Big Team Effort in Chariot Championships

Beehive State chariot team wins the 50th annual world championships.

Q-Racing Journal

The 2014 world champion team is on the inside (far right of photo). PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Driving Ocean Runner and Spur N Dirty, Jeff Sandberg on March 30 took home the top title for the combined team of Flying T, Cajun & Sandberg Families in the 50th annual world championships of chariot racing.

Marking a half-century of competition and conducted over five days of racing March 22-23 and 28-30 at the Weber County Fairgrounds in Ogden, Utah, the 50th renewal of the World Championship Cutter & Chariot Racing Association’s meet drew cutter racers from 14 participating associations in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

Representing the Beehive State Cutter & Chariot Racing Association of Farmington, Utah, Sandberg’s team on the final day of competition scored in the first division trophy dash at the WCCCRA finals. Finishing second was Bruce Jenson at the lines of the JRW team from the Skyline association at Smithfield, Utah. Josh Theurer drove Owen Udy’s O-K Boys team of the Bear River club at Tremonton, Utah, to third in the race.

The Flying T, Cajun & Sandberg team comprises a couple of horses hooked together for the first time this season.

An earner of $19,210 on the flat tracks, Ocean Runner is a 6-year-old gelding by Ocean Runaway out of Royal Quick Dash’s champion and All American Futurity (G1)-winning daughter AB What A Runner. Ocean Runner won the Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge at Les Bois Park last summer in Boise, Idaho.

Ocean Runner was hooked with Spur N Dirty, a 4-year-old gelding by Feature Mr Jess out of Chivatos Secret by Dash To Chivato. Spur N Dirty won one of four races on the flat, where he earned $469.

“Well, we got it,” Sandberg said, laughing. “I’m so excited, I don’t even know what to say. This has been 25, 30 years in the making! We’ve been running together, we’ve been trying, we’ve been doing everything we can. Everybody here has helped us – it’s been a joint effort and we’ve finally won it for everybody.”

Last year's event saw Rowdy Friends Racing take the victory. This is the second world championship for Ocean Runner, who was also a member of the winning team in 2012.

Look for full coverage of the chariot world championships in the May Q-Racing Journal.

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