The Gladiator Takes Montreal

Published: June 19, 2013 01:30 pm EDT

It is October 8, 2006, the temperature 18 degrees Celsius, and the crowd at Hippodrome de Montreal is anxiously awaiting the feature race of the day, the $75,000 Le Rendez-vous des Champions – the Race of Champions – for aged male pacers, including the amazing Admirals Express.

Known as ‘The People’s Horse’, Admirals Express is 10 years old and the limits to what he has done seem endless. He is the Grey Gladiator, although his coat has long since turned white, and he is every bit the warrior, grizzled from many battles but still game. Today he is racing for the first time in Montreal and with a chance to eclipse $2 million in career earnings with a win.

Admirals Express is one this year's Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame inductees, and in the June issue of Trot Magazine we look back on that momentous race in Montreal. To read the feature and watch the race, click one of the following links: The Grey Gladiator Takes Montreal -- Grey Gladiator arrive à Montréal

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