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Brown, Davis get six packs

Tim Brown led the way in the driver win derby last weekend, chalking up seven triumphs, six of them on Saturday. On Friday, meet leader Bill Davis also had six wins but he sat out a one-day suspension Saturday. (Ironically none of Brown’s wins Saturday and only one for Davis came on horses they train).

Grant Hollingsworth was next with three victories on the weekend while Dave McKellar, Dave Hudon, Terry Kaufman and Rick White had two each.

Wayne Isbister, Ray Gemmill and Bob Merschback shared the trainer honors with three wins apiece. Merschback has rejoined the Robert Murphy stable after a two-year hiatus in other jurisdictions. John Currie and Kaufman had two wins each.

THREE STRAIGHT FOR BRE X: Despite being slowed by an off track and the outside post, Bre X made it three wins in a row last Friday. The six-year-old gelding, who had lowered the track record to 1:53.2 in the second of his previous wins, covered the mile in 1:55.4 with Haras Colta Cola second.

Nazko Promise, who held a share of the former record, qualified Saturday in a time of 1:58, good enough to be entered this Friday against the other Invite contenders. Bre X will take this weekend off.

But it was Red Star Justice, who moved down from the Invite last week and stole the show, illustrating that he is ready again for the big boys. The five-year-old free-legged pacer powered around the Downs oval in a flashy 1:54 Saturday for trainer/driver Dave Hudon. It was a new lifetime mark for the son of Just Camelot.

BIG BIG: For the third successive week there was another nice payoff for Downs punters. Red Star Sal, trained and driven by Scott Knight, captured the fifth race on Friday, paying $191.80 for a $2 win wager. It led to an $899.40 exactor, $3,930.50 triactor and $6,712.80 superfecta.

MORE INFO FOR PUNTERS: Beginning this Friday, Fraser Downs will add a much-requested new line of information to each horse’s form in the program. The line will contain the amount of money won by that horse in its last six starts and has been added between the trainer’s name and percentage and the lifetime mark. Many tracks in North America have already been including such information.

WE HAVE A RECALL: Last week’s TrackMarks made a m-m-m, er false start, in quoting Chuck Keeling, general manager of Fraser Downs, as saying that when the Downs starts 4 p.m. Sunday racing there would be eight races. Chuck said “10.” The 10 races should still end around 7 p.m. Beginning the first Sunday in December the post time will be 1:15 p.m.

GET YOUR RAFFLE TIX: The annual B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society Yearling Sale will once again include its popular raffle for a credit, which can be used at the sale. One lucky person will receive a $2,500 credit and another a $1,500 voucher. Tickets for the raffle are on sale at the SA and SBS office.

A record number of horses have been entered for the sale on Nov. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Agriplex. Bev Mohorich, office manager for the BCSBS, reports that 136 horses have been listed.

LOTSA SLOT REVENUE: By Oct. 17, Innisfil, Ont. —the home of Georgian Downs—had received $6.8 million in gaming revenue, with the track averaging more than 2,900 patrons daily, since slots opened at Georgian Downs on Nov. 27, 2001.

The municipality’s Q2 (June to September) share of slots revenue from Georgian Downs this year is $1,053,544, according to a press release put out by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

In total, the OLGC has issued more than $17 million in Q2 non-tax gaming revenue to 20 host communities of slots-at-racetracks and charity casinos.

Since these programs were launched the OLGC has distributed more than $225 million to host municipalities of gaming facilities.

According to the press release, each municipality that hosts a track with slots receives five per cent of the facility’s gross slot revenue for the first 450 machines, and two per cent for any above that. Twenty per cent of gross slot revenue is split evenly between tracks and their horse people.

EARLY KO: Lennix Lewes, owned by Garden Gate Stables of Victoria, Comstat Stable of Langley and Mary Jane Wiggins of Surrey, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in more than a month, winning one of two $13,500 eliminations of the Black Gold Stake for three-year-old pacing colts at Calgary’s Stampede Park last Saturday.

With trainer Donald Monkman Jr. in the sulky, the son of Arts Card Shark registered a 3 1/2-length win in a lifetime best 1:55. The win was Lennix Lewes’ ninth in 21 starts this season and the gelding has now earned nearly $60,000.

TRACK BUILDERS SOUGHT: Horse Racing Alberta has issued another request for proposal for parties interested in applying for a licence to conduct horse racing in the Calgary market area in the year 2006 and beyond.

This is the second such RFP issued for the Calgary area in the last two years. HRA received a number of applications during the first round and had narrowed down the list to two, the current operator, Stampede Park and the Calgary Racing Entertainment Group (CREG). However, it was decided to grant Stampede Park a short-term licence to operate and re-issue another RFP. Stampede Park is currently licensed to conduct racing by the HRA through to the end of 2005.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted to HRA is Oct. 30.

TRIPLE CROWN KING: No Pan Intended became harness racing’s 10th pacer to capture the Triple Crown by winning the $270,000 Messenger Stakes at the Meadows, near Pittsburgh on Oct. 18.

The sophomore son of Pacific Fella cruised home to his 10th straight victory in 1:52.4. The Globe finished second while Whatanartist was third.

Owned by the Peter Pan Stable of Pepper Pike, Ohio, No Pan Intended will go down in history as the first New Jersey-bred colt to ever win the Triple Crown. The Ivan Sugg trained pacer won the Cane Pace – the first Triple Crown jewel – on Sept. 1. Less than two weeks later the colt captured the second jewel of the crown, the Little Brown Jug.

"I'm numb," owner Bob Glazer said following the race. "I broke into tears. It's been a great ride. He's a professional. He does what he has to do to get the job done."

The win was No Pan Intended’s 14th in 17 starts this season, boosting his career earnings to more than $1 million.

No Pan Intended takes over from Blissful Hall as the most recent Triple Crown winner. Blissful Hall captured the title in 1999.

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week our choice, Mark My Wits, finished fourth despite making a break before the start. This week we will go with Papas Reflection, a 12-1 shot, in the 10th race Friday.

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