THREE EVERGREEN CHAMPS AT BIG EVENT IN US
Three horses who won championships at The Horses At Evergreen Park this summer will be taking part in one of the biggest racing weekends of the horse racing season at Prairie Meadows Race Track (near Des Moines, Iowa) on Saturday – the Bank of America Challenge Championships.
They are Juno Dat Timber, Jd Wagon Boss and Mals First Down.
Juno Dat Timber, a homebred five-year-old son of First Timber owned and trained by Wesley Oulton, rallied to win the 870-yard, $20,339 AQHA Grande Prairie Distance Challenge Stakes at Evergreen Park on July 30.
Ridden by Scott Sterr, Juno Dat Timber defeated Awise Secret by a nose in :46.317. In addition to pocketing the $10,169 winner's share of the purse, earning a the Alberta-bred gray gelding a berth in the October 14 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows Racetrack.
Juno Dat Timber is in Race 6 on Saturday, the American Quarter Horse Distance Challenge Championship, with a purse of $105,000 and over 875 yards. There are six other horses in the race.
Juno Dat Timber had won four of 20 starts and banked $62,655 going into the July 30 race. His two career stakes victories include a head win in the 2014 Alberta-Bred Futurity (RG3) at Lethbridge.
Fly Bye Cruise, Tequila Tuesday, and Asbigastexas completed the order of finish.
A sharp break from post 5 helped Mals First Down earn a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $27,901 Bank of America Grande Prairie Championship Challenge at Evergreen Park.
Ridden by Scott Sterr, Mals First Down covered 440 yards in :21.825 while defeating Honor The Aztec by a neck. William Leech prepped the 6-year-old Shazoom gelding for owners Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume.
Jd Wagon Boss, a Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt owned by Buckey and Beverly Stockwell, was the fastest qualifier to the August 20, $18,500-added John Deere Evergreen Park Juvenile Challenge at The Horses At Evergreen Park.
Ridden by Jose Rocha, Jd Wagon Boss won the second of two 350-yard trials by a clear three lengths in :17.743. The colt earned a 102 speed index and his second victory in as many outs.
Jd Wagon Boss was bred in Oklahoma by Jean Dillard and is out of Elly May, a homebred 11-year-old daughter of Fishers Dash. His second dam, the On A High mare See Me Do It, won three Grade 1 stakes in 1989, including the Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, and was that season's world champion.
The horse is up against 10 others on Saturday in Race 8 – 350 yards with a purse of $130,000.
A sharp break from post 5 helped Mals First Down earn a wire-to-wire victory in the August 26 $27,901 Bank of America Grande Prairie Championship Challenge at The Horses At Evergreen Park.
Ridden by Scott Sterr, Mals First Down covered 440 yards in :21.825 while defeating Honor The Aztec by a neck. William Leech prepped the six-year-old Shazoom gelding for owners Charlie Weaselhead and Jim Plume.
Mals First Down was bred in Oklahoma by Bill Robbins at took the $13,950 winner's share of the .
Mals First Down had won 10 of 31 starts and banked $70,496 heading into the Aug. 26 race..
Cruisinfourabruisin finished third and was followed by Go Jessin Beaver, Er Cafe, and Living Is Sweet.
On Saturday in Race 10 with a purse of $330,000, Mals First Down is up against 11 other horses in the 440 yard race.
The races can be viewed off the Prairie Meadows website at: https://www.prairiemeadows.com/racing/live-racing
Meanwhile, two former Evergreen Park Racing Club 2017 horses are in action this weekend at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta.
Command The Land will be battling against four other horses in a $11,000 race over 1 1/8 miles on Sunday in Race No. 2 with a post time of 1:19 p.m.
Also Sunday, in race No. 8 with a 4:41 p.m. post, Xtreme Spell hits the track in a seven furlongs race with a purse of $7,000 against nine other horses.
On Saturday, Evergreen Park Racing Club 2018 manager Norm Tremblay has a horse, called Unstoppable Colby, entered in a race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona. That horse is on the track at 2:55 p.m. n Race 5 against eight other horses. It goes over five furlongs for a $9.500 purse. Trainer is Robertino Diodoro, the EP Racing club 2018 head trainer. Diodoro has 11 horses racing over the weekend at Turf Paradise.
Local racing fans can continue to watch, and wager, on the horses at the Pines Restaurant & Casino. There are 11 screens and two self-bettors in the facility and races from Century Downs, Lethbridge and Turf Paradise will be on the screens. The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.