The 26th running of the Boekenoogan Memorial and three Dick Monahan/American Quarterhorse Maiden Challenge trials are the highlights of the first day of the 2015 Sun Downs horse racing meet today at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
In 1941, a young Sis Boekenoogen and her close friend, Abigail Kawananakoa — who grew up together in the same village in Hawaii — were on a ship heading to the U.S. mainland when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Sis married a California rancher named Bob Boekenoogen, and they eventually made their way up to the Northwest.
Sis decided to get involved in quarterhorse racing and had Kennewick’s Lin Melton train her horses.
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Abigail, ever the competitive sort, decided to get into quarterhorse racing too.
She purchased a ranch in the Mid-Columbia while living on her estate in Hawaii.
In the 1980s, Bob Boekenoogen passed away.
That’s when the family decided to put on the race.
The Boekenoogan estate has a memorial every year.
Sis Boeknoogen passed away about 10 years ago, but the race has continued on.
Angel Eyez, a 4-year-old mare with $36,672 in career winnings, is the oddsmaker’s favorite for the 250-yard race at 5-to-2.
For the trials, 18 horses are entered for 10 spots in the finals, set for May 2.
First post today is at 1 p.m.
Trey is back to make his picks this spring, starting with an imaginary bankroll of $300 — provided by the Herald — for the meet.
In the first, we’ll start with Wrs Peggys Pride for the first half of the Daily Double, and we’ll take it to win for $5.
In the second, it’s American Cartel for the second half of the Daily Double, which we’ll take $2 across the board.
In the third, it’s a $4 exacta box on Magna Sweetheart and Splash Mee.
For the fourth, the first of the three Maiden Challenge trials, we’ll go with a $3 quinella on Runawayheart and A Real Steal 613.
In the fifth, we’ll box a $2 trifecta on Speed Version, Jacango and Snow Beauty.
For the sixth, we’ll want a $5 quinella on Jealous Jess and Beduin Flights.
In the seventh, we’ll box an exacta of Fly Pole and Midnitesruntoglory.
In the eighth, we’ll take Marshland for the first half of the Late Double. We also want to box a $2 trifecta of Marshland, Spirit Bear and Mister Messenger.
Finally, in the ninth, we want Angel Eyez for the second half of the Late Double. We’ll also take $5 across the board on Angel Eyez.
That’s $74 in wagers for Day 1.
First post 1 p.m.
FIRST — QH mdn, 3YO&Up, $1,300 purse, 300 yards: 1. Special Grade. 2. Wanna Be Fierce. 3. Wrs Peggys Pride. 4. Js Mr Jazz. 5. Flash a Look. 6. La Bukana. 7. Zroxstar.
SECOND — QH Allowance, 3YO&Up which have never won 2 races, Purse $1,500, 350 yards: 1. Joel Cool. 2. Countess Aluerdine. 3. Awesome Corona. 4. Tsunami Kidd. 5. Fly Reba Fly. 6. Honor the Call. 7. Ms Special Swinger. 8. An American Cartel.
THIRD — TB claiming $5,000, 3YO&Up which have never won 2 races, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 1. Grandy Andy. 2. Magna Sweetheart. 3. Chumaree Won. 4. Softstar. 5. Splashmee. 6. Power Next.
FOURTH — Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Letsgokachingkaching. 2. Cancino Effort. 3. Runawayheart. 4. Mountnbound Princess. 5. Quematierras. 6. A Real Steal 613.
FIFTH — Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Honey Dont Boo Boo. 2. Ba Snowing Okies. 3. Enriques Miracle. 4. Speed Version. 5. Snow Beauty. 6. Jacango.
SIXTH — Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,800, 350 yards: 1. Ringoh. 2. Ojango. 3. Jealous Jess. 4. A Tree Dash. 5. Beduin Flights. 6. Cm Mo Baby.
SEVENTH — TB claiming $2,500, Fillies and Mares 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2015, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 1. Fly Pole. 2. Penngrove. 3. Miss Jazzie Harbor. 4. A Moon Lit Ride. 5. Soul Setter. 6. Midnitesruntoglory.
EIGHTH — TB claiming $2,500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2015, Purse $1,500, 4 furlongs: 1. Mister Messenger. 2. Marshland. 3. Via Zavata. 4. Seven Demons. 5. Spirit Bear. 6. Mr Gnarly. 7. Stormello Fello. 8. Pinotman.
NINTH — Boeknoogen Memorial,QH allowance, 3YO&Up, Purse $2,100, 250 yards: 1. Surfin for Bux. 2. Catlow Rim. 3. First Daisy. 4. Sneakin Tr. 5. Sissis Little Nipper. 6. Angel Eyez. 7. Wild N Sexy. 8. Patty Okey. 9. Ivory Bell.