Fast Lane Phillips put down
Sadness prevails around horsemen and fans at Fraser Downs
after learning that Fast Lane Phillips had to be put down
after he broke down in a race Monday at Mohawk Raceway in
Fast Lane Phillips, a nine-year-old son of Just Camelot
out of Stahaken and at one time the track record holder at
the Downs, was owned by the B.C. trio of Phil Coleman, Jerry
Blanchet and Loretta Jatis.
With Casie Coleman handling the reins, Phillips put in
steps behind the gate but when back on stride was urged to
quickly catch up to the other horses. Just as he pulled
close after the first quarter he went down. He got up but it
was realized he was in trouble with a broken hind leg and
put back on the track where he underwent euthanasia.
Casie, the 20-year-old daughter of Phil and Linda
Coleman, suffered ligament damage to an arm and will be out
of action likely from four to six weeks.
Phillips, who last competed in a race at Fraser Downs on
April 8, 2001, set the track mark of 1:54.1 (since broken)
on Jan. 24, 1999. He had a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 and
career earnings of more than $175,000 with 25 wins in 90
After a strong early career he was plagued by a front-leg
injury and only raced five times as a six-year-old (1999)
and twice in 2000. He had five wins in 12 2001 starts but
Monday was only his sixth start of 2002...
BATTLE OF B.C. MARES ON HOLD: The much anticipated
battle between top B.C.-bred mares Fast Lane Cruizin and
Samantha Square will have to wait.
It was rumoured that the two would tangle Friday at
Mohawk Raceway in an open fillies and mares event. They came
close to, but never met in B.C. before moving east to
But Fast Lane Cruizin, owned by Phil Coleman and Jerry
Blanchet, bled in her last start and will get an extra week
off to go onto Lasix. Meanwhile, Samantha Square, owned by
Rick White and June and John Kauffman, will get this week
off before heading into eliminations for the Milton Stake.
An injury had kept Cruizin out of action in 2002 until
two weeks ago. She returned to take on the top fillies and
mares Aug. 6 at Mohawk but did not get the best of trips and
had to settle for seventh in the race which went in 1:51.4
(Eternal Camnation crossed the line first but was set back
to third for interference).
On Aug. 17 at Woodbine, Eternal Camnation captured the
$337,000-plus Roses Are Red Stakes in 1:50.3 with Samantha
Square third. Since then Samantha has had some time off but
White, co-owner of the four-year-old daughter of Albert
Albert, reported last week she is ready to return to action.
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