The top competitors in the 2013 Alberta Sires Stakes program will meet for their final battle of the season on Saturday as Northlands Park hosts the $300,000 Battle of Alberta Super Finals. First race post time on Saturday is 1 p.m. with the first of four $75,000 Super Finals set to begin in race eight. Two-year-old pacing fillies will kick off the battles with Triple Action, who boasts a perfect ABSS triple heading into the final, as the 2-1 morning line favourite. Philip Giesbrecht will drive the Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us filly from post two for trainer Joe Ratchford and Calgary owner Raggs To Riches. Blue Eyed Cowboy headlines the two-year-old pacing colt field as the early 2-1 favourite for driver Bill Tainsh Jr. and Lamont, Alta. trainer/owner Rod Starkewski. The Brandons Cowboy-Eicarls Blue Eyes gelding will also leave from post two. He is the division's fastest pacer thanks to his ASHA Colt Stakes win on Oct. 13 in an Alberta Downs track record clocking of 1:53.3. Meanwhile, 3-1 second choice Comes Home First will be looking to wrap up a perfect ABSS season for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward. The Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Came colt, who was scratched sick from his last assignment (the Premiers Colt Stakes on Oct. 25), is owned by the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Starkewski's Crackers Hot Shot will be seeking redemption in the three-year-old pacing filly division after a near perfect freshman campaign, which ended with a heart-breaking sixth-place finish in last year's Super Final due to an early break in stride. She's banked over $100,000 in purses during her sophomore year with victories in the first two Princess and Diamond sires stakes legs. Tainsh Jr. will also drive the Camcracker-Shesahotshot miss, who drew the popular post two. She is the early 2-1 favourite. Premium Attaction will look to defend his Super Final title in the three-year-old pacing colt division for horseman Kelly Hoerdt and partner Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. The Clintons Cigar-Themaneattacktion colt will be looking to rebound after a break in last week's Maverick leg, his only off-the-board finish of his sophomore stakes campaign. The $192,441 career earner has drawn post six and is the 5-2 second choice. The Campbell family's Play Me Right is the slight 2-1 favourite after winning the Maverick final, but will have to overcome a post eight start. Brandon Campbell will drive the Ameripan Gigolo-Clintons Delight gelding for his father Sanford, mother Debbie and girlfriend Jodi Loftus. Saturday's card also includes four $20,000 Consolations and an Open Pace, which includes former Super Final champions Flak Jacket, Wrangler Betonme, and Timberline Court amongst the field. To view Saturday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Saturday Entries - Northlands Park Click here for free, printable program pages for Saturday's harness racing card, courtesy TrackIT. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
A pair of Brian Embleton trainees will face off with the locals in the harness racing top class Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Summerside Raceway with a 1 pm first race post time.
Nutmegs Gigolo, with harness racing driver Brian Cross in the bike, hits the wire first in the tenth race at Saratoga Casino & Raceway.
Back in July when Lamont harness racing trainer Rod Starkewski ponied up the dough to buy Crackers Hot Shot in a private transaction he clearly knew what he was doing.
John Chappell is more than just a former Alberta Horseman-of-the-Year. His harness racing credentials are evidence of that. The American born driver-trainer is also one of Canada's unsung heroes. Not many reinsman can boast winning several driving titles in their career but 49-year-old Chappell can.
After two consecutive 1:52 victories at Tioga Downs Opan Heart vanquished the best harness racing pacers on the grounds at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, August 9. Jimmy Marohn, Jr., who has handled the 7-year-old son of American Gigolo in his previous victories over the Nichols, NY five-eighths mile oval, again got the driving assignment from trainer Jim Perry and together Opan Heart and Marohn now have three consecutive wins.
Opan Heart returned home to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon in the featured harness racing condition pace, and the 6-year old son of Ameripan Gigolo - Panic Depressive equaled his lifetime mark.
The pacers Pickmeamerigold, Rock Man, as well as harness racing drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Howard Okusko, Jr. all bathed in the limelight during Friday night's program at Vernon Downs.
Pickmeamerigold blossomed into the second five-time winner of the 2010 harness racing season at Vernon Downs following a 1:53.4 effort in Thursday night's (June 17) $9,100 featured eighth event.
Bay Of Sharks equaled the Vernon Downs record for 4-year-old pacing horses with his 1:50.2 clocking after winning Saturday night's $9,000 featured sixth race.
After a pair of first round battles at Maywood Park action in The Ideal Society shifted to Balmoral Park on Wednesday night. With a total of 22 pacers dropped into the box these colts and geldings were split into a trio of $6,500 events.
Opan Heart and Jimmy Marohn Jr. established a new lifetime mark at Tioga Downs on Saturday night. The duo took control of the field as they passed the three-eights mile pole and quickly gave way to Clooney Drummond and Mike Merton at the half mile mark in 56.2.