Both Williams Entries Secure a Spot in Western Canada Pacing Derby.

Trevor Williams had two horses entered into the Western Canada Pacing Derby Eliminations and both horses clinched a spot in the finals. Both Jim Strikesitrich and Saltwater Savage finished 4th in their eliminations and earned the right to race in Sunday’s final.

Williams on what he expects from his entries this Sunday:

“Honestly I have no idea what to expect. Both of them making the final was super exciting because expectations weren’t overly high going into the elims.”

Saltwater Savage finished his elimination in 1:57.2 and draws the 7 post position this weekend. Williams was very happy with the result as the horse was under the weather prior to the race:

“Saltwater Savage got very sick and it was a lot of effort from our team and the vet to get him healthy enough to race that day, it was almost a blessing it was postponed.”

Jim Strikesitrich is the only Manitoba bred horse that was entered into the eliminations and he found a way into the finals by finishing 4th in 1:59.2. Having a Manitoba bred horse make it to the final is very exciting and this could be a first:

“Jim Strikesitrich was paid in all along by the Isman’s and has always showed some promise, just needed to put it all together. Hopefully he’s putting it all together at the right time. Having a Manitoba bred in the derby is super cool, racing in the Great Western, the Futurity and the Western Canada Pacing Derby in the same year.. not sure that’s ever been done.”

Williams believes Saltwater Savage should be feeling better and he still has a good chance to win in the finals:

“Bud has done a ton of work with Saltwater Savage and I am confident if he is even half right he will have a shot at it all.”

Although Jim Strikesitrich is one of the long shots on the board but Williams does not count him out so easily:

“We are definitely the long shot, but its never a problem being the underdog.”

Post time at Century Mile is at 2:15 p.m. central and will be available to watch and wager at

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