Brown gets 1,500th career win

One of Fraser Downs top drivers reached a milestone last weekend when Tim Brown registered win No. 1,500 of his career Sunday.
However, Brown had kept everyone on the edge as he picked up just two wins on March 7-9 -- he was forced to sit out one day with a suspension -- and was blanked Friday and Saturday last weekend.

Tim got 1,500 on Sunday, driving Red Star True in the first race. True is owned by Jennifer Dodsworth and Deborra Harris and trained by Ken Harris who shares barn quarters with Brown.

When kidded that he waited awhile before achieving the milestone, and told that Dodsworth was ready for the race feeling good that Brown would win with True, Brown explained, "It's her fault, she jinxed me by saying after win 1,499 that that was too bad because she was hoping 1,500 would come with True."

Brown admitted with a smile that the milestone win "was nice" and he was glad it came at home. "I got No. 500 in Alberta and 1,000 in California."

Brown got a second victory Sunday and members of the Brown barn area had already taken a congratulatory sign with 1,500 wins and changed it to read 1,501.

Leading driver/trainer Bill Davis did the usual, dominating last weekend's races with 10 and seven wins respectively. Rod Therres was next to Davis' 10 driver wins with three while joining Brown with two were Terry Kaufman, Grant Hollingsworth and Glenn White.

Wayne Isbister was the closest to Davis' seven trainer triumphs with three while Bill Young, Tom Currie, Rick Lancaster and Therres had two each.

WIN 4 BACK: Win 4 wagering will resume tonight at Fraser Downs. The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency halted all Pick Six, Win Four and Superfecta wagering following the Breeders Cup Pick Six scandal in 2002 in the United States. The agency feared that Canadian pools might be susceptible to manipulation as in the U.S. case.

The CPMA quickly returned Superfecta wagering to the country’s tracks and now will return Win 4s on a permanent basis. The Downs' Win 4 will be available to all outlets.
WHIPPING RULE CHANGE: The Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, Racing Division has issued a new policy re whipping for standardbred racing in B.C.

The new rule reads: Whipping shall be allowed provided that: a) the driver's hand is not raised above or past the driver's shoulder; b) the whip strikes the horse between, inside and above the level of the shafts of the sulky only; c) the horse appears to be advancing through the field.

The ruling was signed on March 10 by Samuel Hawkins, acting director of racing in B.C.

WEG, HORSEMEN AGREE: The vote to ratify the five-year contract between Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Harness Horse Association was unanimous at the meeting of OHHA members held March 11 in Mississauga.

Fewer than 30 members were on hand for the vote to confirm acceptance of the contract which applies the same terms and conditions as the previous agreement. It expires in December of 2007.
WOLSKI POPULAR: Tom Wolski's popular Sports of Kings television show is getting even more popular. The once-a-week (Saturday mornings) show, which looks at standardbred and thoroughbred horse racing, has been growing in the number of viewers since moving to Citytv (Channel 13).

The ratings are for the first shows tied mainly to the Fraser Downs harness racing. The first week (Sept. 16) started with 2,000 viewers and that figure increased in three of the next four days on which figures were charted. Then the last day of the ratings data -- Jan. 6 -- drew 20,000 viewers, a significant jump from the opening week.

Wolski works hard along with his colleagues, Doug Collins, Brad Peters and Carmen Thomas.