Premium Attaction the 3-5 favorite put on a clinic himself by winning his elimination by over 10 lengths in a time of 1:55.3. Leaving from the second tier from post nine Premium Attaction and Hoerdt got away seventh. Once everyone was settled by the first quarter the duo took no time in making their move up the back side and continued to gain while flushing Tatsu (Marino) to the half in 58.2. Flying to the three quarters in 1.26.1 Hoerdt and Premium Attaction cleared and then saw nothing but open skies ahead of them. Drawing away from the field coming home Hoerdt had his colt on cruise control crossing the wire. This was Premium Attaction’s 8th win in just 12 lifetime starts for his owners.
Stable mate As Ruled who was driven by Phil Giesbrecht was second to Premium Attaction in the same elimination giving trainer Kelly Hoerdt a 1-2 finish. Going off at odds of 22-1 and leaving from post eight As Ruled looked impressive and showed that he could also be a colt to be reckoned with from the Hoerdt Stable. Cenalta Octane (R Grundy) was third and Attitude Adjuster (JB Campbell) came up for fourth.
In the first elimination of the Alberta Plainsman, Bill Tainsh Jr. guided Blue Star Admiral across the line first paying $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Blue Star Admiral is owned by William and Dianne Neish of High River, AB. Tip Top Tap (R Hennessy) rallied up for second while Outlaw Falcon (J Gagne) and Tinhorn Creek (G Hudon) were third and fourth respectively. Both eliminations went for a $10,000 purse.
RED HOT “HOT SHOT”
How good is Crackers Hot Shot! Proving once again she will be the filly to beat among this year’s Alberta Sire Stakes for three-year-old fillies. The 2012 Champion filly won the second elimination of the Alberta Princess in a dominating fashion on Saturday afternoon in the ninth race at Alberta Downs. This elimination drew a field that was loaded with talent but Crackers Hot Shot (B Tanish Jr) had no problems defeating her foes convincingly and winning by over six lengths over a track rated “good".
Leaving from post five Crackers Hot Shot easily cleared before the half and never looked back. She hit the half in 58.2, the three quarters in 1:27.4 and stopped the clock in 1:57.4. With the support of the betting public the winner paid $3.20, $2.30 and $2.10. This was Hot Shot’s third win in three starts this year and now has eight wins in just 10 lifetime starts for her owner and conditioner Rod Starkewski. Kiss My Crouper raced well and came up for second for driver/trainer Ryan Grundy. Barona Lilac (K Hoerdt) was third and Cenalta Fireworks (R Goulet).
In the first division of the Alberta Princess Chatter Box (JB Campbell) just came up to nip out Emotions Run Wild (K Hoerdt) for the win. Blue Star West who was back by 22 lengths at the first quarter closed well for third. Freedoms Treasure who led for the first three quarters of the mile held on for fourth. The $2 Exactor 3-8 paid $28.10 and the Triactor 3-8-7 paid $364.25 while the $1 Superfecta 3-8-7-1 paid $231.30.
One thing is for certain, it looks to be a great final for both the Alberta Plainsman and Alberta Princess next weekend. The top four finishers from each of the eliminations will return next weekend for the $50,000 final. The Alberta Princess is scheduled for Saturday June 22ndand the Alberta Plainsman is Sunday June 23rd.
FLAK JACKET....YOU DA MAN!
FOUR IN A ROW! Flak Jacket and Jamie Gray found the Winners Circle once again in the Open Pace this past Sunday in 1:53.4. Being given another great steer by his driver and winning by three lengths Flak Jacket was large and in charge. Despite having post seven he captured his fourth win a row for Gray and co-owners Gilbert, Malloch and Osterbeck. Flak Jacket is sharp and on a roll. Owners Fred Gilbert and family were on hand to enjoy the win.
We look forward to a Stakes filled weekend ahead. Racing returns to Alberta Downs Saturday June 22rd, Sunday June 23rd and Monday June 24th. Post time is 1:15pm