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Royal Woman paints a win in Spring Stakes

July 13, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Garry Allison
The Horses, RMTC, Lethbridge - Trainer Ross Brigden was virtually bubbling after watching his pride and joy of the Paint racing world, Royal Woman, out-run a very tough field to win the Paint Spring Stake at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge Sunday, June 19.

Prior to the 17.75-second victory, Brigden was a bit apprehensive, despite the fact his filly had won six of nine races and never been worse than third, and even then she was moved up to second.
“I think this is the best quality Paint race we have had here," he said after the winner's circle photo, filled with dozens of supporters of Royal Woman. “Today we really had to run, there were two or three others who had a real good chance.

“Actually I felt she need another work before she ran today, but with all the rains the past three weeks she wasn't able to gallop. She really kicked in at the end…she does have a great kick."

Brigden says renowned trainer Bob Bafford - who used to work for Ross back when - once told him the key to success was a good team, and Brigden was quick to acknowledge that fact.

“I am happy for Rose and Max (co-owners Rose Rossi and Max Gibb) and Janine (jockey Janine Stianson) did a great job. We've got a really good team here. Janine gallops her in the morning and rides her in the races."

Royal Woman, the pre-race favourite in the 350-yard sprint for a guaranteed $8,000, paid $4.50, $2.80 and $2.30 as she finished ahead of Splashy Pizazzy, Peter McAleney in the irons and Autumn Desert Rose, Angelle Wilson aboard. Splashy paid $3.40 and $2.70 while the first-time runner Autumns Desert Rose paid $3. The Exactor paid $14.20, the Quinella $9.50.