Bre X still rolling
Bre X won the battle of the big boys
Saturday, winning the Invite by a half a length over Ricardo
Despite starting from the outside six
post, Bre X, the six year-old gelding owned by Kadence and
Tante Stables, trained by Wayne Isbister and driven by Rick
White, came from off the pace for a 1:54.3 mile.
Bre X, who recently set the Downs track
record, won his fourth in a row and 14th in 26
starts in 2003.
Nazko Promise, making just his second
start since May, was third.
The Invite will go for a purse of
$19,000 this Saturday as part of the big Breeders Classic
Day. Bre X and Red Star Justice, who now share the track
record, will be part of a full field of nine.
DAVIS GETS EIGHT: MOST EVER: A
monster night for Bill Davis helped him lead the way in the
Downs driver derby last weekend. Davis rolled to eight
victories Friday to lead the way with ease. He added four
wins Saturday and one Sunday for a total of 13.
Tim Brown picked up the hat-trick
Sunday and finished with six for the weekend while Dave
Hudon had four.
Five of Davis’ eight wins Friday came
with horses he trains, enabling him to chalk up nine on the
weekend. Ray Gemmill, Bob Merschback and Larry Micallef
shared runner-up honors with three each.
PLAGUED BY VIRUS: An equine
virus sweeping the barns at Fraser Downs played havoc with
last weekend’s racing cards.
Forty-eight had to be scratched from
Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s cards after they became
victims of the virus – which includes a deep, nasty cough.
Racing secretary Keith Quinlan had his
fingers and toes crossed, hoping that the virus will fade
quickly. He faced preparing cards for the big Breeders
Classic Day on Saturday and also have enough horses has
scheduled 10 races for each of Friday and Saturday and nine
SALE DRAWS CLOSER: A record
number of horses -- 136 -- have been entered for the annual
B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society Yearling Sale on Nov. 18,
starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Agriplex.
Bill Pambrum, president of the society,
is at the Harrisburg sale in the U.S. to search for in-foal
broodmares to add to the sale.
Some big-name sires are on the list of
those up for sale. In addition to such top local stallions
as Dal Reo Hop Sing, Daylon Marshal, Usher Hanover and
Dancing Puddles there is offspring from out-of-province
sires Camluck, As Promised, Albert Albert, Northern Luck and
The stallion auction will once again be
held and the popular raffle for a sale credit will also take
place. One lucky person will receive a $2,500 credit and
another a $1,500 voucher either of which can be used for a
yearling or a broodmare.
The sales catalogue is now available
and it, and the tickets for the raffle, can be obtained at
the SA and SBS office.
MISCICH LEADING IRONMAN: Ron
Miscich of Langley was the first week’s winner of the
Ironman Handicapping Contest, which runs each Saturday until
Miscich won $250 for his ‘capping
expertise while Joan Novak of Surrey was second and won $150
and Ethel Shubrook of Surrey third and took home $100.
All patrons have to do is pick a horse
in a designated race from eight different race tracks (such
as Woodbine, Santa Anita, Mohawk, Bay Meadows) and receive
points for a win, place or show finish. Each week there will
be three winners.
It is free to enter and entries must be
in by 11:30 a.m. each contest day. Programs for the contest
will be available at the Welcome Centre at noon Friday.
FINE ART: The Arts Council of
Surrey is holding its 10th annual Fraser Downs
art competition, exhibition and sale this weekend in the
grandstand lobby. Paintings from all entrants will be on
display today and Sunday including Karen Cook’s winning Dash
for Cash (Karen won $600.
Other winners were: second,
Betty Rae Loren for The Race ($300) and tied for third,
Diana Miskell for Slow Jog and Sandra Polushin for Autumn
Pacer ($100 each).
Winners will receive their prizes
Sunday in the winner’s enclosure after the first race.
MAGNA STUMBLES: On Thursday,
Magna Entertainment announced it had posted a $15.4 million
US loss for the three months ending Sept. 30. On Friday,
shares of the largest racetrack operator in North America
fell 33 cents, or more than five percent, to close at $5.85
on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
While revenues have soared 60 per cent
in 2003, that is largely based on the acquisition of
Flamboro Downs, The Maryland Jockey Club and Lone Star Park.
Track attendance and on-track wagering have fallen and
analysts are disappointed by the company’s profit margins.
According to reports, Magna
Entertainment president and CEO Jim McAlpine has announced
that he will speed up cost cutting plans to save $5 million
annually. Undisclosed workforce reductions are expected this
week and next.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 4, Magna
Entertainment was trading at $5.83.
ENHANCED SERVICE: National
Raceline, which since 1989 has allowed horsemen to listen to
the live race calls and results of races all over North
America, has enhanced its service.
The company has begun "Your Eyes At The
Track", which lets callers speak to a live racetrack
correspondent who can provide real-time information on any
harness or thoroughbred track. Minutes to post, exotic
wagering probables, late scratches and track conditions are
among the information available instantly.
"This new feature means horsemen will
know exactly what's going on anywhere", said Eric Cherry,
President of National Raceline. "Our operators can give you
a detailed description of how your horse did at Georgian
Downs or if you have time to place a wager on the Daily
Double at Hastings."
The National Raceline can be reached at
1-900-677-8000 at a cost of 99 cents per minute.
(Courtesy National Raceline)
KNOW: On Nov. 7, 1970 -- Most Happy Fella, driven
by Stanley Dancer, wins the pacing Triple Crown by capturing
the final jewel, the Messenger Stakes, in 2:00.3 at
Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, N.Y.
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week Outlawflybynight
finished fourth when sent to the post at 6-1. This week we
will go to the trailer and hope he does what his name
implies by selecting Try Your Best at 12-1 in the fifth race