Bre X triumphs again
Bre X, made it by the narrowest of
margins, but the six-year-old son of Dal Reo Hop Sing, still
dominates the Invite at Fraser Downs.
Despite starting from the outside seven
post (handicapped there), Bre X came on with a rush to edge
Red Star Justice by a nose last Saturday. Bre X, owned by
Tante Stable and Kadence Stable, now has won six straight
and the victory pushed his lifetime earnings to more than
Trained by Wayne Isbister and driven by
Bill Davis, Bre X trailed by 10 lengths at the quarter but
used a 28.3 second last quarter to win in 1:54.1. That’s
just four ticks off the track record, which was recently
broken and tied, first by Bre X and then by Justice.
Nazko Promise was third, two lengths
behind the winner.
DIGGING IT IX: And so it also continues
for Digs Girl. The seven-year-old mare, owned by Laurie
Davis and the Victoria Pacing Stable, won her ninth race in
a row at Fraser Downs on Friday.
The daughter of Dignatarian has now
made nine starts at the meet and won them all for
driver/trainer Bill Davis. The latest was like the others,
in a fillies and mares $4,000 claimer.
She now has 12 wins in 25 starts in
2003 (and still she has no seconds).
ANOTHER SIX PACK: Maxamillenium
is a third horse at the Downs who is chalking up victories.
The three-year-old gelded son of Dal Reo Hop Sing out of
Precious Paloma, won his sixth in succession Sunday for
owners Warrior Stable and Gordon Stickler and trainer Wayne
Driven by Rod Therres, Maxamillenium
covered the mile over a sloppy track in 1:57.3 while winning
his ninth race in 10 lifetime starts, all this year.
BROWN GOOD, BUT BILL BEST: Tim
Brown had a nice showing in the driver derby last weekend,
winning seven times, including four on Friday. Well back
were Jim Marino, Rod Therres, Larry Micallef, Rick White,
Jim Wiggins and Brad Watt with two each. Oh yeah, Bill Davis
had 10 to extend his meet lead.
Davis visited the winner’s enclosure
five times as a trainer, two more than Wayne Isbister while
Greg Beneen, Wiggins, Ray Gemmill, White and Dave Hudon had
KIEM THE IRONMAN: Allan Kiem of
Surrey was the fourth week’s winner of the Ironman
Handicapping Challenge. Kiem won $250 for his handicapping
expertise while Ron Geisthart of Delta was second and won
$150 and Derek Mason of Langley third and took home $100.
Kiem had $86.20 in winnings after
picking five winners and two seconds in the eight races. We
had $76.90 and Mason was right behind with $76.30.
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
dollars for a win, place or show finish. Each week there
will be three winners.
Two weeks remain in the Challenge 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
NOT MINE: Greener Pastures, the
horse adoption arm of the B.C. Standardbred Association and
the Downs, was all smiles last Friday. With a large crowd on
hand – bolstered by Bro Jack of ROCK 101 and his
enthusiastic entourage of lucky listeners – the total take
on the 50/50 draw was $1,226. The draw winner, who is
somewhat close to your TrackMarks man, continues to babble
something about, “My win, not ours.”
HOY: Triple Crown champ No Pan Intended improved his bid
for Horse of the Year honours Nov. 22 at the Meadowlands,
winning one of two Breeders Crown eliminations for
three-year-old pacing colts.
With David Miller at the helm,
the son of Pacific Fella accelerated to the lead just after
the half and was never challenged from there. The colt
opened up ground in the stretch, pacing to an easy
two-length win over Escape The Wind and Allamerican Native
“Either he is getting stronger or
they are getting weaker, because he did it easy,” said David
Miller after driving No Pan Intended to his 16th win of the
season. “He was just coasting at the wire… I didn't think it
would be a good idea to rush out of the gate and park
someone. So I just got in the flow and hooked to the
Owned by Peter Pan Stable of
Pepper Pike, Ohio, No Pan Intended emerged as the supreme
three-year-old pacing colt in the last half of this year’s
stakes season. The Ivan Sugg trainee went on a 10-race
winning spree from the end of July to mid-October, before
losing the Windy City final. During the winning streak the
colt won the Cane Pace, the Messenger final and the Little
Brown Jug to capture pacing’s Triple Crown.
Pronger won the other glamour boy
elimination with a superb front-end effort and now the final
is set for Saturday.
SIR LUCK A STUD: Metro
Pace champion Sir Luck has been retired to stud duty,
according to a press release issued by the colt's owner
The three-year-old son of Camluck
will be heading to Casimir Farms in Hagar, Ont. to stand
stud for a service fee of $7,500.
Despite a disappointing
three-year-old season, Sir Luck was one of the continent’s
top two-year-olds. Last year, the colt won 10 of 17 starts
for purse earnings of more than $1.1 million. Lifetime, Sir
Luck has made $1,225,804 making him the richest son Ontario
sire Camluck has ever produced.
Sir Luck won the 2002 O’Brien
Award as Canada’s two-year-old pacing colt of the year after
winning the $1.1 million Metro Stakes. Bill Budd was the
DID YOU KNOW: That on Nov. 20,
1998, Walter Case Jr. bexame the first driver in harness
racing history to reach 1,000 wins in a single year,
reaching the mark by guiding Warren Moon to victory at
Yonkers Raceway in New York.
DID YOU KNOW 2: That on Nov. 21, 1985, Armbro Dallas,
driven by Ron Waples, set the world record for gelding
pacers by winning in 1:52.3 at Garden State Park in Cherry
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Ouch. Last
week our pick Indians Win, to put it nicely, was not even
close (ninth). This week we will try Groucho N, a 12-1
morning line pick, in the 12th race Saturday.