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Royal Woman paints five straight wins


October 8, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Royal Woman is owned by Rose Rossi & Max Gibbs
(photo by Christie Drader/Coady Photo)
by Garry Allison
The Horses, RMTC, Lethbridge--Number five! Rack it! Royal Woman is more than living up to owners Rose Rossi and Max Gibb's feeling she is perhaps the best Paint horse running in Canada and the inland northwest United States. Despite an eternity in the gate, as at least three of the seven starters balked and bucked, Royal Woman swept over the 350-yard Canadian Paint Oaks Stakes Sunday, October 3, with ease to capture her fifth straight race.
She took the lion’s share of the $10,000 purse, running her lifetime earnings to the $25,000 neighbourhood. The three-year-old has been to the post seven times, finishing third, then second, then five straight wins to prove her class.
Out of Royal Quick Flash and Champagne Woman by Jet Lark, the filly is trained by Ross Brigden and was ridden for the fourth time by Janine Stianson. Gibb, the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Turf Club at Whoop-Up Downs in Lethbridge, has been the driving force in establishing Paint racing in Lethbridge.
“She didn't panic with the confusion in the gate. She's a great gate horse,” says Stianson who has 25 winners at Whoop-Up Downs this season. “She was head and head out of the gate and after that I was just looking straight ahead. She's very professional.”
Gibb had to agree with his rider, explaining that he own dozens of Thoroughbreds and a few Quarter Horses, and without question this Paint is the most professional of them all.
He has plans to run her in the Canadian Paint Derby in two weeks and if she is sound, in the Canadian Paint Championship, open to all three-year-olds and upwards, the final weekend of the RMTC's 2004 season Oct. 29-31.
“We are pleased with the way the Paint program is coming here at the RMTC,” the CEO says. “The American Paint Association has been very supportive putting up a lot of money and so has Horse Racing Alberta, with purse money and bonuses through the Alberta-bred incentives.”
Royal Woman covered the 350 yards in 18:29 to pay $3.50, $3.00 and $2.20. Carl Hebert brought Dats Easy home second to pay $5.50 and $3.10, while Dancing Party, who had raced Royal Woman hard at Kalispell, Montana, paid $2.40 for third. The quinella paid $11.