Things kick Friday (Dec. 13) with
the Sales Stakes finals for two-year-olds, Saturday it's
the Sales Stakes for three-year-olds and Sunday features
the Mr. Vancouver for four-year-old horses and geldings.
Several contenders used last
weekend as trainers (tighteners) for the Stakes which all
go for purses of more than $30,000.
One big plus for
competitors tonight is that they do not have to contend
with Rich Cam, the undefeated prince of the age class.
Rich Cam, who has already caught the eye of the country,
nevermind the province with such credentials as track
records and a Breeders (Sires) Stake win is ineligible for
the Sales Stake (a horse must have gone through the B.C.
Only six colts or geldings entered for tonight, including
Oddsofawildcard, who did not compete in the Breeders, but
has been improving with each outing. Kootenay Ice was
second to Rich Cam in the Breeders final and will garner
much of the attention tonight. The field also includes the
Larry-Micallef-trained entry of Bill The Cheetah and
Holysnarpinarmpits, Speed Pact and Red Star Tyler, who won
an elimination leg of the Breeders.
The two-year-old fillies
will also be without their Breeders Stakes winner, Jim
Burke's Yumyum Candy.
But eight are ready for
tonight. Millenium Money and Red Star Finalee, who were
second and third respectively to Yumyum, looked good in
tune-ups last week. Another to watch will likely be Lil
Dudes Dewette who broke her maiden last Saturday in a race
which included Kootenay Ice and some three-year-olds.
Others in the field are Bo
Magnolia, Sumwerovrtherainbo, Red Star Anncando and Red
Star Sandy. Interestingly Red Star trainer Rene Goulet
gave the week off to all his Stakes competitors except
The three-year-old fillies
did things differently in getting to Saturday's final.
They needed elimination legs to trim from 12 to nine.
Winning legs two weeks ago were Dal Reo Damsel and I Wish
I Might. The latter rested last weekend while Rod Therres'
Damsel, who has already earned more than $100,000 this
year, took on older fillies and mares in the open and won
Dealmeahos, second to
Damsel in their elimination leg, also won last Saturday in
The contenders do not stop there as Holy Doodle, the
winner of the Breeders Stake final, will battle along with
Tahuya Lark, Lunar Princess and Three For Me, who have
shown continued improvement, good-feeling story Red Star
Dahling and Hippie Chick.
Only six will contest the
colts and geldings division with Breeders Stakes champ
Millbanks P I not in. Paul Harrison's Haras Colta Cola,
the odds-on favourite in the Breeders, hopes to rebound
from a disappointing race and showed signs in a tightener
last weekend against older horses.
Red Star Ritzi and Red Star
Camelot were first and second in the Breeders consolation
and Camelot looked sharp last weekend.
Others taking a shot are
Just Invincible, Raggidy Andy and Tahuya Squire.
Meanwhile, Nazko Promise
will carry the favourite's role in a short but strong
field for the Mr. Vancouver.
The Dave Jungquist-trained
son of As Promised continues to impress, racing most
recently in the winners over class at the Downs. He made
it three successive wins at that level last Sunday despite
being handicapped to the eight hole.
Trainer Dave Hudon will
throw an entry into the fray: strong free-legged pacer Red
Star Justice and Pulledsuspensory and another horse to
watch is the ever-improving Red Star Leam.
Owned by Tri W Stable and trained by Mark Martin, Leam,
also a son of As Promised, has won four races in a row
including a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 two weeks ago. He will
also likely be piloted by top driver Bill Davis.
Others in the field are
Rick White's Meant To Do That and Heather Sifert's Gramrun