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Strawkins aiming to stay perfect at Los Alamitos


February 21, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Los Alamitos Winter Derby trials - Fastest qualifier Strawkins beats He Storms.

A perfect two for two at Los Alamitos, Strawkins looks like the horse to beat heading into the $210,550 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on Friday. Strawkins, who was always in control of his derby trial, will be going after his seventh win in nine starts for owner Don and Peggy Boyle (right) of Madras, Oregon.
"Strawkins is out of a Strawfly Special mare that we own named Shirleys Strawfly," said Boyle, who along with his wife also campaigned 2004 Canadian Champion A Special Martini. "We bought Shirleys Strawfly as a yearling but she was a hard-luck mare. We made her a broodmare after she chipped. She's had three stakes runners and two of them have been track record holders."
Strawkins is one of those record holders. The Oregon-bred gelding by Hawkinson set the 300-yard track record at Sun Downs last season, breaking a record that had stood for 18 years. He also won the Grade 2 $100,000 Canada Quarter Horse Cup Futurity at Rocky Mountain Turf in Lethbridge.
"One of his loses came over a very wet, sloppy track," Peggy Boyle said. "We think he would have won that race otherwise."
Strawkins would have raced at Los Alamitos on MBNA America Challenge Night, however, he was scratched because of a high temperature. "He had a 106 degree temperature a couple of days before the race," Don Boyle said. "We decided to leave him here with Paul and we're thrilled with how he's done."
The Boyles own a farm in central Oregon.
"We have a couple of thousand acres where we grow feeding seed," Boyle said. "We also keep about four broodmares. Shirleys Strawfly has a Mr Eye Opener filly currently in training and this year she's going back to Hawkinson. In fact, she's at Vessels Stallion Farm right now."