Happy Becky the first star in Whenuwishuponastar

04:06 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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Happy Becky and driver Chris Christoforou
Happy Becky and driver Chris Christoforou
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Happy Becky

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Happy Becky squashed her five opponents Thursday night in the final of the harness racing Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk.

A field of eight was scratched down to six for the $37,800 final of the three-week series for two-year-old pacing fillies.

The Show Returns, the leg one winner, skipped the second leg and Happy Becky, who skipped the first leg, captured the second leg setting up a battle between the two fillies.

Both fillies left hard at the start, but Yes You Can and driver Jody Jamieson outsprinted them all to carry the lead at the opening quarter in :27.

In the second quarter, Jack Moiseyev quickly right lined The Show Returns from the two-hole and pushed his filly to the lead, but Chris Christoforou and Happy Becky followed from third and crossed over in front at the half-mile pole in :55.3.

Around the final turn, Happy Becky posted a third-quarter of :27.4, with The Show Returns waiting In The Pocket to challenge in the final quarter.

At the top of the stretch, Happy Becky quickly took off from The Show Returns and her four other rivals and sailed home to capture the Whenuwishuponastar by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:53.4.

A daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris, the series victory for Happy Becky improved her record to four for four in her young career for trainer Casie Coleman.

"She trained down all winter like a real nice filly," said Coleman following the race. "To think she was going to be this nice was kind of hard, but I've been extremely high on her and as she races with each start she just seems to get better and better."

Float On By finished second, but was placed back to sixth for going inside pylons on the final turn.

With the placing, Mo Molly Blue Chip was moved into second, while Yes You Can was bumped up to third and The Show Returns was placed from fifth to fourth.

A $30,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Coleman said she immediately loved Happy Becky when looking at her before the sale.

"I loved her, I liked everything about her, she was just a sweetheart and had nothing to fault on her so I brought her home."

Coleman's West Wins Stable shares ownership with J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and David Miller.

The Whenuwishuponastar Series victory bumps Happy Becky's career earnings to $36,900.

Happy Becky

Coleman confirmed that Happy Becky will now head to the Eternal Camnation Stakes next Saturday night (August 16) and then on to the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on Saturday, August 23 at Mohawk.

Mark McKelvie
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