Chad Fike at 5:06.55, while Chad Harden currently holds down fifth spot at 5:06.89.
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