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Twyla Beckner & One Fast Trick continue to roll


February 4, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

by Patrick Kerrison

Portland, OR, Jan. 30 – “She's fast!"

That was the first thing Twyla Beckner had to say after capturing the $7,200 Memorial (includes added money) Saturday afternoon, January 29 at Portland Meadows.

Fast indeed and apparently named appropriately. One Fast Trick is a beautiful three-year-old filly by Dash Ta Fame out of Lht Dashing Easy (Dashing Val) who was bred in Oregon by her owner, Ron Raley.

One Fast Trick entered Saturday's feature for Quarter Horses with seven wins in eight starts and one second place finish. She has earned in excess of $60,000 and five of her wins came right here at Portland Meadows. Her second place finish came here too, but more on that later.

"She false broke," said Beckner while reviewing the replay. "When they loaded the outside horse, she heard the gate slam shut behind her, and for a moment may have thought it was time to go.

"The [Assistant Starter] did a nice job of getting her to stand straight as best he could but when the latch sprung, she was not standing completely upright like I would have liked her to."

When One Fast Trick broke from the starting gate, she tilted out a little despite Beckner's efforts in getting her to regroup before the break. Once she was a few steps out of the gate, Beckner had her on course, took command and - as is usually the case with this filly - never looked back and never presented a doubt.

"She really is fast!" Beckner continued. "Today wasn't her best time though. Midway through the lane she was playing, having fun. Also, she really doesn't like a sloppy track too much as evidenced by that day she lost when the bonus money was on the line," Beckner concluded.

One Fast Trick completed the 350 yard contest in :18.39 seconds. Her fastest time at the distance came at Grants Pass in :17.56 in the Withnell Dodge Firecracker - the second leg of the Oregon Quarter Horse Triple Crown.

The defeat Beckner spoke of was on October 30 in the third leg of the OQH Triple Crown. With a $100,000 bonus on the line, One Fast Trick came up nineteen-hundredths of a second short of
history in her second place effort to One Fast Okie. Beckner, who has ridden this filly in all nine of her starts, increased One Fast Trick's win total to eight and hers as well with respect to the
Quarter Horse rider standings. That win puts her one behind leader Tim Neal.

Four of Beckner's wins came with One Fast Trick and, in fact, four of Neal's came with older Quarter Horse stakes winner Beluga Star.

One Fast Trick's earnings increased to $63,989. Beckner, with 33 Thoroughbred wins to her credit in addition to her eight Quarter Horse victories, is the leading money earner in both categories for all riders. She has earned a total of $183,568 thus far. $135,270 with Thoroughbreds and $48,298 riding Quarter Horses.