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Boekenoogen Memorial and Pot O Gold trials highlight opening at Sun Downs

April 22, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sun Downs in Kennewick, Washington opened the live horse racing season in the state on Saturday, April 9. Racing is conducted on Saturdays and Sundays through Mothers Day, May 8. On Saturday of opening weekend, the Boekenoogen Memorial for Quarter Horses was contested over 400 yards for a purse of $3,000 for three-year-olds and up. Trials for the Pot O Gold Futurity were held on Sunday, April 10 to determine the final field for the race on April 24.

Of the eight starters in the Boekenoogen Memorial, Weber broke first from the gate and held his lead to the wire, finishing a half-length in front in a time of :20.110 to post a speed index of 101 with Cammie Papineau on board. He claimed $1,650 of the total purse for owner David Waddell. The sorrel gelding by Red out of Katie Kay Dash, by First Down Dash, is trained by Bill Hoburg and was bred by Blane Schvaneveldt in California.

There was very little change in order of finish from gate to wire in the race. Traffic a Tac broke second and finished second to earn $600 with David Brown in the irons for owner Virginia Austin and trainer Mark Garrison. Juno Dat Royal Bug broke fourth and finished third to earn $390 with Connie Doll-Carriere at the helm for owner Malon Cowgill and trainer Mike DeMatteis, and Mr Eye Will broke third and finished fourth with Carl Hebert on board. Mr Eye Will is owned by Don and Peggy Boyle and trained by John Harris.

The rest of the field broke in order of finish: Raising a Legend, owned by Darin Munden; Turntothe Centerfold, owned by John Loomis; and Billeys Easter Dash, owned by Jose Delapaz Maclas.

In the trials to the Pot O Gold Futurity, Strawkins broke fifth from the 7-hole in the third trial and then put in a strong stretch run to win the 300 yard contest by a half-length in a time of :15.50, posting a speed index of 101 with Clark Jones on board. He qualified for the finals with the fastest time of the trials. Strawkins is owned by Don and Peggy Boyle and trained by John Harris.

Overnight Fly won the fourth trial with the second fastest qualifying time in :15.51 with Robert E. Roller in the irons. Overnight Fly is owned by John Loomis and trained by Janis Schoepf. Third fastest qualifier was Guys Like It with a time of :15.52, second behind Overnight Fly in the fourth trial, with Cameron Colledge on board.
The rest of the top ten qualifiers, in order of timed finish, are: Tru Socialite, Bl In the Knud, Hasta Be Hawkish, Royal Suspect, Heart Streakin, First And Rapid, and Cb Bullion.