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Democrat Party retired

08:20 AM 05 Dec 2016 NZDT
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Democrat Party
Photo - Bruce Stewart

The harness racing career of quality Southland owned mare Democrat Party is unfortunately over.

“She had a training accident in the winter and got complications from that,” said Katrina Price who part owns the American Ideal mare with husband John.

She won six races in three seasons, banking $254,688. for the Prices.

“It’s nothing that will affect her long term. And to be fair racing her she may have picked up a couple of wins but her progeny are probably worth more,” said John.

The daughter of American Ideal and Champagne Party qualified as a two year old at Ascot Park beating Pulp Fiction by four lengths in December 2013, and was then sent north for Barry Purdon to train.

As a two year old she won the Young Guns Delightful Lady Classic, running the 1700 metre mobile in 2-02.7.

It was as a three year old that she recorded her biggest win - in the Group One Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Championship Finals. She broke the New Zealand Three Year Old Fillies record by running the 2200 metre mobile in 2-37.7. That record was broken three times in less than three weeks during that season with The Orange Agent (2-38.7), Delightful Lana (2-38.6) and Democrat Party (2-37.7) claiming it.

Finishing her racing career by running fourth in the 4 year old Diamond at The Harness Jewels at Cambridge when favourite, she ran the 1609 metres in 1-53.5 and was only a length away from the winner Rocker Band.

She raced in very good company for most of her career running two thirds in Group One races, a third and a second in Group Two races and a third in a Group Three race.

It was a disappointing end to a very good career but it was compensated by another horse the Price’s bred, Chicago Bull, which won the McInerney Ford Four Year Old Classic at Gloucester Park in Perth that same day.

“It was good that Bull won because it was a bit of a dark day. We are getting her served doing ET so hopefully she’s in foal to Bettor’s Delight.”

The mare is currently at Macca Lodge as is her dam Champagne Party who was recently bought by Brent McIntyre.

The Prices have three fillies out of Champagne Party; a three year old named After Party (American Ideal), a two year old – Flash Party (American Ideal) and Party Major (Art Major) yearling.

“We’ve probably been lucky. She (Democrat Party) broke that leg as a two year old so we got a bonus two seasons out of her,” said Katrina

 

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness Racing

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