Admiral claims track record
The big guy
this time has the record all to himself.
Back on Nov. 17, 2001, Red Star Admiral won a race by nine
lengths. More importantly he won in a time of 1:53.4, tying
the Fraser Downs track record.
(He joined such stars as Scruffy Ben, Hot Steam and Nazko
Promise. But late last year Bre X lowered the mark to
1:53.3, then again to 1:53.2 and was joined there by Red
Last Saturday afternoon, the Admiral, all 16.5 hands of him,
was on his game as he, with trainer Bill Davis in tow,
mightily paced the mile in 1:53.1 in the Invite event.
Red Star Admiral went gate-to-wire, setting an all-age mark.
The seven-year-old son of Storm Prince out of Admirals Emma
N, paced fractions of 27.4, 57.4 and 1:25.1 before coming
home in a strong 28 seconds for a lifetime best. He finished
four lengths in front of runner-up Infinite Dreams with
Spider M third.
When asked if he was thinking track record, Davis replied,
“Not really, I was not sure if my horse was capable.”
However, Davis explained about the strong third quarter of
27.2 seconds, “I saw Dave (Hudon) coming with Infinite
Dreams and I wanted to keep some space.”
Then Davis added, “When I saw the Teletimer when we were
close to the wire I realized he was close (to the track
record). I gave him a couple of taps.”
Red Star Admiral, owned by Robert Murphy, now has two wins
and nearly $20,000 earned in 10 starts this season. The
gelding has made $226,879 in his career.
Admiral won his first three career starts as a
three-year-old in B.C. in 2000, raced in Alberta in early
2001 (with no wins in seven starts) and in Ontario (in mid
2001 with one win in 10 races). He first raced in the Davis
barn on Nov. 11, 2001.
He has overcome a couple of setbacks, racing only 11 times
in 2002 and off May to December in 2003.
“The first time be broke a right cannon bone behind,” Davis
said. “If it was not for Dr. Alexander putting screws in his
leg he would have never raced again, a normal horse might
have had it finish his career.
“Then the next time he got a blood virus in Edmonton and
Murphy decided to bring him home and give him time off.”
After Saturday’s race there may be little of that as he
continues to battle the big boys in the Invite.”
ASCOT TOPS MARK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS:
For the second time in two weeks the Fraser Downs track
record for three-year-old colts and geldings fell by the
wayside, this time in one of the elimination legs last
Friday for the Sandown Plate.
Hi Time Ascot, making only the fourth start of his career,
blazed over the fast track for a 1:54.1 clocking. That was a
fifth of a second faster than Seven Seas Cruiser registered
on March 21.
Hi Time Ascot, a son of Barnett Hanover out of Hi Time Lady,
was third early, fell to fourth at the three-quarter pole
and then roared home over the last quarter in 27.3
seconds. The 5-2 second choice won by 2½ lengths over Red
Star Dusty with Seven Seas Cruiser, an odds-on favorite,
third. Those two had battled over a 57-second first half.
Hi Time Ascot, owned by Western Pacific Stable of Surrey,
trained by Ray Gemmill and driven, for the first time by
Dave Hudon, has won all of his four starts.
In the other elimination, Lil Dude Starrbuck continued to
impress, winning by 4¼ lengths in a new lifetime mark of
Starrbuck now has three wins, a second and third in six
starts in 2004 and six lifetime wins in 13 starts. The son
of Threefold out of Almahurst Irish now has won more than
$26,000 in his career.
Part of a 3-5 favored entry, Starrbuck is owned by Lil Dude
Ranch of Surrey and is trained and driven by Larry Micallef.
Starting from the six-hole in the field of seven, he had to
battle Red Star Golfer for the early lead. He took over
before the quarter and never looked back. Golfer held on for
second and Starrbuck’s stablemate Lildudekickinash was
The final, for a purse of $32,900, will be held Saturday.
BUT THERE’S FUN AT BOTH PLACES:
Fraser Downs patrons are
reminded that vouchers used at the race track CANNOT be used
in the Downs’ Gaming Centre – and vice versa.
DAVIS LEADS: Bill
Davis returned to the top of the pack last week in the
driver and trainer derbies.
Davis led all drivers with seven wins – including four on
Saturday – to widen his lead for the meet. Davis is only
four wins away from 200 for the meet.
Tim Brown also had a four-bagger (on Friday) and five for
the weekend to send his second-best meet total to 101. Dave
Hudon, Rod Therres, Larry Micallef and Jim Burke each had
three and Don Warrington and Jim Marino two apiece.
Davis also paced all trainers with five victories. Ann
Cooper and Larry Micallef had three each while Brown and
Hudon had two apiece. Cathy Duquette and Andre Juckers each
got their first wins of the meet. Duquette’s triumph came in
her first start since she got her trainer’s licence with C D
Legacy, a horse she owns.
VIPLER, MORI WIN: On a
week where points were hard to come by, Vladislav Vipler
picked up four and won the second half in the $10,000 KENO
Harness Pool at Fraser Downs.
Vipler finished with 70 points, one ahead of Dennis Matsalla,
who had led for the previous two weeks.
Nobby Mori, who finished third in the second half – with 66
points – and tied for third in the first half with 43, was
the big overall winner. Mori finished with 109 points.
Vipler was second overall with 103 with Pamela Percy-Bell
was next with 99. Matsalla and Inga McDougall each had 98.
Matt Jordan, Kari Kariya and Allan Lester tied for fourth in
the second half with 65 points.
The Harness Pool had contestants pick a stable of horses and
each contestant earn points based on their performance (five
for win, three for place and one for show). Contestants were
permitted one trade in each half.
At the end of each half, the top three contestants win prize
money. 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.
They will receive prizes as follows: first $2,500, second
$1,500, third $1000, fourth to 10th $250 and 11th to 40th
$75. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in each
half: first $250, second $150 and third $100. Winners of
first half top-three prizes are not eligible for second half
PUNCH IN ONTARIO:
Proberts Punch, owned by Maximracingstableinc of Squamish,
has joined the list of horses familiar to Downs’ race fans,
The four-year-old son of Wheelin Chance, now in the hands of
trainer Mark Harder, raced last Tuesday at Mohawk and on
March 29 at Woodbine.
Last Tuesday with driver/trainer Jim Burke flying to Ontario
to do the driving, Punch was seventh in the $22,000 purse,
five-year-old and younger, non-winners three or $71,000
lifetime race. Proberts Punch struggled early in the race,
which went in 1:54.2.
On the 29th he finished fourth in a non-winners three or
$60,000 lifetime or $7,000 last six. Punch roared home in
27.4 in the last quarter in the race, which went in 1:53.4.
Last weekend was not as good as the previous for other
horses competing elsewhere.
The only winner was Rainbow Shark at Northlands. The Robert
Murphy-owned horse won – and was claimed – at the $6,000
claimer level. He won in 1:59.2.
In the same race last Saturday at Northlands, Maxamillenium
was fourth and Showtime Eddy fifth. Maxamillenium led at the
head of the stretch but tired in the 1:57.1-won race.
The Fisco Kid was third in another race that day.
Red Star Emerson, Red Star Minckler and Rich Cam were all
sixth in races last Saturday at Woodbine.
FOUR ALIVE: After week
three four contestants – Bruce White, Chris Carr, Joe Sotelo
and Bob Kosolofski -- were still alive in the Fraser Downs’
King of the Hill handicapping contest.
The foursome was the only ones to survive after week two and
all advanced again.
It started March 22 when more than 150 entrants submitted a
pick of what horse they thought would win on the Woodbine
Monday night card. (Entries must be in by 4:30 p.m. each
If the handicapper is astute and his horse wins he moves on
to the next week. Lose and they’re gone, out, kaput.
The last person handicapping is King of the Hill – and will
also be $500 richer thanks to the Downs.
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