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Racing fireworks Friday night and Saturday afternoon at Sandy Downs

July 1, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Juice Newton in concert after the races on Friday night

Heavy fireworks are expected to explode at Sandy Downs Race Track this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Friday evening’s racing is headlined by two trials for the prestigious Idaho Cup Quarter Horse Derby, while Saturday’s special afternoon racing program is highlighted by the Von Adams Thoroughbred Memorial, Trials for the Idaho Cup Quarter Horse Futurity, and the Giltner Trucking Maiden Challenge Frolic.

First post Friday evening is 6 p.m., while Saturday’s card will offer a special afternoon program starting at 2 p.m.

In Friday night’s trials for the Idaho Cup Derby—which which will be contested over 400 yards—Iona Cool, who raced to a crushing 1½ length daylight win in his last start at Sandy Downs on June 26, looks like the one to beat. Iona Cool will compete in the 5th race—the second trial division—and will be handled in the irons by veteran Antonio Alberto. The 3-year-old Idaho-bred gelding is owned and conditioned by Rigby’s Larry Chapple.

Also slated for the second division of the Idaho Cup Derby Trials are Clark N Eye, who has been installed as the 6-to-5 morning line favorite, and Shake Em Silver, who ships in from Los Alamitos. Both are trained by Bret Vickery.

In the first division of the Idaho Cup Trials, De Great Cartel, Shake Em Zevi and Hez A Red Stone, all figured to gain plenty of wagering support. Of the three, Skake Em Zevi, who finished a driving second to Clark N Eye in the recent Bitteroot Derby at Pocatello Downs, nailed down a nose win over Iona Corona last time out. The gelding is owned by Dan Moon of Rigby, Idaho, and trained by Bret Vickery. He’ll be handled in the saddle by steady-handed Brett Anderson.

On Saturday afternoon, plenty of sparks are expected to fly in the $15,000 Giltner Trucking Maiden Challenge Frolic at 350 yards. Heading the stellar field is Montana Cartel, the 2-to-1 morning line favorite. Montana Cartel will be looking for his second win of the young Sandy Downs meet after tackling some of the toughest competition in Southern California.

Montana Cartel, who is owned by Dee and Gary Hoovestal, drew the outside 10 post position. Bret Anderson will handle the riding assignment for Trainer Bret Vickery.

Here’s the entire Giltner field, in post position order: No. 1—Lrf Simply the Best, No. 2—Calx Special Dashin, No. 3—Bcr Buds for You, No. 4—Divine Destiny, No. 5—Whazup, No. 6—Hawk The Jewels, No. 7—He Can Be Done, No. 8—Just Wanna Teller, No. 9—Jw Check This Corona and No. 10—Montana Cartel.

Also on tap for Saturday afternoon, is the $15,000 (est.) Von Adams Memorial at six furlongs, The Von Adams Memorial is one of five Thoroughbred races on the nine race card. The field of nine is equally matched on paper, but the three contenders that look to have an edge are Leathermade (5-2), Seismic Thunder (7-2) and Pine Smoke (9-2).

Of the three, Seismic Thunder has bankrolled the most career earnings with over $86,000 and will be looking for his second win in a row this year. He last raced June 18 at Sandy Downs in a 6 furlong claiming test that proved no problem winning the event going away by over 1½ lengths.

Saturday’s program will also feature two juvenile Idaho Cup Futurity trials and the Von Adams Memorial consolation.

Sandy Downs will host Grammy Award winner Juice Newton in concert after Friday’s last race, while Saturday special afternoon program offers all fans with a paid admission a complimentary simulcast mystery voucher.

Highlighting the Sandy Downs simulcasting menu Saturday is the $250,000 American Oaks live from Hollywood Park.