SAVEITFORARAINYDAY took the lead at the top of the stretch and nearly held off a late closer to finish runner-up in the one mile Alberta Oaks at Northlands Park. The 3-year-old filly by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS was just a length back of the win but 4 1/2 lengths in front of the third-placed finisher. SAVEITFORARAINYDAY was a multiple stakes winner at 2 last year, and has placed in five additional stakes from 10 career starts. She last placed in the $75,000 Sonoma H. prior to her Oaks start.
SAVEITFORARAINYDAY, a multiple stakes winner last year at 2, placed in the $75,000 Sonoma H., her fourth stakes placing from five starts in 2017. The consistent 3-year-old filly by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS has won or placed in seven of nine career starts and has only one off-the-board finish. In her last outing, SAVEITFORARAINYDAY placed against males in the Alberta Derby at Evergreen Park S.
MY HEART GOES ON has now won or placed in seven stakes after a narrow miss in the King County Overnight S. The 4-year-old filly from the first crop of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS was bumped at the start so she settled back early. MY HEART GOES ON began her rally on the turn and continued a strong effort through the stretch drive to finish only a neck back in third at Emerald Downs. She was a stakes winner in her second start at two and won the WA Cup Three Year Old Filly S. last year. The Coal Creek Farm homebred has career earnings of $116,907.
DIN’S FIRE won for the second time in her last four starts going wire to wire to take this six-furlong test by 1 3/4 lengths. The 3-year-old filly by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS broke on top from gate five and was never really threatened to win under occasional urging through the stretch at Prairie Meadows. She was a 3 1/4-length Maiden winner at Churchill in late June and then finished runner-up twice, beaten less than a combined two lengths, before this win. DIN’S FIRE was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Salvador Gonzalez, Jr. out of the Orientate mare, Fit’n Happy Lady.
Following his overwhelming MSW victory last time out, ALYMAX set the pace and again drew off through the stretch for a six-length Allowance win. The 3-year-old colt by ALBERTUS MAXIMUS broke alertly from the outside post and quickly grabbed the lead of which he never gave up racing 5 1/2 furlongs at Mountaineer. In his maiden win, he grabbed the lead early and ran away from the competition winning by 15 1/2 lengths. Out of the Thunder Gulch mare, Bronte’s Miss, ALYMAX races for his breeder Canterbury Oaks Farm and is trained by Paul McEntee.
Making her second career start after a runner-up finish against males in her debut, SAVEITFORARAINYDAY battled down the stretch to win the Two Year Old Filly Sales S. by a neck. The filly from the second crop of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS moved up to challenge the frontrunner before they had reached the final turn. She continued her drive around the turn to take the lead and then held a closer at bay to win this 6 1/2-furlong dirt race at Northlands. SAVEITFORARAINYDAY is the third 2YO winner in her sire’s second crop from four starters, to date, and is out of the Mutakddim mare Bali Amour.
The consistent multiple stakes winner SAVEITFORARAINYDAY has now won or placed in six of eight career starts after placing in the 1 1/16-mile Alberta Derby at Evergreen Park S. against males at Grande Prairie. The 3-year-old filly from the second crop of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS won two stakes last year as a juvenile and has placed in three of four starts this year, all stakes.
Winner of this year’s only G1 sprint at six furlongs in Panama, DOBLE FONDO was recognized for last year’s accomplishments and named 2016 Champion Imported 3-Year-Colt in Panama. His season included three consecutive Graded wins following his eight-length win in the G2 Clasico German Ruiz that closed out his juvenile campaign of 2015. DOBLE FONDO kicked off the year with an eight-length win in the seven-furlong G2 Clásico Ernesto Navarro Díaz, Ernesto y Ramón Navarro Diaz. He stretched out to two turns in his next start to win the 1 1/16-mile G3 Clasico Expocomer by a comfortable three lengths. DOBLE FONDO then won at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles with a 7 1/4-length victory in the Clasico Dia Internacional Del Trabajador-G2.
With two placing in the last three starts to his credit, DR GIVENS dueled through the stretch and got the win in this Maiden Special Weight by a neck. The 3-year-old son of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS prompted the pace from the start. He moved up to challenge for the lead at the top of the lane, took the lead but was headed in mid-stretch, then fought back and got the victory racing one mile and 70 yards at Mountaineer. DR GIVENS was bred in Kentucky by Mike Rue out of the Marquetry mare A Spire a Dream.
After two runner-up finishes in the last three starts, ALYMAX was on go from the start and never looked back winning this five-furlong Maiden Special Weight by an overpowering 15 1/2 lengths. Originally scheduled for the turf, the 3-year-old colt from the second crop of ALBERTUS MAXIMUS was already three lengths in front by the first call. From there he continued to widen his margin to 12 by the top of the stretch and was ridden out for the final margin of victory on a track rated good at Mountaineer. Out of the Thunder Gulch mare, Bronte’s Miss, ALYMAX races for his breeder Canterbury Oaks Farm and is trained by Paul McEntee.