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Faces At The Races: Ardell Sayler

Sayler also led all trainer's by money earned with purse earnings of $389,949. His win percentage of 22.32% is particularly impressive because he often ran coupled entries. To cap the year off, Sayler achieved his 1,000th career training victory in 2011. His stars included Balooga Bull (Flashy Bull- Proud Crusader, by Crusader Sword), an undefeated two-year-old that he purchased at the 2010 Fasig Tipton Kentucky yearling sale for the princely sum of $2,000 for American owner Paul Brandt. The bay gelding won his maiden and then reeled off three stakes victories culminating in the $50,000 Winnipeg Futurity. This youngster was so impressive that California interests made an offer of $450,000 for him. Brandt declined. Sayler and Brandt are hopeful that Balooga Bull will take them all the way to the 2012 Manitoba Derby, the province's signature race that, remarkably, Sayler has yet to win. Sayler also campaigned two nice three-year-olds…

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