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Chick N Dales Dancer rips through Far West Futurity

December 18, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
by Patrick Kerrison
The Far West Futurity Final on Sunday, December 17, was nothing short of adventurous as Chick N Dales Dancer ripped through the Portland Meadows straight, nearly setting a track record in the process.

Breaking from post eight, the 4/5 public’s choice was one of few who had a clean break and was able to make the most of it.

“We didn’t break so well in the trials,” said winning rider Danny Boag. “But today he got outta there just fine. We broke on top and went right out front.”

Facing nine others, including the 9/5 second choice EZ Speedy Leader, the Jim Glenn, Jr. trainee was making his third career start at the Portland Meadows oval.

“We were two in two in front before we could blink an eye,” Boag said.

Opening clear of the field and completely untouched, Chick N Dales Dancer seemed to accelerate with each stride, crossing under the wire three and one-quarter lengths in front in 19.90 seconds.

“Heck, I know we could have broken the track record if had gotten into him,” Boag continued. “I tucked my whip at the sixteenth pole. He kept getting stronger and stronger.”

BCR Just Do It set the track’s mark of 19.86 seconds for a four hundred yard dash on April 29, 1995.

Inside of the winner, however, several others did not have as clean a trip, including EZ Speedy Leader, who was looking to sweep the Oregon Quarter Horse Triple Crown.

“We didn’t break good at all,” said EZ Speedy Leader’s rider Joe Crispin. “We got slammed pretty hard by the horse outside of me then the horse inside of me came in and Speedy just wasn’t the same down the lane after that.”

With EZ Speedy Leader, trained by Scott Raley, breaking from post five, it was another Raley charge that came in on him named The Blue Thriller, from post three.

Stewards posted the inquiry sign shortly after the race finished and declared The Blue Thriller had caused interference which allowed EZ Speedy Leader, who finished fifth originally, to be moved up to fourth.

Meanwhile, as the judges reviewed the films, Chick N Dales Dancer made his way to the winner’s circle for a photo op with his owners, Mt. View Farms, LLC.

Based out of Baker City, Oregon and comprised of four siblings in Cherie Ward, Jeanne Mohr, Michelle Kaseberg and Daryl Cockram, Mt. View Farms, LLC took over the family racing operation in the summer of 2002. Craig Ward, husband to Cherie, is also heavily involved in the family business.

The management of their farm is divided equally among the siblings with Craig and Cherie Ward responsible for the management of the horse operation and finances of the LLC. Not limited to just racing horses, Mt. View Farms LLC is also involved with land, cattle and timber ground.

Begun by their mother and father – Fred and Annette Cockram – Mt. View Farms LLC race Chick N Dales Dancer and currently have two yearlings in training, a weanling at home, and one mare in foal. One of their yearlings is Okey Smokey Chick, is a full sister to Sunday’s Far West Futurity champion (by Okey Dokey Dale)

“Horse racing was my parents’ hobby,” said Cherie Ward. “We took over, my siblings and I, after they past away. Craig, however, does all the work,” she kidded.

Chick N Dales Dancer returned $3.80, $3.00 and $4.20. Royal Time Bunny was second paying $11.20 and $6.20 with My Fashion Cop finishing third at $6.00.

Perfect in three starts at the Delta Park oval, and now boasting a 3-3-0 record from eight career tries, Chick N Dales’ $14,120 share of the $35,300 purse increased his total earnings to $24,237.

The next step for Chick N Dales Dancer is likely to be a trip to southern California and Los Alamitos, according to the Wards.