09/17/2016 8:30PM

After two failures, For Cash finally takes Alberta Breeders' Fall Classic


For Cash, a beaten favorite in the $50,000 Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic Handicap in 2014 and 2015, rallied to win the 1 1/16-mile race for Alberta-bred 3-year-olds and up at Northlands Park on Saturday. Favored again, he paid $4.60.

With Rico Walcott aboard, For Cash was sitting in fourth while Manor Lane, under pressure from Valid Position, was setting moderate fractions of 24.72 and 49.28 seconds. He moved into serious contention on the stretch turn, took command of the race at the top of the stretch, and held off the late move by Water Wagon to win by three-quarters of a length. Bud Time rallied to finish third.

Trained by Dale Greenwood, it was the sixth stakes win for For Cash, a son of Stephen Got Even who was making his first start since he finished fifth in the $50,000 Fred Jones on July 16.

“I was a little worried when I saw the slow fractions,” said Greenwood. “He’s a nice horse and was good enough to overcome the slow pace, though. He had some problems this summer so we gave him some time off and worked through them.  He’s good right now.”

The final time was 1:46.96.

For Cash is owned by Southview Ag 199 Ltd. The $30,000 he took home brought his total earnings to $481,834.

The Classic headlined a 12-race card that included seven $50,000 stakes restricted to Alberta-breds.

Leading rider Walcott rode five winners with three coming in stakes.

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In the first added-money race, Walcott rode Onestaratatime to a nine-length romp in the Alberta Oaks. She paid $2.10.

He closed out the day with an easy win aboard heavily favored Norm’s Big Bucks in the Alberta Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A son of Exhi, Norm’s Big Bucks paid $2.40.

Keishan Balgobin brought Xtreme Denigray from well back to win the Red Dial Express. He paid $16.60 for his neck win over Keene On Demand in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up.

Balgobin also won the Beaufort Stakes for 3-year-olds with Northernlocomotive ($15).

Shannon Beauregard guided second choice Blameitontheknight ($5.20) to a 2 3/4-length win over favored Smart Fix in the Distaff.