The classical music concert and the big-time coffee klatch had to be put over until another day as the event became a Blacktie affair.


That’s another way of saying that Armbro Blacktie, a 10-1 shot, upset favorites Armbro Bach and Lil Dude Starrbuck to capture the $38,700 Mr Vancouver Stake at Fraser Downs last Friday.


The four-year-old gelding, a son of Camluck-Armbro Manhattan registered a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 in his 2¾-length decision.


In an excellent field of nine, Blacktie, with Scott Knight in the sulky, powered through a 56 second last half. They were fifth (5 ½ back at the half and second, a half length behind at the three-quarter pole.


Armbro Bolton, a 7-1 choice, took the lead from the gate but 3-5 favorite Armbro Bach moved from the two hole to take the lead after the opening quarter. Bach held on until Blacktie assumed the lead as they turned for home.


The Armbro B’s finished 1-2-3 with Starrbuck fourth.


Blacktie was claimed, in astute move, for $35,000 plus allowances by the Verve Racing Stables in mid-September at Stampede Park.


The triumph was the sixth win of the season in 29 starts for the gelding now trained by John Currie and improved his career bankroll to more than $105,000. It also earned back a great deal of his purchase price.


“It was a steal of a claim,” admitted Brad Stevenson, head man of Verve Racing which includes his dad Dave.


“He (Blacktie) just needed some time off,” Bard explained. “He had four stakes close together and was sore and tired. We knew if we gave him some time off he would be OK and we have been taking it easy with him.”


Verve may be a new player the Stevensons have been around the racing business for close to 25 years, albeit with some breaks.


“Our first horse was Its a Boy and we also have had some good horses including Leggo My Eggo.”


Brad started Verve Racing in Calgary (where he resides) and started a subsidiary in B .C. (out of Victoria where Dave resides).


“We wanted the appropriate status for stakes races in B.C.”


They got that, and a win, quickly.


And, Brad promises they have more contenders on the way.