Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 3 of 3
1

Chicago Bull's big little-sister Rockabilly Blues added the Southland Harness Awards Ladyship Super Final at Ascot Park on Saturday afternoon to her already impressive racing record. But her owners and trainers John and Katrina Price don't see that as her long-term career. “I think she's got more residual value as a broodmare,” John Price said of the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Chicago Blues. Unlike Chicago Bull, by Bettor's Delight, who is small in stature, Rockabilly Blues has a much bigger frame and took longer to fill it out. “Because of her size, she was late coming to it, she was very fast in a straight line but needed to strengthen,” said Katrina. “Her two workouts as a three-year-old were quite ordinary and she was booked to go to Sweet Lou. Before she was due to be served, we worked her up, she went pretty good at some workouts and trials so we decided to put the service on hold.” Rockabilly Blues beating Major Sass at Ascot Park                - Photo Bruce Stewart After qualifying in September, the four-year-old debuted against non-winner mares and fillies in November. A week later she was at it again. “Then she won a Ladyship final against the same grade of horses and was rated 60 after just two starts,” said Katrina, pointing out a minor injury caused the mare to miss the appropriate Nuggets she would have been eligible for. Placing Rockabilly Blues became difficult, although she was never far away in some strong fields. “We decided the $20,000 Ladyship final and Southern Belle Series would be her main targets, she'll probably go to stud in the spring.” Regards Chicago Bull, the Prices said they maintain regular contact with his Western Australian trainer Gary Hall and the six - year -old has resumed hoppled work. Prior to his unfortunate injury on the verge of the New Zealand Cup, Katrina and John were looking forward to being there. They had fond memories of him but foremost is how tiny he was with Katrina recalling people at his early workouts asking what the foal they had in was. The Winton-based couple revealed that after some good efforts as a two-year-old there was a lot of interest in him but it came to nothing because of his size. It was after clocking 1:53.7 in the 2015 Jewels, just an eighth of a second slower than the winner Lazarus, that things changed. Katrina told the story that he was sold to Gary Hall within half an hour and when he saw how small he was he said he might post him back in a cardboard parcel. Katrina also remembered how difficult it was in his first preparation to get the wee fella to pace, suggesting she had the hopples up as tight as a dog collar. But he was the future winner of 1.8 million dollars and that will be of great assistance to Rockabilly Blues in her breeding career.   Mac Henry for Southland Harness Racing

Today’s win by Yankee Party was Winton trainer Katrina Price’s 100th.   She’s the first female trainer in the province to reach the milestone. Her training career began with her father in-law Roger Price in the 1999-2000 season. Their first winner was Gypsy Road at Ascot Park in November 1999 and the Road Machine gelding was driven by Brent Barclay. The partnership with Roger eventually produced seventy six winning races. In the 2013/14 season Katrina started training in partnership with her husband John and together they’ve trained 77 winners, the first being Surprise Party at Gore in October 2013. Yankee Party has come a long way in a short time, qualifying at Gore in the middle of last month. She’s by American Ideal, a stallion the Prices have had a good amount of success with.               “We’ve mainly had American Ideals out of the Party family. The combination certainly seemed to have clicked. The American Ideals are nicely gaited and seem pretty easy to work with, and they want to do it (win).” “She’s quite a big filly who has just really come to it at home. She was just a bit dumb and didn’t really know how to finish it off, then all of a sudden the penny dropped,” said Katrina. Returning to the birdcage - Photo Bruce Stewart The winning time was a smart 2-45 for the 2200 metre mobile - 10 seconds under the required time. “We don’t normally qualify them like that but we knew the Sales were coming up so we said to Nathan it would be nice if she qualified well.” Her half brother Stag Party sold for $100,000 while the other Price prepared yearling by Captaintreacherous sold for $110,000. “(We’re) absolutely rapt. They’ve gone to great homes so they’ve got every opportunity, if the horses are good enough.” On the back of her smart qualifying time Yankee Party was sent out hot favourite. She was noticeably a bit fractious prior to the start today. “She’s been a big sleeping giant who’s woken up a bit.” Rather than give the filly a break Katrina says they may continue to race her. “The way she’s been coming through the runs I think we’ll truck on. There’s the Ladyship and after that we’ll make a decision on what we do next.” Price, who was born in Dunedin and moved to Balcultha as a seven year old has always been around horses. She grandfather had show ponies while her father Trevor Bell had show, rodeo and gallopers, including Eye Chance which won seventeen races. Eye Chance was by Random Chance and won the Oamaru, Cromwell, Gore, Tapanui, Winton and Wairio Cups. He also won the 2003 Sydenham Hurdles. “I was at the shows as a little kid and later that’s how John and I met.” She trained at Dunedin Teachers College and taught at Tweedmuir Intermediate. “I taught for four years fulltime and then part time for another couple, working horses in the morning. I always wanted to train full time. I started off being quite scientific but the more you do you realise with every theory there’s a lot of exceptions.” Her best season as a trainer was 2008 when she trained ten winners with Roger for a UDR of .3686. Some of the stable winners were; Presidential Reign, Scotty Mach, Cullen’s Consort and Bella’s Fella. Win number 100 for Katrina Price with husband John - Photo Bruce Stewart  Meanwhile the Prices quality two year old filly Pearl Harbour has been side-lined with an injury. “She got an infection in her knee so that’s why she’s missed the last couple of Young Guns Heats so she’s probably looking doubtful for the Young Guns Final at the moment.” Another Price horse Rockabilly Blues has also been away from the racetrack. “She’s had a virus. She’s all clear now and back in work. She’ll go to the workouts either this Friday or the one after and she’ll head to a Southern Belle heat.” Meanwhile today, Leithfield Beach trainer Robbie Holmes produced two winners out of class mare Kiwi Ingenuity. 12 - Kiwis Are Flying winning for Robbie Holmes - Photo Bruce Stewart Kiwis Are Flying, a four year old by Bettor’s Delight got the ball rolling, and three races later his younger sister Team Kiwi hung to win the Speights Ale House Mobile Pace.   Bruce Stewart

Sale toppers from last year John and Katrina Price from Winton are back at this Februarys Inurgural National Standardbred Yearling Sales with three well bred harness racing colts – two by in vogue sires Bettor’s Delight and Art Major and the other by first season stallion Captaintreacherous. Two of their foals, Stag Party (Bettor’s Delight – Surprise Party) and Sergeant Major (Art Major – Presidential Reign) were actually born on the same day - 29th November, while Captain Nemo (Captaintreacherous – Arden Caviar) was born on the 20th December. “We’re feeling really realistic about the sale this year. They’re all very nice colts but they’re just lacking a champion brother,” said Katrina Price who sold Chicago Cub, a full-brother to millionaire pacer Chicago Bull for $190,000 at last year’s sale. Stag Party is one of the colts they’re offering. He’s out of the one win Christian Cullen mare Surprise Party. John and Katrina bought Surprise Party for $26,000 at the 2010 Yearling Sales in Christchurch and she won one race from fourteen starts. “This is her third foal. Repartee her first was a fine boned thoroughbred type. Her next foal is by American Ideal and is a three year old. She’s due to go to the workouts. She’s the opposite (to Repartee) - a big raw boned filly so we’ve had to wait on her. This fella (Stag Party) is more athletic. He looks like he’d get up and go. He’s not a big Bettors. I like him. ”     Their second lot is Sergeant Major. From the breed that John’s father Roger has developed over the years, he can be traced back to Queen Of Spades.   “He’s a very typical Art Major - got that real good top line like the Art Majors do. He’s the nicest looking foal that she’s had.” Sergeant Major is Presidential Reign’s sixth foal. She’s the dam of Machrie (Mach Three) who has won eight races while her other winner is the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Manly which has won seven races.  The couple’s third colt at the sale is Captain Nemo. He’s out of Arden Caviar a Rocknroll Hanover mare who’s a half-sister to Arden’s Choice, Arden’s Winstar and Bettor’s Strike and is a full-sister to Rocknroll Arden. “If I was in America I’d be very excited about him with the way the Captaintreacherous (progeny) have sold. He was born on the 20th December. He’s really starting to thrive now. His sister (Pearl Harbour) qualified at Winton. She’s very much like he was – an ugly duckling foal. He’s just starting to bloom.” He’s one of six colts by Captaintreacherous at the Christchurch sale. “It depend on how the New Zealand buyers take to the Treacherous’s and whether they’re as open minded as the Americans are.” We need to ask here why would they not be open minded on the Captaintreacherous yearlings? He is the leading two-year-old sire in North America and this is from his first crop to the races. Captaintreacherous is the sire of the current Dan Patch two-year-old of the year in North America called Captain Crunch 1:49.1 ($648,642). Captain Crunch winning the 2018 two-year-old Breeders Crown Captaintreacherous had total yearling sales of $5,042,000 in 2018. He sold 58 yearlings that averaged $86,931 a stunning result for any sire. Here is a list of the top ten two-year-old money winning stallions in North America as at 21st of December 2018;                                                                      Starters          Money won CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 78 $3,525,238 SWEET LOU 68 $3,082,937 SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE 78 $2,832,485 BETTORS DELIGHT 82 $2,791,340 ART MAJOR 61 $1,819,740 SPORTSWRITER 107 $1,784,495 AMERICAN IDEAL 62 $1,577,488 ALWAYS A VIRGIN 44 $1,279,739 PET ROCK 69 $1,019,430 BETTERTHANCHEDDAR 48 $988,231 Arden Caviar’s first foal Pearl Harbour is a filly by Somebeachsomewhere and is heading to North Island trainer Barry Purdon after having qualified recently at Winton. “She’s probably more advanced than Democrat Party was when we sent her up there to Barry’s. She’s a lovely filly. Everything she does at home and on the track seems to be with ease.” The Young Guns Fillies Series is her target with the second heat being run at Alexandra Park at the end of the month. Although realistic about this year’s draft at the sales the Prices have some more cards to play at future sales with Democrat Party’s first colt being earmarked for the 2020 sale. “She’s got a Bettor’s Delight colt at foot at the moment. That’ll go to the sales next year. It looks a real cracker.” Meanwhile Chicago Blues the dam of Chicago Bull and record priced Chicago Cub (renamed Perfect Stride) is in foal to Bettor’s Delight. Her foal died last year and she didn’t get in foal. “We’ve just had a couple of years without anything from her.” The mare’s other filly Rockabilly Blues, was on the list to go to stud but that’s been put on hold as she’s starting to prove herself on the racetrack. “We had Rockabilly Blues booked into the Stud because Chicago Blues had her problems so we thought we might just breed from her. But she came up good this season so her stud career has been deferred for another year.” Bruce Stewart

1 to 3 of 3
1