First Class Horse and Outlaw Deacon Jim were both victorious in their $20,000 stakes divisions of the Gord Rumpel Stakes this past Sunday, June 7th at Century Downs Racetrack.
The beautiful Sunday afternoon started off with a nice tribute to the late Gord and Illa Rumpel. Horse Racing Alberta’s video of ‘A Special Lady’ was shown for the fans prior to each of the two division races of the Rumpel Stake. Fans were treated to free posters of one of the greatest Standardbreds in Canadian Harness History “On The Road Again”. In addition, the 3yr-old Colts post paraded to the beat of the well known Willie Nelson hit song On The Road Again.
In the first division, the 1-9 favorite First Class Horse kicked the day off in winning fashion and stole the show. He earned himself a new track record for three-year-olds in a clocking of 1:54.1 which pushed his earnings over $75,000 in 2015 and is now just short of lifetime earnings of $100,000. This was First Class Horse’s twelfth victory in just fourteen lifetime starts.
This classy son of Western Terror-Susurrus Hanover is trained and driven by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer Keith Clark. He is owned by Robert Jones of Slave Lake and Doris McDougall of Cochrane.
Pablos First (Phil Giesbrecht) was second two and a half lengths back while Cool Cowboy (Kelly Hoerdt) picked up third prize.
In the second division of the Gord Rumpel Stake, the 3-2 favorite Outlaw Deacon Jim was very game and held off his foes to win in a career-best 1:56.1 mile. This was the first stakes win for the son of Blue Burner-Billie J Blue Chip who is now three-for-five this year with nearly $35,000 in lifetime earnings. The colt is driven by Paul Davis and trained and owned by Rod Hennessy. Hennessy shares the ownership papers with Lorne Duffield of Edmonton.
The hard closing Have Not Read It (Kelly Hoerdt) came up for a close second while Johnny Gun (Gerry Hudon) was also right there for third.
Members of the Rumpel family joined the winning connections in the winner's circle for both divisions of the Gord Rumpel Stakes.
On Saturday, June 8th we saw three $13,333 divisions of the Wild Rose Stake for three-year-old fillies. There were no surprises as we saw the heavy favorites hit the winner’s circle.
In the first division, the Travis Cullen trainee Fire Watch left hard off the gate and gunned right to front where she never looked back. This talented daughter of Camystic-Raging Red Head now has seven lifetime wins and has banked over $70,600. The 1:55.1 clocking is also a new lifetime mark. Cullen shares ownership with Ron Cullen and Dwayne Taylor of Manitoba.
Cam Finish (Keith Clark) was one length back for second while Beauty Of Nature (Gerry Hudon) held on for third nine lengths back of the winner.
True Rock lived up to her expectations with a five-length victory in the second division of the Wild Rose for driver –trainer Kelly Hoerdt. The $30,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase now has banked $38,245 for owners Erna and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont.
Mystery Song (Brandon Campbell) and Getter Queen Flush (Rod Hennessy) battled it out in a photo finish for second and third.
In the third division of the Wild Rose, favorite Blue Star Texas romped in a five length victory for Keith Clark. This huge effort earned her a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 and bumped her earnings to $75,527. The daughter of Brandons Cowboy-Movin Uptown is owned by Doris McDougall and Robert Jones.
Thats Extra (Kelly Hoerdt) was a convincing second while Remember Terror (Phil Giesbrecht) crossed the line third.
Alberta’s Open pacing star Who Doesnt turned in a new Century Downs track record performance in a clocking of 1:52.3 this past Sunday at Century Downs. The Travis Cullen pupil continues to steal the spotlight in the Open Pace division. He is on target to winning $200,000 lifetime for his owners Travis, Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen.