BD Love back in business


Over two years of frustration will come to an end for Ken Barron at Addington this week when BD Love resumes in the feature trot.

One of the top two and three-year-old trotters in a crop which included Monbet, Speeding Spur and Prince Fearless, the now 6-year-old BD Love has raced only once in the 27 months since.

Co-owner and trainer Barron had BD Love back at the trials in late 2015 as a 4-year-old but the Love You gelding missed that entire season.

“He was still growing and weak, had sore feet and got crook – there was a whole heap of little niggles so we turned him out again,” said Barron.

Recommissioned in the winter last year, BD Love was heading towards the Cup meeting but started just the once in October before being tipped out for the season again.

“He just wasn’t trotting any good at that stage – he had a haematoma on a leg so out he went again.

“Pretty much anything you could name that could go wrong, it did with him.”

BD Love had earlier looked an open class trotter in the making and it is only a matter of time before he gets there this season, all things being equal and without any further issues.

As a juvenile on debut at Rangiora, BD Love sat outside Monbet and beat him in national record time and a few weeks later he pushed Prince Fearless to half a length in the Sales race with Speeding Spur third.

BD Love downed Everybody Knows when he resumed in a maiden race at three and later he finished second to Speeding Spur in the Sales race.

Asked whether racing as a juvenile in particular had contributed to BD Love’s problems in recent years, Barron said “probably”.

“When we bought him at the sales (for $8000) we knew he was going to take time as he was so big and gangly - he was like an overgrown weed.

“It amazed us how well he went as a two-year-old and we decided to give him a shot at the Sales race.

“He was just unlucky to strike a really good crop of trotters when you look at what the others have gone on and done.

“We probably shouldn’t have raced him at two or three but he won almost 60k and he wouldn’t have got that if we hadn’t.”

All the time away from the track is no doubt now going to be a blessing in disguise and BD Love is set to quickly make up for lost time.

There have been no issues this time in and BD Love has had three trials and won the last two.

A fortnight ago he led and held the trailer BD Khaoson with Everybody Knows (30m) third while last week he trailed BD Khaosan and beat him in the passing lane with Gee Up Neddy (30m) in third.

“He’s getting ready for a 20k race next week but he’s pretty forward and will be a good chance – he’s probably our best chance at Addington actually.”

BD Love holds a Dominion Handicap nomination which underlines the opinion that is held of him.

“It’s probably a year too soon for him but we took the precaution of nominating rather than having to pay the late entry fee.”