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When harness racing Adam Bowden and his father Chris bought female pacer Western Montana in the formative days of their Diamond Creek Farm a decade ago, it was with an eye toward the future. Today as Western Montana's undefeated 2-year-old daughter Pure Country prepares for the upcoming Breeders Crown, it appears the future is now. Western Montana was purchased for $50,000 as a yearling at the 2005 Standardbred Horse Sale and raced for the Bowdens the following two years, winning five of 16 starts and earning $175,010. She finished fourth in the 2006 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers and her family includes a slew of stakes-winners such as Allamerican Ingot, Allamerican Inca, LCB, and Incredible Finale. Her pedigree was one of the major attractions for the Bowdens, who were starting their own breeding farm. Western Montana produced winners with her first three foals, although none has earned more than $69,042. Then came the Somebeachsomewhere-sired Pure Country, who is 8-for-8 with multiple stakes triumphs and $379,968. "Western Montana was actually the fourth horse we ever bought and from the beginning she was one that I thought we were going to keep all of her foals," Adam Bowden said. "We thought the pedigree was good enough that she was supposed to have a good horse somewhere along the way. For whatever reasons, the first three had issues here and there. They all had talent, but none of them sort of realized it. "(Pure Country) was sort of the perfect specimen. She was never sick, she was never injured, she went about her business. We had her older sister Hunger Games, who also is by Somebeachsomewhere, and Pure Country was just a little bit bigger, a little bit more correct, and a little bit smarter than her sister was. We ended up selling Hunger Games after her 3-year-old year. My father and I debated about whether we would keep her or sell her. I told him the next one we have I think is a better filly than Hunger Games. It's worked out so far." On Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country headlines the second of two eliminations for the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. She faces a group that includes New York Sire Stakes champion Dime A Dance plus stakes-winners Darlinonthebeach and Shezarealdeal. Pure Country is the 1-2 morning line favorite. The first elim includes New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, and stakes-winners Call Me Queen Be, Soft Idea, and Yankee Moonshine. The top five finishers from each elimination return for the $600,000 final on Oct. 24 at Woodbine. Elimination winners will draw for posts 1-5 for the final. Pure Country is trained by Jimmy Takter, the winningest trainer in Breeders Crown history with 21 trophies and more than $9 million in purses. Takter was impressed with the filly early on, commenting after she debuted with a 1:55.4 qualifier win in June, "She's scary." As Bowden recalled, "Jimmy felt she had a world of talent and she was either going to be really good or blow up in our face. Fortunately it's so far been the former rather than the latter." Pure Country's wins include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at The Meadows in September and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes at the recently-concluded Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile. She has been driven in every start by Brett Miller. "I'm most impressed with her consistency and her ability to either race on the lead or follow," Bowden said. "She's been able to do both and she's got an unbelievable kick coming home. Most of the races, she's been 27-(seconds) flat or sub-27. That's pretty impressive so far." The Bowdens have shared in ownership of one Breeders Crown winner, Father Patrick, but are looking for their first trophy with their own horse. "I don't know if there's anything better than that," Bowden said about the possibility of having a homebred champion. "That would be the ultimate." For Friday's complete race card at Woodbine, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the addition of 25 Select yearlings to its 2015 Annual Sale in Harrisburg. These yearlings will sell sequentially as a group at the end of the day on Tuesday, November 3, following the sale of Hip 647. These yearlings will have hip numbers 2000 - 2024. The supplement catalog for these yearlings will be printed for distribution at the Sale, and can be downloaded at Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website from a banner on the Home Page, or directly from the Downloads page at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Customers can receive printed supplement catalogs by mail upon individual request by calling Jennifer Krentler at 717 - 637 - 8931. In addition, Standardbred's popular "Black Book 1 for the iPad" from www.equineline.com has been updated to include the supplemented horses. Customers who have previously downloaded "Black Book 1 for the iPad" should delete their old version and download the newly updated version. These 25 Select yearlings include 14 yearlings from Allerage Farm, selling in the Northwood Bloodstock consignment; 8 yearlings selling in the Vieux Carre' Farms consignment; 2 yearlings selling in the Preferred Equine Marketing consignment; and 1 yearling selling in the Allamerican Harnessbreds consignment. These yearlings include the first foal filly out of JEZZY 2,1:57.3; 3,1:55 ($834,230) by CANTAB HALL; a half-sister to JEZZY 2,1:57.3; 3,1:55 ($834,230) and LADY WINONA 3,1:54.1-'15 ($236,217) by CHAPTER SEVEN; and a SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE half-brother to ROCK N SOUL p, 2,1:52.3; 3,1:52h; 1:49.4f ($1,158,525). Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company                 Paul F. Spears   Standardbred Horse Sales Company   2310 Hanover Pike   Post Office Box 339   Hanover, PA 17331   Phone: 717-637-8931 Ext. 212   Fax: 717-637-6766   Email: pfspears@hanoverpa.com or pfspearsmd@aol.com      

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