Walcott, who leads all jockeys in Edmonton, would also guide newcomer Meetmeat Tiffanys and Victor Man to victory lane for trainer Dale Saunders. Nate Smith would ride for the double aboard Juego (Doug R. Smith) and Big Step (Robertino Diodoro). Other winners included Lynn's Foxie Lady (Raf Zenteno Jr.), (Horizonbound (Jorge Espitia) and Lewisham (Amie Pooli).
Dougs Buddy would be most impressive on Saturday afternoon, at the Park, in winning his prep for the upcoming $50,000 Journal Handicap (June 8). Owned by Doug Blair and trained by Joan Petrowski, the 4YO colt son of Badge Of Silver would be coming off multiple bullet works to capture his season debut - his 6th career win - putting him just under $200,000 in purse money earned. Silver Baubles closed up well, to finish a neck back in second, with Up Jumps A Monster 5 lengths behind in third.
It would be another riding triple for Rico Walcott on Saturday. He’d also hit with Two Horn Unicorn (Ron Grieves) and Solar Rocket (Robertino Diodoro). Kyle Carter would win with Captain Fiesta (Lianne Knechtel) and Sunhaven (Elige Bourne) for the riding double. Other winners were Café Diva (Quincy Welch), Cherokee R N (Desmond Bryan) and Social Charm (Tony Maragh).
Tiny Giant would be all systems go in the ‘Red’s (Smith) 75th Birthday Feature’ - rallying three-wide on the final turn to best his rivals by 2 ¾ lengths. Ismael ‘The Mosquito’ Mosqueira would be aboard for owners Mickey Demers, Gary Mailloux and Viking Stable. This victory - the 8th of his career - would shove Tiny Giant over $200,000 in life earnings for breeder/trainer Joan Petrowski. Race favourite Bond James Bond was a well-beaten second, with Boomtown Brat finishing third.
Mosqueira also came out on top with Itswhatwelivefor (Jim MMcCullough) to make it two wins on the day. Also hitting for doubles were apprentice rider Amie Pooli… Zippy Request (Rod Cone) and Symphonium (Craig Smith); Nate Smith… Blue Baby (Tim Rycroft) and Unsweetened (Amber Buniak); and Jorge ‘The Upset Specialist’ Espitia… Silent Sam (Al Strumecki) @ 13-1 and Courtly Slew (Garry Marks) @ 14-1.
The other winner on the day was Kingoftherockies (Rico Walcott). Victoria Day Monday produced a season-high handle of $298,280… $84,705 on track/$213,575 off track.
Petrowski: Great 1-2 punch for Journal
With both Dougs Buddy and Tiny Giant showing up in a big way, over the long weekend, trainer Joan Petrowski looks to have an excellent 1-2 punch ready for battle - should she choose to run them both in the $50,000 Journal Handicap on June 8th.
In my time in the booth - I’ve never seen any thoroughbred gallop back to the winner’s circle the way Dougs Buddy did. He was feeling so good - like he was ready to go again and he probably could have.
“At six furlongs he barely started running,” said Petrowski. “He’s always been a good horse and I’m very happy to have him,” she added.
Silver Baubles has trainer Ron Grieves looking forward to stakes action this season. “I was very happy with his run,” says Grieves on the 4YO Gilded Time son’s second place finish to Dougs Buddy. “He ran exceptionally well and came out of it really good. He’ll be better going longer, but I’m looking forward to the Journal just the same.”
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