Owner back in game with Don't Hurry Love
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When Don't Hurry Love captured the first leg of the Bob Staats Pacing series last weekend at Cal Expo, it marked a victorious return to racing for owner Ed Acktinson, who was watching his first starter in some 15 years. For good measure, he added a tally with the trotter Chevie Balboa a bit later on the same program.
"Ed is retired now and called me and said he wanted to get back in the game,” trainer Bob Johnson related. "We had a lot of very nice horses over the years, Bonefide Boy being one of our favorites, and won our share of stakes races together. He also had a lot of awfully good ones that came in from Australia and New Zealand.”
When Johnson head that Denny Shetler had some horses for sale in Indiana, he figured the timing was right to get Actkinson back into the sport. "The Indiana horses usually do very well out here, and it's especially nice when they still have lots of conditions like these two. So far it's worked out pretty well.”
Johnson mentioned that it was also very gratifying to win a race named after the late owner/breeder Bob Staats, a mainstay in California for many years and a client in the Johnson barn. "Bob was a good guy with a lot of very nice horses and he was one of those people who always thinking about what was in the best interest of the game.”(Cal Expo)