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ARENDT LEADS CAPPER CONTEST 

John Arendt holds the lead after six weeks of the Ultimate Capper Contest. 

Despite being blanked last week, Arendt has a total of $179.30, $22.20 ahead of second-place Tim Weisner, who took the lead on the first week, slipped a little but now is back in the hunt. 

Ken Stewart is third at $152.40, Roy Yip is fourth at $144.20 and Sid Marshall is fifth at $142. 

Other weekly winners have been Brenda Hoffman, Fred Lester, Andy Kevener and Les Raymond. 

The winner of the UCC will get a vacation for two to see the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar race track in sunny Southern California. 

The UCC started May 1, and will run for 10 consecutive Saturdays until July 3.  

Contestants pick a horse in three of the designated six races from the track of the week.  A mythical $2 win/place/show wager is made on each of the three horses that are selected and at the end of each contest day, the top three contestants win cash.  First place will win $250 with second and third place paying $150 and $100 respectively. 

The contestant with the highest total of mythical dollars won over the 10-week period will win the vacation for two to Del Mar.  The vacation includes flight from Vancouver International Airport, three nights accommodation, premium seating while at the race track and $500 spending /transportation money. 

To enter, pick up a weekly entry ballot in the Finish Line at Fraser Downs from noon on the Friday of the contest week until post time of the first race of the featured track and submit it to either the Finish Line Information Window or the Finish Line HPI Centre.   

The remaining featured tracks are: June 12 - Northlands – harness, June 19 - Woodbine – harness, June 26 - Fort Erie – thoroughbred, July 3 - Hollywood Park – thoroughbred. 

B.C. CONTINGENT HOT: Calgary Flames may have stolen much of the sporting spotlight in Alberta but that has not stopped B.C.-connected concerns from showing their stuff at Northlands Park in Edmonton. 

Leading the way has been Lil Dude Starrbuck and Make Some Noise. 

Lil Dude Starrbuck has four victories in as many starts since moving to Northlands for owners Lil Dude Ranch. 

His third win came May 22 in the $71,900 Silver Buckets final. Driven by trainer Larry Micallef, the sophomore son of Threefold launched a bid at three-quarters to power to the front. Starrbuck was in total command from there, holding off all challengers for a 1¼ length win over Red Star Sammy (B.C. owned also) in 1:54.3. 

Win four came last Saturday when he used a 27.4 last quarter to win in 1:53.3 and he now has seven triumphs in 11 starts so far this season. The colt has earned more than $60,000 this year, boosting his lifetime total to more than $84,000. 

Meanwhile, Make Some Noise won the $17,500 mares open last Friday in track record equaling fashion.

With trainer Bill Davis in the bike, the daughter of Camluck saved ground for much of the mile but in the stretch Davis found racing room and Make Some Noise responded by powering from fourth to first. The mare crossed the finish a half-length in front of Barona Breeze in 1:53.2.  

The mark tied the track record for mares, which is shared by Arturos Choice and Spark And Ride. 

Owned by Robert Murphy of White Rock, the win was Make Some Noise’s fourth in 12 starts this season. She has season’s earnings of more than $50,000 and career earnings topping $200,000. 

There was lots more. 

On the May 22 stakes day, six other B.C. horses won a race. The list included Sunbury Stables’ Rich Camelot; Farfalle, a newcomer owned by Bill Boden who won the Invitational in 1:53.3 and paid $71.10 to win; Glance Alot, owned by Niele Jiwan; Red Star Dexter, Kelly Hudon and Sarbjit and Vikram Atwal the owners and Band On The Run, Rick White, Jan Dryden and June and John Kauffman. 

Dexter and Glance Alot also won last Saturday along with Red Star Turbulent (Murphy); Infinite Dreams and Boden (in the Invitational in 1:53.1) and Lildudeskickinash (Lil Dude Ranch). Band On The Run won again last Sunday. 

Da Lil Dudett, you guessed the red-hot Lil Dude stable and Micallef, won last Friday as did Red Star Dahling (Jennifer Dodsworth) and Digs Girl (Laurie Davis and Victoria Pacing Stable) last Wednesday. 

ROCK SOLID: Former Fraser Downs’ driver Jeff Stone was sharp at Northlands Park on May 29 winning five races on the 11-race card. 

The 37-year-old from Davidson, Sask. visited the winner’s circle with Mr Sweeting (1:55.1), Xlb Amber (2:00.1), Yankee Fandango (1:58.3), Watch My Duff (1:57.2) and Triru (1:58.2) 

The victories gave Stone 22 driving wins on the year and 742 in his career. He has driven the winners of more than $2.5 million lifetime.

CALIFORNIA BEAMIN: California will pick up the Fraser Downs simulcast and join the wagering for the last two races tonight and again for Friday, June 18. 

CASINO CONSTRUCTION: For those who have managed to “steel” a look recently at the construction work at Fraser Downs Race Track & Casino, they will realize that work is racing ahead. 

The Grandstand Building has undergone a “gutting” and is now in the building phase as steel girders were erected last week at the site of the permanent gaming floor at the Cloverdale race track. 

Renovation of the permanent facility on the former mezzanine floor will result in 400 slot machines. On the main floor will be a new simulcast section for horse racing..

The completion date for the permanent gaming centre, including entrance on the west end of the building, is now October of this year. The new front entrance atrium, which will result in the joining of the Clubhouse and Grandstand buildings, will hopefully still be completed by April 2005. 

The temporary FD Gaming Centre opened on the ground level on April 5 with 198 slot machines. 

THERRES TOPS: Rod Therres used a hat-trick last Friday to top all drivers at Fraser Downs over the weekend. 

Therres added a single on Saturday and his four victories was one more than a big pack. Tied at three were Gord Abbott, Jim Burke, Rick White, Tim Brown, Jim Marino, and Chris Adamson. 

Adamson’s good showing all came with horses he trained, good enough to give him a share of top conditioner honors. Also getting three wins were Wayne Isbister, Bob Merschback and Mike Glover.

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last time – before taking a break and going on more earthly experiences -- we tried Dal Reo Millee, a 27-1 shot who finished fourth. This week let’s try Chestico Beauty, a  10-1 morning line selection, in the first race Saturday.

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