It was one for the 'home team', in quarter horse stakes action, as Deanne Davies' Asbigastexas would fight to the finish to capture the $18,800 Black Gold Classic at 770 yards. The 4YO son of Birdzilla would win by a nose over a stubborn Glittering Blue. Cr Rajun Cajun would take third, then came Zoom Zoomin, Wind River Jess and Vox.
Other winners on the program included The Whammer (Ismael Mosqueira), Soul de Naskra (Jorge Espitia), Chandlers Heart (Nate Smith) and I Rafaella (Amie Pooli).
Total Handle $247,623.
'The Specialist' stars on Friday
Jorge 'The Specialist' Espitia would rack up three consecutive wins, on Friday night, to place him amongst the top jockeys at the Park. Jorge would take races 2 thru 4 for the early WIN 3 (5-3-3 @ $28.30) aboard Smoke n' Mirrors (Rick Hedge), Courtly Slew (Garry Marks) and D M Runaway (Deryle Mullaney).
Riding doubles on the night went to Craig Wonnacott (Neechi's Big Time and Just The Cash) and Rico Walcott (Wild Crush and Stopped Short).
Timber Rock (Shannon Beauregard) was also a winner on the card.
Total Handle $160,502.
Super Saturday: Smart Promotion upsets in Count Lathum
Smart Promotion @ 13-1 would show up at Northlands Park, on Saturday afternoon, with a 2-for-2 record and he would leave 3-for-3 after capturing the $50,000 Count Lathum - the final stepping stone towards the 84th Running of the Canadian Derby (August 17).
The 3YO colt son of Smart Strike would trade leads with For Cash (Amie Pooli), before taking over at the half mile pole. He would never be seriously challenged, after that, as rider Fernando Perez would guide the colt to a two-length victory.
"When he ran so well at Phoenix, we thought we might have a shot at going to the Canadian Derby," said owner Rick Wiest. "Nine years ago we were so close and we’re really excited to have a shot at getting a win in the Canadian Derby."
For Cash brought his 'A' game and stayed for second. Deadly Truth nabbed third - then it was race-favourite Success Rate, Just Win Baby and Just Gone.
Trainer Robertino Diodoro looks poised to have a very strong looking one-two-punch heading into the Canadian Derby in a few weeks' time. With the highly touted Broadway Empire and now Smart Promotion - it's very possible that he could match Joan Petrowski's 'stablemate-exactor' (Toccetive - Dougs Buddy) from last year's Derby.
Canaveral Leader just keeps doing it and doing it well as she'd make it back-to-back stakes victories, at the Park, in winning the $50,000 Northlands Oaks. With hot jockey Shannon Beauregard up the 3YO daughter of Cape Canaveral would relax well throughout, before setting sail at the quarter pole to coast home and win easily by six lengths.
"I’m so happy," quipped Beauregard. "All I needed her to do was relax and take the bit and she did it awesome. This was her first mile - she did great."
Owned by Bar None Ranches and Central City Stables, the filly just keeps getting better and better every start for conditioner Ron Grieves.
A pair of heavy favourites would take the $50,000 events for 2YO's on the day. The pair - both owned by Riversedge Racing Stables, trained by Greg Tracy and ridden by Rico Walcott - were well-meant winners in their respective races... True Thought in the Edmonton Juvenile and Holiday Babe in the Princess Margaret.
Saturday's replays http://www.northlandspark.ca/racing/thoroughbred-racing/watch-live-replays
Jockey Fernando Perez picked up two more wins on this day with Bond James Bond and Double Kisses.
Other winners included Grat Substituion (Raf Zenteno Jr.), Maribeth (Real Simard) and Skeeter Ds (Ismael Mosqueira).
Total Handle $268,883.
Emmetts Remark in Monday feature
Emmetts Remark literally blew up the tote board (*a short tote delay followed the race) on Monday afternoon as the 5YO son of Commitisize would take the afternoon feature at 40-1. Desmond Bryan would be aboard for owner Ashley Gilkyson and trainer Don Gilkyson.
Returning $86.80 on the nose - Emmetts Remark would close out a PICK 4 that paid $3,760 on a $1 ticket.
Jockeys Shannon Beauregard (Count The Change and Wind Speaker) and Fernando Perez (Tempting You and Anexecutiveopening) would each pilot a pair of winners on the day.
Other winners were Boundary Creek (Rico Walcott), Absolute Ginger (Amie Pooli) and Lunar Look (Nate Smith).
Total Handle $191,234.