79-Year-Old Trainer Ends Victory Drought

Joanne Chandler gets first win since 2006 with 30-1 shot at Golden Gate Fields.

(from Golden Gate Fields)

Joanne Chandler, a 79-year-old trainer who maintains a small racing stable, made a long-awaited return to the winner's circle Dec. 9 at Golden Gate Fields when her filly Beau Tiful Slew scored a 30-to-1 upset in the second race.

Beau Tiful Slew gave Chandler her first victory since Nov. 18, 2006, when her mare Award Winning won at Bay Meadows and paid $18. Chandler went 2-for-19 in 2006 and Award Winning accounted for both victories.

Her barn went 0-for-21 in 2007 and 0-for-17 in 2008. She was 0-for-11 this year. Beau Tiful Slew put an end to Chandler's victory drought when she rallied from last in a field of six to win a one-mile race at the $6,250 claiming level for fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths over Mad for Candy.

Chandler owns Beau Tiful Slew, a 4-year-old filly who earned $4,675 for the win. Beau Tiful Slew paid $63.80, $17.20 and $6.00 across the board.

Beau Tiful Slew, a California-bred dark bay by Beau Genius, was ridden to victory by Peter Artieda, who notched his first win at the fall/winter meeting.