WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC):Jamaican jockey Dale Nelson made two bold statements at Northlands Park Saturday when he snatched the CAN$50,000 Sonoma Stakes and $53,330 Sun Sprint Championship Stakes on the 13-race Derby Day card.Nelson scored by 5-1/4 lengths in the Sonoma in race three with the three-year-old bay filly Hero’s Amor, before returning in race 10 to win the Sun Sprint by half-length with 17-1 outsider Clear the Runway.In the feature $200,000 Canadian Derby in race 12, Nelson finished second aboard 9-1 chance Witt Six, as 3-1 chance Academic reached the wire first by eight lengths. The favourite, Blue Dancer, with Barbadian Rico Walcott aboard, was a disappointing fifth.Going a mile and 16th in the Sonoma, Nelson tracked from second with Hero’s Amor, as Eustacia set the pace with quick fractions of 22.62 for the quarter and 46.22 for the half. Nelson brought Hero’s Amor to challenge on the final turn, picked up the lead in the lane before getting the filly to the finish 5-1/4 lengths clear, to dismiss the three-year-old fillies.In a 6-1/2 furlong sprint in the Sun Sprint, Nelson brought Clear the Runway from last to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half length. Red Red Rose set the pace through the first quarter with 22.21, before Brackendale came to challenge and battled into the stretch.Almost last heading into the lane, Nelson brought the six-year-old bay gelding with a strong run along the rails to clinch a narrow victory ahead of Tiny Giant.
Mayor Bruce Lantz says there’s a huge tourist attraction just outside our door and it comes with a long history.He says the Charlie Lake Caves are an untapped resource that has the potential to draw visitors to the North.The caves are reported to be one of the only sites in North America to date back to before 10,500 years old.- Advertisement -Animal bones and plants have been excavated from the site. ***It was thought a human skeleton was found at the site, however, it turned out to be animal bones.Lantz brought the idea of developing the site to the Peace River Regional District meeting last Thursday.Advertisement [asset|aid=1211|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 1_3_Pub.mp3]The site is on private property, but Lantz says the property owner is willing to work with the region on developing the site.Lantz wants the region to look into building a secure walkway to the caves.He says the City owns property close to the site, so there is a possibility for private businesses to run concessions.Advertisement [asset|aid=1212|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8b5c8ff25c9bcba813a94c79f80195d1-Bruce Lantz 2_2_Pub.mp3]Lantz says the Regional District will research the possibility of developing the site.Once a report is completed, Lantz says he will present the idea to City Council to see if there is an appetite for the project.