B.C. BREDS BATTLE OUTSIDE CHALLENGERS IN
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.