|BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY|
2nd at 3BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY
(CAN-III , 9f , to Winning Machine, defeating Noosa Beach, Senor Rojo, Rooster City, Quinalt, Tommy Danzigger, Ganbei, Gather de Justice ).
Winning Machine is living up to his name like never before. He has won three of his last four starts, all stakes. His most recent and biggest win came in the Sept. 27 British Columbia Derby (Can-III) at Hastings Racecourse for Fleur De Lis Stables.
Winning Machine shipped in from trainer Doris HarwoodÕs barn at Emerald Downs for the 11Ú8-mile race. Racing close to the pace set by Jersey Town, Winning Machine passed that rival in the stretch and beat him by a length in 1:49.57.
ÒI am so proud of our entire team,Ó Harwood said. ÒIt was a wonderful race to watch and a wonderful race to win. Everyone was so graciousÉweÕll be back next year without a doubt.Ó
ÒDoris just told me to ride the Machine like I owned him,Ó said jockey Gallyn Mitchell. ÒThere wasnÕt any holding back today.Ó
Harwood also saddled third-place finisher Noosa Beach. Bred by Doris and Jeff Harwood, Noosa Beach races for the latter.
From six starts this year, Winning Machine has won four races and placed twice in stakes. His other stakes wins this year had come in the Emerald Downs Derby and the Tacoma Handicap.
Bred in Kentucky by Paul Goldberg and Raymond Kwik, Winning Machine is the second stakes winner campaigned by Fleur De Lis. The outfit also is the owner of multiple stakes winner Ladies Excuse Me, who is the second dam of Winning Machine. Ladies Excuse Me was voted 1992 Washington champion 3-year-old.
Dance With Carson, the dam of the British Columbia Derby winner, delivered a filly by Van Nistelrooy named Forever Twentyone Feb. 5. She has been bred to Jump Start for 2010.
Toccet, sire of Winning Machine, was one of the top 2-year-olds from his crop. He won the 2002 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) and Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) and two other graded stakes. All five of ToccetÕs stakes winners are added-money winners this year, including La Rocca, who won the British Columbia Oaks the day before the Derby. Toccet stands at Castleton Lyons (Shane Ryan, president) near Lexington. His 2009 fee was $7,500.ÑD.S.
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