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 totalled $94,500.


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 Natchez.


A total of 190 yearlings passed through the ring, bringing total bids of $1.6 million.


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.


RICH WIN: 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 than $102,000. 


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 Sunday.


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 the meet.


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.