November 29th, 2020

Lethbridge rider in Breeders’ Cup sprint


By Woodard, Dale on November 6, 2020.

Dallas Birdrattler will be on Bodenheimer

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge, as well as Alberta, will be represented in today’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Lethbridge’s Dallas Birdrattler will ride Bodenheimer into today’s race in at Keeneland, Kentucky.

Birdrattler is a graduate of the Horse Racing Alberta/Olds College Professional Racetrack Exercise Rider Program and works for Valorie Lund, the trainer of Bodenheimer.

Birdrattler has galloped Bodenheimer many times

“He’s a class act,” said Birdrattler to Curtis Stock of The Horses.com.

Bodenheimer has won three of his four career starts including a very impressive victory just a month ago over the same Keeneland turf surface in the Indian Summer Stakes while going the same five and a half furlong distance that this Breeders’ Cup race will be contested at.

The Breeders’ Cup is thoroughbred racing’s year-end championship. It is conducted over two days with two-year-olds racing today and the rest of the races set for Saturday. Golden Pal is the favourite in the Juvenile Turf Sprint but he drew the outside 14th post position.

Purchased for just $27,000, Bodenheimer broke his maiden by 11 1/4 lengths at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park on July 29. He then won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Iowa’s Prairie Meadows on dirt Aug. 22.

His third start marked his only loss when he finished fifth in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Sprint on Sept. 12. But that race was contested on a wet and deep turf course that he clearly disliked. Then he checked in with the Indian Summer Stakes victory.

In 2013 Birdrattler graduated from Horse Racing Alberta/Olds College Professional Racetrack Exercise Rider Program where former champion jockey Real Simard was the head instructor.

After graduating, Birdrattler took out his ‘B’ Circuit trainer’s license in 2014. With just a small stable Birdrattler had a lot of success especially with two mares, Officer’s Charm and Lilly Abbie, both owned by Gordon Howg.

Birdrattler said he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t around horses.

“My dad, who died when I was just three months old, used to train horses,” he told Stock. “So did my dad’s father and my great grandfather. Horses have always been a big part of my family. I’ve always loved horses – especially thoroughbreds. They are so honest. If you don’t lie to them they won’t lie to you. My mom used to take me to Lethbridge’s Rocky Mountain Turf Club and we’d meet my uncles and aunts, who also went to the races. I started grooming horses and shovelling manure when I was 12.”

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