Breeders stakes continue

The second eliminations, leading to the B.C. Breeders Stakes finals - Breeders Classic Day on Nov. 11 - go this weekend at Fraser Downs. 

Most of last weekend's first elimination winners will carry the role of favorite but post positions, weather conditions, horse and trainer moods and several other things come in to play. 

Such questions as: Can Da Lil Dudett come back after being upset by Goaheadandlietome (they are in the same elim again this weekend) and can Seven Seas Cruiser overcome the outside post, will only be known when the dust settles. OK, when the last race is over.  

A few horses have dropped out for various reasons with some finding the competition too tough but most mentioned below will be back. 

It was nothing but smooth water for the Captain, John Heras, and his first mate, Tim Brown, last Saturday as the first eliminations were held. 

The duo of owner Heras and trainer/driver Brown had smiles as big as anyone as two of their horses - Seven Seas Cruiser and Sail The Sevenseas - each captured one of the three elims for three-year-old colts and geldings. 

Cruiser was huge as they say, winning his fourth race in a row, winning by a whopping 10 1/2 lengths and tying his lifetime mark of 1:54.2 (27.4 last quarter). The son of Scruffy Hanover out of Nonukesisgoodnukes, who has won more than $61,000 this year, trailed The Dark Side at the quarter but roared past in front of the grandstand and never looked back. The Dark Side was second and Red Star Golfer third. 

Later, the ever-improving Sail The Sevenseas, bred also by Dal Reo Farms and also a son of Scruffy out of Ethical, set a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 in winning by a half a length over 3-5 favorite Dal Reo Revolt. He got a nifty two-hole trip behind Revolt but won a stretch battle. Red Star Dusty was third. 

In the other colt elim (all went for a purse of $13,785), another of the J J J Stable/Al Anderson-owned challengers, Heavy Rain Warning, upset 3-5 favorite Hi Time Ascot. Warning, a son of Kents On Nukes out of Sparks Will Fly N, also has top credentials, carrying a lifetime mark of 1:54 and winning a Cal Expo Site Stakes by 8 1/2 lengths in June. Heavy Rain Warning, trained by Anderson and driven by Dave Hudon, went gate-to-wire as Ascot, the track record holder for three year olds, was third behind Red Star Sammy, who was a length behind the winner. 

In one filly race, Ivys Wine, a daughter of Barnett Hanover from Scamper Almahurst, wired the field in winning by three lengths for owner Bill Boden and trainer/driver Hudon. She covered the mile in 1:57.2 with Itsallaboutthemoney second and Red Star Skylight third. 

Goaheadandlietome from the J J J/Anderson barn, upset Da Lil Dudett in the other filly elim for $18,600. Goahead used a two-hole trip under the guidance of Bill Davis, to cover the mile in 1:58 and win by 2 1/4 lengths over Dudett, who had set the pace. Dudett, B.C.ís two-year-old filly of the year in 2003 and winner of more than $138,000, was a 1-9 favorite. GAALTM, a daughter of Albert Albert out of Zenobia, won her fourth in seven starts in 2004 with 44-1 shot Chrissy Can Do third. 

There were seven (four for colts) eliminations for two-year-olds last Friday. They too had their stories. 

Betterfrombehind, from the J J J and Anderson barn, had one of several outstanding performances as she set a track record for two-year-old fillies, covering the mile in 1:57.2. The daughter of Kents On Nuke, driven by Davis, was a 4-5 favorite as she won by 4 1/4 lengths over Freedom Whisper with Lil Dudes Rockette third. 

Fast Lane Fusion and Red Star Senator, won colt divisions by 12 and 6 1/2 lengths respectively. Fusion, a son of Dancing Puddles, covered the mile in 1:59.3 for owner Neile Jiwan, trainer Rick White and driver Jim Burke while Senator, by Presidential Ball, owned by Mary Murphy and trained and driven by Clint Warrington, set a life mark of 2:00.4 in winning over Dal Reo Bailey and Proudsonofscotland.  

Jimmy Jams Jubilee, a daughter of Pacific Rocket, roared to a nine-length decision in covering the mile in 1:58. Owned by Jim Findlay, trained by Mike Glover and driven by Jim Marino, Jubilee was a 3-5 favorite, who used a strong move in front of the grandstand the first time to set up the win over Millbanks Arrow and Rocket Rachael.   

The biggest upset carried some Hawaiian punch as Wikiwiki Hyakatuke, a son of Safe N Rich, paid $18.10 in surprising 2-5 favorite Namedbyfreaks. Wiki, owned by Debbie Burstyk, trained by Terry ("It does rain in dry spots") Burstyk and driven by Glenn White, was fourth, 4 1/2 lengths back at the half, and won by 1 3/4 in 1:59.2. Better Days was second and Namedbyfreaks third. 

J J J and Anderson did get another victory when Dal Reo Rebel, a 3-5 favorite went gate to wire to win a colt elim by 1 1/4 lengths in a life mark of 1:58.1. The son of Brace Yourself now is two-for-two. Double D Rustler was second and Takeonefortheteam third.

Boden and Hudon hooked up again as Hy On Freedom took the last filly event. The daughter of Freedoms Pass, was a 4-5 choice and won by 1/2 length in 2:00.4 with Red Star Ginny second and Red Star Dreamglo third.

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