Wednesday, 14 August 2013 14:36

Big Ticket Yearling Steps Up

Written by Orianna Scheck
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Tip Top Tap, a $30,000 purchase from the 2011 ASHA yearling sale stepped up on Sunday, August 4th and proved that he is going to be a contender in the always highly anticipated 3yr-old AB Sired Colts and Geldings division this year. Winning in a speedy time of 1:52 in the fifth race the Camystic-Tapioca Hanover colt now holds the fastest time for 3yr-olds of 2013 at Alberta Downs. Leaving from post six, driver/trainer Rod Hennessy and Tip Top Tap were on the front by the opening quarter. The duo continued to control the race with fractions carved out in 28, 56.1, 1:23.4 and came home in 28.1 to win by over one length. Tip Top Tap now has five lifetime wins and lifetime earnings of $74,671 for owner Lorne Duffield.

Gable Blue Chip enjoyed a two hole trip and finished second for driver/trainer JF Gagne. This was Gable Blue Chip’s second race here on Alberta soil. The 4yr-old American Ideal-Ichiban Blue Chip recently shipped here from Ontario. Pedal Steel (Hudon) rounded out the top three finishers.

Alberta Downs had a fun filled day with offering a mixed breed Harness-Thoroughbred race card. We saw nine Harness races followed by four Thoroughbred races. A total of $62,000 was bet on the day with $52,298 bet on the Harness card. The grandstand was packed and the atmosphere was electric.


The two-yr old Alberta Sires Stakes rolled into action with two $27,700 divisions of the Alberta Starlet for 2yr-old fillies on Saturday, August 10th at Alberta Downs. In the first division with six scratched and the field down to just three Triple Action (Campbell) prevailed easily to win by 7 lengths in an impressive 1:57.2. The Brandons Cowboy-The Three OF Us filly is trained by Joe Ratchford and owned by the Raggs To Riches Stable. Blue Monday took home second prize for driver/trainer Connie Kolthammer and R Js Diamond (Redwood) was third for trainer Rod Starkewski.

In the second division of the Alberta Starlet the heavy favorite Nighttraintovegas (Campbell) did not disappoint. Just freshly after her victory in the Emerald Stake, the daughter of Camystic-Midnight In Vegas having the rail advantage went wire to wire in winning fashion stopping the clock in 1:56.4. This was her fourth win in four lifetime starts for trainer Rick Schneider and owners Dick Schneider and David Halmosi. She was bred by the trio of Rick & Dick Schneider and David Halmosi. Make Three Wishes was second for driver/trainer Keith Clark while Blue Star Escape came up for third prize for driver/trainer Kelly Hoerdt. There were also four scratches in this division due to sickness.


On Sunday, August 11th we saw three divisions for the Alberta Lonestar for the 2yr-old colts/geldings. Each division went for a purse of $18,767. Again there were several scratches due to sickness. In the first division Outlaw Gunpowder came out on top for driver/trainer Connie Kolthammer winning by three lengths in a time of 1:58.4. The favorite Get Thereovernight was second for driver/trainer Keith Clark and Shyloah Changerluck (Jungquist) rounded off the top three for trainer Quentin Schneider. The winner paid $12.90 $3.10 $2.10.

In the second division Comes Home First (Marino) came out on top by three lengths in 2:00.3. The Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Cam is trained by Lance Ward and his ownership papers belong to the JJJ Stables. Pass The Port (Davies) was second for trainer Sam Johnson and My Boss third for driver/trainer Kelly Hoerdt.

Jack of Diamonds took the third division of the Alberta Lonestar by a nose in 2:00 for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Tim Brown. Outlaw Blueporsche took the silver home for driver/trainer Connie Kolthammer while Donttelldaddy (Redwood) took the bronze for trainer Lance Ward.


Cowboy Caper took his first Open Pace of his career in 1:53.1 for trainer Kelly Hoerdt on Sunday, August 11th. Gerry Hudon was on board the 4yr-old Brandons Cowboy-Prom Miss gelding who enjoyed the pocket trip behind stable-mate Trust The Artist who finished third. Down the stretch Cowboy Caper slipped out of the two hole to win narrowly over a fast closing Smooth Criminal (Tainsh). This was the 6th win of 2013 for Cowboy Caper. He is owned by Blair Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt, Peter Morris and Roque Consultants. The winner paid $8.30 $3.90 $2.10.

On Monday, August 12th Travis Cullen enjoyed a lucrative day with a training triple with horses Da Terror, Western Terror (Geisbrecht) and Bob Watts. The young talented horseman continues to have success at Alberta Downs and now has 134 lifetime training victories and earnings of $354,825.

Alberta Sires Stakes eliminations action will continue this weekend for 3yr-olds. The Alberta Diamond eliminations for the fillies will take place on Saturday August 17th while the Alberta Marksman for the colts/geldings will be on Sunday August 18th. The finals for each will be August 24th & 25th.

Family Day will be held on Sunday, August 25th at Alberta Downs. The day will be filled with fun activities including a Petting Zoo, Stick Horse Races, Paint a Pony and Pony Races and more......

ASHA will be holding a Southern AB Flood Relief Benefit on Saturday, September 7th at Alberta Downs from 5:00pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 which includes food and entertainment by Jukebox Leigh. A live and silent auction will be held and all proceeds will go to the Red Cross for the flood victims in Southern AB. Tickets available at the ASHA office (403-263-7765) and Alberta Downs.

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