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Racing Returns Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Sobey has pair for Horowitz Memorial

Nathan Sobey will have two looks at the outcome in Saturday night’s Alan Horowitz Memorial Pace, as he will be represented by the Canadian mares Brighten Your Life and Smilys Amira.

Brighten Your Life was an eye-catching winner of the second division of the Horowitz Eliminations last week in her California debut, while Smilys Amira checked in fourth behind a very impressive Scary Harry in the first division.

Sobey made the decision to bring a string of performers from Alberta around late October and is off to a good start at this session. “I’ve got 18 horses here right now and we’re looking to stay until about April,” he related.

Nathan claimed Brighten Your Life two months ago at Northlands Park and it looks like she is enjoying her new surroundings, if her victory in the Horowitz Elimination is any indication.

“I’d had my eye on her for some time, because she was a real nice 2-year-old and I didn’t think she was racing to her abilities. We did some work on her and I’m very happy with the way she’s come around.

“I knew we were going into last week’s race a little short, but I thought we at least had a good chance to make the final. I was a little shocked how strong she raced considering, but she is a very tough mare and loves these nice big turns.”

Smilys Amira will be making her second appearance at this meeting and also figures to benefit from the experience. “She’s not the easiest mare to train or to drive, but she always gives you everything she has,” Sobey said.