BETTORS FIRE HOLDS CHRISTEN ME IN CAREER BEST TIME
It was an ex-Kentuckiana Lodge quinella with veteran warhorses, Bettors Fire and Christen Me, leading the field home in a $US16,000 open pace at Plainridge Park, Maine, in North America, on May 13.
Bettors Fire lowered his lifetime best to 1:50.2 after pressing to the front at the three-quarters mark and comfortably held a chasing Christen Me by three and a quarter lengths.
Remarkably, Bettors Fire managed the feat as a 11-year-old to Northern Hemisphere time.
The gelded son of Bettor’s Delight and Sparks A Flyin continues to be a strong earner in North America, following a lengthy and rewarding career in West Australia, where he was a 2017 Group Two winner in a 1:52.6 rate (1730m).
Racing for the Heidi Gibbs stable, Bettors Fire extended his yearly earnings to $US86,560 from three wins, a second, and three thirds, in 12 appearances.
Bettors Fire is the fastest of six individual winners (from six to race) for his defunct dam, the internationally successful filly/mare, Sparks A Flyin (1:52, 21 wins & $627,218), who died three years ago.
However, he’s biggest winner from the 2001 Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies Final champion, and NZ Nevele R Fillies Final winner.
Bettors Fire, who won 11 of 30 NZ starts for the Cran Dalgety stable before being sold, has gone on to win 46 races in three countries, amassing earnings of around $900,000.
(My) Alpha Rock is the fastest from Sparks A Flyin with a 1:49.5 mile win at Menangle for trainers, Shane and Lauren Tritton.
By Rock N Roll Heaven, Alpha Rock has extended his earnings to $A240,614 with 17 wins, after winning his first eight for the Dalgety stable.
The other winners from Sparks A Flyin are: Art Union (1:55.6, 17 wins & $210,120 including a Victoria Derby Heat), (Dominating) Diomedes (1:57.5, Aust, 12 wins & $87,994), Empyrean (1:56.2, 10 wins & $121,302) and Safedra (p3, 1:56.3, 10 wins & $135,577).
The latter, a winner of the 2013 Group Two Southland Oaks for the Cran Dalgety stable, also chased home champion filly Adore Me in the 2013 New Zealand Oaks at Addington.
Safedra, the only filly from Sparks A Flyin, has also made a strong start to her broodmare career.
First-up, the big daughter by Mach Three left this season’s Group One-placed filly Buzinga (1:56.8, three wins from 11 starts), while her second is Dr Susan, who has placed in three of four two-year-old starts.
Her third foal, La Rosa (another filly by champion sire Bettor’s Delight), was a $100,000 buy at the Karaka yearling sales in February for the Mark Jones stable.
Bettors Fire returns to Yonkers, New York, this weekend for a $US44,000 open pace, drawing the six gate.
Former NZ driver Dexter Dunn, who partnered Bettors Fire to most of his NZ wins, will have a birds eye view of his former drive, as this time he’s engaged for Dr J Hanover, from the seven barrier.
Also in the Yonkers race are former NZ Sires Stakes Final and Auckland Cup winner, Have Faith In Me (from gate two) and former good Canterbury winner, Micky Gee, from gate four.