Day At The Track

Canadian Round-Up: Fraser, Flamboro & Alberta

02:08 AM 01 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Fraser Downs

Over the past two seasons, pacing gelding Need You So Bad has been nearly unbeatable at Fraser Downs. On Thursday night, he didn't stray from his past successes.

Competing in the $7,500 fourth leg of the Robert Murphy Breeders Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings, Need You So Bad was settled into the pocket by trainer-driver Bill Davis while longshot Astronomical Storn (Rod Therres) carved out fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26. Davis then popped the pocket around the final turn before sprinting away to a two-length victory in 1:55.4 over Cold Finger (Jim Marino) and Hosisahos (Brandon Campbell), who rallied strongly from an early break to grab show honours.

JJJ Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. owns Need You So Bad (American Ideal - Sending Forth), who now sports a career record of 12 wins in 15 starts at the B.C. oval.

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Flamboro Downs co-feature trots

Thursday's Preferred trot winners at Flamboro Downs took totally different paths to eventually make their way back to the winner's circle.

In the $11,000 Preferred 2 Trot, Spartan Victory (Ryan Holliday) paraded the field through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:28.2, all the while pestered by Lakefield (Luc Ouellette) to his outside. Putting away that foe, Holliday urged on his gelding but was caught in the final strides by Tornado Tim and driver Garrett Whelan. After moving three-wide around Lakefield at the three-quarter pole, Whelan had Tornado Tim within striking distance at the head of the lane and hit the wire a quarter-length ahead of Spartan Victory in 1:58.3.

Despite winning this class twice in October, the Everette Hanson-owned and Dan O'Brian-trained seven-year-old Revenue gelding was dismissed at odds of 15-1 but notched his ninth win of the season and 27th lifetime.

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Battle of Alberta Super FInals

The top Alberta-sired pacers of the 2014 season will invade Alberta Downs on Saturday afternoon as the Lacombe track plays host to the $280,000 Battle of Alberta Super Finals.

The four $70,000 Alberta Sires Stakes championships will be contested as races eight through 11 with $15,000 consolations for each division earlier in the day.

Two-year-old fillies will face off in the first Battle and the Jamie Gray-trained and driven My Villas On Fire is favoured to take the crown with morning line odds of 5-2 from post six. The Blue Burner-My Villa filly has won half of her 10 starts, including back-to-back ABSS Starburst and Stardust divisions in September, and has earned $39,090 in purses. One of the fastest fillies in the field, My Villas On Fire enters the Super Finals fresh off a career-best 1:56.4 victory in the Premiers Stakes last Saturday. My Villas On Fire is owned by breeder Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy, both of Edmonton, Alta.

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