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|Monday, July 22, 2013|
Call Him the Streak
Streakin Zoomer hitches a ride and rolls home in AQHA Bonus Challenge
By Ryan Roshau, HRND Website
Trainer Ed Hardy knew he was bringing a pair of horses up from Canterbury to run in the NDQHRA Derby and Futurity, respectively. His plans for Streakin Zoomer, who was traveling standby turned out to be a smart shipping decision. ” I was bringing two other horses and I wanted fill the trailer up,” Hardy said. “He was up for it so we brought him along”.
Streakin Zoomer’s race was well worth the trip as he captured the richest quarter horse race on the card – the $8,000 AQHA Bonus Challenge with an authoritative run to defeat Pt Special Feature and Drinkin the Gold, two horses who were regarded in higher terms than this Louisiana-bred colt.
“This horse needs the distance and he had kind of a bad trip the last out,” Hardy said following the race. “He’s been an up and down horse but when he’s on, he’s on – and today he was on.”
With veteran jockey Matt Luark booting home the winner, Streakin Zoomer blazed to the to the front. “He got a good clean break and Mark did an excellent job,” Hardy said. “We had a game plan on how to ride him and when he started moving down here in knew he had it won.”
Streakin Zoomer has had a career that few others can match. After he won a Trial at the All-American-Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in August of 2011, he nearly duplicated that effort with a runner-up effort in a Trail of the All-American Derby a summer later. On June 1st of this year, he won a $14,000 Optional Claimer at Canterbury Park and followed that up with a fifth-place showing in the Great Lakes Stakes on July 3rd. In Sunday’s race, the Lousisiana-bred won his fourth start in sixteen races and pushes his earnings over $30,000.
“We’re going to give him a break and go to Prairie Meadows,” Hardy said when asked where the horse will surface next. “From there we will wait and see.”
It may all depend, after all, on who else is on the trailer.
Eyeofahero upholds Open Derby tradition for Maher
By Ryan Roshau, HRND Website
Last year was the first time since 2005 that a horse owned by Tom Maher didn’t stand in the winner’s circle following the Open QH Derby.
Apparently, a one year absence was enough.
Eyeofahero made it look easy in the 400 yard race, flying under the wire in front and stopping the time at 20.93. The ¾ length victory over Ja Gols Fancy Man and Streakin Butkus paid $3.40 to those loyal souls who made him an odds-on 7-10 favorite. “It’s a great win for our stable,” trainer Jennifer Malaterre said as she walked the winner back to the barn. “We hooked up with Tom Maher after Aberdeen, SD was over with and he won the Derby in South Dakota – he sent me some horses up to Chippewa Downs, including this one.”
It was that one length victory at Brown County Fair that turned heads on the Dakota Circuit but it came to no surprise to those who saw this horse run in the Rainbow Futurity Trials last year at Ruidoso Downs, and certainly no surprise to those who know his owner, “Tom Maher has an excellent bunch of quarter horses and he’s an excellent breeder for many years and his horses continue to keep on showing,” Malaterre said. “He wanted to come down this weekend but he couldn’t – he’ll be happy, we’ll get him on the phone as soon as we’re back in the barn.”
For the Shamrock Ranch of Tom Maher, it was their 11th victory in either the Open Derby or Open Futurity since 2005.
Juan Estrada’s Madam Doubtfire, a streaking gray blur on the far outside, got up in time to steal the $5,000 Open QH Futurity by a head over Behold Betty Boop, a veteran of the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Meet.
Ridden smartly by Nathan Haar and trained by his sister Amanda, the even-money favorite backed up the form that has made her a fan favorite in her native South Dakota where she won the Futurity Trial and Futurity Final at Fort Pierre in April. Her lone disappointing effort came in the Futurity Final at Brown County Fair Memorial Day weekend but she returned to win the Open QH Derby at Chippewa Downs on June 29th by 1 ¼ lengths as the 7-5 favorite.
By covering all four tracks on the Dakota Circuit, Madam Doubtfire has picked up her share of race fans who will surely count down the days until next spring and summer’s racing calendar to see more from this little gray filly.
Tom Maher, seeking to win the Open QH Futurity for the seventh consecutive time it was run at this track, finished last in the field of five with Sheza Classic Tango.