BODEN BUSY AT
Bill Boden, one of the
most prominent and successful owners on the B.C. harness
racing scene, was busy at the recent Alberta yearling sale.
Boden of Vancouver
purchased seven horses with Blue Star Flight – a daughter of
As Promised-Hopeland Hanover -- drawing the highest price,
$28,000. Another filly, Rossridge Tristar by Mach Three out
of Stars Shine Down, was picked up for $24,000. The seven
Two others had dams
familiar to B.C. harness racing fans. Nazko Knight is out of
All Spruced Up and Mantel out of Dal Reo Santoy.
Although not matching
Boden’s buying spree, Rod Therres, another B.C. horsemen,
made a purchase, getting filly Acesducesoneeyedjs for
$3,800. The sire is Aces N Sevens and the dam Armbro
A total of 190
yearlings passed through the ring, bringing total bids of
The highlight of the
sale was an all-time record bid of $75,000 earned by Blue
Star Ruler, an As Promised full brother to Blue Star Dreams.
The colt was consigned by William Zaretsky and purchased by
Calgary’s Gord Bryan.
This year’s average
fell from last year’s figure of more than $11,000 to just
better than $8,500.
Another B.C.-bred has done well on a major stage in Ontario.
Rich Camelot, a
four-year-old son of Just Camelot out of Rich Jan, paced to
victory in an $18,000 purse event at Mohawk last Monday in a
blistering time of 1:50.3.
Rich Camelot, bred,
and once owned, by the Sunbury Stables of Aldergrove now
races for a Quebec-based stable trained by Richard Moreau.
Rich Camelot started
from the five-hole and heading for home had an eight-length
lead, which resulted in a 4¼-length decision. It was his
15th career win and pushed his lifetime earnings to more
BATTLE IN FINAL
DAYS: With only this week to go at Sandown, the race is
still interesting in the driver and trainer win category.
However, a triple last
Sunday by Jim Marino may have locked up the driver wins
battle. The busy (159 starts) Marino now has 28 victories
for the meet and holds a four-win margin over Bill Davis.
Scott Knight, who like Davis had two wins last weekend, is
at 23. Dave Hudon, who was off last weekend, is at 21 and
the fast-closing Clint Warrington, who led the way last
weekend with five triumphs, has 19. Gord Abbott’s two wins
last week give him 14 for the meet.
The race for top
trainer is even closer. Knight is the leader with 20 while
Hudon is next at 18. Warrington, who had a total of four
wins as a conditioner last weekend, now is at 16.
Davis, now with 14,
and Marino had two victories last weekend.
HORSE TALES OR
WOODY’S WORLD: Eleven-year-old Woodmere Windrop, owned
by Marian Young and trained by husband Bill, continued his
successful ways at Sandown. The son of Drop Off made it
three in a row, and six wins and two seconds in nine starts
this year at Sandown, by winning a $4,000 claimer last
Red Star Fiddler had
his three-race win streak ended as Red Star Special, owned
by Robert Murphy and trained and driven by Clint Warrington,
roared to an impressive victory. Special, a four-year-son of
Barnett Hanover, covered the mile in 1:54.2, equaling his
own lifetime best and registering the second fastest time of
Red Star Finalee won a
race for the same combination, ending Sunset Strip’s win
streak at three. Then Finalee, a five-year-old mare, was
claimed by owner David Woolley.
Coco Bongo, a
three-year-old filly owned by Robby Gordon and trained and
driven by Jim Marino, won her second in a row and set a
lifetime mark of 1:59.2.
Davy N Goliath, a
three-year-old son of Goliath Bayama, made it two in a row
for owners Wendell Smith and Pat Fleming (also the trainer)
in a new life mark of 1:59.4.