"It's nice to see the horses back," said one regular. "And I can't get over the number of new horses. That'll sure spice things up around here."
Tom Rycoft's Flame a Feu would be the only 'newbie' to capture their Park debut, after rolling gate-to-wire for apprentice rider Amie Pooli, on Saturday. Pooli would also tally with Curtis and Darrell Landry's Boomtown Brat in the afternoon feature - another wire-to-wire mission - and Dale Greenwood's Start Time for the riding triple.
Last year's leading jockey at the Park, Rico Walcott, would capture career win number 500 aboard Paseo Alegro, for owner's Craig Robertson and Kelvin Godin, on Saturday. He have four wins on the day, in total, after scoring with Riggs Flat (Dale Saunders), For Cash (Southview Ag Ltd) and Bond James Bond (Riversedge Racing Stables).
Other winners Saturday were Quality Tocs (Raf Zenteno Jr.) and Bay Moon (Shannon Beauregard) - great to see you back in the winner's circle Shannon!
Ismael Mosqueira would team a pair of long shot winners to highlight the Friday night card in Edmonton. J P Barley, for Maple Lane Ranches and Derek G. Milen Professional Corp, would get the perfect 'inside' journey to upset at 17-1, while Kilohana, owned by Dan Galbraith and Kerredge Farm, would romp, like a 3-5 shot, at 15-1 for 'The Mosquito'.
Rico Walcott would double on the evening card. He'd capture the season opener with Kingoftherockies for Rod Cundy, Pinky and Bob MacDonald, Kevin Miller and R & M Stable. Walcott came back to close out the night with Congrats Man for Riversedge in the finale.
A fit and fine Caro's Song would claim the Friday night feature with Kyle Carter riding and Dale Greenwood conditioning for owners Bob Beaverford and John Bezjack. The 4YO Jet West filly would start from the outside post and survive a wide journey en route to a convincing win over a pair of rock solid mares in Salsa Express and Two Horn Unicorn. Carter was doubling up as well - as he'd be aboard 4th race winner All the Rightnotes, for Ken Bell and Norma Barnes.
Other winners were Calypso Rising (Stan Chadee Jr.) and My New Beamer (Raf Zenteno Jr.).
Trainers picking up multiple victories over the weekend included Pinky MacDonald, Tim Rycroft, Dale Greenwood and Greg Tracy.
Kentucky Derby 'deuce' for Fipke
With two starters in the 'Run for the Roses' Edmonton native Charles Fipke would find his extreme long shot play, Golden Soul, coming from way back to claim the runner-up spot in Saturday's $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby.
Morning lined at 50-1… the 3YO son of Perfect Soul, from the Mr. Prospectior mare Hollywood Gold, would gain position - along the inside throughout - to finish second… 2 1/2 lengths behind the post time favourite Orb.
Golden Soul, bred by Fipke, would return $38.60 to place and $19.40 to show and go away at post time odds of 34-1. His career earnings now total over a half-million dollars - after banking $400,000 for his effort on Saturday.
Java's War - also going out for Fipke - would finish 13th in the Derby field of 19.
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