Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

The Battle Of Alberta!

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The 2014 Alberta Sires Stakes “Super Finals” will be contested this Saturday at Alberta Downs. The top two and three-year-old Alberta-breds will be going head to head for the $70,000 finals. In addition there will be some exciting action in the $15,000 Consolations. There will be no shortage of talent on this great day of racing.

Starting off the Super Finals action will be the ABSS Two-year-old Fillies $15,000 Consolation. The small field of five will line up behind the gate in the second race. I Am Miss T has been picked for the morning line favorite and will be leaving from post three for trainer Doug Shaw and driver Gary Clark. She is owned by Gordon and Marilyn McDonald of Calgary. The As Promised-The Grey Escape filly has a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 that she took back October 4th and has lifetime earnings of $11,544.

The third race will be the ABSS Two-Year-Old Colts & Geldings $15,000 Consolation. The morning line favorite is Rare Breed for driver/trainer Keith Clark who shares ownership with Pat Elynuik of Calgary. The son of Camystic-Raritan has one lifetime win and $9,365 in earnings.

We will see the $15,000 Consolation for the ABSS Three-year-old Fillies in the fourth race. The full field of eight should prove to be competitive. Wrangler Rockette is picked for the morning line favorite leaving from post four for driver/trainer Gerry Hudon. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy-Ja El Shamrock is coming off a sharp win in her last outing on October 25th and took a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 coming home in a quick 27.4 last quarter. She is owned by Dr. Maurice and Maureen Stewart along with Gordon Rumpel.

The fifth race will be the ABSS $15,000 Consolation for the Three-year-old Colts and Geldings with Incognito Cowboy picked as the morning line favorite for driver/trainer Keith Clark and will leave from post one. The son of Brandons Cowboy-Incognito Miss has showed speed with a lifetime mark of 1:55. He has $32,353 in lifetime earnings and four lifetime wins including his last race on October 19th. Clark shares ownership with Verne Rea and Doris McDougall.

The $70,000 ABSS Super Finals will start in the eighth race with the Final for Two-Year-Old Fillies. The field is very talented with the two morning line favorites My Villas On Fire and Fire Watch both drawing the outside with posts six and seven. Freshly off her win in the Premiers Filly Stake My Villas On Fire (Blue Burner-My Villa) will be looking for her sixth lifetime win for driver/trainer Jamie Gray and owners Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy. Fire Watch (Camystic-Raging Red Head) dominated the year in winning her first six lifetime starts which included the Emerald Filly, ABSS Starlet, ABSS Starburst and ABSS Stardust. Fire Watch is driven, trained and owned by O’Brien Award winner Rising Star Travis Cullen. Cullen shares ownership with Ron Cullen and Trevor Williams.

The $70,000 ABSS Super Final for Two Year Old Colts and Geldings will be contested in the ninth race with morning line favorite Urcutoff leaving from post four. Urcutoff arrived on Alberta soil August 10th from Columbus, MN. The son of Brandons Cowboy-Wendy Jo Hanover was victorious in his first Alberta outing by five lengths in the ABSS Rising Star. He has five wins of seven starts and a lifetime mark of 1:54.3. Urcutoff is owned by Mark Anderson of Willow, CA, trained by Darryl Cutting and driven by Brandon Campbell. Second morning line choice is Cool Cowboy who will be leaving from post seven. He is the winner of the ABSS Rising Star where he posted his lifetime mark of 1:55.4 back on August 10th. The son of Brandons Cowboy-Cool Grin is trained by O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Winner Kelly Hoerdt. Hoerdt shares ownership with Blair Corbeil and Witsend Consulting. Jim Marino will be handling the lines.

We will see a spirited field of ABSS Super Final Three Year Old Fillies line up behind the gate in the tenth race. Morning line favorite Nighttraintovegas will be leaving from post five for trainer Rick Schneider and driver Brandon Campbell. The daughter of Camystic-Midnight In Vegas looked very much on her game winning by two lengths in 1:54.4 in the ABSS Alberta Marquis on October 18th. Schneider shares ownership with David Halmosi and Dick Schneider. Also look for both Barona Mercedes (Jim Marino) and Eliseuinthedust (Jamie Gray) to be in the top three picks. Both these fillies are very talented and have credentials to step up. Barona Mercedes is sporting a lifetime speed of 1:53.1 and boasts $64,035 in earnings this year. She was victorious in the Wild Rose and the ABSS Alberta Diamond. She is owned and trained by Kelly Hoerdt. Hoerdt shares ownership with Amy Henry and Blair Corbeil. Eliseuinthedust has been solid all year with three wins, one second and three thirds in just ten lifetime starts for owner/trainer/driver and breeder Jamie Gray.

The eleventh race will show case the Glamour boys. The $70,000 ABSS Super Final for Three Colts and Geldings is always an exciting display of guts and glory. These tough boys will put on a show no doubt about it. This year’s matchup is one of the most competitive Super Finals in years. Starting off with morning line favorite Blue Eyed Cowboy leaving from post five for owner/trainer Rod Starkewski and regular pilot Bill Tainsh Jr. He has an impressive lifetime mark of 1:52. Second morning line choice is Sotally Tober for owner/trainer/driver Jamie Gray and leaves from post three. This son of As Promised has won his last two starts impressively and has a lifetime mark of 1:53.1. Gray shares ownership with Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy. Another talented horse in the field is the 2013 Champion Two-Year-Old Alberta Colt Comes Home First who will leave from post six. The son of Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Cam won the Brad Gunn back on July 20th and scooted to a new lifetime mark of 1:52.1 in the elimination. Comes Home First is owned by JJJ Stables and trained by Lance Ward. Regular pilot Jim Marino will handle the lines.

Please join us on Saturday at Alberta Downs for 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 Racing will also be held on Sunday post time 1:15pm.

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