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                                Alberta Stallion Stakes Derby
by Emily Blankenship
JB Runaway Special scored his very first stakes victory in the $17,407 Alberta Stallion Stakes Derby at Century Mile on July 1.
JB Runaway Special broke towards the back of the pack in fourth. With the help of jockey D. Benitez, the colt was able to gain ground, closing strongly on the outside to win by a head.
B Runaway Special brought home the $8,704 winner’s share of the purse for owners WT Ranch and Mehgan Gayse, bringing his total lifetime bank- roll to $19,880.
Trained by Buckey Stockwell, JB Runaway Special finished fourth in his previous starts this year, including the All Canadian Derby. Last year, he finished second in the Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity and was a finalist in the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity-G3.
James Butterfield bred JB Runaway Special out of 3-time winner Ms Oakie Is Special, who was a finalist in the 2008 Horseman’s Derby at Lethbridge. JB Runaway Special is her first starter.
His second dam is Central Hi-Point Aged Mare Queen Finale, winner of the 1994 Kansas Jackpot Prep Futurity.
JB Easy First Down (First Down Leaving-Tisa Easy Effort) just missed under Dwight Lewis, finish- ing second for owner Alison Christie and trainer William Leech. JB Easy First Down finished third in last year’s Alberta Bred Futurity.
William Leech also trained Poutn And Zoomin (Mezoomn-Poutnlori), who was third under Ricardo Moreno for owner/breeder Pete Schoeler. Last year, Poutn And Zoomin won the Alberta Stallion Stakes Futurity.
Miracle Opener (Miracle Recovery-Dash N Way) was fourth and was followed by Ulnvmy Shine (Six Packa Moonshine-Ulnvme) and Royale Special (Special Fly Bye-Shawnee Royale).
Adequan GPR Derby Challenge
by John Moorehouse
Getit Hot notched her second stakes win on July 28 at Grande Prairie, and put herself in position for a major payday, with her 1/2-length vic-
tory in the $36,463 Adequan Evergreen Park Derby Challenge.
Owned by Charles Stojan, Getit Hot has recorded both of her stakes wins this year, also taking the All Canadian Derby held at Whoop Up Downs in Lethbridge back in June. She was the third-fastest qualifier for this race, covering the 400 yards in :20.748.
Returning for the stakes final, the sophomore filly clearly was the fastest in the seven-horse field. After breaking from the 4-gate, she was running in front by a head at the first call, widened her separa- tion to 1-length as she entered the stretch, then held off Papas Coleen to roll to the win and a spot in the Adequan Championship Challenge, to be held as part of Bank of America Challenge Champonships night on Oct. 26 at The Downs in Albuquerque.
William Leech trains Getit Hot and Ricardo Moreno was aboard for the stakes-winning trip, which reaped a $17,867 payday that improved the filly’s total earnings to $39,376.
Martha F. Wells bred Getit Hot out of California Hi-Point Aged Mare Getit Together, winner of the Las Damas Handicap-G3 and AQHA Member Plus Stakes. She was also a runner-up in the Charge Bar Handicap-G2 and the Ivan Ashment Handicap. Getit Together has produced 100% money earners from seven starters, including Gteit Quick, who ran third in the Paul B Ford Memorial Handicap. Getit Hot is her first stakes winner and top earner.
Her second dam is four-time winner Seronka,
a runner-up in the Solano Derby and a finalist in the California Sires’ Cup Futurity-G2 and Stockton Derby. She also ran third in the Fountain Valley Handicap as well as fourth in the QHBA Distaff Classic Stakes.
Papas Coleen (First Timber-Cash In This Lane), the post-time favorite and top qualifier, finished second under Trevor Simpson for owner Donalda Cochrane and trainer Darcy Hawkes.
Chasin Harm (Hawkinson-YR Brown Lucy) and jockey Carl Hebert hit the board in third for Alvin Cross Child, who also trains the gelding.
The remaining order of finish was Last Unicorn (Unification TB-Teller Reba), Goldin Warrior (First Timber-Madam Goldilocks), Timbersknightryder (First Timber-Sparkling Hy) and You Have No Equal (Five Bar Cartel-Latin Queen).
AQHA GPR Distance Challenge
by John Moorehouse
Making his first-ever start at the 870-yard distance, Gone To Be Bright ran to his first- ever win in stakes company, taking the $21,879
Evergreen Park Distance Challenge held at Grande Prairie on July 28.
The victory also qualified Gone To Be Bright for the AQHA Distance Challenge Championship, taking place Oct. 26 at The Downs at Albuquerque as part of the Bank of America Challenge Championship card.
A lack of experience at this distance did nothing to dissuade the black four-year-old colt, who broke on top from the No. 5 gate and led at every call.
Gone To Be Bright broke on the lead and was running in front by a head at both the first call and as he reached the top of the stretch. He then gained some breathing room during the final yards of the contest to sport a full 1/2-length margin as he hit the finish line.
William Leech conditions Gone To Be Bright, who finished the race in :45.484 for a 102 speed index with jockey Ricardo Moreno in the irons.
Gonetothebrightside Syndicate owns Gone To Be Bright, who cashed an $11,377 winner’s share payday that improved his cumulative earnings to $27,736. Gone To Be Bright now has a race record of 4(1)-5(1)-0 from 19 career starts.
The colt was no stranger to stakes competi- tion prior to this victory, qualifying for multiple stakes races. Gone To Be Bright finished second
in last year’s running of the Alberta Bred Derby at Century Downs, and he has been a finalist in the Whoop Up Classic Stakes at Lethbridge and in the Peace Country Derby at Grande Prairie.
Jack and Deborah Williams bred Gone To Be Bright out of unraced DJ Bright Tarbaby. Gone To Be Bright is her first foal.
CR Crusin For Chics (Zoomin For Bux- Thischicsadashing) finished second under D. Benitez for owner/trainer Alison Clapton. The geld- ing previously finished second in this year’s Whoop Up Classic at Lethbridge.
Glittering Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Glitter Galore) and jockey Trevor Simpson took third place for owner Cody Eagle Bear and trainer Alvin Cross Child. The gelding won the 2018 Evergreen Park Distance Challenge and was a finalist in that year’s AQHA Distance Challenge Championship-G1.
Followed by Its Official (Cuivre River-Zillas Amour) and Blink And Shes Gone (Gone To The Mountain-DJ Bright Dolly). Good Kiddy scratched.
          Century Mile • $17,407 330 yards
Sammies Runaway
JB Runaway Fame
Exotic Fame
Oak Tree Special
Ms Oakie Is Special
     Queen Finale
 Evergreen Park • $36,463 400 yards
First Down Dash
Sweet Beduino Separatist
  Walk Thru Fire
GETIT HOT, ‘16-f.
Getit Together
 Evergreen Park • $21,879 870 yards • :45.484 • si 102
Panther Mountain
Gone To The Mountain
Lindys Bouquet
DJ Bright Deja Vu
   GONE TO BE BRIGHT, ‘15-s.
 DJ Bright Tarbaby
 DJ Bright Socks
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