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    Posted byadmin on Tuesday, May 15 @ 23:25:11 EDT
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    by Mark Pendgraft 5/13/07

    The $60,000 Horseshoe Challenge was the 5th race on the Night of Stars program. This race featured the top sprinters at Bluffs Run.

    The finals of the Horseshoe Challenge was exciting from the time the starting box opened all the way to the finish line.

    At the start of the box, MALIBU WANDA (Jimbo Scotty – Juicebox Betty) owned by Lewis & Ryder Racing, LLC., trained by Brent Roden and racing for the Hardison Kennel, broke on top. By the time she reached the first turn she was two (2) lengths in front of JR B’S BARKNBUD.

    Going into the first turn all kinds of things happened that would define the race. At the back of the pack, BARTS NAVIGATOR was along the rail. Next to him was kennel mate BARTS KODA and next to him was kennel mate BARTS ACE HIGH. Barts Navigator did not give up his space to Barts Koda, this would make Barts Koda bump Barts Ace High. Barts Ace High would fall in the first turn. This allowed Barts Navigator to stay along the rail.

    In the middle of the pack, DRIVEN TOPERFORM would drift ever so slightly to bump JR B’S BARKNBUD causing YO MY MEDIATOR to suddenly move to mid track.

    With the rail being wide open in the middle of the first turn, Barts Navigator would stay on the rail and slip to a very close second coming out of the far turn. While Malibu Wanda increased her lead to four (4) lengths.

    Within just a few short strides, as Barts Navigator hit the tote board, Barts Navigator took over second place along the rail while Malibu Wanda was mid track. Once Malibu Wanda hit the 3/8 starting box, Barts Navigator had closed the gap to three (3) lengths. At this point it was a two (2) dog race.

    Making their way out of the far turn, Malibu Wanda was still in the lead but it was only by 1½ lengths and Barts Navigator was still hugging the rail.

    With just six (6) strides to the finish line, Barts Navigator took the lead from Malibu Wanda. Malibu Wanda was running mid track and Barts Navigator was still along the rail.

    BARTS NAVIGATOR (Greys Flamebeau – B’s Ozfast) owned by Rick Bartley, trained by Don Conatser and racing for the Bartley Corporation. His ability to navigate along the rail, with all that trouble in the first turn, gave him the way and the means to become the 2007 $60,000 Horseshoe Champion.

    This was the second stakes race at Bluffs Run that the Rick Bartley Kennel has won. They are two for two.

    $60,000 Horseshoe Challenge Purse:
    BARTS NAVIGATOR - $30,000
    Malibu Wanda - $15,000
    Driven Toperform - $6,000
    Jr B’s Barknbud - $3,000
    Barts Koda - $1,500
    Yo My Mediator - $1,500
    Tc’s Homer - $1,500
    Barts Ace High - $1,500

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