05/28/2016 8:36PM

Tracy runners sweep four stakes


Trainer Greg Tracy had a day to remember, sweeping the four stakes races at Northlands Park on  Saturday.

The only race that he came close to not winning was the $51,850 Wild Rose Handicap, where Eustacia, ridden by Dane Nelson, took a four-length lead into the stretch but was all out to hold off Hero’s Amor by a head in the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. She paid $3.20.

The final time over a track rated “ good” was 1:13.83

“Everything worked out perfectly,” said Tracy. “There are a lot of days you have horses that look like they should win, but don’t fire some reason or another. It all fell into place today.”

Blue Dancer ($3.20) was making his first start as an older horse when he easily won the $49,850 Journal Handicap by 3 1/4  lengths over Red Red Rose. With Quincy Welch aboard, he sat just off Red Red Rose in the six-furlong sprint that was reduced to four horses when Tracy scratched Midnite Poppa. Blue Dancer engaged Red Red Rose at the quarter pole before drawing off in the stretch.

 The final time was 1:11.41.

.“I was expecting him to run a good race,” said Tracy. “He seems to have matured quite a bit over the winter. “

Welch put C U At Eau Claire on the lead early and she never looked back in the $52,448 Chariot Chaser for 3-year-old fillies. She paid $3.90 for her three-length win over Onestaratatime in the six-furlong dash that drew six horses.

She posted a final time of 1:12.60.

Welch made the same move with Reason for Being, who paid $5.50 for his handy win over Law Master in the $50,000 Western Canada Handicap. The final margin over Law Maker in the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds was 4 1/4 lengths. The final time was 1:12.08.

“I was surprised how quickly he came out of the gate,” said Tracy. “It looked like he got a head start on the field. It was quite a day.”