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Trainer Emile Corbel scores 700th victory at Assiniboia Downs

June 9, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Ernie Nairn

Assiniboia Downs - The 2006 stake race schedule began on Saturday, June 3, with veteran trainer Emile Corbel enjoying a double celebration. His entry Quick Witted with jockey Travis Hightower scored a two-length victory over longer shot Pass The Bar with Keveh Nicholls to win the $40,000 Golden Boy Stakes and also handed Corbel his 700th
career win at Assiniboia Downs.

An even longer shot, Dakota Long Legs with Paul Leacock, finished third. The running time for the feature was 1:12.60.

Quick Witted, owned by Emile Corbel and his brother Aime along with L. Carter and S. Campbell, is a 3-year-old New York-bred colt. He was the (2-1) pre-race favourite and scored his second straight win at the race track this season.

In his first start on May 7, Quick Witted won a maiden special weight feature over five furlongs by four lengths over Dakota Long Legs, who as mentioned finished third in the Golden Boy. Last season, the colt had 4 starts as a two-year-old and recorded two third-place finishes. He had two starts at Aqueduct and two earlier starts at Belmont Park with season earnings of $8,444.00. The Golden Boy victory was worth top prize money of $24,000 and increased his earning for 2006 to $31,200.00.

Quick Witted paid $5.20, $3.90 and $3.40. The triactor of (7-4-8) was worth $347.00; the exactor $102.10 and the quinella $33.60.

Following the win, Travis Hightower admitted the race didn’t quite go the way he and Corbel planned.

“It was almost what we discussed by the horse didn’t really relax. He was way too much into the bit and I wanted him further back and relaxed a lot more. But even though he didn’t, he got the job done.”

After being presented with a wall clock, a large sign signifying his 700th career victory and a bottle of champagne, Corbel’s thoughts were first a look ahead to Sunday’s La Verendrye stakes. He again has the race favourite with the top older mare on the grounds Ericka’s Lass.

“The champagne I’ll surely enjoy tonight,” was Corbel’s first comment. He added, “The clock I’ll leave ticking until Ericka’s Lass run in the La Verendrye is over tomorrow.”

Commenting on Golden Boy winner Quick Witted, Corbel said the colt was bred to be a pretty good horse.

“He wants to run further. I don’t think he likes to be rushed. There are a couple of things we have to work on with him, but I am absolutely pointing him towards the Manitoba Derby. I hope we have success with him in that venture.”

And commenting on his milestone 700th victory as a trainer, Corbel added, “Whenever anyone reaches a milestone, it is a great feat as far as I am concerned. It also represents a lot of work from the grooms, and a lot of confidence exhibited in me from the owners to keep buying me good horses. I would like to thank all the owners I have had over the years, and the riders that rode for me, and Assiniboia Downs, too.