Leaving from post one Cullen and Fire Watch settled in fourth behind Blue Star Texas (Clark), My Villas On Fire (Gray) and Beauty of Nature (Hudon). Blue Star Texas was on top at the first quarter in .28 flat. Beauty of Nature then took over the lead at the half in 58.4. Heading toward the three quarters Cullen came first up with his filly and cleared to the front hitting the teletimer in 1:28.2 and continued to control the race through the stretch. The duo crossed the finish line in 1:58.1 half a length ahead of Honey Booboolina (Giesbrecht) and Blue Star Texas (Clark).
Cullen shares the ownership papers on Fire Watch with Ronald Cullen and Trevor Williams both of Manitoba. She was bred by William Andrew and Neal Malloch.
In the second $24,600 division of the Alberta Starlet Outlaw Smartypants (Giesbrecht) broke her maiden with a come from behind victory in 1:59 for owner/trainer Joe Ratchford. Outlaw Smartypants prevailed three quarters of a length ahead of the favorite Cam Finish (Clark). Crack The Cognac (Tainsh) finished third three and three quarter lengths behind.
This was Outlaw Smartypants second lifetime start. She is the daughter of Smart Shark-Fox Valley Cherish and was bred by Outlaw Stables.
On Sunday, August 10th we saw three $17,700 divisions of the ABSS Alberta Rising Star for two-year-old colts and geldings. In the first division Urcutoff came out on top in a sizzling mile of 1:55.2 for driver Phil Giesbrecht and trainer Darryl Cutting. The son of Brandons Cowboy-Wendy Jo is owned by Mark Anderson of Willows, California. Outlaw Deacon Jim (Hennessy) was second and Bruadar (Campbell) was third.
In the second division Johnny Gun was impressive with a 1:56.4 victory for driver Jim Marino and trainer Harold Haining. The Brandons Cowboy-Jerrys Girl son is owned by Donald Richardson of Cochrane, AB. Vow To Win (Hoerdt) closed hard for second while Redheadfred (Gray) took third prize.
Cool Cowboytook the third division of the Alberta Rising Star with a convincing win in 1:55.4 for driver/trainer Kelly Hoerdt. Hoerdt shares ownership on the son of Brandons Cowboy-Cool Grin with Blair Corbeil and Witsend Consulting Inc. Withflyingcolours (Clark) took second prize and Hollywood Master (Hudon) rounded off the top three.
The three-year-old pacing fillies will face off in the ABSS Alberta Diamond this Saturday, August 16th at Alberta Downs. There will be three $6,666 eliminations. Their male counterparts will compete in the ABSS Alberta Marksman on Sunday, August 17th with two $10,000 eliminations.
Sensational Open pacer Who Doesnt and driver Travis Cullen will be gunning for seven in a row is this Sunday’s $8400 Open Pace. The Open Pace will be contested in the eighth race.
Post time for Alberta Down’s Saturday and Sunday cards is 1:15pm.