Active Pass fools all

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 second.”


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.


However, Senator, 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 Camlot.


Meanwhile, Active 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 first half.


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.


Stonebridge Camlot 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.”