The son of Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Cam and regular pilot Jim Marino left from post two and quickly settled into the pocket journey to follow the favorite Sotally Tober (Gray) who gunned to the lead from post six. Sotally Tober hit the first quarter in 28 flat with Comes Home First and Blue Eyed Cowboy (Tainsh) behind in second and third positions. Following those three were Get Thereovernight (Hudon), Cigar Party (Clark), Sonic Spark (Giesbrecht), Great Quote (Cullen) and Outlaw Last Chance (Chappell). Sotally Tober continued to have his way through to the half in 58.4. Tipping out first was Sonic Spark from sixth and following his cover were Great Quote and Outlaw Last Chance. Sonic Spark continued to grind it out on the outside and slowly made headway towards the leader Sotally Tober. At the three quarters the race was on heading into the homestretch with Sotally Tober and Sonic Spark head to head while Comes Home First was crying out for racing room on the inside. Approaching the wire Comes Home First narrowly slipped through on the rail for the tight victory in 1:55 flat. Sotally Tober was right there for second while Sonic Spark hung on for third over a very hard closing Blue Eyed Cowboy.
This was the third victory this year for Comes Home First and eighth lifetime victory. He now has $45,841 earned this year and has now made over $100,000 lifetime for his owner JJJ Stables. Comes Home First was bred by James Rhodes of High River.
Spectacular Day For Clark
Canadian Horse Hall of Fame inductee Keith Clark had a very lucrative day at Alberta Downs on Saturday, July 19th with four driving wins and a training triple on the day.
Most notable was the upset in the Ralph Klein Breeders victory for three-year-old fillies with Shark Festival. Clark drives and trains the daughter of Shadow Play who went off at 11-1 with the bettors. Shark Festival enjoyed a great trip and just caught the heavy favorite Rollin Deep (Cullen) at the wire in a close photo finish. Rollin Deep led the entire race and was just nosed out for the win. Sweet Sugar (Marino) took third prize while Triple Action (Gray) was fourth. The winner paid $24.80 $5.10 $5.20.
"She got a good trip," said Clark in a post-race interview with Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle. "She got out deep in the stretch. She was one of the top fillies last year and just hasn't been performing. She's starting to come around."
Clark enjoyed three earlier wins on the day starting with Blue Star Texas in the first race. In the sixth race Clark guided Hector Protector to a one length victory. Coming right back in the seventh we once again saw Clark in the winners circle with Make Three Wishes.
Freshman Two-Year-Olds Take Spot Light
On Saturday, July 26th the Emerald Filly for two-year-old fillies will be the highlight of the day at Alberta Downs with two divisions with five talented fillies in each field. They will be gunning for a purse of $22,500 in each division.
On Sunday, July 27th we will see two divisions of eight in the Horizon Pace for two-year-old colts and geldings. They will also both be going for a purse of $22,500.
Saturday and Sunday post time 1:15pm.
A reminder goes out to the Horseman that ASHA is having a Fund Raiser for the families of the BC Barn fire this Saturday at Alberta Downs following the races. There will be a live/silent auction, food and music. Tickets are $10 each and all the proceeds will go the families of the BC fire.