DOUBLE THE FUN FOR NZ BREEDERS
It was dual International joy for NZ breeders, the Miracle Lodge Syndicate, last weekend with Bettor Joy (USA) and Majorpride (Australia), winning features.
Bettor Joy, a former Australasian winner of $308,486 for the Cran Dalgety stable, lowered her career mile best to 1:50.8 (10ths) in a $30,000 mares pace at the Meadowlands, New Jersey, on Friday.
This year’s Matchmaker Blue Chip Final runner-up settled third on Friday for co-owner and top USA driver Tim Tetrick, then gunned down front-runner, Kissin In The Sand, by a neck in the preferred pace.
Bettor Joy (Bettor’s Delight-Joyfulbelle), racing in North America for the Jim King jun stable, was racking up her fifth win in nine USA starts for the year.
She has also been three times second, taking her yearly earnings to $US208,180.
The King jun stable and driver Tetrick also have top NZ-bred Tintin In America mare Shartin engaged in the $100,000 Betsy Ross Mares Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, on Monday (NZ time).
Meanwhile Bettor Joy’s close relative Majorpride (3f Art Major-Pride N Joy, by Mach Three-Joyfulbelle), led and won the $A50,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre 3YO Diamond Classic at Gloucester Park, Perth, on Friday night.
She rated 1:58 for the mobile 2130m.
Majorpride, raced by John Lohman of Solid Gold Standardbreds, also won last season’s Group One $A100,000 2YO Diamond Sky Classic Final at Gloucester Park, for trainer Justin Prentice, and driver Gary Hall jun.
She’s now won four and been 12 times placed in 20 starts, taking her earnings to $136,309.
Majorpride is the second foal from Pride N Joy, who qualified in a 1:59.5 rate (1609m), but was unraced.
Her first foal, Giftofjoy, sold after winning at her third NZ start in a 1:58.3 rate (1700m), has also only had three Australian starts, being a winner at Launceston, Tasmania, last year.
Joyfulbelle (1:56.3), the Road Machine dam of Bettor Joy and grand-dam of Majorpride, was herself a smart filly, winning eight and being placed 10 times from only 22 starts for $58,798, for Southland trainer Clark Barron.
Joyfulbelle ran fourth in the 2003 NZ Oaks, won by Pullover Brown, in then NZ record time for a 3YO filly, and was also a notable runnerup to Coburg in the Group Two 2004 Premier Mares Championship at Addington.
At stud, her first foal was former NZ record holder Joyfuljoy (1:51.6, US, 11 NZ wins incl. the 2009 Harness Jewels Diamond in 1:54.4 & NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Fillies Final, plus six USA wins for over $480,000).
Her third foal was 2011 Southland Oaks winner Jumpforjoy (p2, 1:56.5; p3, 1:55.8, seven wins and seven placings from just 21 starts for Clark Barron, earning $94,655).
The family continues to breed on strongly with Jumpforjoy’s first foal being another smart filly in Somejoy (1:53.2, eight wins from 20 starts, for $65,780).
* Former Kentuckiana Lodge mare Donegal Rundlescreek furthered her USA career for the Anita Vallee stable at Yonkers, New York, on Friday.
The diminuitive daughter of Bettor’s Delight and Boyd’s Creek won a $US23,000 fillies and mares pace in 1:54.8, finishing best from the trail to win by a neck for driver Eric Goodell.
This was her second win in 18 attempts in 2019, but she has also been seven times second, and twice third, taking her year earnings over $US83,000.
Meanwhile, another ex-Kentuckiana Lodge pacer in Bettors Fire had to settle for second to fellow ex-Cantabrian, Micky Gee, in Saturday’s $US44,000 open pace at Yonkers.
Bettors Fire had to work from the six gate and closed to three-quarters of a length on Micky Gee, who had the advantage from the four gate and led from the turn to score in 1:52.4.
Micky Gee (Bettor’s Delight-Corbell) was formerly a winner of six from 24 in NZ for $58,108 for North Canterbury trainer David Gaffaney.