Sunbird a 'completely happy horse' after huge B.C. Cup win at Hastings

Sunbird is owned by Pauline Felicella and the property of her late husband Nick Felicella. They ran Nick’s Spaghetti Home on Industrial Drive for many years.

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Sunbird remained undefeated and punched his ticket to the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby at Century Mile on Aug. 26 with a powerful victory within the Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial at Hastings Racecourse final Monday. The 1-1/16 mile Churchill was one in every of six $50,000 stakes races that made up the majority of the B.C. Cup card.

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In response to Sunbird’s coach, Terry Jordan, the victory by the three-year-old son of Orb made a “couple of aged individuals really feel good.”

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Jordan, 81, is completely happy to be alive after successful a battle with colon most cancers a few years in the past.

“I’ve my good days and unhealthy days,” he mentioned. “I’d have by no means made it with out the help of Anita. She is the Queen of the Fort.”

Jordan was referring to his longtime associate, Anita Bolton, additionally a superb coach.

Sunbird is owned by Pauline Felicella and the property of her late husband Nick Felicella, who handed away in January.

“Mrs. Felicella is approaching 90,” mentioned Jordan. “She was thrilled Nick was round to get his image taken when Sunbird received the Ascot Commencement final 12 months, and the win Monday actually picked her spirits up. The horse means so much to her.”

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The Felicellas owned and operated the favored restaurant Nick’s Spaghetti Home on Industrial Drive between 1955 and 2017. Probably the most completed horse they owned was Spaghetti Mouse who compiled a powerful 12-15-8 file from 52 begins, all at Hastings, for earnings of $929,850.

“A month after I purchased Sunbird for them, I instructed Mrs. Felicella he was a greater horse than Spaghetti Mouse,” mentioned Jordan. “Spaghetti Mouse was her pet, so she didn’t consider me. Sunbird has so much to show, however he’s a fairly particular horse.”

Jordan thought of working Sunbird within the $125,000 Manitoba Derby at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg. The Manitoba Derby, additionally held final Monday, is the primary race within the Western Canadian Triple Crown, which incorporates the Canadian Derby and British Columbia Derby. A $100,000 bonus is awarded if a horse wins all three races. After trying on the nominations, significantly Heroic Transfer, Jordan determined to remain dwelling. Following the upset of closely favoured Heroic Transfer by Mano Dura, Jordan didn’t remorse the choice.

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“Sunbird had only one begin this 12 months and wasn’t able to ship to Winnipeg to run a mile and an eighth over a deep monitor,” he mentioned. “He got here out of his race in wonderful form and we’re heading to Alberta on Friday to get him prepared for the Canadian Derby. We gave up the prospect to win the $100,000 bonus, however we did what was proper for the horse. He’s a contented horse proper now, and we’re going to attempt to maintain him that approach.”


Race 4: The Rob VanOverschot-trained Desired Consequence stretches out to a center distance for the primary time and contemplating all 4 of his siblings to race are route winners, he ought to be capable to deal with the task. The British Columbia-bred son of Ralis should catch Brian’s de Leight who seems like the primary pace and might be gone if he breaks alertly with Antonio Reyes aboard.

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RACE 6: Arikara steps up at school however she is as sharp as a tack with back-to-back wins for final 12 months’s main house owners Rob and Sheena Maybin. Different pace within the discipline won’t make her process straightforward, however she is able to stalking and with a affected person experience by Ridge Balgobin she might full the hat trick.

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