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First Prize Cruise Fastest Qualifier to the Alberta Aged Series Maiden Trials
Lethbridge hosted two trials for the Alberta Aged Series Maiden Stakes on Saturday's race card.

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First Prize Cruise Fastest Qualifier to the Alberta Aged Series Maiden Trials

LETHBRIDGE, AB—MAY 12, 2018— First Prize Cruise broke her maiden in the second of two trials and is the fastest qualifier for the $8,000-added Alberta Aged Series Maiden Stakes (not black type) at Lethbridge on Saturday. The final will be held May 26.

The 3-year-old made her sixth lifetime start in the trial. Jockey Martin Ortiz piloted the daughter of First Prize Doc to a final time of 17.937 in the 350-yard event. Saturday’s race was her first start since October, when she finished fourth in the Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity (RG3) at Century Downs.

First Prize Cruise ($4.70) was the post-time favorite heading into the race. She gained the lead quickly and defeated the second-place finisher by nearly a length, earning a 94 speed index.

Bred in Alberta, the filly is out of the Eye Take Time mare Eye Cruise. She is bred, owned and trained by Tom Kenway.

The top three fastest times were the first three finishers of the second trial. Gone to Be Bright posted a final time of 18.078 as the second-place finisher by over a length.

Gone to Be Bright was also making his sixth career start. The 3-year-old colt is trained by William Leech for the Gonetothebrightside Syndicate; Ricardo Morena was aboard for the trial.

Gone to Be Bright was bred in Alberta by Jack and Deborah Williams, by Gone to the Mountain, out of Dj Bright Tarbaby by Dj Bright Déjà vu.

Though beaten two lengths in his trial, Thisbudsforyou was fast enough to post a time of 18.338 as the third fastest qualifier.

George Scott trains the 3-year-old gelding, who is owned by Delton Gehring and was ridden by Blandford Stewart. Glenn Wills bred Thisbudsforyou in Alberta by Streakinisanattitude, out of the King’s Nest mare Highnest.

Thisbudsforyou has hit the board five times in seven lifetime starts and was third in the Alberta Stallion stakes at the Northlands last summer.

Atomic Blondie was the winner of the first trial; her time of 18.398 was the fourth fastest of the two trials. Freddy Fuentes had the call in the trial for owner and trainer Deanne Davies.

Atomic Blondie is by the Thoroughbred sire Birdzilla and is out of Sables Val, by Dashing Val. She was bred in Alberta by Sazwan Speed Horses.

For a complete list of Alberta Aged Series Maiden Stakes qualifiers with their individual times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.