- From 4 Friday night mounts... Welch would win the evening feature with a very sharp newcomer in Call Me Lou, for Bar None Ranches Ltd. and trainer Ron Grieves; Quincy would finish in the runner-up spot twice and pick up a third as well.
Young apprentice rider Raf Zenteno Jr. continues to impress as he'd pilot a pair of winners on Friday night. He'd get there with a very determined End, for BEA Holdings Ltd. and trainer Tim Rycroft, and he'd upset with Gold Winner, for Doug Blair and conditioner Joan Petrowski.
Other Friday winners included Momma's Gone Wild (Amie Pooli), Hombre Hughes (Ismael Mosqueira), Chandlers Heart (Nate Smith), Tigger Town (Rico Walcott) and Excess Baggage (Tony Maragh).
Jockeys Quincy Welch and Rico Walcott would each ride three winners to highlight the Saturday program at the Park.
- From 7 calls for Welch... He'd win the afternoon feature with Indian Love, for Met Set Consulting and Barb Saunders and trainer Dale Saunders, and also score with Boston Rob (Dale Greenwood) and Carmody (Bob Kingston); he'd be second once, pick up two thirds and finish 'back' in his final ride on the day.
- From Walcott's 8 rides... He'd be victorious with Admirable Brew (Greg Tracy), Lost My Aura (Greg Tracy) and Bohicket (Tim Rycroft); he then place twice, show twice and finish fourth once for a great pay-day in the irons.
Other Saturday winners were Beau Diablo (Jorge Espitia) and Canaveral Leader (Shannon Beauregard).
Greenwood off to a great start
Owner/trainer Dale Greenwood is off to a great start in Edmonton. From just six starters the veteran conditioner has put together four wins and a third place finish. "We've come in fit," says Greenwood. "Racing at Turf Paradise (Phoenix, Arizona), this winter, certainly helped. There were others (NP trainers) there too and they've come in here fit as well."
Greenwood is quick to mention his barn staff in being a big part of his early season success. "I'm lucky to have good people like Misty Macdonald, Kate Ferrigan and Erin Finch here... We all make a pretty good team!"
After the season finale of Survivor, this past Sunday night, it was only fitting to see Boston Rob break his maiden here, on Saturday afternoon, for owners Greenwood and Tanya Kingston. "Tanya and I have always been fans of Boston Rob," he says. "He's a winner!" *Robert Carlo 'Boston Rob' Mariano (born December 25, 1975) is an American television personality, widely known for appearing in Survivor. Mariano won Surivivor: Redemption Island and the $1,000,000 prize after competing on the show four times.
On the horse, Boston Rob, Greenwood says he'll likely come back in a 'non-winners of two' event in the coming weeks. "He may be a Derby horse somewhere, but it won't be here," laughed Greenwood.
One Canadian Derby hopeful Greenwood does have, in his barn, is the highly touted For Cash - a 3YO half-brother to last year's Derby winner Toccetive. "He ran a pretty good race opening weekend and he's impressed me all winter... To get to the Derby is one thing - to be able to get the distance is another."
For Cash, owned by Lyle and Phylis Farkash's Southview Ag, broke his maiden on May 4th at the Park. "He had every excuse that day," explains Greenwood. "He looked at the gate and he looked at the grandstand. When that other horse (Lawyer Laurie) came up to him - that was the best thing to happen - he got focused again and started running."
On Toccetive... "I'll probably start him on the weekend and we'll see what happens, but I don't think he'll see any stakes action until they go a mile or better."
Big Brother Canada provides big thrills
Big Brother Canada stars Talla, Danielle, Tom and Kat provided Saturday afternoon's on-track crowd with all kinds of thrills. Between the meet and greets, the autograph signings and the on-track challenges, the cast members were an absolute hit with fans on the tarmac.
Early Stats: Wins
Greg Tracy leads all trainers with 5 wins. Dale Greenwood and Tim Rycroft share second with 4 wins each. On the jockey side Rico Walcott is all alone, on top, with 10 victories. Quincy Welch and apprentice rider Amie Pooli are tied for second with 4 wins apiece.