Thursday, 03 July 2014 14:14

Cullen On Top of Canada!

Written by Orianna Scheck
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The young gifted driver-trainer Travis Cullen adds another feather to his cap by achieving the highest win percentage in driving and training at the half way mark of the Canadian Harness Racing leaderboard.  Trot Insider provided an updated look at the leaders and as of June 30th Cullen boasts a driving URS of .449 and a training URS of .520 which gives the talented Alberta horseman top honors across the country.

Cullen shares these outstanding accomplishments with some of the top horseman in Canada.  One of Canada’s most accomplished drivers Sylvain Filion currently sits on top of the driving standings with earnings of $1,913,479 while Trevor Henry leads all drivers with 236 wins.  Richard Moreau is Canada’s leading trainer for both earnings and wins with his talented stable.  Moreau has 105 wins and $1,243,712 in purse money so far this season.

Cullen continues to be the hottest driver and trainer here in Alberta.  Cullen has hit the winners circle 45 times this year and earnings of $149,349 thus far.   Driver Phil Giesbrecht sits second with earnings of $98,159 while Kelly Hoerdt is a close third with earnings of $98,025. 

Feelin Flush Takes Mares Open

Feelin Flush found herself back on top this past Saturday taking the Mares Open Pace at Alberta Downs for driver-trainer Travis Cullen.  The six yr-old daughter of As Promised has had to settle for being a bridesmaid to her stablemate Sing Like An Angel during their past three contests.   

Feelin Flush and Cullen left the gate from post four.  Being in no hurry off the gate the duo settled into fifth by the first quarter while Blue Star Beauty (Clark) took charge on the front end with Gts Jerilyn (Redwood) and American Passion (Hudon) following suit.  Crackers Hot Shot (Tainsh) settled in fourth while Sing Like An Angel (Giesbrecht) trailed.  But it didn’t take long for Feelin Flush and Cullen to tip out and make a move down the backside.  Blue Star Beauty continued to lead the pack at the half in 57.1 and the three quarters in 1:25.2 while Feelin Flush slowly made her way towards the leader.  Following her cover was stablemate Sing Like An Angel and Giesbrecht.  Heading down the homestretch Blue Star Beauty was all out trying to hang on to the lead.  But a tigress Feelin Flush hunted her down for the win in 1:54.1.  Sing Like An Angel came up for second while American Passion dug deep to fend off a fast closing Crackers Hot Shot for third prize.  Blue Star Beauty faltered to fifth and Gts Jerilyn was a trailing sixth. 

Feelin Flush now has 27 lifetime victories and now boasts $202,704 in lifetime earnings.  Cullen shares ownership on the mare with Ken Hanson of Strathclair, MB.  The winner paid $4.30 2.30 2.10.  The 4-6 Exactor paid $13.20 and the 4-6-1 Triactor paid $47.90. 

Travis Cullen had another big day at the office with four driving wins on the day.  In the first race Cullen drove Intended Gold to score a win in 1:58.3 for trainer Blair Thomas.  Cullen was right back in the winner’s circle with Rs Dancer in the second race for trainer Doug Shaw and owners Riverside Stables of Cochrane, AB.  The hat trick came with Feelin Flush in the fourth race and Cullen once again saw victory in the eighth race with trainee Keyed Entry.  Cullen also co-owns Keyed Entry with Ken Hanson of Strathclair, MB.

Racing resumes at Alberta Downs this Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 1:15pm.

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