ANGEL SOARS IN
Concrete Angel won
twice (in 29 starts) in 2005.
Concrete Angel has
now won twice (in three starts) in 2006. The latest was
last Friday when she was impressive in winning the fillies
and mares open at Fraser Downs.
Taking on a field of
six, including the 3-5 favorite Rustle For It who was
returning from Woodbine in Ontario after an impressive
2005 there, Angel was the best.
daughter of Dream Work came from off the pace to win by 1¼
lengths in a lifetime best of 1:56.3. Trained and co-owned
by Dave Jungquist, Concrete Angel now has nine career wins
and earnings of more than $59,000.
Driver Gord Abbott
was unhurried early with Concrete Angel, settling into
fourth. They stayed there until coming first up on the
backstretch, holding third on the outside at the
three-quarter pole and coming home in 29.1 seconds for the
Rustle For It, who
had raced early in her career at the Downs, went to the
front from the two-hole on the gate with driver/trainer
Bill Davis. The winner of more than $117,000 last year led
to the head of the stretch but could not hold off Concrete
Rustle For It had
raced Jan. 14 at Woodbine and may have felt the effects of
the quick change of scenery.
last week and moved up to the open, was third.
Get set for fine
action in the fillies and mares open when Carson Jane and
Make Some Noise, who had the week off, rejoin the fray.
TRACK MARKS FALL:
Concrete Angel was just one of five horses who set
lifetime marks last Friday.
The track was rated
good (off one second) when the card started but officials
changed the rating to fast for the seventh race.
However, it was
evident that super track superintendent Darcy Perdue had
things ticketyboo as early as the third race.
four-year-old son of Fit For Life, trained by Wally
Slopianka and driven by Rod Therres, lowered his mark to
1:56.2. Then it was the same clocking for Oil Town Amigo,
a five-year-old son of Brace Yourself, in the sixth with
driver Barry Treen for trainer John Currie.
Maxillas Future, the
giant four-year-old daughter of Falcons Future, went the
mile in 1:59.1 for driver Gord Abbott and trainer Rick
Lancaster in the 11th race and one race later Southwind
Sage, a five-year-old son of Artsplace, picked up the
third 1:56.2 clocking for his new mark for driver Dave
McKellar and trainer Jane Kelly.
Luckys Lil Dude made
it two straight victories for driver/trainer Tim Brown
last Saturday. LLD, a four-year-old son of Nortrhern Luck,
did not win in nine starts in 2005.
Noted has started 2006 with a bang. The son of As Promised
won his second straight for driver/trainer Barry Treen
after finishing second in his first start of the year. He
won only one of 33 in 2005.
Dal Reo Tiarra
cruised to a new life mark of 2:01.4 on an off track for
driver/trainer Gord Abbott. The four-year-old daughter of
Safe N Rich had a win and four seconds in her last six
Sues Delema came
from well off the pace to triumph Sunday and stretch her
winning streak to three (along with a second) in 2006.
Driver/trainer Barry Treen brought the five-year-old
daughter of Freedoms Pass from seventh early and fifth at
the head of the stretch.
The Bill Davis
trained and driven Ss Sand Dollar, a good old boy at 11 by
Beach Towel, won his second in a row, along with two
seconds, in 2006.
FINE: Magic Pal, an eight-year-old son of Cams Magic
Trick, won his fourth race (with two seconds) in his last
seven starts. Recently claimed by Robert Murphy for
trainer Wayne Isbister, Magic Pal, was driven to victory
by Jim Marino in a $35,000 claimer. His win ended the
three-race win streak of Caffeined who had to settle for
second with Red Star Emerson third.
The purse for the
$35,000 claiming race is $13,000. The earnings in 2006
(three weeks) for Magic Pal, Caffeined and Emerson are
$12,650, $8,750 and $8,060 respectively.
ALSO HOT: Top Downs’ drivers Jim Marino and Bill Davis
continue to battle atop the driver standings but Gord
Abbott and Barry Treen have got off to a good 2006.
Marino led the
steering colony with six victories last weekend but his
margin was but one over Davis and Abbott and two over
Davis leads the meet
with 70, six up on Marino. Abbott, who is fifth at the
meet, and Treen each have 11 victories in January.
Davis tied Wayne
Isbister in trainer triumphs last weekend with four
apiece. Davis, at 40, is now only one win behind Serge
Masse for the meet lead.
Treen had three wins
while Rick Lancaster, Mike Glover, Dave Smith and Dave
Hudon had two each.
Warren Grant, a regular on the Alberta circuit, got his
first win of the year and at the Downs with Blue Star
On Jan. 27, 1979, Keith Linton wins six consecutive races
at Cloverdale Raceway, falling one win shy of Augustine
Ratchford’s record for most dash victories on a card.
HEAT: It was a dead heat in week four of the
California Dreamin’ Handicapping Contest last Saturday at
Koji Kariya and Tom
Mohammed each had totals of $495 to share honors for the
Terry Lindsay with
$434 was third, Mark Hayden with $421 was fourth and
Robert McLean and Jim Duff, with another tie, this time at
$380 each, grabbed the next spot.
Kariya and Mohammed
will share the weekly top prize of $250 and each will be
invited to take part in the big Dreamin’ contest final.
They will join Len
Zurowski, Bob Kosolofski and Art Worsfold in the contest
final where contestants will battle head-to-head on
Saturday, March 11 in the Homestretch Party Zone.
The contest, which
will result in the winner spending a weekend at Santa
Anita racetrack in California for the Santa Anita Derby on
April 8, runs for 10 consecutive weeks.
Each Saturday until
March 4, contestants will be asked to handicap a series of
races from Santa Anita. Entry ballots will be made
available at Guest Services the morning of each contest
day and entry forms must be submitted before the scheduled
post of the second race at Santa Anita.
The contest consists
of six races from the Santa Anita card, races three
through eight, of which three must be handicapped. For
each of the three horses selected, a mythical $20
win/place/show bet will be placed. At the end of each
contest day, scores will be tallied and the entrant with
the highest total for that contest day will be crowned a
finalist and will receive the weekly $250 prize money.