Hot Shot crowned Alberta’s Princess
Crackers Hot Shot shines once again by capturing the final of the $55,100 ABSS Alberta Princess which was held on Saturday, June 22 at Alberta Downs. The 1-5 favorite boasted her record to 4 wins this year and lifetime earnings of over $90,000. The talented young filly had no difficulty proving that she is the “Princess of Alberta” and appears to be on her way to another great season. Driver Bill Tainsh Jr. and Crackers Hot Shot crossed the line in 1:57.2 winning by 4 ½ lengths over Emotions Run Wild (Kelly Hoerdt). Kiss My Crouper (Ryan Grundy was third while Blue Star West (Jamie Gray) was fourth. Crackers Hot Shot is owned and trained by Rod Starkewski.
PREMIUM ATTACTION EQUALS TRACK RECORD
Winning the final of the ABSS Alberta Plainsman on June 23rdPremium Attaction added his name to the record books. He was ultra impressive winning in a sizzling score of 1:53 which tied the Alberta Downs 2012 track record for 3yr-olds set by No Fear in last year’s Brad Gunn Stakes. Despite having no luck of the draw and having to leave from post 8 the son of Clintons Cigar posted his most impressive performance of his career thus far for driver/trainer Kelly Hoerdt. This was the colt’s 9th lifetime win in 13 career starts and now has earned $123,441. Hoerdt shares ownership on the colt with long-time Alberta Standardbred owner Blair Corbeil. Tip Top Tap showed a big effort in a time of 1:53.2 and took home second prize for driver/trainer Rod Hennessy and owner Lorne Duffield. Outlaw Falcon who was back by 19 lengths at the first quarter came up for third money. Outlaw Falcon is conditioned by Jeff McLeod and driven by J. Gagne. The even-money choice Blue Star Admiral (Bill Tainsh Jr) was fourth.
On the same day, just one race later Hoerdt was back in the Winners circle with Trust The Artist in the $8500 Open Pace but shared the winner’s circle with No Fear in a dead-heat for the win. Both pacers crossed the line in a time of 1:53.1. No Fear (Campbell) is owned by Fun For Fans, George Rogers and Jim MacPhail. Flak Jacket (Jamie Gray) was third one length back.
ALBERTA DOWNS HAS RECORD-BREAKING HANDLE
This past weekend, Alberta Downs ended the month of June on a very positive note with the handle hitting a record of $50,125 on Sunday, June 30th. The race office led by Racing Secretary Raenn Gemmill was able to put together full fields and competitive racing. July kicked off the Canada Day Holiday (Monday) with Fan Appreciation Day. Promotional events sponsored by Alberta Downs, ASHA and Horse Racing Alberta contributed to the support of the fans coming out on a hot beautiful day. A total of an estimated $2000 worth of betting vouchers were given out to lucky fans after each race along with ice cream cakes. There was also a draw for one lucky fan who won a OGIO gym bag full of prizes. Monday’s handle was $37, 190 for the day.
We also saw an abundance of very quick miles at Alberta Downs over a track rated fast. The weekend had many notables to mention.
Saturday, June 29th
Blue Star Beauty (Tainsh) captured a new lifetime mark of 1:53. The daughter of As Promised-Whitesand Secret now has 2 wins in four starts and earnings of $11,575 for 2013. Blue Star Beauty is trained by Doug Stout and owned by Derek Stout of Camrose, AB.
Clearly Best was cleary the best when she crossed the line in 1:56 winning by 3 lengths over her competitors in the 5thrace. This was the 3rdwin in six starts this year for the 4yr-old mare who is trained and driven by Kim Dressler. He co-owns the mare with Janelle Cameron of Millet, AB.
Strikes N Charges upsets in the Open Pace despite being the longest shot on the board and having to leave from post five. The 7yr-old and driver Travis Cullen charged to the front off the gate and never looked back. The duo continued to control the entire race and hit the teletimer in 1:53.2 for his second win of the season for owner/trainer/breeder Darren Lupul of Sherwood Park, AB. No Fear (Campbell) was second and Trust The Artist (Hoerdt) came up for third.
Sunday, June 30th
Play Book took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.1 for driver/trainer Keith Clark in the 10thrace. Bachelor Pad (Hudon) was second and I Hear Voices (Marino) was third. The winner paid $12.60 $6.10 $7.70.
Trainer Neal Adler had two wins on the day first with Arctic Artist (Campbell) in the third race. This was Arctic Artist first win of the season. The second win for Adler came in the eleventh and final race of the day with Arctic Flame (Marino). The 7yr-old mare is trained and owned by Adler and now has banked $116,573 in lifetime earnings.
Da Terror captured his fifth win in a row for driver/trainer Travis Cullen who co-owns with Trevor Williams of Manitoba. Da Terror crossed the finish line in 1:55.4 winning convincingly by 3 lengths. The 4yr-old son of Western Terror-Jen And Lissy has been perfect in 2013 with five wins in five starts to date.
Monday, July 1st
Driver Phil Giesbrecht had 3 driving wins on the day. Starting with the second race Giesbrecht guided Regal Sage to victory by 9 lengths in a time of 1:57.4 for owner/trainer Preston Shaw. Coming right back in the third Giesbrecht hit the winners circle with Sealedwithapromise in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 for trainer Jamie Gray. This was the 102 lifetime start and 31stwin for the 7yr-old As Promised daughter. Gray shares ownership with Rob Ostashek Holdings and Diane Bertrand. Giesbrecht once again was victorious in the fifth race with Loneridge Shannon for her first win 2013.
In the eighth race Kg Art Dreamer had his game face on and came back to form in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1. This was his first win of the year for driver/trainer Gerry Hudon.
July should be an exciting month at Alberta Downs with the Ralph Klein Breeders final on Saturday, July 20thand the Brad Gunn final Sunday, July 21st. The Emerald Filly for 2yr-old fillies and the Horizon Pace for 2yr-old colts will be contested July 27thand 28th.
Saturday’s July 20thrace card will be filled with promotional events where the winners of each race will receive a sponsored retro blanket. The Ice Cream truck will be onsite selling $2.00 ice cream treats.
Racing will resume at Alberta Downs Saturday, July 6th, where we will see our first crop of 2yr-old rookies take to the track to do battle. Racing continues Sunday, July 7thand Monday July 8th. Post time is 1:15pm