Although each of this month’s trio of horses is worthy of a story in his own right, the fact that they come from the same dam makes their story just that much more unique. Cool Synsation, Cool Ventura and Cool Diablo were all raised at Cool Spring Farm at Bowden, Alberta, by the Brewster family, and are all out of the mare Devil’s Favour.  Devil’s Favour was raised in BC but brought to Alberta to train as a two year old. The trainer thought she was the best horse he’d ever trained but she sustained a career ending injury before she was even entered in a race. Normally the Brewsters wouldn’t breed a mare unproven on the track, but the trainer was adamant. Devil’s Favour was first bred as a 3 year old and, in 2008 at the Alberta Fall Classic at Northlands, three of her offspring ran off with three of the stakes races.


The oldest of the trio, Cool Synsation (Synner), is a 4 year old gelding by Seattle Syn, a son of Seattle Slew. Synner was the only foal at Cool Spring Farm in 2004 and was a very impressive baby. He was sent to the track as a 2 year old and was training well until he sustained an injury which resulted in knee surgery and several months of recuperation. Rather than send him straight back into training as a 3 year old, he was used by a cousin of the Brewsters to check cows for a month before they were sure he could carry a rider’s weight. He was then galloped for another month to make sure his knee was able to take the pressure of running every day. When he did return to the track in June of that year he won his first race in Lethbridge by 7 lengths. He was sent to Edmonton and won his first race there by 9 lengths. That same year he won the $15,000 Breeders Stake in Lethbridge and the $50,000 Red Diamond Express in Edmonton. As a 4 year old, he was third in the $50,000 Sun Sprint Championship and won the $50,000 Red Diamond Express at the Fall Classic in Edmonton. Synner is all speed. He leaves the gates like a bullet and he’s usually in front of the pack by the ¼ mile pole. He loves to be in front of the other horses, and no jockey has been able to ‘rate’ him, or keep him behind the leaders. His bad knee is continually monitored and, if he is sound, he’ll go back to the races as a 5 year old in 2009. He has earned over $100,000. 

Cool Ventura (Ernie) is a 3 year old gelding and almost a twin to his full brother Cool Synsation. Ventura was born the day the Brewster children’s grandfather (Ernie) passed away, so he was named after a plane that Ernie had flown during the war. Ventura was a slow beginner and he ran 8th in his first start as a 2 year old and had two 2nd place finishes that same year. He blossomed as a 3 year old and has become a big, easy going, cool kinda horse. He won his first race in the spring of 2008 with such authority that the Brewsters decided to enter him in a stakes race. He ran 3rd, but placed 2nd through a disqualification, beginning his incredible journey to the Canadian Derby. He ran in all of the Alberta Derby prep races and then in the Alberta Derby itself. Unfortunately, he slipped badly in the gates and tore his stifle open but still managed to finished 4th. He won an allowance race in Edmonton by 6 lengths which prompted the decision to enter him in the Canadian Derby in August. The Canadian Derby is the only graded stakes race in Alberta with a purse of $300,000. Ernie was the only Canadian bred horse in the race, and just one of two local runners entered. All of the other horses were flown in from Toronto, California and BC. He finished a very respectful 3rd by four lengths. On Alberta Fall Classic day, his win in the Beaufort Stakes was his first stakes victory. His running style is the exact opposite of Cool Synsation, taking half a mile to get up to speed with an amazing ‘kick’ in the closing stages of the race. Cool Ventura has earned over $160,000 and will be back to race as a 4 year old in 2009. 

Cool Diablo is a 2 year old by the stallion Young Devil. Diablo is ‘devil’ in Spanish, and his name suits him. As a baby he was always stirring up trouble and bullying the other foals but at the track he has his groom completely wrapped around his hoof – she is at his beck and call. Much like his older brother Ernie, he was a slow starter and ran 8th in his first start this year. He finished 2nd in his next start and had a commanding win in his third.  His fourth start was the Alberta Premier’s Futurity at the Fall Classic and he won by an amazing 8 lengths.  He has the most versatile running style of the three brothers, running at the front end with the speed or rated behind the pack and asked to close at the end of the race. The Brewsters are very excited about his potential as a 3 year old as he has already earned over $45,000. 

In addition to their shared lineage, Synner, Ernie and Diablo share Cody Anderson as their trainer, Craig Smith as their exercise rider and Real Simard as their jockey. We look forward to seeing this cool trio on the track next season to continue the outstanding legacy of their dam, Devil’s Favour.

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