Leaving from the outside with post six Who Doesnt was sent off the gate and immediately went after the lead. Who Doesnt assumed the lead easily and hit the first quarter in a sharp 26.3. Attack Modes Billy (Giesbrecht) got away well on the rail and settled in behind Who Doesnt for the two hole journey. Tucking into third was Blue Star Admiral (Campbell) and then Overcard (Redwood) in fourth. Playbook (Davis) backed off in fifth and the trailer was Wrangler Betonme (Clark). Who Doesnt continued to control the racetrack to the half in 55.2 and the three quarters in 1:22.4 with not much movement behind him till the stretch. The speedy gelding pulled away heading down the homestretch and was now only competing with the teletimer. In the distance the battle was on between Attack Modes Billy, Blue Star Admiral and Playbook. Blue Star Admiral prevailed and edged out Playbook for second. Attack Modes Billy hung on for fourth while Overcard finished fifth and Wrangler Betonme sixth.
This was Who Doesnt’s fourth win in a row and seventh win in 2014. He now has fourteen lifetime wins with $137,830 in his bankroll. Travis Cullen shares ownership with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen of Glenboro, MB. The winner paid $5.40 $2.40 $2.10. The 6-5 Exactor paid $12.10 while the 6-5-3 Triactor paid $26.40.
Two-Year Old Rookies Take Stage
Alberta Downs saw a total of fourteen young two-yr-old hopefuls behind the gate for their first Baby race this past weekend. There were two schooling races each for a purse of $500. Some are already showing a little early finesse. On Saturday, we saw Nostalgia a Sportswriter filly win her race in 2:03.4 for driver/trainer Lance Ward. She is owned by Orianna Scheck and Betty OBray. Rare Breed a Camystic colt was second for driver/trainer Keith Clark. Clark shares ownership on the colt with Pat Elynuik. Outlaw Sharkattack a Smart Shark colt was third for driver Paul Davis and owner/trainer Connie Kolthammer.
On Sunday, we saw Fire Watch a Camystic filly win in 2:02.3 for driver/trainer Travis Cullen. Cullen shares ownership on the filly with Ronald Cullen and Trevor Williams. Blue Star Texas a Brandons Cowboy filly was second for driver/trainer Keith Clark who shares ownership with Robert Jones and Doris McDougall. War Chant a Camystic filly took third prize for driver Blake Piwniuk and trainer Michelle Danroth. The filly is owned by Graeme Bevington.
We will see two more 2yr-old Baby races this Saturday, July 12th. These promising youngsters will be gearing up for the Emerald Filly Stake on Saturday, July 26th and the Horizon Pace Sunday, July 27th.
This weekend will be the eliminations for both the Ralph Klein Breeders for three-yr-old fillies and the Horizon Pace for the three-yr-old colts. Please join us on Saturday, July 19th for Ralph Klein Day. The $45,000 final of the Ralph Klein Breeders will be contested. Shannon “Sugar” Doyle will be back on Alberta soil to host the day for us. Tons of promotional events will be held including the ASHA Fan Appreciation draws and children’s contests and prizes. The Ice Cream truck will be onsite selling $2.00 ice cream treats along with food specials. Blanket presentations and drivers autographs will also headline the day.
Racing will resume both Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1:15pm.