Facing a solid field in the second division of the Adios Pick Premium Attaction and driver/trainer Kelly Hoerdt left from the 3 hole and had the lead at the quarter-mile by 2 lengths in 28.1. They continued to control an honest pace in 58.3, 1:26.4. Down the stretch the duo stayed in charge and hit the teletimer in an impressive 1:55.1 victory. Lisvinnie was second two lengths back for driver/trainer Rod Hennessy and Brenin was third for driver/trainer Jamie Gray. The board favorite American Venture (Clark) was fourth.
This was Premium Attaction’s seventh trip to the Winners circle for Hoerdt and co-owner Blair Corbeil. Joining them in the Winners circle were the Ladies from the Lacombe Legion. Ken Gunn, son of the late Dr. Brad Gunn who owned the “legendary” Adios Pick was also on hand to present the blanket and trophy presentations. This handsome son of the late Clintons Cigar had earnings of over $80,000 last year at two and now has $90,891 banked. Premium Attaction paid $10.70 $4.40 $3.00. The 3-7 Exactor paid $145.90 while the Triactor (3-7-4) paid $520.50 and the Superfecta (3-7-4-2) paid $365.05. The $1 Win Four (4-8-5-3) paid $178.90.
Blue Star Admiral (Tainsh) won the first division of the Adios Pick in time of 1:55.4. Aerial Time (Chappell) was second and Beren Hanover (Clark) was third.
Crackers Hot Shot, the 2012 Alberta Champion Filly was also victorious in her division of the Wild Rose. Racing in the second division Crackers Hot Shot driven by Bill Tainsh Jr. for trainer and owner Rod Starkewski went right to the front off the gate and never looked back. Her fractions were 28.1, 58.2, 1:27.2 finishing in 1:56.4. Beach Baby who was the 2012 Champion Filly also turned in a great performance with Bobby Clark on board and finished a close second for owner Donald Richardson. The favorite Barona Lilac (Hoerdt) finished third.
Skade took the first division of the Wild Rose. Driven by Brandon Campbell and trained by Kelly Hoerdt crossed the line in a time of 1:57.3. American Passion was second for driver/trainer Gerry Hudon and Kiss My Crouper was third for driver/trainer Ryan Grundy.
THIRD STRAIGHT FOR FLAK JACKET
Flak Jacket the 6yr-old son of Brandons Cowboy took his third straight Open Pace for driver/trainer Jamie Gray in 1:53.4. With the scratch of one and the field down to six the Open pacers lined up behind the gate in the ninth race. Flak Jacket leaving from post five settled fifth in line off the gate. Sixdaysontheroad went to the front as usual and led the mile to the stretch in 27.3 56.3 1:24.4 but faltered to fourth at the finish. Kg Explorer (Goulet) who was the longest shot on the board finished a strong second for trainer A. Goertzen while Trust The Artist (Hoerdt) came up for third.
Gray gave his star pupil Flak Jacket a perfect trip to win his 20th lifetime victory. Gray shares ownership with F. Gilbert, N. Malloch and R. Osterbeck. The 4-5 favorite paid $3.80 $2.80 and $2.10.
Alberta Downs set a record breaking handle of $44,377 on Sunday. Unfortunately, both Saturday and Monday’s racing cards were cancelled due to the heavy rains.
Racing will resume at Alberta Downs this Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th. Post time 1:15pm.