The best of the female gender on the grounds at Fraser Downs will battle this Sunday in the $25,000 Miss Cloverdale.


The who’s who list will include four-year-olds such as Silvery Belle and Furious Five along with older mares such as Westart Love, Betterfrombehind, Alldressedinvelvet, Lady Lola, Coco Bongo and Hurricane Pat.


Silvery Belle is fresh off a strong victory in the Miss Valentine Pace where she edged favorite and multi-times winner Furious Five by a neck.


Silvery Belle, a daughter of Just Camelot, now has eight lifetime wins, $58,000-plus in earnings and a 7-3-2 record in her last 15 starts. Furious Five has 12 wins and more than $237,000 in earnings in her career.


Several of the other challengers in the Miss Cloverdale have been competing in the fillies and mares open.


Lola, a relative newcomer to the Downs, won the last open when two of the favorites made breaks and Red Star Ginny crossed the line first. However, Ginny was placed back when entry-mate Betterfrombehind was charged with interference.


The red-hot Westart Love was working on a six-race winning streak going into that race but made a break when alone in the lead. Betterfrombehind, winner of many stakes at the Downs, had earlier made a break, causing interference to Coco Bongo.


Lola, a five-year-old daughter of Astreos, now has seven career wins and earnings of more than $106,000.


Westart Love was claimed for a track record $43,750 by Robert Murphy from Niele Jiwan after that race and will be part of an entry with Betterfrombehind. Love has drawn the rail while BFB will start from the five hole.


Meanwhile, Hurricane Pat, a five-year-old daughter of Falcons Future, won 13 times in 2006, and recently made it three straight wins in 2007. She will be in the seven hole as part of a Bill Davis-trained entry with Alldressedinvelvet.


Silvery Belle will have to challenge from the six hole while Furious Five will start just inside Westart Love. 


KING IS KING: With no open events on the cards last weekend, it was a $35,000 claiming event for the male gender that topped bill.


Rodeo King, a four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall out of Fleder De Dee, went gate to wire to top a field of seven in a time of 1:55.1. Rodeo King is owned by Niele Jiwan and trained and driven by Bill Davis.


Rodeo King, the 3-5 favorite, had to hold off a late charge by Armbro Blacktie, the 2-1 second choice who was fourth, five back, at the half to win by a neck with Hi Time Ascot third.


Rodeo King now has a 5-3-1-0 record and more than $25,000 in earnings in 2007. 


A PAUSE FOR AWARDS: Bulletin: Bill Davis did not lead the driver standings last weekend. But … there’s a good chance he would have had he not missed Saturday’s action while attending the Alberta harness racing awards ceremony.


Davis had three wins and trailed Clint Warrington and Jim Marino who had four apiece.


Gord Abbott and Jim Burke joined Davis with three while Barry Treen, Ed Tracey and Scott Knight had two each.


Davis led all trainers with a six-pack as three horses he had entered Saturday won with catch drivers.


Mike Glover was second to Davis with three victories while Brett Currie, Warrington and Tracey had two each.


SOPRANO STORY: Red Star Soprano is still a hit show.


The six-year-old son of Barnett Hanover, who had an eight-race winning streak broken Jan. 12, captured his fourth win in succession last Friday.


Soprano won by a length over fast-closing Boiling Over (28.2-second last quarter) in 1:55.1.


Trained and driven by Bill Davis for owner Niele Jiwan, Soprano, who won 12 times in 2006, now has 25 lifetime wins and more than $137,000 in career earnings. 


THE WEEK'S BEST: Double Stutz, a four-year-old gelding by Stutzpan, grabbed his first win since 2005 covering the mile in a new lifetime mark of 1:58.2. Double Stutz, owned, trained and driven by Steve Germain, had finished second three straight times before the win.


Red Star Sailor, a three-year-old colt by Fit For Life out of Shipps Showboat, registered his third win in a row for trainer/driver Clint Warrington. Sailor has made four lifetime starts and won them all. His win ended the two-race win streak of Wanton Hall who was second. Sailor is a full brother to Red Star Riverboat who also crossed the wire first last Sunday but was tagged with interference and taken down.

Regal Intention, a four-year-old son of As Promised, made in two victories in succession for trainer Barry Treen.


Miracle Five, a five-year-old daughter of Dole Hanover, won her second straight for hot trainer Ed Tracey. Miracle Five went the mile in a new career best time of 1:58.4.


Red Star Pristine, a six-year-old mare by Gothic Dream, got her fourth win (along with a third) in six starts in 2007 for trainer Bill Davis.


Cucomunga, a five-year-old son of D M Dilinger, picked up his 10th career victory, this time for trainer Dave Hudon.


Carwins C E O, a seven-year-old son of Die Laughing, ran his 2007 record to 7-4-1-1 with the 20th win of his career. He is now trained by Brett Currie.


Daves Showboat, a six-year-old son of Deamons Bell, rolled to his second win a in a row and the 20th of his career for trainer Ken Dorman.


Mendosino County, a four-year-old son of Stutzpan, picked up his second successive victory for trainer Jackie Scheepbouwer.


Married Bliss, a six-year-old son of Blissfull Hall, captured the 20th win of his career, this time for trainer Bob Merschback.


Tonka Tik (g 4 Glance Alworth) had his adrenalin flowing as he roared around the track with trainer/driver Ed Tracey in 1:55.4 for a new life mark; Judges Acenthehole (f 3 Aces N Sevens) lowered her lifetime best clocking to 1:59 for trainer Mike Glover. 


BUD JOINS FINALISTS: Bud Ketcheson captured week seven of the California Dreamin’ handicapping contest at Fraser Downs.


Ketcheson ran up a total of $732 for a close decision over Ronald Bisset who had $722.


Mas Kariya was third at $594 while Robert Glenn had $590, Tom Moffat $506 and Elvis Rumaldo and Ken Stewart tied at $503.


Ketcheson joins previous week’s winner Maple Lam, along with Louis Iskra, Ronnie Goodey, Sarah Day, Ray Hall and David Porter in the contest final.


Only two more weeks remain in the contest that will have each weekly winner competing in the final on March 3 to try to win a trip to the Santa Anita Derby on April 7.


Contestants are allowed to pick any three races using races 3-8 on the designated Saturday cards from Santa Anita Racetrack. Each selection will have a mythical $20 across the board wager on it. The person with the most money from his/her three races will be off to the final. Prices will be capped at $42 for a win, $22 for a second and $12 for a third. Each weekly winner will receive $100 as a prize.


The final this year has a slight twist. Each of the nine finalists will have a live bankroll of $180 to wager. Six races from Santa Anita will be selected and each contestant must place a $10 across the board wager on each of the races. The twist: if a contestant makes money for the day, regardless if he or she is grand champion, they get to keep their proceeds.


Entry ballots will be available starting at 10 on Friday morning and must be handed in before the start of the second race at Santa Anita. Only one entry per person is allowed