Stake races and eliminations were off at Century downs racetrack and casino, leaving many horsemen with lots to be thankful for this past thanksgiving weekend. Alberta’s top two and three yearold Colts and Fillies battled it out for top spots.
Three-year-old fillies kicked off the stake action. The ABSS Alberta Marquis saw hall of famer Keith Clark be victorious in crushing both eliminations with fillies Cam Finish and Blue Star Texas. The first division had Gerry Hudon in the bike to steer the Camystic sired Cam Finish to the wire first, in a mile of 1 58.0. Take On Da Boys, trained and driven by Rod Hennnesy was the closest pursuer for the place position. The show pony was the Kelly Hoerdt trainee My Camalina. Rounding up the Stake eligible position was Travis Cullen’s, Fire Watch. Blue Star Texas, the other divisions winner saw Phil Giesbrecht at the lines. With a mile of 1.58.2, Beauty of Nature settled for a second place finish followed by Jamie Grey Trainee My Villas On Fire. Rod Hennessy will see two of his fillies in the final along with Keith Clark, for Getter Queen Flush caught herdelf that forth position. The Final for the Alberta Marquis Stake for this group of fillies will take place Saturday October 17, 2015. May the best lady win.
The ABSS Maverick Eliminations for three-year-old colts and geldings suffered some good old Alberta winds on Sunday, causing tepid speeds for these colts and geldings. First Division getting there in1.59.1 and the other in 1.56.1. The Blue Burner sired gelding Withflyingcolors was the horse to beat. Newly claimed for the Dan Sifert barn, Rare Breed put up a good fight and landed himself the second spot with driver Bill Tainsh. The Hoerdt trainees proved to be competitive. Chilinlikeavillin rounded up the show spot, while Cool Cowboy crushed the second elimination, with Johnny Gun for Harold Haining settling for second. Rod Hennessy also sends two into next weeks final Royal Renegade and Outlaw Deacon Jim. Final for the Maverick goes Sunday October 18, 2015.
Stake action closed with the two year-olds Stake Races. All first year starters this group is always impressive. Another win for the Hoerdt barn was Wrangler Cash, the As Promised colt. Greg Manning bred, owned and trained, Royal Dragon upset his division of the ABSS Alberta Shooting Star Stake in beating the rest to the wire. Travis Cullen’s Jet Blue Burner and Rod Starkewski’s trainee Outlawtriggerhappy were the victors of the ABSS Stardust Stakes.
As the end of the stake season for harness horses draws near for Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, don’t miss your chance to witness Alberta’s most talented equine athletes live, doing what they were bred and trained to do best.