Albertson captures UCC week nine

Brian Albertson of Abbotsford is the ninth week's winner of the Ultimate Capper Contest.

In the contest, which has $10,000 in prize money up for grabs, Albertson led all handicappers on races from Hastings Park with $67.20 and claimed the $500 top money. 

D. Wray Jones of Surrey got $250 for finishing second with $62.10 while Walter DuGuay of White Rock won a draw to take third and $150 over Tosh Kariya of Richmond who had to settle for fourth and $75 and fifth-place Helen Hardy of Port Coquitlam got $25.
 After nine weeks D.Wray Jones has moved into the lead by the narrowest of margins. Jones leads last week's leader, Dave Mahy of New Westminster by 10 cents, $275.30 to $275.20.

Brenda Prokopenko is third at $271.20 while Tosh Kariya is fourth at $266 and Thomas Blinkhorn fifth at $243.
The ultimate (best) handicapper -- the person with the most in winnings -- at the end of the 10-week contest will be off to Toronto, with a guest, for the Queen's Plate and North America Cup, June 21-22.

The UCC, in which participants are asked to handicap standardbred and thoroughbred races, goes Saturdays and those interested can enter each day or every day during the contest.

There's $1,000 in weekly cash prizes divided in the following manner: first, $500; second, $250; third, $150; fourth, $75 and fifth, $25.

The track remaining in the contest is Hollywood Park (thoroughbreds) this Saturday.
BROWN NABS FOUR: Tim Brown is the latest Fraser Downs driver to have a good showing on the busy 15-race card. Brown, second leading driver at the Downs, picked up four wins last Friday (May 9).

Rick White, who had two successive triplebaggers, this time had two victories while nine other drivers had singles.

On the trainer side, John Lorkowski, the conditioner from Slave Lake, Alta., was the only one to pick up more than a single win, garnering two. Dan Ingram picked up his first training win of 2003 with Thatll Be Sam.
A couple more Downs trainers have made the trek to Alberta to compete at Northlands Park. John Vukelich and Rick Lancaster will have all or part of their stables competing there. They join such locals as Bill Davis, Dave Jungquist, Greg Smith (Ray Gemmill) and Jim Burke who have been in Alberta for a varying amount of time.
SLOTS AND REVENUES: Statistics Canada released some interesting figures recently. Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals and casinos, which was $2.7 billion in 1992, was $11.3 billion in 2002, of which $6 billion was profit.

Those numbers came from 8,650 slot machines at 15 racetracks in Ontario, 5,621 machines at 16 charity casinos in Alberta, and 624 machines at two tracks in Alberta.

Employment in the gaming industry rose from 12,000 in 1992 to 42,000 in 2002.