1998 WEST VALLEY ALLOWANCE
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Laurel Brown Race Track scheduled six Quarter Horse Stake Race Finals on their card for May 16 at Salt Lake City, Utah. Five of those six competitions were won in wire to wire fashion, the $10,286 West Valley Carstar Allowance finals was one of them. "Sail on Rona" a 3 year-old chesnut gelding by World Champion "Ronas Ryon" and out of "Sail On Pigeon" by "Sail On Bunny", captured the final by a neck for Rangely,Colorado Owner/Breeder Ross V. Alire. Trainer Kirk Alire put the gelding back in training for the "West Valley Carstar Allowance trials on May 9. Sail on Rona posted the 6TH fastest Qualifing time, giving him a slot in the finals. Rider Russ Vicchrilli guided his mount into the one-hole for the Carstar Final. The Track was muddy, almost too muddy. Most trainers were happy to be on the outside, but post position is another part of that elusive element in racing known as "luck". Sail On Rona hadnt been handed extra luck so he would have to make his own. Vicchrilli busted Rona from the gates on top by a head. Rona was packing one of the lighter weights of 119 pounds in the field. The pair quickly gained a half -length advantage and held it throughout the 350 yard race in a time of 18:26 seconds. Each contestant held their breaking positions during the race except for Bobbiesdashtafame and EG Cool Running who swapped fouth and fifth positions briefly before returning to their original slots. Finishing second was Chants Rocket (BCR Azure Rocket-Janes Chant) owned by Bert Aitken, trained by Phillip Thelford and ridden by Roy Alire. In third was SS Online (SS Showboat-City outline) owned by Gene Lambo, trained by Blake Rust and ridden by Randy Timm. The remaining order of finish was Bobbiesdashtofame(Dash Ta Fame-Bobbie Mcdee), EG Cool Running (Browns Dasher-Ecs Ego Trippy) Edens Hope (Real Easy Jet-Love U Chick)Merits Fame (Dash Ta Fame-Star Merit), Spark A Saint (Easy Saint-Miss Honey Ohs), Twanalota Cash (Twaynas Dash-Jet Away Saint) and Down Home Melodies(First Down Dash-Hav A Melody).
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