Vancouver, B.C. (Dec. 3/17) – Not surprisingly, the sensational three-year-old filly Daz Lin Dawn stole the show at the 2017 B.C. Thoroughbred Awards Dinner in much the same manner she dominated the racing scene at Hastings Racecourse this past summer.

Winner of seven consecutive stake races in 2017, Daz Lin Dawn swept four major awards:  Horse of the Year in both the B.C. Bred and Open Divisions and Champion 3-Year-Old Filly, again in both Divisions.

Owned by JDP Holdings, Nancy Betts and Delton Stable, Daz Lin Dawn was purchased at the 2015 CTHS Yearling & Mixed Sale for $15,000. Today she is living the good life at Jack Bennett’s Road’s End Farm in Abbotsford with career earnings of $280,650.

Daz Lin Dawn launched her incredible stakes streak at Hastings in the BC Cup Dogwood on April 30 and proceeded to continue on a once-a-month pace with victories in the Ross McLeod (May 22), Emerald Downs (June 25), Supernaturel (July 15), Hong Kong Jockey Club (Aug. 7), CTHS Sales (Aug. 25) and BC Oaks (Sept. 9).

Betts, who also trains Daz Lin Dawn, told the Awards Dinner audience:  “I have waited 30 years to have a horse like her.  She’s the absolute best I’ve ever trained.”

Part owner Paul Caravetta said the question now is:  “What kind of horse do we really have here?  She’s B.C bred but California sired so Santa Anita could be in our plans.  It’s something we’ll have to talk about over the winter.”

In the meantime, Caravetta is satisfied with “talking” to Daz Lin Dawn during his once-a-week visits to Road’s End Farm.  “She’s just being a horse,” he says, “relaxing, eating well and taking it easy.”

Caravetta made two more trips to the podium as part owner with B.C. Stables of Here’s Hannah, named Champion 2-Year-Old Filly in both the B.C. Bred and Open Divisions.  Here’s Hannah, trained by John Morrison, won all three of her starts in 2017, including the Sadie Diamond and Fantasy graded $100,000 stakes.

As a sign of things to come, Here’s Hannah was runner-up to Daz Lin Dawn in the balloting for both the B.C. Bred Horse of the Year and Open Horse of the Year.

Notis the Jewell was a triple winner as Champion Older Filly/Mare in the B.C. and Open Divisions as well as Upper Level Claimer of the Year.  Notis the Jewell is leased and trained by Bill McLaren.

Double winners included Wise Market as Champion 2-Year-Old Male in both the B.C. bred and Open Divisions trained by Phil Hall and owned by Hall, Blair Law and Brian Albertson; also Modern as Champion Older Male Open Division and Champion Sprinter, owned by Swift Thoroughbreds and trained by Dino Condilenios.

Other 2017 winners were:  Power Corrupt, Lower Level Claimer of the Year, owned by Mitch Sutherland and trained by Jim Brown; Hunter’s Appeal, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, B.C. Bred Division, owned by Mohamad Khan and trained by Jim Brown; Chief Know It All, Champion 3-Year-Old Male, Open Division, owned by Rollingson Racing Stable, Randy Howg, Rick and Clayton Wiest and trained by Robertino Diodoro; Crazy Prophet, Champion Older Male B.C. Division, owned by Shamrock Racing Stable and trained by John Snow.

Individual presentations were also made to 2017 B.C. Racing Hall of Fame inductees trainer Barbara Anderson Heads, jockey Gerry Olguin and 2003 BC Derby winner Roscoe Pito’s connections.  Richard Hamel, Leading Jockey; Jose Asencio, Leading Apprentice Jockey; Glen Todd (North American Thoroughbred Horse Company), Leading Owner and Brad Dimond, HBPA Backstretch Person of the Year.

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