Calgary – Logan Gorst accomplished what he set out to do.
The 37-year-old reinsman from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, won his first championship Dash For Cash at the 2019 GMC Rangeland Derby on Sunday.
“It sounds beautiful,” said Gorst of being crowned as the Rangeland Derby champion.
Gorst also won the Richard Cosgrave Memorial Trophy and a new GMC truck on Friday for finishing atop the aggregate standings through the first eight days of racing action.
“I can’t say enough about my family, horses and everything,” he said. “Everything worked out. I never imagined it working out this week. I don’t even know what to say.”
Gorst raced around the Stampede track in a time of 1:10.87 to edge out Todd Baptiste of Cando, Saskatchewan, by .43 of a second to take first place and the $100,000 top prize.
"What a roller-coaster, I tell you what," Gorst told the Stampede Grandstand crowd after his victory. "My outriders here — Chance Flad, who rode all 10 days, Casey Knight and Brendan Nolin each rode five days and crushed it. I couldn't be more happy with them.
"And thanks to my family — my wife and my kids — it's great."
Gorst’s father-in-law Luke Tournier of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, who won Rangeland Derby titles in 2005 and 2007, finished in third place in a time of 1:11.42 to win $15,000.
“Hats off to Luke Tournier,” said Gorst, who commended Tournier for making a great turn to get out in front of him briefly before he sped up to grab the rail. “He just about got me. That is one heck of a turn because I was not going slow.”
Vern Nolin, who finished fourth in the championship dash in both 2015 and 2016, had to settle for another fourth place finish and winning $10,000.
Gorst commended his horses – right leader Jack, left leader Idol, right wheeler Tommy and left leader Image – for their tremendous performance in the final.
“They were ready,” he said. “You could just feel it. They had a lot of energy. They just exploded.”
He said Idol has a special place in his heart because he was one of the first horses he bought as a five year old.
“He’s 17 years old now,” Gorst said. “Think of that. In human years, that’s just about 50 years old and he’s still performing at that level.”
Off barrel two in the seventh heat, Kris Molle posted Sunday night’s fastest time (among drivers not in the championship dash) of 1:11.29 to win $6,000 in day money.
BJ Carey won the fourth heat in 1:11.35 to finish second overall on the night to win $5,200. Ross Knight had the evening’s second fastest running time (.04 behind Gorst) in the eighth heat, but he was assessed a one-second penalty for having a late outrider. His overall time of 1:11.91 still stood up to put him in third spot and he took home $4,600 in prize money.
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