Bill Pambrun, president of the B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society, has once again purchased mares in foal for sale at the annual Yearling Sale. 

Pambrun attended the Harrisburg sale in the eastern United States last week and will bring back four mares in foal. 

The four are: Straight Edge, a nine-year-old by No Nukes out of Jef’s Eternity, who is in foal to I Am A Fool; Art’s Cover Girl, a six-year-old by Artsplace out of She Has The Look, in foal to Four Starzzz Shark; R G Hannah, a nine-year-old by Dexter Nukes out of Keystone Legacy, in foal to McCardle and Art From The Heart, also nine, by Artsplace out of Tigress, in foal to Bettor’s Delight.  

Total purchase price for the four was $16,500. 

The full pedigrees of these horses will be posted at a later date on the Breeders web site. 

They will join the sale of a record consignment of 129 yearling horses, which will take place Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the Cloverdale Agriplex. 

In addition to the 129, 30 owners paid the $1,000 fee to make their yearlings eligible to the Sale Stake without going through the sale.  

The sale will also have an added touch this year. 

An on track preview has been added to the format of the sale. Consigners will jog their horses on the track from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Anyone interested in viewing the yearlings will be welcome to watch the parade of horses from the Upper Clubhouse. 

Meanwhile, the pedigrees for the sale are now available on line. Going to the B.C. Standardbred Association web site, clicking on the sale site and then clicking on the name of the yearling in question can access them.  

The printed catalogues are now available. Anyone interested in receiving a copy in the mail should call or e-mail the BCSA with their request or the catalogues can also be picked up in person at the backstretch office. 

The first horse at the yearling sale will enter the ring at 2 p.m. On that day there will be a barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. in the backstretch.  

STEPBACK WINS AGAIN: Stepbackandreload was not awed by his TrackMarks program story day in the sun as he bounced right back last Saturday with his second consecutive win. 

Stepbackandreload, the five-year-old son of Dal Reo Hop Sing, was chronicled last week after winning his first start in more than two years. Serious injuries has placed him on the sidelines but a lot of TLC by owner Leslie Godlien and trainer Rick Lancaster had enabled him to get back to the track. 

His most recent win came in a non-winners of four races or $17,000 lifetime event. 

Headliner made it four wins in a row on Nov. 10. The four-year-old son of Broadway Blue, trained and driven by Barry Treen and owned by Verve Racing Stable of Victoria, has moved from $6,500 claiming to $10,000 where his latest win came.  

I The Undersigned continued a remarkable run last Saturday. The six-year-old daughter of Thatll Be Me paced to victory in a $6,000 claimer for fillies and mares for owner Robert Murphy, trainer Wayne Isbister and driver Gord Abbott. It was her seventh win in her last eight starts dating back to July 31 and her ninth win, along with five seconds and five thirds, in 27 starts in 2005. 

BROWN RED HOT: Tim Brown, always a contender for top driver at Fraser Downs, had one of his better recent weekends as he grabbed a handful of victories last week. 

Brown got four of his wins last Friday – Breeders Classic Day – although none came in the four major Stakes finals. He got the Ws with Sail The Sevenseas, Lildudewithaditude, Seven Seas Cruiser (his first win of 2005 after competing earlier in the year at Woodbine in Ontario) and Da Lil Dudett. 

Jim Marino, Bill Davis and Barry Treen each had four wins, Clint Warrington three and Gord Abbott, Scott Knight, Dave Hudon and Jim Burke two apiece. 

Brown, the trainer, was also smiling. All of Brown, the driver, wins came with horses he also trains. 

Treen was next with four triumphs while Bob Merschback and Dave McKellar had two each. 

After the four victories Friday, Brown had 1,797 wins and more than $6.3 million in earnings as a driver and 292 wins and more than $1 million as a trainer. 

DOWNS TO PRESENT CALENDAR: Fraser Downs will have a calendar made which will celebrate 30 years of racing at the Downs (nee Cloverdale Raceway). 

Anybody with material they think would fit the bill and would like to submit should contact Scott Sinclair, director of sales and marketing, through the Fraser Downs general office.  

All horsemen, in particular, are requested to dive into the old tack trunks to see what sort of photos they have that might be used. 

The calendars will be for the 2006 year and will be distributed to patrons and horsemen as part of the festivities around the week of celebration set for Dec. 26 to 31. Cloverdale Raceway had its first harness racing card on Jan. 1, 1976. 

The B.C. Harness Racing Hall of Fame, with a display area in the new Atrium at the Downs, will also be opened that week.  

HELLO HANDICAPPERS: Fraser Downs will have a new one-day handicapping contest this meet. Entrants will handicap races from several harness tracks on Feb. 3 and the winner and runner-up will represent the Downs at the National Harness Handicapping Contest at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in April. More details are to come. 

The contest will replace the Downs’ Harness Pool, which has been held the past few years.