Thoroughbred racing trainer
Easy as one-two-three!
11 Nov 20: What a way to end the season! Having saddled winners of 32 races going into this season finale, including two fourtimers on racedays earlier this autumn, Cathrine saw three more winners go in on this Wedneday fixture; Buckwalk opened the show with a visually impressive off-the-pace win over 1100 metres, and his half-sister Buckybabe took her fourth straight win in the space of three weeks as she cruised home over 1600 metres later on the card. To cap it all, Two Times and Buckyboy finished first and second as they met over 2400 metres towards the end of the show. Buckwalk's win was guided by Nora Hagelund Holm, who became champion apprentice, and she followed up by partnering Two Times to his third success in 2020. Buckybabe, one of the absolute stars these past weeks, had Elione Chaves in the saddle.
Most winners and an incredible strike rate
Cathrine Erichsen's team sent out winners of 35 races this season, five more than the champion trainer, and the stable's strike rate is an incredible 26%, five points better than the champion trainer. While championships for riders are decided in terms of races won, the trainers' championship is based on prize money. This is also how it's done in England, while all premier tracks in North America decide the trainers' championships based on number of races won. Whichever way we handle this, it will always favour the stables with most horses, generating the highest number of starters. All the more impressive, therefore is it that Cathrine notched 35 wins from 129 runners, compared to Niels Petersen's bottom line; 30 wins from 144 runners.
One runner, one winner
Buckybabe back to winning ways
22 Oct 20: It's been a busy old time for Erichsen Racing in recent weeks but this Thursday evening card saw just one runner from the stable, the homebred filly Buckybabe, participating in the Born To Win Handicap over 1600 metres on a sloppy dirt track. Anyone who knows a thing or two about dirt racing will be fully aware of how dangerous early speed can be under such conditions. Apprentice Cornelia Hartsmar was in no doubt - she sent Buckybabe straight to the head of affairs, and the daughter of Helsinki had the race wrapped up early on in the home straight. It was an excellent ride. Smart rivals like We Got the Boss and Mestre dos Magos tried to close in but Buckybabe was too strong. She kept on relentlessly to win by 2 1/4 lengths, pricking her ears when passing the judge. There may have been more in the tank, and perhaps the daughter of Helsinki can follow up before the season is out. We only have three racedays left but she is in fine form at present and hopefully she can race again in 2020. This was her first win of the season. Bred by her owners, Buck Racing, Buckybabe visited the winners' enclosure three times in 2019, when she captured the valuable Breeders' Prize Sprint. She also won once as a juvenile back in 2018. A very versatile performer, Buckybabe has been successful from 1100 to 1600 metres, with three wins on turf and two on dirt.