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Bullishdemands shows eight others no love in Sweetheart

February 13, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick J. Kerrison

Portland, OR – She may be a sweetheart to the Radovich and Davis families, but to eight other talented fillies and mares she ain’t nothing but a big old bully.

Bullishdemands, a two-time stakes winner at the Portland, Oregon meet, added a third for the season and fourth overall when she came from off the pace to muscle her way to victory in the $11,175 Sweetheart Handicap at Portland Meadows Saturday afternoon, February 11.

With Gana Hawk and Bills Proud Mary setting the early fractions of 23 seconds for the first quarter and 46 3/5 seconds for the half, rider Marijo Terleski kept Bullishdemands no less than six lengths off the pace, biding their time.

“She broke sharp today, real sharp,” Terleski said. “She couldn’t get a good hold of the track early on, but when she did she was ready to roll.”

Terleski and Bullishdemands played the waiting game until they reached the three-eighths pole. At that point, Terleski asked the 4-year-old daughter of Bull in the Heather for something and she responded accordingly.

“I was a little concerned because once she took hold of the track she wanted to go,” Terleski said. “I didn’t want us to move too early.”

Three lengths behind Bills Proud Mary at the head of the straight, Terleski went to the whip and digged in to chase the pacesetter.

“At the head of the lane I thought I had it,” she continued. “But that mare [Bills Proud May] put up a heck of a fight. Javier [Ortega] rode a great race on her.”

In a stretch duel that was as prolonged a drive as it was rousing, Terleski tucked the whip and gradually edged closer to their rival.

“Just before the eighth pole I put the stick away and hand rode her to the wire.”
“She’s so gutsy, this girl. She’s back in the same form she was when she won the Kem and the Invite.”

Bullishdemands completed the contest in 1:13 2/5 and returned $10.00, $4.60 and $3.80. Her career record improves to 5-2-0 from 11 starts with $36,789 earned.

Bullishdemands captured the Diane Kem Handicap on October 29 and the Matinee Girl Invitational Handicap on November 19. She also won the Lassie Stakes during her 3-year-old campaign.

She returned in the City of Roses to finish off the board on December 10 and made her first start back off that trial Saturday.

“She just didn’t run well that day,” said trainer Gene Davis. “She always runs well fresh and the time off never hurts.”

Owned by Michael L Radovich and trained by Gene Davis, Bullishdemands is now 4-1-0 from six starts at the Portland oval.

Bills Proud Mary put in a tremendous effort throughout the test and held second to return $4.80 and $3.00. Wine At Dawn, who was unhurried early and swung 5-wide at the head of the lane, rallied for show and returned $4.20.