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Bella Boss Boosts Owners Spirits
In country racing news, Bella Boss (Street Boss-Bella Ruth, by Montjeu) will chase her fourth win from five starts at Lismore on Thursday when she lines up in the Lismore Toyota Benchmark 58 Handicap over 1516m, reports racingnsw.com.au. Trained by Sharon Pepper at Numulgi, Bella Boss is owned by her trainer in partnership with Jan Catalona, an American who live in Los Angeles. "After I bought her, Jan contacted me and asked if she could buy a share of her as she wanted to keep an interest in her and I was happy to do so," said Pepper. "We've never met face-to-face, but we speak on the phone or via Facebook a lot. Jan is just a lovely lady - the perfect owner. Whenever Bella Boss races, Jan stays up to whatever time it is in Los Angeles and watches her races via the Racing NSW website. And she calls me after every race for a chat. Jan's in her 70s and has been doing it a bit tough during the coronavirus lockdowns in the US as her husband has been working in New York, so hopefully our mare can notch another win on Thursday and boost her spirits." The 5YO mare failed to win in her first five starts when trained in Victoria, but has won five of her 17 starts for Pepper. Bella Boss is coming off two recent unplaced runs on firm tracks at Grafton on May 4 and at Casino on May 29, but can bounce back in a big way on Thursday when she strikes another rain-affected track. Her two most recent runs on soft or heavy going resulted in a win in Benchmark 66 Hcp (1300m) at Lismore on March 7 and a Benchmark 66 win over 1600m at Ballina on April 7.