Cola only favorite to pop for stakes win
Form took a bit of a back seat as only one favourite was
able to take a trip to the winner's enclosure last Saturday
in the four Sandown Breeders Stakes races for three-year
Haras Colta Cola, a son of Armbro Operative, owned by the
Off Track Stable, raced from gate to wire to take one of the
colt divisions. Trained by Paul Harrison and driven by Rod
Therres, Cola, an even money favourite, covered the mile in
a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3 (all four winners Saturday did
it in new lifetime marks) in winning by three lengths.
Millbanks P I, second choice at 8-5, was second and Furness
The victory added to a stellar record for the colt bred by
Janet Harrison. Cola now has eight wins in 13 starts in 2002
and lifetime earnings of more than $21,000.
"He's fast," said Therres of the colt he drove for the first
Brother Brass, the biggest favourite of the day at 1-9, was
not so fortunate. While Red Star True and El Rosal battled
early, Brass got caught as far back as fourth -- on the
outside -- at the half.
By this time a rocket-like Southside Royal, an 8-1 shot, had
shifted into contention and grabbed the lead by the three
quarters. The son of Clairvoyant, owned by Caron Stables and
bred by the B C Southside Stables, covered the last quarter
in 28.3 seconds and won by 7 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:57.2
(just a tick less than two seconds faster than ever before).
Brass made it to second with El Rosal third.
Southside Royal, trained by Archie Caron and driven by Dave
Hudon, got his third win in 27 starts in 2002, running
his career earnings to close to $23,000.
Papas Reflection and Dal Reo Damsel were the filly
favourites who took it on the chin on Saturday.
Even-money favourite Papas Reflection finished third to 15-1
shot Red Star Majesty, a daughter of Safe N Rich who won for
the first time in 17 2002 starts. Owned by Herbert Boggs of
Duncan and bred by Dal Reo Farms, Majesty got the perfect
two-hole trip in winning by 2 1/2 lengths over Red Star Sal
with Papas Reflection, who had to work from the six-hole to
get the lead just past the quarter pole, third.
Trained and driven by Jim Marino, Majesty covered the mile
in 1:59.3 and bumped his career earnings mark to more than
Earth Angel, off at odds of 4-1, went gate to wire in
winning the other filly division by 1 3/4 lengths over 4-5
favourite Dal Reo Damsel who was second and Red Star Dahling
Earth Angel, a daughter of Deamons Bell, owned and bred by
Janice Wheeler, went the mile in 1:57.3, also a tick short
of two seconds faster than ever before. Trained by Ken
Dorman and driven by James Jungquist, Earth Angel now has
three wins in eight starts in 2002 and has only once been
out of the top three. She nearly doubled her lifetime
earnings to close to $14,000.
"She went right to the front and I was looking around for
Rod (Therres driving Dal Reo Damsel), and I couldn't find
him," Jungquist said the next day as he savoured his Stakes
"I think that even if I had to go into the two hole I could
have come back and beat Rod. She (Earth Angel) was sharp.
She's a nice little filly."
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