Knight wins Wainwright Stampede, Gary Gorst second, third place

In the final heat, and on the last running day Sunday afternoon in Wainwright, AB, Logan Gorst (left) edged his father Gary at the wire by 1/100ths of a second. Logan crossed the finish line with a time of 1:05.69 while Gary's was 1:05.70 (Photo: Rod Oracheski, Wainwright Starnews)

By Mac Christie

This past weekend saw Wayne Knight of St. Walburg win the Wainwright Stampede and the $10,000 bonus, after a run of 104.24 Sunday afternoon in Wainwright, Alberta.

Meadow Lake area resident Gary Gorst’s two rigs placed second and third respectively in the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association tour stop, followed by his son Logan Gorst in fourth.

The races were a family affair, with Logan and Gary running against each other three times, the first time this season they had met on the track.
In their head-to-head matchups, Gary bested Logan on Day 1, with Logan winning on the second day.

While the third day was rained out, on the fourth and final day, Logan, running in the middle of the track, beat Gary, who was on the rail, by 1/100th of a second.

Gary said he enjoys running against his son.

“I know what he’s got and he knows what I’ve got,” he said, referring to their horses. “It’s pretty good.”

Gary added he also enjoys seeing his granddaughters with Logan at the track all the time.

“It’s a heck of a family deal,” he said.

Race conditions this season have been wet, with eight of the 17 scheduled races being rained out, including Saturday’s show at Wainwright.

Gorst said the rainouts haven’t affected him that much, but they can still be a problem if horses have a longer break and too much feed without running.

While he was happy with his results the past weekend, he’s looking forward to running on a 5/8 of a mile track next weekend, July 1-3 in Little Pine.

“I’d like to get some good air into those horses so they’re ready to go into Calgary,” Gorst said.

Still, he said he’s most worried about keeping the horses fresh and staying penalty-free going into the Calgary Stampede, July 8-17.

“Have to keep an eye on them and make sure they’re ready to hit the big lights,” he said. “But I’m feeling good about where they are right now.”

Gorst added that the competition is great this year on the tour.

“Some guys three or four heats down are winning big money,” he said. “So it’s good for wagon racing and good for the fans.”

The overall standings following Sunday’s action have Gary Gorst sitting in first place with 320 points, followed by Logan in second, with 314. In third place is Devin Mitsuing, of nearby Loon Lake, with 304 points, and rounding out the top four, his father Ray Mitsuing with 284 points.


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