The response was swift, powerful and wide-ranging, with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah leading the charge to help injured local jockey Alyssa Selman.
Four-time Assiniboia Downs leading rider Tim Gardiner sent Baffert a text message July 4 at 11:52 a.m. hoping he would remember Gardiner was one of the key players in getting Baffert his first Kentucky Derby winner, Silver Charm, in 1997.
Gardiner picked out Silver Charm as a two-year-old for Manitobans Cam Ziprick, C. J. "Shorty" and Dr. Lee, while working for McKathan Brothers in Florida, and when he didn't reach his reserve bid in the two-year-olds in training sale he was sold to Baffert and his owners.
"This is my one and only Silver Charm favour I'm calling in," said Gardiner in the text message asking Baffert if he could provide a halter from the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah, who is conditioned by Baffert for Ahmed Zayat.