The daughter of Camystic and out of the dam Midnight In Vegas fought hard fending off a game Barona Mercedes at the wire to win in 1:55.4. The 1-9 heavy favorite Nighttraintovegas left from post one and settled into third off the gate behind the hard leaving Philly Collins and Barona Mercedes. But not waiting long Nighttraintovegas pulled after the first quarter and cleared easily to the front. At the half Nighttraintovegas pulled away with Barona Mercedes stuck to her back. The two fillies battled down the homestretch but it was Nighttraintovegas that prevailed by a head. Mothers Melody was a convincing third eight lengths back.
This was the third win for Nighttraintovegas this year and now boasts a bankroll of $95,822 for her trainer Rick Schneider and owners Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park and David Halmosi of Edmonton. The favorite paid an even 2.10 2.10 2.10 across the board. The 1-7 Exactor paid $$19.50 and the 1-7-5 Triactor paid $69.20.
Sotally Tober Wins ABSS “Alberta Plainsman”
Sotally Tober took home the lion’s share of the $51,900 Alberta Plainsman for the 3yr-old colts and geldings on Sunday, June 22rd. Despite being parked past the first quarter in 27.3 the son of As Promised posted his most impressive performance of his career thus far for driver/trainer Jamie Gray. Sotally Tober put in a huge effort winning by a head over the tough Comes Home First (Davis) in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1. Pass The Port (Giesbrecht) came up for third prize two lengths back. Outlaw Last Chance (Chappell) was fourth while the board favorite Sonic Spark ended up fifth.
This was the third win in a row for Sotally Tober and now boasts career earnings of $42,219. Gray shares ownership on the gelding with Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy both of Edmonton.
The Red Hot “Who Doesnt” Ties Alberta Downs Track Record
Who Doesnt and Travis Cullen captured their third win a row in the Open Pace along with the track record at AB Downs this past Sunday. Who Doesnt was ultra impressive winning in a sizzling mile of 1:51 which ties the track record. This was a new lifetime mark for the five-yr-old Mac Three gelding who continues to dominate the Open Pace. Stablemate Playbook (Giesbrecht) was a strong second also for the third week in a row.
This was the sixth win on the year and thirteenth lifetime win for Who Doesnt. He is owned/trained and driven by Travis Cullen and shares ownership with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen.
Ralph Klein Day!
JULY should be an exciting month at Alberta Downs with the Ralph Klein Breeders final on Saturday, 19th. Our special guest is Shannon “Sugar” Doyle who will be our MC for the day. The race card will be filled with tons of Promotional Events where the winners of each race will receive a sponsored blanket. The Ice Cream truck will be onsite selling $2 ice cream treats. There will be a Coloring Contest, Paint A Pony and Petting Zoo for the children along with prizes. Drivers will be on hand for signed autographed pictures.
The Brad Gunn final will be Sunday, July 20th. The Emerald Filly for two-yr old Fillies will be Saturday, July 26th while the Horizon Pace for two-yr-old Colts will be on Sunday, July 27th.
Racing will resume at Alberta Downs this Saturday June 28th. Post time is 1:15pm.
ASHA Fund Raiser
ASHA is having a FUND RAISER for the Families of the BC fire casualties on Saturday, July 26th at Alberta Downs following the races (5:30PM). There will be a Live/Silent Auction – Music – Food (all you can eat). Tickets are $10 and all the proceeds will go to the families of the BC fire that tragically took the lives of 17 Standardbred horses owned by Bill Davis and JJJ Stables.
Meridian Farms has donated a $5000 Voucher for one “Winner” to be used towards any “Meridian Yearling” that is selling at the 2014 ASHA Yearling Sale. Contest rules: For each $100 cash donation or each $100 retail value of an auction item donated will be given a ticket to enter the draw for the $5000 Meridian Voucher. Draw will be made at the Auction on July 26th.