Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 Coen brothers American film starring Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski – a Los Angeles slacker – with other Hollywood heavyweights in the comedy including Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
And there are few cult films revered by its audience more than The Big Lebowski – Portland trainer Nicole Stanley being one of that audience.
So when she purchased, sight unseen, a big gangly 15-month-old unbroken black youngster by Spring Gun out of Ginsue Too for $800 from David Jones of Korumburra she already had a racing name earmarked – Big Lebowski.
Ginsue Too raced on 29 occasions for three wins and seven minor placings, two of her wins – one in 30.02 seconds – being at Tara Raceway over 512 metres.
Her breeding is interesting as she’s by High Earner out of Gorgeous I Daire, a winner of 16 races, including 11 in succession at Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong and Bendigo during 2007 for Woodford owner-trainer Stuart Bishop who is a part-owner of last Friday’s Tara Raceway maiden winner Kooka Jak.
Stanley said she had been more than happy with her purchase after a promising breaking-in report although at one stage it appeared as if the August 2015 whelping was unlikely to ever see a race track.
“He’d been diagnosed with acidosis and veterinary advice suggested a bleak future for him. But I’d never been convinced that it was acidosis and fortunately for all concerned it turned out to be nothing more than a stress-related setback,” she said.
Big Lebowski made his debut at Tara Raceway last Sunday from box four in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m). He led all the way, won by eight lengths and ran 23.19 seconds. This Dude’s no slacker.
He was the first leg of a treble for Stanley who followed up with Tiger Bite Turbo in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m) and then rising five-year-old Old Jock continued to stave off retirement with a dashing 400 metre win in The Border Watch Stake.
Stanley may now head towards August’s Destini Fireball Winter Classic (512 m) – for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015 – with Big Lebowski who is well placed from an age point of view.
The leading trainer will be looking to go one better this year after Hay Miss’s second to Lektra Munster in the 2016 Winter Classic.
BELLA FINALLY OPENS WINNING ACCOUNT
While Maximum Bella had previously won at The Meadows, Cranbourne, Horsham, Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Traralgon, success at Tara Raceway had been a while coming for Allendale East owner-trainer David Peckham.
But after three months and 14 starts, the black bitch finally broke through last Friday, albeit in the form of a dead-heat with Spider Whitehead’s Goldie’s Run – both greyhounds coming from a fair way back in the Allestree Holiday Units Stake (512 m).
By Magic Sprite, Maximum Bella is out of proven producer Lil’s Memory, the dam of Cracker Jack Lil (by Go Wild Teddy) who won 26 races and more than $115,000 in prizemoney.
Lil’s Memory raced on only 10 occasions for two wins at Cannington in WA but it was her success as a dam that prompted Peckham to answer an advertisement placed by Lethbridge breeder Jordan Cooper in regard to the sale of Maximum Bella.
“Lil’s Memory had produced quite a few winners to Go Wild Teddy, Magic Sprite and Mogambo so I figured Maximum Bella mightn’t be a bad buy for $1400 – any win being a bonus – but primarily with a view to later breeding with her,” he said.
Goldie’s Run completed a good week for the Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally litter after Blitz And Bolt had won at Angle Park on the Monday night.