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The Evergreen Park Racing Club 2017 has its horses – now it has its trainer.

And he’s one of the best in the world.

Club manager Norm Tremblay announced this week that Robertino Diodoro will be training Club horses Command The Land and Red N Black Attack this year.

Diodoro, a native Albertan, has won over $25,000,000 since he got into the business a couple of decades ago. So far in 2017 he has won almost $2,250,000 and is the 14th ranked trainer out of 3,928 across North America.

From very humble beginnings at a small track in southern Alberta, Diodoro went on to be one of Alberta’s top trainers before leaving the province five years ago. Since then he has established himself as one of the top trainers on the continent. He now has almost 1,700 wins and is based out of the United States where he has over 100 horses under his care.

Diodoro’s first race under the Evergreen Park Racing Club 2017 banner will be this Friday when Command The Land takes to the track at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Command The Land was shipped from Arizona to Edmonton earlier this month. He has had three starts in 2017 with a win and a second and $5,943.

Friday’s race, with an 8:45 p.m. post time, can be watched at the Pines Restaurant & Casino at Evergreen Park. Locals can also bet on Command The Land at one of the betting machines at the facility.

The race will be a good introduction to the Sport of Kings for the Evergreen Park Racing Club 2017 owners, who will no doubt be hoping their thoroughbred can take home 60% of the $8,600 in purse money up for grabs with a win. The fact that the race is also a claimer, meaning anyone can claim the horse for $5,000, means the club could also be down one horse come Saturday morning.

But that won’t last for long, says Tremblay.

“If Command The Land wins and is claimed that means the Club will have secured over $10,000,” said Trembley. “If he is claimed Robertino has promised the Club he will get us an even better horse within a couple of weeks.”

There is no word yet on when Red N Black Attack will make his Alberta racing debut, but the Club’s two horses (for now Command the land and Red N Black Attack) will spend the summer racing at The Horses At Evergreen Park. First day of racing is July 8.

Ownership shares for the two Club horses will be available until racing starts at Evergreen Park. Shares are being sold for $250 each. Anyone interested can go online to (find the Race Horse Club button under the photo) and register online or contact the Evergreen Park office at 780-532-3279.