JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “We had a good trip. She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside. At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me. When she made the lead, she waited on that other filly a bit, but then she got back to business.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SNEAKING OUT, SECOND: “She ran absolutely huge. It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”TRAINER QUOTESRODOLPHE BRISSET, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “The way she hit the front today is one of the reasons we decided to put the blinkers on. She can lose focus pretty quick. The first time she ran, she ran a beautiful race without them. When I stretched her out to a mile and a sixteenth at the Fairgrounds, it was the worst race ever. She acted like she’s never been on a racetrack before. So she really seemed to need them and as soon as we added them, she’s changed.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me. It was a small field and at the end of the day if we ran third, it’s still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully Tex Sutton helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.“At the end of the day, if you look at it just from a breeder standpoint it was always a good choice and we thought it had a lot of value to come.”OWNER QUOTESJUDY HICKS, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “Rest her Grandmother (Shining Victory) who was a great race horse, her Mother (Victory On Tap) was okay and now it’s all in the family so we are going to continue on.NOTES: Rodolphe Brisset is a former assistant trainer to Bill Mott and now out on his own. This is his first runner and winner here at SA under his own name.Judy Hicks’ My Majestic Rose and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II $200,000 Summertime Oak Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
More than five teams competed in a heat before qualifying in the finals.The three categories in the challenge were “Open Men”, which comprised of 5 males, “Open Women”, comprising of 5 females and the “Open Mixed”, which comprised of two females and 3 males.The finalist for the “Open Men” challenge was the NCSL Nitro with a timing of 1.11 minutes and the runner ups being Yatchie Hobie Cats followed by NDB Gold Men’s.For the “Open Women” finalists, it was the Yatchie Marlins with a timing of 1.36 minutes and the AON Empower 1 and Yatchie Kiduruis as runner ups.The “Mixed Open” finalist had My Haus 2 with a timing of 1.23 minutes and Yatchie MacDhuis and Consort Corsairs as runner ups.President of the Konedobu Kanu Klab, Melissa Kivung says the challenge started back in 2008 but hasn’t had much coverage.Kivung adds that it is a new sport to the general public so for them it’s something to try out and experience and it is also good for both fitness and health.The challenge is held twice every year and this is the first challenge for this year.She adds that the second event will be held in October and whoever is interested is more than welcome to come down and give the sport a go.She says so far, the turnout for this year’s challenge has been successful and looks forward to more that will be joining in later this year in October.Potential paddlers are also encouraged to come along and join in on the fun.