Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

Let’s Meet Alberta Open Pacing Star “Who Doesnt”

Written by Orianna Scheck, Alberta Downs
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Who Doesnt captured his seventh straight Open Pace victory at Alberta Downs this past Sunday August 17th. Let’s meet this Alberta pacing star!

Who Doesnt arrived on Alberta soil mid November of 2013 for driver/trainer Travis Cullen. His first start in Alberta was the Open Pace November 23rd at Northlands Park. He drew the six post in a nine horse field where he finished seventh against some of the best Open pacers which included the 2012 Alberta Horse of the Year Timberline Court along with Beren Hanover and Sixdaysontheroad. This finish did not discourage Who Doesnt whatsoever as he stepped up in his very next outing November 30th and finished a strong third in the Open Pace just narrowly getting beat by one length in 1:54.2. Well this was just the beginning for Who Doesnt in Alberta.

Who Doesnt was born May 14, 2009. He was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Who Doesnt is the son of Mach Three and is out of the Western Hanover mare Labor Of Love. He was purchased as a yearling for $40,000 in the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Who Doesnt started his young racing career in Ontario with driver/trainer Joseph Hudon. He qualified in a very sharp 1:56.4 and went on to win his first lifetime start which happen to be the $24,000 ONSS (Grassroots) for two-year-old Colts.

Who Doesnt continued to race in Ontario for his two-year-old, three-year-old and most of his four-year-old career. He went on to win over $48,000 in the Ontario Sires Stakes and had a mark of 1:52.3. Who Doesnt came to be a very popular horse which was reflected by having a total of five claims in Ontario.

November 9th, 2013 Who Doesnt was purchased by top Alberta driver/trainer Travis Cullen along with Jeanne, Kenneth and Jodie Cullen. “I really liked his lines and he was a very nice looking horse” says Cullen. “He is average in size but very muscular”. “He has good confirmation and well put together”. “I really liked him and I was confident in him as a racehorse but I wasn’t sure he was going to be a top class competitor” says Cullen.

 “Who Doesnt (also known as “Duey” in the barn) fits very well into the Cullen stable. “He is such a well mannered horse and fits into my barn nicely”. “Of course “Duey” gets tons of attention and loves treats” says Cullen. “He likes to jog very slow and he looks after himself”. “He’s just a happy horse”.

In the race, Who Doesnt’s attitude is just as good. “He waits for me to call on him and when I do he gives me everything he’s got” says Cullen. “And this is what makes me most proud of him”.

To date, the proudest moment for Cullen was when his star pupil tasted victory in the Winners Circle this past December 28th at Northands Park. Cullen’s entire family was on hand to witness Who Doesnt’s first Alberta Open Pace victory and shared with him the excitement and celebration.

Since joining the Cullen stable here in Alberta, Who Doesnt’s winning percentage is 50 percent with 11 wins in just 22 starts. He has taken a new lifetime mark of 1:50.4 and made over $59,000. Who Doesnt has 17 lifetime wins and $150,230 in lifetime earnings.

Who Doesnt continues to roll and display his heart and determination on the track. He has shown his “will to win” by overcoming the challenge of being assigned the outside post position in his last five outings.

Cullen’s plans are to keep Who Doesnt in his stable for as long as he can. And when asked to describe his star pupil in one word....he humbly says “character”.

Well yes indeed this five year old gelded son of Mach Three has certainly shown his “strength of character”.

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