Even Rick Mowles, a
part owner of Active Pass, admitted he was not expecting a
win last Sunday in the $34,400 final of the Langley Pace.
“I never thought
that we could beat Red Star Senator,” Mowles said after
the race. “I thought the rest of the field was racing for
But Mowles of
Aldergrove's J J J Stable and co-owners Al and Mark
Anderson have got used to stakes wins by their stable
including Active Pass. And, despite starting from the
outside eight hole, the son of Kents On Nuke-Plain Image N
did it again, rallying from well off the pace to capture
the final for four-year-olds at Fraser Downs.
Senator, who won the
Breeders Stakes over Active Pass in November and captured
a Langley elimination heat the previous week in impressive
fashion, started from the rail. Hence Mowles’ trepidation
and the 1-2 favored odds.
with driver Jim Burke, got involved in an early dual for
the lead, settled for third before the quarter but was
quickly flushed by an outside challenge from Stonebridge
Pass, part of a 5-2 second choice entry, sat seventh off
the gate and watched as entrymate, Wild Rumour, battled
with Senator and Thisisbliss, his entrymate, through the
Not surprisingly the
front-end speed (26.4 and 56.2) tired and Active Pass, who
had followed Camlot, was able to sweep past for the
stretch lead and went on to a one-length win in 1:55.2.
Bill Davis again
drove the winner for trainer Al Anderson.
It was the fourth
straight victory for Active Pass who also captured the
Sales Stake in mid-December. He now has 11 wins in 17
career starts and a career bankroll of $147,926.
also slipped past Senator for second but the favorite held
on for third.
Davis said he knew
it would be tough from the start and floated out from the
gate hoping to get a hole. When asked if the move by
Camlot to flush Senator helped, Davis said, “I would have
tried that anyway.”
Mowles said that
Active Pass would now head back to California and Cal-Ex,
“where there are conditioned races for him. He definitely
has lots of potential down there.”