LARC NEWS Posted: 10/5/2014 1:41:27 AM


     The “Boss” was bred in the USA, Oregon to be exact, and a part of the country that has now produced two of the most impressive freshman sprinters competing at Los Alamitos Race Course this season.

Owned by Don and Peggy Boyle of Madras, Oregon, BF Farm Boss outdueled A Goddess Thru Fire by a head to win the $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity at 350 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The 3-5 favorite for this race after posting the fastest qualifying time, BF Farm Boss covered the 350 yards in :17.519 while earning his fifth win in seven starts this season. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez and trained by Paul Jones, he previously won trials to the All American Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity and also finished fourth in the Ed Burke Million final.

For the connections of BF Farm Boss, the victory represents a good moment for the Quarter Horse industry in the Northwest.

“It’s great for the Northwest breeders,” said Don Boyle, whose farm is a major producer of hybrid carrot seeds and also grass seeds used for golf courses. “It’s an inspiration to keep working at it and it shows that we can do it.”

BF Farm Boss follows on the steps of S-Quarter K LLC’s Washington homebred Heza Dasha Fire, the unbeaten winner of the Ed Burke Million Futurity earlier this season. S-Quarter K LLC’s is made up of Kathy and Don Meneely and their son, Shawn, of Kennewick, Washington.

“We’ve been racing against the Meneelys in Kennewick for more than 10 years,” Boyle said. “I remember babysitting one of my horses before a race and Kathy was on the other side of the barn doing the same thing with her horse. Heza Dasha Fire is an awesome horse. It would be fun to run against him again.”

BF Farm Boss might get another chance to face the Ed Burke winner in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He is eligible to run in the Golden State Million trials on October 19, which figure to feature Heza Dasha Fire, but BF Farm Boss will instead enjoy some time off and wait for the Two Million trials to be held on Sunday, November 23.

“He’s been going hard since the All American Futurity trials,” Boyle added. “I think he’ll benefit from the rest and it will help him to continue to mature.”

Big and powerful, BF Farm Boss comes from a long line of stakes winners. His mother is the blue-hen producer Shirleys Strawfly, now the dam of seven stakes winners.

“Jimmy Glenn found Shirleys Strawfly for us,” Boyle said. “He knew that I was a looking for a filly Strawfly Special and he came across this mare. The McGregors from Klamath Falls, Oregon were having a dispersal sale and this filly was among the horses that they owned. Jimmy brought her Salem and I purchased her. She had talent, but had very little patience. She ended up chipping so we retired her. That was okay because we mainly wanted her to breed.”

In Hawkinson, Shirleys Strawfly found a perfect mate. In addition to BF Farm Boss, the cross between Hawkinson and Shirleys Strawfly has also produced the champion and multiple Grade 1 winner Strawkins and also the major Grade 1 finalist BF Farm Boy.

“This horse looks a lot like his brother Strawkins,” Boyle added.

 “I’ve had some of the other siblings from this family, but BF Farm Boss is the one that reminds me the most of Strawkins,” Jones said.

“Shirleys Strawfly lives in our house, but every spring we bring her to southern California to visit Burns Ranch for breeding. Right now we have a couple of First Down Dash colts, a No Secrets Here and a Favorite Cartel. This year we bred her to Stel Corona.”

The Boyle factory of impressive runners figures to continue thanks to Shirleys Strawfly. But for now, it’s BF Farm Boss that is the star following his come-from-behind victory.

“He stumbled a little at the start,” Sanchez said. “He was about ¾ lengths behind (Old Girl). I just tried to keep him straight. Once I straightened him out he started rolling. In the last 50 yards of this race he was flying.”

BF Farm Boss earned $153,300 for the win to take his career earnings to $231,005.

Also saddled by Jones for owner Abigail Kawananakoa, A Goddess Thru Fire earned $62,050 for her solid second place finish. Sired by Walk Thru Fire, A Goddess Thru Fire came into the final after a strong half-;length trial win. Oscar Peinado was aboard the filly.

Jose Arturo Flores’ Kindergarten winner Old Girl broke quickly from post four, but she had to settle for third place and a check for $43,800. Cruz Mendez piloted her for trainer Lindolfo Diaz. Kickin Your Can, Run By You, James First Affair, Myoceanmemory, Hrh Walkonfire, Off Beat, and Captain Planet completed the field.







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