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Killer Martini searches for Camluck Classic victory

07:28 AM 25 May 2018 NZST
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Killer Martini hopes for a big score in Camluck Classic
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LONDON, ON - May 24 - When the inaugural $150,000C Camluck Classic takes place on Saturday, May 26 at The Raceway, it would only be fitting to have a son of the late sire included in the stellar field of eight.

Killer Martini, a six-year-old son of the Hall of Famer Camluck, will line up from post three in the inaugural event for owner/trainer Ricki Bucci.

Killer Martini is no stranger to The Raceway having begun his career at the London oval.

"We're definitely excited to come and be a part of the night," Bucci said. "I see we have a good post, so hopefully we have some luck. It should be an exciting night."

The black gelding has banked $126,000 already this season from 16 starts. He captured a division of the George Morton Levy earlier this season with an impressive time of 1:52.4.

The 16-time winner has earned $343,232 during his career and has been a mainstay at Yonkers Raceway at the Open level.

"I'm told Camluck's get better with age and that's exactly what has happened with him," Bucci said. "I took him out of a $15K claimer a few years ago and he's blossomed for me. I'm lucky to have him in my barn and he's been very good to me."

Bucci, who trains 16 horses in upstate New York, admits he's having a difficult time handicapping the rich classic.

"I honestly have no idea how it's going to unfold," Bucci said. "Usually when I try and predict the trip, it goes the opposite way. Anything is possible with a great group like this on a half and do think we will see a lot of action. It should be fun to watch."

Below is the complete field in post position order:

1 Sunfire Blue Chip - Trevor Henry
2 Isitfridayyet - Alfie Carroll
3 Killer Martini - Scott Coulter
4 Rockin Ron - Louis Roy
5 Easy Lover Hanover - Doug McNair
6 Evenin Of Pleasure - Joe Bongiorno
7 Dr J Hanover - James MacDonald
8 Bit Of A Legend - Jordan Stratton

More than $500,000 in purses will be offered up on the 12-race program which will get underway at 6:55 p.m. A powerful undercard which includes a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies along with a quartet of City of London Series finals will also be contested that night.

Below are the event details for this year's Camluck Classic program:

Promotions

  • VIP Infield Experience (tickets available online at camluckclassic.ca)
  • Draws for Trackside Music Festival Tickets and 40-inch tv
  • Draws for Beer and Barbecue Show tickets
  • Molson Party on the Patio
  • Camluck Classic Cheerleader Contest ($350 in cash to be won)
  • Special Guest Mini Horse greeting patrons at the entrance
  • Hat and T-shirt tosses throughout the night in the Grandstand and on the Patio
  • National Anthem performed by rising country music star Julia Haggarty
  • Scratch & Win programs (Hundreds of prize items to be redeemed)
  • One-hour broadcast on Facebook Live from 10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment and Standardbred Canada

Wagering Menu

  • (15% takeout wagers)
  • $5,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-3
  • $10,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-4
  • $15,000 Guaranteed Late Pick-4
  • Three Super Hi-5 Wagers (races 7, 10 and 12)
  • 3% Cash back on wagers through HPI

by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

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