Graystorm wins Gazi Derby
ISTANBULJockey Ahmet Çelik rode Graystorm to victory on June 26 at the 90th Gazi Derby, Turkey’s most prestigious horse race.
A total of 22 horses competed in the 2,400-meter race, which offers a prize of 1.35 million Turkish Liras for the winner.
The Gazi Derby, organized by the Turkish Jockey Club (TJK), is dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic, who was a supporter of horse racing in the country.
Legendary thoroughbred Bold Pilot, who died last year, holds the record for the Gazi Derby. Halis Karataş rode Bold Pilot to victory on June 30, 1996, with a time of 2 minutes 26.22 seconds.