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Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic on Saturday at Northlands

September 20, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Northlands Park will be celebrating the Alberta-bred on Saturday with the annual Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic celebration. Seven stakes events, all worth $50,000, all for Alberta-bred runners. Friday night will feature a Gala event as well as an autograph session with North America’s winningest jockey Russell Baze from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Russell will be riding on the Saturday card and has some live mounts as well.

The stakes action kicks off with the Alberta Premier’s Futurity which drew six runners including stakes winner Legend Fortynine who looks to be lone speed, unless the first time starter All Run has speed. The Alberta Oaks is carded as race #3 on the program and features the always tough Tell Me Lies, who is already a multiple stakes winner this season against open company. Tell Me Lies comes off a big win in the Sonoma Handicap on Canadian Derby Day. Lynne’s Foxie Lady has been competing well all season against high level claimers and could be one to keep an eye on in her stakes debut.

Silver Baubles won the Beaufort Stakes last year on Fall Classic Day and will look to add the Alberta Breeders’ Handicap to his trophy collection. Silver Baubles won the Journal Handicap this season and has racked up just shy of $60,000 in earnings during the meet for trainer Ron Grieves. Shannon Beauregard will take over the mount on Silver Baubles on Saturday. Catchtheconnection hasn’t won in four starts this year but should be prominent in this spot and is a contender.

For Cash was fourth in the Canadian Derby last time out and he’s been ultra consistent all year long and always seems to run his race. He’s going to be taking on an exciting new challenger in the Beaufort Stakes in Keene on Demand. Keene On Demand has been ultra impressive in his last two starts and could be a budding Alberta-bred star for trainer Rob Chabot. Bet On Soup and Pay To Go Home look like the two top contenders in the Sturgeon River Stakes, however with 2-year-old fillies, any one of these runners could jump up and be a contender.

Hollywood Dreams is looking to repeat his win in the $50,000 Red Diamond Express Handicap. He’s struggled in his two starts so far in 2013 and will have to face some tough rivals, including Kingoftherockies and Bond James Bond, both of whom have been very tough all season long. Three year old Canaveral Leader will try to beat older mares in the $50,000 Fall Classic Distaff. She’ll have to beat some tough customers like Brady’s Tomboy and Regal Tigereyes, as well as last year’s champ Jazz Time Girl.