A double for Colta Cola 

Haras Colta Cola made it two wins in a row in the Invite by triumphing over a field of eight last Saturday. 

Owned by Off Track Stable of Aldergrove, trained by Paul Harrison and driven by Rick White, Colta Cola went for the front early but settled for the two-hole by the first quarter as Red Star Admiral took the lead. 

They stayed that way until White started a challenge late on the backstretch. Colta Cola had the lead by half a length at the head of the stretch and went on to win by 2¾ lengths.

The five-year-old son of Armbro Operative covered the mile in 1:54.3, with a 28 second last quarter. Red Star Justice was third. 

A friendly Fraser Downs welcome tonight to members of the Langley Chamber of Commerce who are on hand for the racing of the Langley Pace. 

More than 40 guests are in the Homestretch Party Zone and David Esworthy, the chamber’s president, and first vice president Patrick Yearwood, along with several directors, will present a blanket to the winning connections. 

DANCING TIME: The Dancewithavixen Pace will be held Saturday at the Downs. 

The event is in honor of Dancewithavixen, three-year-old filly of the year in 2003 at Hastings Racecourse. The Vixen won several Stakes races including the Ballerina, the FreeVacation, the Nanaimo and the Liberation and more than $330,000 in earnings.

Her trainer, Tom Longstaff, and other personalities from Hastings, will be on hand to present a blanket. 

Oh yes, they will also be able to watch Dancewithavixen compete in the $60,000 added Orinda Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco the same day. 

Dancewithavixen will tangle with six other fillies or mares in the eighth race at about 4 p.m. over a distance of six furlongs. She has the outside seven post. Others in the field are Amber Hills, Pheiffer, Ema Bovary, Viansa Ossidiana, Christmas Time and Fancee. 

DAVIS’ DOZEN: A familiar look returned to the driver/trainer derbies at the Downs as Bill Davis dominated the results. 

Davis, who leads the meet standings in both professions, had 12 driving victories last week, including six on Friday and the last three of the day on Sunday. 

Well back were Dave Hudon, Tim Brown and Rick White with three each.  

Davis was a winner’s enclosure visitor on eight occasions (including five on Friday) to lead the trainer stats. Darren Howald, handling the Brenda Arsenault stable for the absent Andy Arsenault, had three wins as did Wayne Isbister. 

ADDING TO THE MIXED: The B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society Mixed Sale will include some imported broodmares up for bids at the Feb.17 event in the Agriplex. 

Society president Bill Pambrum headed to the recent 2004 Garden State Super Sale in Hanover, Pa. and purchased three broodmares which will be added to the sale. 

Joining the sale list are Blue Collar Girl, a nine-year old by Goalie Jeff and in foal to Arturo; Roxette Hanover, a 13-year-old by Kentucky Spur and in foal to Dragon Again and Eicarls El Grande, a 13-year-old by Direct Scooter and in foal to Island Fantasy.

The entry deadline of Jan. 30 still applies.  

Pambrun was active at the sale, picking up a total of six prospects, including one share of stallion Mr Lavec for $10,500US from Armstrong Brothers for Jerry Renkers, owner of Lil Rude Ranch Stable. 

True Blue Victory, a nine-year-old Valley Victory-Decent Exposure broodmare in foal to Andover Hall, took the highest bid of $140,000US at the Garden State sale.

Part of the Robert Waxman dispersal, True Blue Victory was bought by Valley High Stable out of Freehold, NJ.  

TOUGH DAY: A pair of B.C. breds had a rough day while racing in the East -- at Woodbine and the Meadowlands – last Saturday. 

Rich Cam, a dominant force as a Stakes winner at the Downs as a two-year-old, made his first start since June 7 at Edmonton. Breaks were the undoing of the four-year-old son of Camluck as he went off stride just after the start and just before the three-quarter mark and finished 10th, distanced in a race for a purse of $23,000 at Woodbine. He is owned by the Sunbury Stables of Aldergrove. 

Red Star Minckler, who is the fastest-ever B.C. bred with a 1:49.2 clocking, was eighth in a $40,000 claimer at the Meadowlands. Minckler, an eight-year-old who was bred by Dal Reo Farms of Pitt Meadows and previously owned by Robert Murphy of White Rock, was timed at 1:54.2. 

GO WITH THE FLO: Saturday will be Go With The Flo Day at Fraser Downs. 

The day honors a long-time patron, Flo Ayles, who passed away on Jan. 10. She was in her late 80s, and well known by many because of her outgoing personality. She was famous for wearing a Cloverdale Raceway sweater that also read, "Go With the Flo."  

Despite her age, Flo loved wagering a few bucks and drinking beer with her friends in the southeast corner of the Paddock lounge. Her visits were less frequent in recent months because of her declining health, and her last day at the track was on Boxing Day. 

Friends have gathered today in the Homestretch (Flo had always sat at a table in the recently-removed Paddock Lounge) to celebrate her life. 

She will be missed by all at Fraser Downs. 

McKAY No. 4: Lorrie McKay of Delta is the fourth week’s winner of the California Dreamin handicapping contest at the Downs. 

McKay, with two winners, won the mythical total of $614 to take the weekly title. Bud Ketcheson of Vancouver, with three seconds, was next with $579 and Ed McEvoy of Langley was third at  $521.  

The champ of the CDHC, of course, gets to go – with a guest -- to the Santa Anita Derby on April 3, courtesy of Fraser Downs. 

McKay joins Kara Cromwell, Ken Compton and Ron Smith as four of the 10 finalists who will battle head-to-head in the CDHC on Saturday, March 6 in the Homestretch Party Zone. The ultimate winner will be surfing – the racing program – on Derby Day. 

In the CDHC, which runs weekly until Feb. 28, contestants are asked to handicap a series of races from Santa Anita. The contest is based on six races, three through eight, and on which entrants will handicap three. For each of the three horses chosen, a mythical $20 win, place, show bet is placed. At the end of each contest day, scores will be tallied and the entrant with the highest total will receive the weekly $250 prize – and be crowned a finalist. 

Entry ballots are available at the Welcome Centre the morning of each contest day. They must be returned before the scheduled post of the second race at Santa Anita. 

BRAD BEAMING: Brad Jackson of Abbotsford thought one of his good friends had gone crazy when he got a phone call last Saturday saying he (Brad) had won a trip. 

Moments later Jackson got another call from Fraser Downs’ marketing guru Scott Sinclair, saying his friend was not crazy, just excited. 

Jackson won the draw for the trip for two to Cancun, Mexico as the winner of the Margaritaville contest. 

Jackson was at the Downs for the first time ever as part of a company Christmas party in December. Friends – he obviously has good friends – convinced him to fill out the entry form that came with ordering an umbrella drink. 

He did and he won and he will be off to Cancun during the March Spring Break. 

TIED AT POOL TOP: After a week’s absence due to cancelled racing, Mary Blinkhorn and Lawrence Olynick have moved into a tie for first in the KENO Harness Pool. 

After week three Blinkhorn and Olynick each have 23 points, one ahead of week one leader Rob Roxburgh. Blinkhorn had 12 points and Olynick 11 in the third week.

Larry Gibson trails Roxburgh by one while Floyd Whiteman, Edward Jackson and Mike Wagstaff each have 20 points. 

At 19 are Rob McElhinney, Bob Spiers, Elaina Richard and William Lohner.

Just like a sports pool, the Harness Pool has contestants pick a stable of horses and each contestant earns points based on their performance (five for win, three for place and one for show). 

The contest is divided into two halves, each half six weeks in length.  In between each half there will be a two-week break in which contestants will be asked to pick a new stable from a new set of horses.   

At the end of each half, the top three contestants will win prize money.  Contestants do not have to play both halves of the contest. 

The first half will run until Feb. 9 and the second half begins on Feb. 28 and concludes on April 4.   

At the end of the contest, both halves will be added and the top 40 players, including ties, will share in the $10,000 prize pool. The top 40 players, including ties, at the end of the contest will receive prizes as follows: first  $2500, second $1,500, third $1000, fourth to 10th $250 and 11th to 40th  $75. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in the first half and second half as follows: first  $250, second $150 and third $100. Winners of first half top-three prizes are not eligible for second half top-three prizes 

MORE GREEN: Sandra Butterley of White Rock was the winner last Friday of the 50/50 draw and took home $457. The draw was conducted by the Greener Pastures adoption program, which places former harness race horses with compatible humans. 

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week we tried Gift Of Art but there was no gift as he finished fifth. This time let’s go with Dal Reo Jewel, a 10-1 morning line choice, in the 10th race Saturday.

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