Hudon, Clark Double In ABSS Elims

Published: October 8, 2011 11:08 pm EDT

Veteran horsemen Gerry Hudon and Keith Clark doubled up in Saturday afternoon's Alberta Sires Stakes elimination action for three-year-old pacers at Alberta Downs


Hudon swept both $11,250 Maverick eliminations for the colts while Clark won two of the three $7,500 Marquis eliminations for fillies with Kelly Hoerdt winning the other.

Trained and driven by Hudon, Hollywood Warrior wired the first field of colts in 1:55.2. The gelded son of Allamerican Merlin-Southwind Madison finished two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Red Star Tiger (Jamie Gray) and Battle River Storm (Kelly Hoerdt). He is owned and bred by Bill Boden of Vancouver, B.C. and Monica Hudon of Edmonton, Alta.

Marksman champion Bachelor Pad also went the distance for Hudon, winning his elimination in 1:56 by half a length over Wannabe Cowboy (Ryan Grundy). Tap Room (Rod Hennessy) was third. Hudon shares ownership of the Brandons Cowboy-Duplex gelding with Monica Hudon and R. Lynn Kowalevsky of Airdrie, Alta.

Diamond winner Dewinton Destroyer romped to a three and three-quarter length win in 1:56.3 for Clark in the first filly event. B C Fantasy (Jamie Gray) finished second while the winner's stablemate, Promise Me Pez (Bobby Clark), rounded out the top three. Clark trains and co-owns the As Promised-Avacal Hope filly with Doris McDougall of Cochrane, Alta.

Clintons Keepsake sent Clark back to the winner's circle after she advanced to the lead from sixth and drew clear for the 1:58.4 triumph. Feelin Flush (John Chappell) finished second and Hollywood Jubilee (Gerry Hudon) was third. The Clintons Cigar-Western Rustler miss is owned by Clark, Allan Neurauter of High River, Alta., and Kenneth Newton of Biggar, Sask.

Im Sheila pulled off an 11-1 upset as she converted from the pocket and kicked away to a two length win in 1:55.3 in the other elimination. Clark's Minettas Nightstar went three-wide and came on from the backfield to place as the fan favourite. Barona Josie (Bill Tainsh Jr.) finished nine lengths back in third. Hoerdt shares ownership of the Brandons Cowboy-Barnyard Dance filly with Peter Morris and Roque Consultants Inc. of Calgary, and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta.

Hudon ended the 11-race card with a training triple and driving grand slam.

For results from Saturday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Alberta Downs.

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