Betterfrombehind lengthened another winning streak last Sunday.


The five-year-old mare captured the $25,000 Miss Cloverdale and by so doing extended to four the number of years she has won a stakes race at Fraser Downs.


The biggest proof of that may be seen in the career earnings figure on her charts -- $371,648.


Her latest win and cheque was for owner Robert Murphy, who bought her from breeders, and previous owners, J J J Stables and Mark and Al Anderson, in late October.


Betterfrombehind, a daughter of Kents On Nuke, was part of a Bob Merschback-trained 6-5 favored entry along with Westart Love. The latter had the rail and took the lead from the start with Betterfrombehind taking the two hole.


Furious Five, a 5-2 third choice, was third and they stayed that way for the half before a first-up move by Hurricane Pat, part of a 3-2 second choice entry, flushed Furious Five.

Five, with trainer/driver Serge Masse, moved to second outside at the three-quarter pole and attacked Westart Love and driver Jim Burke. However, as they turned for home Betterfrombehind and driver Jim Marino were able to get through on the inside and win the battle to the wire.


Betterfrombehind won by 1¼ lengths in 1:56.1 with Love second and Furious Five third.


The judges called for an inquiry for interference in the stretch when Westart Love slipped away from the rail but later ruled no and the result stood.


The victory was the 25th lifetime for Betterfrombehind.


Marino admitted in the winner’s enclosure, “She’s a nice horse to drive” although he “took it cautious” on the backstretch because “she hasn’t sat in the hole very much.”


The field of eight included the best of the female gender on the grounds at the Downs with the who’s who list also including fourth-place finisher Lady Lola, Alldressedinvelvet, Coco Bongo and Silvery Belle. 


BLACKTIE CELEBRATION: Armbro Blacktie won the battle of the big boys (open and $35,000 claimers) in impressive fashion last Sunday.


The six-year-old son of Camluck, owned by Herb Boggs and Jerry Blanchet, and trained and driven by Jim Marino, came from off the pace for a narrow neck decision in a nifty 1:54.3.


Marino and Blacktie let 1-2 favorite Red Star Senator and second choice (5-2) The Tominator battle through the early stages. Senator had the lead off the gate despite starting outside in the field of six while Blacktie was fifth and still 6½ lengths back at the half.


Blacktie, at 5-1, was first-up and relentlessly worked his way up, using a strong move in the stretch to grab top money. Senator was second and 27-1 shot Haras Colta Cola third.


Blacktie now has a 2007 mark of 7-3-2-2 and has won more than $205,000 in his career. 


TREEN TOPS: Paced by a triple on Saturday, Barry Treen led the way in the driver derby last weekend.


Treen finished with a six pack to edge Bill Davis by one.


Gord Abbott was next at four while Scott Knight and Jim Marino had three each and Dave Hudon, Tim Brown and Darren Howald had two apiece.


If one took away Davis’ leading 48 wins for 2007 the battle would be verrry interesting. Marino has 22, Knight 20, Treen 17, Abbott 15 and Howald and Serge Masse 14 each.

Treen and Davis shared honors as top trainer with four trips to the winners enclosure. Brett Currie had three while Mike Glover, Ray Gemmill and Sam Robinson had two each. 


SOPRANO HITS CONTINUE: Red Star Soprano’s new streak is growing fast.


The six-year-old son of Barnett Hanover, who had an eight-race winning streak broken Jan. 12, captured his fifth consecutive victory last Friday.


Soprano won gate to wire, pulling away for a mighty 7½-length win over 34-1 shot El Toro. Boiling Over was third for the fifth time in his last seven starts. Soprano clocked his best in 2007 – 1:54.1.


Soprano, who is trained and driven by Bill Davis for owner Niele Jiwan, added to his resume which shows 13 wins in his last 14 starts, six in 2007, 12 in 2006, 26 career and more than $33,000 in 2007 and more than $142,000 in career earnings. 


WEEK'S BEST: Regal Intention, a four-year-old son of As Promised, captured his third straight win, in a lifetime best equaling 1:55.3, for trainer Barry Treen.


The Funk Brothers, a four-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover, won his second successive race, and fourth in his last seven starts. The latest was for new trainer Dave Hudon.


Sues Delema, a seven-year-old mare by Freedoms Pass, grabbed her second in a row for trainer Brett Currie.


Red Star Pristine, a five-year-old daughter of Gothic Dream, won her second straight and eighth in her last 11 starts. She also is 7-5-0-1 in 2007 for trainer Bill Davis.


Sparking Puddles (b m Dancing Puddles) lowered her career best clocking to 2:00 for trainer Barry Treen; Cams Lucky Charm (m 4 As Promised) paced the mile in a new life mark of 1:56.1 for trainer Brett Currie; Shesabombshell (m 4 As Promised) went faster than ever, a 1:59 clocking for trainer Treen; Richs Pride (h 4 Safe N Rich) cut her career best to 1:58.1 for trainer Ray Gemmill and Sunny To Rivers (c 3 Make A Deal) flew over the track in a life mark of 1:58 for trainer Sam Robinson. 


PROSNICK IN DREAMING FINAL: Ron Prosnick led the way in week eight of the California Dreamin’ handicapping contest at Fraser Downs.


Prosnick registered the healthy total of $905 for a nail-biting decision over a pair of challengers – Ed McAvoy and Paul Thompson -- who each had $880.


When the dust had settled there was a large five-way tie for fourth at $760. The five were Ron Dorland, Ray Hall (already a finalist), Koji Kariya, Ethel Shubrook (don’t ask Les how he did) and Steven Wilkings.


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


There’s just chance left with only this week remaining in the contest that will have each weekly winner competing in the final on March 10 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