Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00

Triple Hit For Giesbrecht!

Written by Orianna Scheck
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“Second Straight Open Mares To Blue Star Beauty”

Driver Phil Giesbrecht had a very productive day Saturday, May 17 at Alberta Downs with a driving triple. Giesbrecht captured the second race aboard Kg Rowan for trainer Blair Thomas in the $2000 Claiming 4000 Pace (Not averaging 101 per start in last 5 starts).

The five yr-old Modern Art gelding left from post 3 and Giesbrecht carved out a patient trip by sitting third until the stretch. Giesbrecht pulled out Kg Rowan down the home stretch and hunted down his foes to capture the win in 1:58.4.Saltwater Cowboy (Clark) was second and Best Out West (Redwood) took third. The winner paid $9.80 $5.30 $3.40. The Exactor paid $57.60 and the Triactor paid $307.00.

Giesbrecht was back in the winner’s circle in the fourth race with Jet Bomber in a speedy mile of 1:56.4. The four yr-old horse was third choice with the betting public and paid a nice return of $19.40 $7.30 $4.30. The Exactor paid $227.70 while the Triactor dished out $772.00. Jet Bomber is trained and owned by Ashley Cullen. Margaret Hannah of Manitoba also shares in the ownership papers. This was Jet Bomber’s third life time win and now has a bankroll of $9806 in lifetime earnings. Sonic Spark (Marino) was second and Pass The Port (Davies) was third.

We saw Giesbrecht hit the triple with back to back wins in the fifth race with Katies Gun for trainer Daryl Cutting.

Open Mares To Blue Star Beauty

Blue Star Beauty went to the front and didn’t look back enroute to a two length triumph in Saturday’s $8400 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Alberta Downs. With Keith Clark at the controls Blue Star Beauty continued to control the pace throughout the race with fractions of 28:4, 58:2, 1:26.3 for a 1:55.4 comfortable two length victory. This was the 5 yr-old daughter of As Promised second win in a row and second win on the season. She now has $12,130 in earnings for the year and $257,651 in career earnings for trainer Doug Stout and owner Derek Stout. Doober Hoozzitz (Chappell) snapped up the runner-up money for the second week in a row for owner Fred Lamont while Feelin Flush and driver Travis Cullen took bronze money for their second week in a row.

Travis Cullen enjoyed another spectacular weekend with a driving and training triple on Monday, May 19. Cullen kicked off the day with a win in the second race driving Jet Pointe for trainer Blair Thomas. In the fifth, catch-driver Phil Giesbrecht took the Cullen trainee Sing Like An Angel to victory. Cullen continued his driver/trainer success in the seventh race with Spoons and with Bob Watts in the tenth.

Hot Horses – May 1 – 17 (2014)

Blue Star Beauty - $7900 Smooth Criminal - 1:55
Who Doesnt - $4620 Rock Allstar - 1:55
Smooth Criminal - $4200 Arctic Artist - 1:55.1
Doober Hoozzitz - $3950 Yankee Luke - 1:55.1
Officialconnection - $3950 Who Doesnt - 1:55.2


ASHA’s Fan Appreciation Day held at Alberta Downs on Monday, May 19 was well attended. The betting handle was encouraging with $37,464.

Racing returns to Alberta Downs this Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25. Post time 1:15pm.

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