Bach wins big, claimed big
It was a big day last Saturday at Northlands for Armbro
The son of Village Jiffy out of Lindwood Metra, won a
non-winners $16,001 last six starts, optional claiming
$50,000 (plus allowances) for a purse of $15,000.
After winning, Bach, owned by Ray Gemmill and Ian Moyes of
Surrey and Ron Waples of Guelph, ON, was claimed by White
Rock’s Robert Murphy for $62,500. It was the highest
claiming price paid so far this year in Alberta.
Bach, driven by Don Monkman, Jr., was impressive as he paced
the mile in 1:53.4 and came home in 27.4 seconds. He won by
1¼ lengths over Token Favorite, who was indeed the 3-2
favorite. Bach, a 3-1 shot, was sixth at the half, fell to
eighth (six lengths back) at the three-quarter pole and then
Other familiar names to the Downs – Keldanigmar, Duke Is
Duke and Red Star Admiral were fourth, sixth and eighth
We Winnie Winston, owned by Lindsay Nyuli of Abbotsford, was
strong in winning
a non-winners two or $9,800 life, five years old and younger
for a purse of $6,800.
Winnie, a son of Usher Hanover, won by a whopping 7½ lengths
in 1:55.4 for driver Jerv Clifton and trainer Vern Sifert.
Betterfrombehind extended her lifetime unbeaten streak to
12, by the narrowest of margins, as she won by a nose in an
elimination for the Compass Rose stake for three-year-old
fillies at Northlands.
Better, a 1-9 favorite, edged Guestimate in one of three
elims last Friday. She went gate to wire in a time of 1:56
with driver Bill Davis.
Betterfrombehind, owned by J J J Stable of Aldergrove and Al
and Mark Anderson of California, has drawn the six-hole in
this Friday’s final.
Other B.C.-connected horses in the final are
Robert-Murphy-owned Red Star Dreamglo, who was third to
Betterfrombehind, and Red Star Ginny, second in her elim.
BURKE TOP FINISHER: Jim Burke was the top driver on
the last weekend of the 2004-05 live racing meet.
Burke had a handful of wins, three on Friday, to pace all
and run his meet total to 90.
Barry Treen was second with three victories while Gord
Abbott, Scott Knight, Glenn White and Darren Howald had two
each. Howald’s wins, which came on Saturday, comprised the
first multiple win day of his career.
Gord Abbott had two triumphs as a trainer and he was the
only conditioner with more than one. Some of the trainers
with smaller stables who got victories were Jane Kelly, Alex
Lavery, Joe Howald, David Woolley, Sam Robinson, Malcolm
MacDonald, Mike Short and Roy Johnson.
IMPORTANT MEETING: Race fans are reminded that the
formal redevelopment presentation for Sandown Park will now
be made Monday, June 13 in North Saanich Council chambers.
The meeting will get under way at 7 p.m. and all supporters
of harness racing and the development of Sandown are
strongly urged to attend. Anyone interested is asked to call
Jackie Ballas at 250-656-1631.
STARRBUCK SHINES: Lil Dude Starrbuck, owned by Lil
Dude Ranch of Surrey, finished second last Saturday in his
first start at Woodbine on Ontario.
The four-year-old son of Threefold, trained by Kevin
McMaster and driven by Luc Ouellette, led through much of
the fog-plagued race, before finishing behind Duca who won
by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4.
The non-winners $22,500 last six starts or non-winners five
races or $125,000 lifetime event went for a purse of
Among those behind Starrbuck, winner of the 2004 Western
Canadian Pacing Derby in Edmonton and a winner of Stakes
races at Fraser Downs, was race favorite Rich Cam.
Rich Cam, also a former B.C. competitor, was seventh, 3½
lengths behind the winner.
Rustle For It, who won the Miss Valentine stakes at Fraser
Downs in February and registered an impressive win three
weeks ago at Woodbine in Ontario, lost by a nose last Friday
The daughter of Rustler Hanover, racing in a fillies and
mares event for a purse of $24,000, used a 28.2 second last
quarter to just miss catching Rafaella Seelster who won in
Rustle For It, owned by Niele Jiwan of Burnaby, was an 11-1