BROODMARES SET FOR
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
Total purchase price for the four was
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The contest will replace the Downs’
Harness Pool, which has been held the past few years.