By Greg Douglas – Dr. Sport


SCENE & HEARD: “Lesson learned,” says Paul Caravetta of the ownership group that guided the 2017 fortunes of three-year-old filly sensation Daz Lin Dawn at Hastings.

Caravetta and Alberta-based partners Dennis Dale and Ed Walsh, opted to test the waters in the U.S. market this year and after three disappointing starts Daz Lin Dawn is back home ready to make a late-season impact on the Hastings stakes scene.

The effect Daz Lin Dawn made locally as a three-year-old was nothing short of astonishing: winner of seven consecutive stake races and sweeping four major awards as Horse of the Year in both the B.C. Bred & Open Divisions as well as Champion 3-Year-Old Filly in both divisions.

After finishing fourth in the $50,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs on Aug. 12, Daz Lin Dawn was shipped back to Hastings and if all goes according to plan, she’ll be running in the CTHS Sales Stake for 3 and 4 year old fillies next Friday (Aug. 24), the Delta Colleen on Derby Day (Sept. 8) and Ballerina (Oct. 8).

Daz Lin Dawn will be in the hands of trainers John and Tammy Snow, taking over from Seattle-based Blaine Wright who has worked in concert with the Snows in the past.


In case you missed it, a must-read is the well-crafted article by freelance writer, editor and photographer Jackie Humber that appeared in Glen Todd’s Derby Bar and Grill newsletter on Thursday, Aug. 16. She relates the life and times of trainer Jodie Rawson who’s retiring after nine years to spend time with her two young sons and fiancé Tavis York, who’s been Jodie’s training partner since the start.

Humber is an established athlete in her own right. She’s a former gold medal-winning B.C. champion speed skater and continues to work out with the Richmond Rockets and Langley Blades speed skating clubs. Jackie fell in love with the local horse racing scene when her father took to her Hastings during the PNE Fair when she was a curious 14-year-old.