Broodmares top sale

The broodmares brought in from Pennsylvania stole the show at the second annual B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society mixed sale Monday at the Cloverdale Agriplex.

As it has done the last few years for the yearling sale in November, the BCSBS brought in four broodmares from sales in the East. The four proved to be the hottest commodity, especially with Garden Gate Stables of Victoria.

The Island stable, owned by Ken Unger and Larry Pashak, purchased all four for a total of $27,400.

Leading the way was Lyn Hanover, a four-year-old daughter of Big Towner. She is a full or half sister to nine in 1:59, including Eicarls W A G, who paced in 1:52.3 and she is in foal to strong pacing sire No Nukes. She drew a purchase price of $12,500.

The others included  La Creme, a 13-year-old daughter of On The Road Again. She is in foal to top Canadian stallion Albert Albert and is carrying a full sibling to Stakes winning Creme Brule and cost $7,000; Faded Tan, a nine-year-old daughter of Beach Towel, in foal to Big Towner, purchased for $3,700 and GV's Bunny, a 14-year-old daughter of B.G.'s Bunny, in foal to Cam's Destiny and bought for $4,200.

Other than the broodmares, the top price paid for a horse changing hands was $7,500 for Red Star Master, a four-year-old gelding, who was consigned by Robert Murphy. George Emsland of Edmonton bought Master and will likely race him in Alberta when racing resumes in Edmonton.

Major breeder/owner Robert Murphy had 32 horses in the sale but bought back 11 including three -- Musical Journey, Red Star Salway and Storm King -- for $2,500 each.

Total sales for the event was $75,750 with 39 of the 56 horses that went through the ring changing hands.
X L B X L ENT: Fraser Downs patrons have selected X L B Janelle as MarketPlace IGA horse of the month for January.

The 11-year-old mare by Awesome Breeze out of  Keystone Lorain won two and had a second in her starts in January. Her first win came in a $4,000 claimer level but she moved to $5,000 and won there too.

She is owned by Leanne Allinson of Surrey and Lesley Stanners of Sidney. She is trained by Walter Mitchell and driven by John Vukelich.

Other horses nominated included True Tyrants Image, Bre X, Diva In Demand and Dal Reo Deputy.

Rob Neufeld, owner/operator of the Cloverdale MarketPlace IGA, will present the horse of the month blanket.
DAVIS AGAIN: Driver Bill Davis stole the spotlight again last weekend at Fraser Downs, winning eight races, including five races on the Saturday card.

Hardly a stranger to five-packs, Davis won dashes with My Kinda Cam, Great Royal West, Mister Will N, Red Star Allie and Precious Jewel W. Each of Davisí winners were mutuel favourites.

He had two victories Sunday and now has 125 for the meet. Rick White and Jim Marino had three wins each while eight drivers had two each last weekend.

Davis, a resident of Surrey, is off to an incredible start in 2003. From his 149 trips behind the gate, heís won 51 races, good for a UDRS of more than .480. Over his career, the 41-year-old reinsman has won 3,669 races and purse earnings totaling $11,630,509.

On the trainer side he also led again with six victories while Rick White had three.