Outlaw Gunpowder took full aim and captured the $49,800 ABSS Alberta Maverick Final for three-year-old colts and geldings this past Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs. The son of Smart Shark-Fox Valley Cherish took a new lifetime mark of 1:53.3 winning by three-quarters of a length. Driven by Phil Giesbrecht, the winning colt left the gate from post four and settled in to the three-hole behind Sotally Tober (Jamie Gray) and Get Thereovernight (Keith Clark). Sotally Tober hit the first quarter in 28.2 and continued to control the pace at the half and three quarters with fractions of 57.4 and 1:25. Sitting fourth was the favorite Blue Eyed Cowbaoy (Bill Tainsh Jr) who came first up down the backstretch but struggle to advance. The battle was on once they hit the long Alberta Downs homestretch with Outlaw Gunpowder shooting out from the three-hole to wear down the leader Sotally Tober. Sotally Tober held on for second while Blue Eyed Cowboy kicked in late to sneak up for third. Comes Home First (Jim Marino) was fourth while Cigar Party (Gerry Hudon) rounded off the top five.
Outlaw Gunpowder is owned and trained by the 2013 O’Brien Award winner Kelly Hoerdt. Hoerdt shares ownership with Blair Corbeil of Beaumont. The duo purchased the colt back on July 29th of this year from BC trainer Rick White. The talented Outlaw Stable bred colt now has four lifetime wins and $51,122 in lifetime earnings.
Alberta Marquis To Nighttraintovegas!
The 2013 Alberta Champion Two-year-old Filly Nighttraintovegas was golden in the $50,400 ABSS Alberta Marquis Final for three-old-fillies on Saturday, October 18th. Driver Brandon Campbell sent Nighttraintovegas hard off the gate leaving from post four and settled in to the pocket behind the favorite Eliseuinthedust (Jamie Gray) who cleared just past the first quarter in a sizzling 26.2. Wrangler Rockette (Gerry Hudon) was flushed first up just past the half from Barona Mercedes (Jim Marino) who followed that cover. Locked in the box was Nighttraintovegas but was able to come out of the pocket down the homestretch and bolted home for the victory by two lengths. A tough grinding Smilys Amira (Tyler Redwood) finished second and Barona Mercedes (Jim Marino) finished a strong third. Make Three Wishes (Keith Clark) came up for fourth while Eliseuinthedust had to settle for fifth.
Nighttraintovegas equalled her lifetime mark of 1:54.4 which she set back on August 2nd and now has eleven wins on her resume with lifetime earnings of $141,825. She is trained by Rick Schneider and owned by Dick Schneider of Sherwood Park and David Halmosi of Edmonton. This is the second AB Sires Stakes triumph this year for the daughter of Camystic-Midnight In Vegas filly. The winner paid $10.30 $3.60 $2.50. The 4-5 Exactor paid $157.20 while the 4-5-6 Triactor paid a nice payout of $895.40.
Open Pacing Star “Who Doesnt” Continues To Roll
Open pacer Who Doesnt continues to roll and has scored his thirteenth straight Open Pace win at Alberta Downs this year. This extremely talented five-year-old son of Mach Three-Labour of Love now has thirteen wins on the year in just twenty starts. He has pushed his lifetime earnings up to $162,430. He is owned and trained by Travis Cullen. Cullen shares ownership with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodi Cullen.
Let The Battle Begin!! - AB Sires Stakes Super Final Action
There is no doubt that this year’s three-year-old talented AB Colts and Fillies will be ready to battle and put on an exciting display of guts and glamour next week in the show down for the Battle of Alberta Super Finals! The ABSS Super Finals will be held on Saturday, November 1st at Alberta Downs. The top two and three-year-old Alberta-bred horses will compete in the industry’s most “Premier Harness Racing” event of the year! There will be over $350,000 in purses up for grabs. Post time 1:15PM.