09/28/2008 11:00PM

Huge day for three


EDMONTON, Alberta - Had last Saturday's 12th Fall Classic Day been a hockey game, the three stars would have been trainer Cody Anderson, rider Real Simard, and broodmare Devil's Favour.

Anderson sent out full brothers Cool Ventura ($4.70), Cool Synsation ($2.90), and half-brother Cool Diablo ($8) to complete an improbable pure hat trick on the final three stakes races of the card, with Simard guiding each one home for owner-breeder Ab Brewster.

The victories in the Beaufort, Red Diamond Express, and Alberta Premier's Futurity were each worth $30,000 to Brewster and undoubtedly increased the value of his prize broodmare Devil's Favour, who also has a yearling and weanling at Brewster's central Alberta ranch.

For first-year trainer Anderson, it capped a very successful initiation to the Alberta circuit, and all three runners are to be shipped to Toronto in the coming days.

"They are lightly raced and fresh right now, and we'll look for a spot in the Woodbine condition book," said Anderson.

Anderson's feat stole some thunder from Teagues Fight ($2.50), who staked his claim to a divisional championship and Alberta horse of the year honors with a gritty win in the $75,000 Breeders, his fifth stakes tally of the campaign.

Other stakes winners on the program showcasing Alberta-bred runners were Minimus ($3.20) in the Distaff, Lemon Pepper ($12) in the Sturgeon River, and Bears Artiste ($3.60) in the Alberta Oaks.

Danny Dion, owner of Bears Artiste, had a big day of his own. as he was on hand at Turfway Park to watch Fatal Bullet and Bear Now win stakes and enhance their cases for starting positions in the Breeders' Cup.