The second meet of the 44th running of Princeton Racing Days, was dedicated to the memory of Roberta Baron, long standing member of the organization who passed away on Friday August 31.
“She was a great advisor and our friend,” said Karrie Crucil, president of Princeton Racing Days.
After the dedication the races began.
The first race ended quickly, resulting in a no contest ruling.
The remaining races, two through seven ran successfully. Races five and six were for the 40th running of the Luke Gibson Memorial Cup. The race had to be split in two due to the high number of entries. The second heat of the race was won by Maida Vale, owned by Shamrock Racing Stable Ltd, of which local June Dunte owns 25 per cent.
Dunte went on again to the big win with her horse, A Lasting Peace winning the 16th running of the Bob Beale Memorial Tulameen Cup.
This is the third win in Princeton for Dunte in 2012, as A Lasting Peace won the Similkameen Cup in June.
“A Lasting Peace rocks,” said Dunte. “He has a lot of heart and he knows that he won,” she added.
Dunte said that the track conditions were excellent and that it was great to win at home. She feels that it is very important to support the Interior as much as possible.
Dunte says her trainer Jim Brown is, “the best trainer in the world.” He treats the horses well and cares for them. Dunte says that her crew has a great deal of respect for their horses. “We ask alot of them,” she said, you have to respect them. A happy horse is what makes a good race horse.”
At this time last year, A Lasting Peace had – had 10 starts (raced 10 times) this year to date, he has tripled his earnings. Dunte and her crew are hoping to continue racing throughout the winter, in Phoenix.
Celebrations continued on into the refreshment garden where Dale Seaman and Highway 97 provided attendees with an evening full of great music and dancing.
Pleased with the results of the day, Karrie Crucil extends her thanks to all the volunteers, vendors and everyone involved in making the meet a successful one.
“I am already gearing up for next year,” she said.