11 IN BATH
Three trainers will
be striving to have an entry in the Penny Bath Memorial
final on Jan. 14.
The Bath Memorial is
for four-year-old mares who are non winners of $30,000
lifetime up to an including Dec. 15.
Eleven horses were
entered for this Sunday’s eliminations, including two each
by trainers Wally Slopianka, Barry Treen and Dave
Slopianka will have
Complete Game and Intrepid Kate in separate qualifying
legs for owners Verve Racing Stable of Victoria. Kate, a
daughter of Intrepid Seelster, has won three of her last
five starts making her a 9-5 favorite in one leg while
Complete Game, by Kents On Nuke, who has won in 1:56, is
the 2-1 choice in the other leg. Top driver Bill Davis
will handle the reins for each.
Treen has A Midnight
Promise and Shesabombshell, who are second choices in each
leg, and Jungquist’s entrants are Leah Yankee and True
Pedicure, Ross Ridge Biggins, Red Star Tomboy, Gg S
Connfidence and Drinks White. The latter was supplemented
after a win last Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Keith
Linton Memorial for four-year-old horses and geldings,
also non winners of $30,000 lifetime, drew but eight
entries and will skip the need for Saturday’s eliminations
and go right to the final on Jan. 13.
The eight are The
Funk Brothers, Rodeo King, Regal Intention, Rays Folly,
Madpan, Red Star Robust, Red Star Governor and Fast N
The finals for both
stakes events will be for about $30,000.
Speaking of Saturday
prompts a reminder that the Downs will now switch to
Saturday afternoon cards. The first race will go to the
post at 1:15 p.m.
A LOVE STORY:
Westart Love, a four-year-old by Western Hanover, made it
four wins in a row for owner Niele Jiwan and
trainer/driver Bill Davis in taking the featured fillies
and mares event of last weekend.
Westart Love, just
turned five, was the 4-5 favorite and went gate to wire in
covering the mile in 1:57.1. It was her 15th career
victory and pushed her career earnings to more than
Coco Bongo stalked
the pace and finished second to Westart Love for the
second straight week, this time by three quarters of a
length. Newcomer Lucky Jenny was third in the field of
seven racing as $35,000 plus allowance claimers.
The featured guys
also raced in a $35,000 claiming event and Armbro Blacktie
picked up his first win since being claimed by owners Herb
Boggs and Jerry Blanchet on Nov. 10.
The six-year-old son
of Camluck was last in the field of six after a quarter,
moved to fifth at the half and continued his attack on the
outside to the wire. The 9-2 third choice covered the last
quarter in 29.2 seconds, the mile in 1:56.3 and won by
half a length.
Blacktie is trained
by Jim Marino, who made a good move on the day which saw
him have to book off drives, by getting Bill Davis to
handle the reins. Blacktie now has more than $185,000 in
Whitesand Lord, a
12-1 shot, was second and Hi Time Ascot, who closed late,
Even money favorite
Active Pass was fifth, three lengths back.
A DAVIS CHAPTER:
Bill Davis slipped ever so slightly last weekend – just
seven wins – but it was more than enough to again widen
his margin over other rivals.
Davis was having a
relatively modest weekend until he picked up four
victories on New Year’s Day.
Gord Abbott, Serge
Masse and Scott Knight each had three triumphs while Tim
Brown and Barry Treen had two apiece.
Davis also led all
trainers with five wins. Wally Slopianka was next with
three while Masse and Treen had two each.
Red Star Soprano goes on making beautiful music.
Here is how the
year’s 2006 chart looks for the five-year-old son of
Barnett Hanover out of Thankfilly Nikki. He performed 32
times and led the way 12 times. He was second best on six
occasions and third best on four. That meant he earned
just short of $78,000 for the year.
And, he is on a long
run at the top of the hit parade. Friday’s win, in 1:56.3
from the outside eight hole on a sloppy track, was his
seventh in succession. All the wins have been by large
Since being claimed
by owner Niele Jiwan for $10,000 for trainer Bill Davis
Soprano has not been beaten -- all at a $20,000 to $25,000
Just for the record,
the longest winning skein at the Downs is by Almost A Fool
who won 15 straight from March 28, 1999 to Nov. 13, 2000.
INTENDING TO WIN:
Regal Intention is another who has found the winning
way in spades. The three-year-old son of As Promised out
of Berry Royal, won his fourth in succession, and fifth of
the meet, for trainer/driver Barry Treen and owner Evert
Vandenborn. Regal Intention finished 2006 at 17-6-4-3 and
with more than $26,000 in earnings.
Kootenay Finale, a four-year-old daughter of Safe N Rich,
pushed her winning streak to five, and won her 13th of the
year (in 40 starts) for trainer/owner Jason Smith. She was
claimed out of the race by Richard Knight.
Maxillas Future, who like Kootenay Finale races at the
$4,000 claimer level, captured her second in a row. It was
also her 13th victory (in 41 starts) of 2006. The
four-year-old by Falcons Future is trained by Rick
Beggars Opera started 2007 like he finished 06 -- winning.
The five-year old gelding by Splendid Splinter grabbed his
fifth successive victory for trainer/driver Bill Davis.
Triple Play, a four-year-old son of Cambest, captured his
fourth straight victory for trainer/driver Serge Masse.
Solar Wind, a four-year-old son of Usher Hanover, won his
third consecutive race for trainer/driver Barry Treen.
Ben Mi Creich, a three-year-old daughter of As Promised,
liked her maiden win so much she won her second straight
for trainer Dan Desko and owner Jim Findlay.
Judge Bullingham, a
five-year-old son of Splendid Splinter, made it two in a
row for trainer/driver Bill Davis.
One of the busiest
horses of 2006, Incredible Day, won his second straight in
his 47th start of the year. The four-year old by
Incredible Finale is trained by Wally Slopianka.
Red Star Apache, a
seven-year-old son of Safe N Rich, captured the 24th
victory of his career and pushed his life earnings to more
than $143,000 while winning his first of 2006 (in start
No. 7). Apache is trained by Heather Sifert.
Cher The Wealth, a
seven-year-old daughter of Wheelin Chance, won and pushed
her career earnings to more than $153,000.
4 Straight Path) raced to a new life mark of 2:00.2 while
winning her first of 2006 (in start 22) for trainer Walter
Mitchell; Free Passage (4 g Freedoms Pass) lowered his
lifetime best to 1:59 for trainer Helmut Ratz;
Twentyfivetolife (g 4 Fit For Life) was sharp in cutting
his best ever clocking to 1:55.2 for trainer Wally
Slopianka and Rays Folly (h 4 Usher Hanover) dropped his
lifetime mark to 1:58 for trainer Ray Gemmill.