Good golly, Miss Molly

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

Molly Powell had to shake her head after she finished her barrel racing event yesterday at the Stampede.

Not that she was thinking about her time, a solid 17.37-second run, best on opening day, but she was getting a little nostalgic about her faithful horse, Shadow.

"It's a funny story but I just realized the other day that I competed here on his mom when she was carrying him about 11 years ago," said Powell, who was born in Pincher Creek and now calls Stephenville, Tex., home.

"I think I came second that year, so he's been here even before he was born."

Maybe that'll be a good omen for Powell as she looks for her first Stampede win after a runner-up finish last year netted her a $25,000 bonus.

"I've never won here and I would love to win it here."

Powell, who is married to team roper Turtle Powell, had no problem on the infield yesterday, while many of the other women dropped the barrel on the west side of the course.

"My horse hesitated a little more on that barrel than the others did and I think the foot was better than it's been for other years," said Powell, the 2002 CFR aggregate champion. "But then again, it wasn't mud, so I was very lucky in that regard."

Savona, B.C.'s Joleen Seitz was second in 17.74, while Cochrane's Brooke Ramsay came third in 17.94.


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