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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

It was a magic day for southern breeders at the NZB Standardbred National Sale in Christchurch today (Wednesday) with two Southern Bred Southern Reared colts topping the sale, and plenty of others providing a great return for their owners. The Shard, owned by Debbie and Mark Smith of Shard Farm, and Beaudiene Bigtime owned by Dave Kennedy of Bayswater both sold for $170,000. Emilio and Mary Rosati of New South Wales purchased The Shard whilst another regular Australian buyer Jean Feiss, put in the winning bid for Beaudiene Bigtime. “Unbelievable,” said Kennedy when I spoke to him a few hours after the sale. And the follow up question had to be; was that a surprise? “Was it ever. I knew I had a good colt but I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d get $170,000. As the day went on I was starting to get a bit worried because the big buyers had been spending their money.” But worry soon turned into elation as Kennedy sat on the sideline watching the bidding war unfold. “It was an unbelievable experience I can tell you. Stonewall Stud were chasing him and Nigel McGrath had a go. There were quite a few onto him. I’m pretty sure Stonewall were the under bidders.” At the end of the day though, it was Jean Feiss who walked away with the Bettor’s Delight - Beaudiene Maja colt. “He’d be the nicest colt I’ve handled. He’s so intelligent and so willing to work with you every step of the way.” Topping the Christchurch sale is becoming a regular occurrence for SBSR. Chicago Cub bred by John and Katrina Price was the top lot last year, selling to Emilio and Mary Rosati for $190,000. In 2016 Shard Farm prepared Mach Shard to sell for $200,000, whilst back in 2015 Bollinger sold for $200,000, and in 2014 Beaudiene Beaufighter was top of the pile. Kennedy said he had a feeling this year’s sale was going to be special for the SBSR group of breeders. “I said to John (Stiven) and Debbie (Smith) that the Southland team had the best group of yearlings that they’ve ever travelled up to Christchurch with. I knew damn well there would be some money coming our way. It was a great day for the Southern boys and girls.” Buyers on the SBSR Tour at Dave and Dawn Kennedys - Photo Bruce Stewart Another success story was Captain Nemo, a Captaintreacherous colt owned by John and Katrina Price of Winton which sold for $110,000. He was first spotted on the SBSR Bus Tour by Ray Green who took a keen interest in him and has now bought him for Lincoln Farms. The Prices also sold their Bettor’s Delight colt out of Surprise Party – another one bought by Jean Feiss, for $100,000. Shard Farm also had a $100,000 sale with Romeo Shard selling to Kennard Bloodstock. Other good SBSR sales were: $90,000 for the Tuapeka Lodge colt The Frankster (Bettor’s Delight – Tuapeka Maddy), $90,000 for Arden’s Ace (Art Major-Venus Serena) and $82,500 for Captain Arden (Captaintreacherous – Southwind Arden). Kennedy says a big part of the success today stems from the SBSR Bus Tour which gives prospective buyers the opportunity to take a look at the yearlings on offer in their own environment, whilst showcasing Southland. One of the trainers on the tour, Ray Green, commented to Kennedy that he could see why Southern Reared horses are so good. “Ray said with all the green grass their bones are so much better. And the climate is so conducive to breeding top animals.” Kennedy states “You can’t buy advertising like that. The guys that come down on the tour just can’t believe it. Bringing the buyers down has been one hell of a win for us.”    Bruce Stewart

Somebeachsomewhere filly Pearl Harbour has been sent to North Island trainer Barry Purdon and will be aimed at the Young Guns Fillies Series for two year old fillies at Alexandra Park. Trained by Katrina and John Price, Pearl Harbour qualified at Winton on Friday. She’ll likely follow a similar racing plan to what Democrat Party followed four years ago. She was also owned by the Prices.   Democrat Party qualified at Ascot Park, was sent North where she won a qualifying heat of the Series, going on to win the Group Two Final in 2014. “She’s (Pearl Harbour) 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,” said Katrina. The second heat of the Young Guns Fillies Series will be run at Alexandra Park at the end of this month. Pearl Harbour qualifying at Winton                      - Photo Bruce Stewart   Katrina says the main reason behind the move is the current rating system. “If you’re going to race as a two year old, unless you’re racing in those really rich races, you might as well not. You’re better to come back as a three year old and do the Ladyship (Series). If you win a race as a two year old it’s just too hard to come back with the ratings the way they are. We had to make the decision. She was either going to go into the paddock or we were going to race her. If she raced she was better doing it in the North Island.” The Prices experienced the tough part of the rating system last season when Repartee which had won as a two year old, came back and found the going pretty tough as a three year old. “It killed her last year. It was only at the end (of her three year old season) that she got properly into her correct grade. A lot of damage had been done. When she came back as a three year old filly the times she had to run and the horses she had to race were just too hard.” As Katrina rightly points out there has only been one two year old trial this season and there don’t appear to be many juveniles around at the moment. “We’re just missing out. At this stage (of the season) in other years there have been lots of two year olds. People are just not taking them out so we’re losing out on that whole age group of horses.” Meanwhile Rockabilly Blues which won her first two races for the Prices has pulled up well after her brave fifth in the Equine Stakes yesterday. “She’s tearing round here like a mad thing. I thinks she’ll be better for the run. It’s hard with the ratings system. It was preferential barrier draw. She was five wide on the first bend and five wide on the second. All she’s beaten up until now have been maiden fillies and mares. She’ll learn a lot from it and will be better for it. Her main target now is the Southern Belle and she’ll be far better off as the draw is done on winning stakes not ratings.”     Bruce Stewart

The half-sister to Chicago Bull, Rockabilly Blues, lived up to her breeding when she won on debut at the Young Quinn Raceway at Wyndham today. The giant four year old mare by Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by her trainers Katrina and John Price and prior to today's race had had six workouts and a trial. She qualified at Ascot Park in September and has been given plenty of time to mature.  Rockabilly Blues drew four on the second line and driver Nathan Williamson settled her three back on the outside. At the 450 metre mark Williamson sent her forward and she was five wide at the 400. She came down the middle of the track resolutely and held on to beat Miss VC by three quarters of a length. Her winning mile time was 1-56.5. "I had to start my run a wee bit before I wanted because there was a bit of cat and mouse in front and I didn't want to be left with a 200 metre sprint. I came out early and forced their hand. She probably peaked on her run but she should improve. She lugged in a wee bit when I came wide on the track but that was expected because I was coming so wide," said Williamson. He also noted the mare was a bit more fired up today. "She's been good at the workouts but she was a lot more worked up today being her first race start. When she gets more seasoned she'll get better. She's not as good when she gets worked up. She's a very high speed mare."  Returning to the winners circle - Photo Bruce Stewart Rockabilly Blues is the third foal out of the three win Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues. The first foal Chicago Bull, won two races as a two year old for the Price's before he was sold to Western Australia. There he has become a millionaire pacer for trainer Gary Hall Senior and has now won 40 races and $1,820,709. He was one of the early favourites for this Tuesday's New Zealand Cup but had to be withdrawn after suffering from fractures to his whither region. Winning connections - Photo Bruce Stewart  The mare's next foal Chicago Cub was sold at last year's yearling sales for the top price of $190,000. He was bought by Emilio and Mary Rosati and renamed Perfect Stride. He's won two of his three workouts for Ray Green in Auckland.  The Rosatis were on-course today and won the first race with their Muscles Yankee mare Zoey's Gift. Meanwhile maiden trotter Superfast Pat finally got his complete trotting game together when he won the Leithfield Nursery Gold Chip Final by an amazing thirty and a half lengths. The four year old Lauren Pearson trained trotter got away nicely and was taken straight to the front by driver Brent Barclay. The previous week at the Riverton meeting Missy Moo won by twenty three and three quarter lengths. Records suggest that David Moss's win by forty one lengths at Ascot Park in September 1990 is the widest winning margin ever recorded by a trotter in the south.    Bruce Stewart

The Robert Wilson trained Eagle Galleon won his second race in a row when he won the Breckon Farms Trot on Saturday. As favourite, the four year old by The Pres, beat Larch by two and a half lengths. Wilson who trains from his Balfour stable is having a great harness racing season with eleven wins on the board; his best since he started training in 2012.  The win places Eagle Galleon eleventh in the McMillan Feeds Four Year Old Ruby. Win number 164 for driver Blair Orange                        - Photo Bruce Stewart. Meanwhile the John and Katrina Price trained Repartee capped off her consistent form by beating her older rivals at Ascot Park. The two year old filly by Well Said is the first foal out of the Christian Cullen mare Surprise Party. Surprise Party is a half sister to six win mare Democrat Party. Returning to scale                                 - Photo Bruce Stewart  Repartee's winning margin today was three quarters of a length from outsider Mandolin. The Prices will have to consider a start in the Ashburton Guardian Two Year Old Diamond on Harness Jewels Day at Ashburton as she sits at number eleven on the leader board.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing    

77 year old Southland breeder Roger Price played rep basketball until he was 35 years of age, and he’s had a good level of fitness through the years. However in the last three years he’s has had two hip operations and a dislocated shoulder but despite this he reckons he’s got a bit more ‘game’ time in harness racing. Although retired from training he still likes to be hands on at the stable which is now run by his son John and John’s wife Katrina and he’s still a keen breeder. “I can come back driving with the right type of horses. I’ve got to do something. You’ve got to get up and going in the morning,” he says. The Price family have been involved in horses for over 100 years with Roger’s dad Jack Price and his brother Vic successfully racing gallopers. Rorke’s Drift (Calibre – O’Rorke’s Fancy) was probably one of the best gallopers the Price family raced. He won the Birthday Handicap raced over a mile and a quarter at Wingatui in 1916 (4 year old), 1918 (6 year old), and 1921(9 year old). He also won the Dunedin Cup (one and half miles) twice in 1916 and 1919 and the Riverton Cup in 1917. The extended Price family also owned other Riverton Cup winners in The Smuggler (1933), Wild Career (1938 and 1940), Secret Flight (1942) and Fair Trial (1944). The Smuggler won the Great Autumn Handicap at Riccarton in 1934 and ran third in the 1933 NZ Cup. To add to the list, Vic Price also raced Golden Silver which won the 1968 Invercargill Cup when trained by Rex Cochrane. But it’s the Standardbreds that Roger has been involved with for most of his life.And its one mare’s record, that of Belladonna that he’s extremely proud of. When you look at Belladonna’s progeny line on the HRNZ website you could think “good consistent mare that’s left some handy winners.” But dig a little deeper and go offshore. Add up what her progeny has done on the racetrack and she has a truly remarkable record. She’s the dam of horses that have won 115 races. When researching this article you start by looking at mares that have won the coveted New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Award. The only mare (that I can see) that sits above Belladonna (and she’s another Southland bred horse) is Loyal Trick who posted her record mainly through the deeds of Young Quinn (59), Loyal Gentry (46) and Gold and Brown (21). She’s left winners of 128 races. The Belladonna family goes back a fair way and is also responsible for producing quality Southland owned mare Fight For Glory. Fight For Glory’s fourth dam is New Way and her fourth dam is Miri Rei which is also the fourth dam of Belladonna. Both were bred by JA Flynn. Miri Rei also left a handy type in Master Kent (Garrison Hanover – Maidstone). He was good enough to race in the 1966 Kindergarten Stakes finishing second to Holy Hal. Trained by Cecil Devine, he won two races at three and three as a four year old. He also had numerous placings including third in the 1968 Cheviot Cup. “He was probably the best we had out of the family. He sliced a tendon when he was the favourite for the Methven Cup. Cecil Devine was one of the nicest guys when it came to owners. He always said no one knows more about your horse than you and me.” Belladonna’s mother Bella Kent (Brad Hanover – Maidstone) was raced by Roger and Linc McLean and won one race for trainer Henry Skinner at the Northern Southland meeting in February 1976. “She showed a lot of ability. Every time we got her fit she was always in season and she would not run when she was in season. We got sick and tired of that so we put her to Bo Scots Blue Chip.” Belladonna qualified at Winton in December 1991 for Price, then was sent up north. “She showed some ability down here. In those days we used to have a couple of hundred horses at the trials. It was difficult to get a win at the trials to get a start at the races. I got tired of that and Richard Brosnan put me onto this lady in the North Island. She had three starts with the horse up there and she went pretty average so she was sent back home.” Although she was tried again it was to no avail, so a career at stud beckoned. “I think we had another go after she got home but she didn’t go much good so coming home from the trials one day we decide to drop her off at the stud to be served by Bo Scots Blue Chip. He was an exceptionally good racehorse so I went there.” Her first foal was Cadillac Kent which won once when Peter Ferguson drove him to win at Forbury. He was sold shortly afterwards and went on to win another twenty races in Australia. The mare’s next winner was Holmes Hanover filly Bellaholmes. She won her first two starts for training partners Roger and his daughter-in-law Katrina Price. She finished her racing career in the south by running fifth in the 2001 Southland Oaks final, won by Shortys Girl. Soon afterwards her training was taken over by Mark Purdon who drove her to finish third in the New Zealand Oaks. “She was an exceptionally good mare. We thought it was better to have her up there to win that race (New Zealand Oaks) but unfortunately she drew the outside of the front row and finished third.” At her next start she won the Group Two North Island Breeders Stakes. That was her sixth win. Soon after she was sold to Joe Muscara and continued her racing career in America where she won another sixteen races.   “Selling her was better money than there was in farming. She hardly ever ran out of the money over there. She was a typical Holmes (Holmes Hanover). She was tough but she could run as well.” After Bellaholmes, the winners continued from Belladonna and many, after reaching their mark (handicap) here or commanding good money, were sold to either Australia or America. “Most of the breed have been able to run out of the gate and that’s what kept me in the game.” One that never made the races but was rated by Price, was Master Chef (Frugal Gourmet – Belladonna) “As a three year old he ended up cracking a pedal bone and we turned him out for six months. We brought him back and took him to the trials. He bolted in (winning by nine lengths) and he was ready to take to the races and then he split the cannon bone again. He showed me a lot of ability.” Of the four American raced foals out of Belladonna, Scotty Mach has won the most races winning 30 and recording the fastest mile time of 1-49.4. “He was a typical Mach Three. He wanted to run and we had a lot of fun with him. You get to the stage in New Zealand where you get up to that top class which is tough. In America they can put them in classes that suit them. The same thing happens in Australia. We’ve sold a lot of one win horses here and they’ve gone on to win a lot more races whereas here they’d be struggling to win another race.” Although Roger has stepped away from breeding leaving that up to John and Katrina,  he’s still keeping an eye on two of Belladonna’s daughters -  Bellavita (Mach Three) which has a Well Said yearling filly and is due to foal to American Ideal, and Donnamach (Mach Three) whichhas been served by He’s Watching. So with a few more quiet drives and the excitement of seeing Belladonna’s family continue to produce winners, Roger and his wife Helen have a few more chapters left to be written in terms of their involvement in harness racing in Southland.   Belladonna’s winning list: Left 12 foals 10 qualified and won 115 races. Cadillac Kent (Cadillac) 1 New Zealand win and 20 Australian wins (21) Bellaholmes (Holmes Hanover) 6 New Zealand wins and 16 American wins (22) Pocket Master (In The Pocket) 0 New Zealand wins and 11 American wins (11) Pocket Express (In The Pocket) 4 New Zealand wins and 8 American wins (12) Bella’s Fella (Holmes Hanover) 1 New Zealand win and 8 Australian wins (9) Scotty Mac (Mach Three) 9 New Zealand wins and 30 American wins (39) Bellavita (Mach Three) 1 New Zealand win (1) Donnamach (Mach Three) 2 New Zealand wins (2)   Some of our high rating mares (number of wins):   Loyal Trick dam of Young Quinn (59), Judy Charles (2), Loyal Gentry (46) and Gold and Brown (21) total 128. Significant dam of National Image (13), The Unicorn (29), Pacific Flight (47), Gliding By (8), All Bar One (5), Gold Crusader (1) and Sign Of Home (1) total 104 Colwyn Bay mother of the great Cardigan Bay (80), Conway Bay (1) and Bold Bay (3) for a total of 84 Scuse Me dam of Megabucks (12), Splendid Dream (2), La Filou (1), Coca Vicola (1), Pardin Me (1), Imagine Me (9), Toledo (8), Abide By Me (4), Idolise Me (4), Adore Me (26), Ohoka Jett (1) and Have Faith In Me (14) total 83 Fleet’s Pocket mother of Mighty Pocketlands (4), Flying Pocketlands (21), Mighty Flying Thomas (22), Mighty Flying Mac (14), Flying McPocket (6), Mighty Flying Major (8), and Mighty Flying Deal (4) Total 81. Splendid Dream dam of Hands Christian (13), Christen Me (32), Splendid Bet (5), Aliante (8), Dream About Me (16), Accumulator (1) Total 75. If you know of other mares (there will be a few) that have hit 100 plus winners, please contact me Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

The latest harness racing star to come out of the John and Katrina Price Winton stable Chicago Bull, is now doing a fantastic job in Western Australia for trainer Gary Hall. The diminutive gelding was bred by Roger, Helen, John and Katrina Price from their Christian Cullen mare Chicago Blues which they bought off Aidan Johnstone for $40,000 at the 2008 Yearling Sales. Chicago Blues is from the famed Black Watch family and her dam Bluejeanbabyqueen is by Jenna’s Beach Boy out of the nine win Vance Hanover mare Pacific Flight whose wins included the 1993 New Zealand Oaks. She then went on to have a successful racing career in America winning a further thirty eight races and recording a mile time of 1-51.2. Bluejeanbabyqueen despite her international pedigree didn’t reach any great heights on the race track. She started her career in America in 2004 before she came to New Zealand where David and Catherine Butt took over her training. Her only win was at Wyndham in March 2016. Chicago Blues is Bluejeanbabyqueen’s first foal and one of only two winners from her eight live foals. “We were interested in her (Chicago Blues) but she was passed in. She wasn’t a big filly. It was Aidan Johnstone who sold her. He had a terrible sale that year. One other yearling that he had which was probably going to fetch a bit slipped over on the concrete and broke a pelvis. She (Chicago Blues) went early in the sale but after that I guess he was keen to sell because he hadn’t had a very lucky sale at all.” Katrina said. Consequently Chicago Blues was bought by the Prices privately a week later. “We always wanted something out of the Black Watch family and she was one that we targeted for that reason.” Looking back into Chicago Blues pedigree; as well as leaving Bluejeansbabyqueen, Pacific Flight also left the unbeaten Sirius Flight (The Big Dog) which won five of its five starts in America. Chicago Blues third dam is Significant which has made a major contribution to the New Zealand breeding scene. She’s left winners of 104 races with her biggest winners being Pacific Flight (47 wins) and The Unicorn (29). Sirius Flight after her stint in America went to stud in New Zealand where she has left Malak Uswaad (9 wins) and Timeless Perfection (6 NZ wins). She’s owned by Cavalla Bloodstock and they continue to breed from her. They offered a colt foal by Raging Bull out of Lady Moonlight (Sands A Flyin – Sirius Flight) at last year’s Yearling Sales which was bought by Chrissie Dalgety for $27,000. Commentator Mark McNamara and Cavalla Bloodstock are breeding from another one of Sirius Flight’s daughters Miss Moonlight Shadow (Christian Cullen). Her son Schweinsteiger by Falcon Seelster was purchased by the owners of Franco Ledger – the Whatever Syndicate,and Hamish Hunter for $16,000, also at last year’s sales. But back to Chicago Blues.As a racehorse she showed potential. “She had a lot of ability but she had a few problems as well. She used to lock on and hang very badly. As a four year old she used to tie up really badly. We only had her right a couple of times. One of those days she ran a super second to Malak Uswaad at Winton when those two cleared out from the field. She was hormonal and always in season so we had to make the decision to quit,” said Katrina. “She showed a lot of speed when we first broke her in,” added John. It was just a matter of slowing her down.” At the end of her racing career Chicago Blues was sent up to Cran Dalgetys. “She just wouldn’t go for him because she just kept hanging so we brought her home,” said Katrina. So twenty three starts yielded three wins, two seconds and a third. She was sent to Bettor’s Delight to begin her stud career. Her first foal Chicago Bull was born on the 14th October 2014. “He was small but nuggety so he got the nickname Bull straight away,” said Katrina.  We castrated him early because Peter Williams said “I think you should cut him. It might help him grow,” said John. He never did grow much and for a start there were reservations about him even making it as a racehorse. “He wasn’t a natural at the start. He just wouldn’t pace at all. I was going to give up on him but John had another go and the day he started pacing he was just off.” It was then that he started to show real potential. “Up here at Winton one day be worked 2-04 one day, half in 56 in September and did it on his ear. The year before we’d had Democrat Party and we thought he was as good as her at the same stage,” stated John.  I’ve had other horses that have felt good until you hit top speed. Whereas he never felt good until you hit that top speed. The faster you went the bigger he felt,” said Katrina. He won at Winton twice as a two year old and buyer interest began to heighten but his size was putting some off. “They’d ring up and say they’d checked him and he was too small. The guy that wanted him originally from Perth said he wasn’t good enough for him. He ended up buying another horse that’s gone no good,” Katrina said. Chicago Bull finished his two year old season by running seventh in the Two Year Old Emerald at Ashburton behind Lazarus. His time for the 1609 metres that day was 1-53.7 and he was less than five lengths from the winner. He was then sold to clients of Gary Hall Senior’s stable in West Australia. “It was a strong crop that year with horses like Lazarus. He ran home in better than 25 that day when he came along the rails. That’s what sold him really. They bought him a week after that,” said John. North Island bloodstock agent Peter Blanchard did the deal. “He was a neat wee horse to work with. He was always on your side. As far as a two year old goes whatever we asked him to do at home he never ever stop trying and he was always hitting the line really strongly,” said Katrina. “At home I always thought we never got to the bottom of him. He always had his knockers because he was so small and you were always worried that he’d reach his limit quickly. He’s in the right spot at Gloucester Park. He just seems to like that track.” His Australian record is impeccable - sixteen wins, three seconds and four thirds from twenty three starts. Chicago Bull His wins include the Group One West Australian Derby, Group One McInerney Ford Four Year Old Classic and $450,000 Group One West Australian Pacing Cup. He has now won $854,314. Chicago Blues continues to be bred from, producing a colt by Somebeachsomewhere named Maliblu Beach and a two year old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven.   “He (Maliblu Beach) was just the complete opposite in every respect to Bull. He was huge, ugly, slow and dirty, said Katrina.                                                                                                 “We roped him so many times but he’d still kick you so he’s not around.” added John.  The two year old Rock N Roll Heaven filly appears to be better. “She’s really big. She’s done a bit and is a nice filly but she’s in the paddock.” And the good news is that Chicago Blues has just had a colt by Bettor’s Delight making him a full brother to Chicago Bull. And she’s returning to that sire. “We want a colt. Don’t want fillies. We had a run where we had 23 foals and we had 21 fillies. We really want colts,” said John. Although the Prices are having a quiet time on the training front there are plenty more foals to be broken in and tried and certainly some rich pedigrees to match up with the wide array of stallions available. Chicago Bull still has plenty of racing ahead of him and the Prices will no doubt continue to watch a bit of late night Trackside as he tends to do most of his racing in Western Australia. And despite his diminutive stature he’s proof that size doesn’t matter.   Bruce Stewart Southland Harness Racing

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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