ASHA and Alberta Downs organized a benefit this past Saturday evening September 7
th for the Southern Alberta Flood Victims. There was a live and silent auction held along with a barbecue and corn-roast. Wonderful entertainment was provided by Jukebox Leigh who was upbeat and very enthusiastic about the event. The evening was a huge success by raising over $8300. All the proceeds will go to the Red Cross for the victims of the Southern Alberta Flood. The items for the auction were donated by many horseman, owners and many horse related businesses. Donations were also donated by ASHA, Alberta Downs, Red Deer Regional Health and exceptional individuals. A lot of fun was had by all and into the spirit on what they were bidding for and not what they were bidding on. ASHA would like to thank everyone that donated their time and efforts in making this a very successful event.
2YR-OLD FILLIES ROMP
On Saturday, September 7
th the 2yr-old AB Fillies took center stage at Alberta Downs for the Alberta Stardust. There were three divisions of the young sophomores. All three winners romped in each of their divisions starting with Sweet Sugar (Giesbrecht) who posted a 10 length victory in 1:58.3 for trainer Tim Brown. Mystic Return (Clark) was second and R J’s Diamond (Redwood) was third. The favorite paid $3.40 - $2.30 - $2.20.
In the second division Make Three Wishes (Clark) was victorious in her division winning by over five lengths and stopping the teletimer in 1:59.1. Second prize went to Kinda Funky (Hudon) who is trained by Harold Haining. Blue Monday (Kolthammer) rounded out the top three who was six lengths back.
In the last division, Triple Action gave driver Giesbrecht his second win in the stakes. Triple Action was also impressive winning by five lengths in 1:59.1. The young filly is trained by Joe Ratchford. Nighttraintovegas (Campbell) came up for second for trainer Rick Schneider while Burner Baby (Kolthammer) was thirteen lengths back for third.
Sunday showcased the Alberta Lonestar for 2yr-olds Colts and Geldings. Like the Fillies there were three divisions for the colts as well. Cigar Party (Clark) took the first division in an impressive 1:56.4. Leaving from post 8 the Clintons Cigar-Beyond Paradise colt used his gate speed to clear to the front and was on top by 2 lengths by the first quarter. Trainer/Driver Keith Clark continued to control the pace throughout the race. The favorite Son Of Anarchy (Hennessy) crossed the finish line second three lengths back of the winner while My Boss (Hoerdt) came on for third. The winner paid $30.10 - $7.70 - $7.10.
Comes Home First (Marino) was most dominating and was victorious by nine lengths in the second division winning in a sizzling 1:54.3 for trainer Lance Ward. Shyloh Changerluck took home second prize for trainer Q. Schneider and Presidential Pass (Hennessy) was forth but placed third due to interference in the stretch.
The final division was won by Pass The Port (Davies) in 1:57. The Freedoms Pass-Newport Beauty colt is trainer by Sam Johnson. Jack of Diamonds (Cullen) was a close second for trainer Tim Brown while Sonic Spark (Hudon) rallied up for third.
There appears to be no shortage of very talented young 2yr-olds here in Alberta. It should make it an exciting year of competition for these young sophomores. The third leg of Alberta Sires Stakes action for the 2yr-olds will be September 28 th and 29th contested at Alberta Downs. The Alberta Super Finals will be held on November 2nd at Northlands Park.