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B.C. BREDS BATTLE OUTSIDE CHALLENGERS IN LANGLEY

  

The $30,000-plus Langley is the next stakes race on the agenda at Fraser Downs and it gets some extra attention because of its date.

 

The final is on Jan. 8, the first after the new year – when all race horses celebrate their birthday for racing purposes.

 

The Langley is for four-year-old horse and geldings, which means that many of the three-year-olds that raced in the lucrative B.C.-only stakes events in 2005 now move on where horses that were ineligible for such stakes as the Breeders and Sales can now challenge them.

 

That will be the case in the Langley where 13 horses have been entered and will battle in two elimination legs this Sunday.

 

Accent Seelster, winner of a prep race last Saturday, Barrel Racing, Sergeirachpaninoff, Thisisbliss, Stonebridge Camlot and Highway Man are just some of the fine challengers who have had to watch some of B.C.’s best battle for the big bucks. Now they get a chance for a bigger payday.

 

The B.C. boys who will neigh, “Hold on there,” include Stakes winners Red Star Senator and Active Pass along with We Winnie Winston, Wild Rumour and Red Star Yogi.

 

It should be fun. 

 

NOISE LIKES THE DOWNS: Make Some Noise – never, it seems, out of a race at Fraser Downs – was highly impressive in winning the fillies and mares open last Friday.

 

The six-year-old daughter of Camluck came from off the pace to capture her second open in four starts since returning to the Downs from Alberta.

 

Driven by Jim Burke for owner Robert Murphy and trainer Bob Merschback, Noise won by a neck in a time of 1:57.3 over the sloppy track. It was her seventh win of 2005 and pushed her season’s earnings to more than $50,000.

 

Carson Jane, part of a 3-5 favored entry in the field of six and winner of two recent open events, took the early lead from her five post on the gate, and held it until just past the three-quarter pole. Make Some Noise was flushed out from third on the rail, overtook Jane and then held on in a good stretch battle.

 

Alldressedinvelvet, the longest shot in the field at 19-1, came with a late rally for third.

Serge Masse’s Cameezy made her first start in the open after five straight wins in lower classes, but could not get close. 

 

COLA BACK: Last week’s story said Haras Colta Cola came up with his best performance of the meet in finishing second in the open event at the Downs.

 

Last Monday it was his best performance of the meet again -- but this time he powered to victory in the open.

 

Haras Colta Cola, a 25-1 shot the day he was second, was a 9-2 third choice and was again driven (after visiting Hall of Famer Ron Pierce was late arriving) by trainer/driver Paul Harrison. It made no difference.

 

After an early bobble before the start, Cola did not fire from the start despite his rail spot and watched as Armbro Bolton and Hot Venture raced to the front from outside. Cola slipped to fifth but when Infinite Dreams started first up he followed.

 

He was fourth as the head of the stretch but went on to win by three quarters of a length in a time of 1:56.3. Armbro Blacktie, part of a 6-5 favored entry closed with a rush for second and Lance Raider was third.

 

It was Haras Colta Cola’s third win of 2005, pushing his season earnings to more than $44,000 for owners Off Track Stable.

 

An assigned outside post in the field of eight was too much for Duke Is Duke. After four successive wins, three straight in the open, the Duke had to watch most of the action from behind. 

 

WEEK’S WINNERS: Chute Again, at eight years of age and down in the $4,000 claiming ranks, still can chalk up the wins. The daughter of Witsend Fiddle got her 10th win of 2005 last Friday.

 

Joe Millionaire, a two-year-old, and four-year-old Meekos Trucker each picked up their second straight win last Monday. 

 

MARINO HOT: With Hall of Famer Ron Pierce in six races, stealing much of the spotlight and winning three times, it was hard for other drivers to get noticed last weekend.

 

However, Jim Marino did his best, capturing four races last Monday and adding them to a victory on Friday.

 

Jim Burke kept rolling, adding four triumphs last weekend while following Pierce with two wins apiece were Dave Hudon, Serge Masse, Paul Harrison and Barry Treen.

 

It was a short weekend, and one of variety as only six trainers had more than one win. Bob Merschback, Erik Neyhart, Harrison, Heather Burke, Treen and Wayne Isbister were deadlocked at two. 

 

START DREAMIN’: The annual California Dreamin’ Handicapping Contest begins this Saturday at Fraser Downs.

 

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 from 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.

 

The 10 finalists will battle head-to-head in the California Dreamin' Handicapping Championship on Saturday, March 11 in the Homestretch Party Zone.

 

Start getting ready to watch the top three-year-olds in North America compete on the road to the Triple Crown. 

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