Can he keep on trucking? 

Meekos Trucker, winner of the Oaktree Stake at Sandown on July 17, is the 8-5 favorite in one of two eliminations for the Dogwood Cup for three-and-four-year-old colts and geldings Saturday at Sandown. 

Trucker, owned by the Shale Stables of Langley and trained and driven by Dave Hudon, captured the Oaktree in a lifetime mark of 1:56.2 for the mile. 

Robert Murphy’s Prince Of Hearts is second choice at 9-5 in the field of six, which also includes Rockridge Winston, Sail The Sevenseas, Rambo Pass and Phantom.

In the other elim, Calvin Nyuli’s Sail On Saylor, who has a lifetime mark of 1:56.4, is a 9-5 favorite in the field of five, which includes Yankee Money, Red Star Golfer, Theonethatgotaway and Imabarontwo. 

The Dogwood division for fillies and mares is set for Sunday and Rustle For It is a 9-5 favorite in the first elimination. 

Rustle For It, owned, trained and driven by Richard Craig, crossed the line first in the Arbutus Stake on July 18 at Sandown but was nailed for interference and put back to fourth. Da Lil Dudett, who then got the win, is not entered in the Dogwood.

Others in the field of six are the entry of Red Star Cowgirl and Red Star Skylight, Janstar Bee, Miss St Labush and Sues Delema. 

Dal Reo Tantrum, owned by Dal Reo Farms, is a 2-1 morning-line choice in the other elim. She has a lifetime clocking of 1:55.4 and seven board finishes in 12 starts in 2004. The rest of the field of six includes Little Surfer Girl, Keystone Romola, Hoosier Pam, Northern Colors and Red Star Finalee. 

The Dogwood final for the colts is Saturday for a purse of $22,200 and for the fillies is Sunday for a purse of $22,100.  

JIM TODD PASSES: Condolences go out to the Jim Todd family after the veteran Fraser Downs horseman passed away Thursday at his home in Blaine. 

Jim, who was at the Fraser Downs barns earlier in the day, was 72 and had battled lung and heart problems for the last few years.  

Todd first competed in Cloverdale almost 20 years ago and at one time he had a stable of 15 to 20 horses, many of the top variety. He competed as a driver (he had 1,022 lifetime wins) and trainer in such far reaches as New York, Pennsylvania and California but had competed almost exclusively at Fraser Downs for the last nine or 10 years. 

Among his survivors are such familiar names in the horse racing industry as wife Virginia; daughter Casandra Uppal, a trainer; son-in-law and track announcer Rick Uppal and top California driver/trainer Ed Hensley. 

DRIVER DERBY CLOSE: Tim Brown, Dave Hudon and Jim Marino each had three wins to lead the way in the driver battle at Sandown Park last weekend. Brad Watt, Scott Knight and Rod Therres picked up two wins apiece. 

On the trainer side, Hudon, Brown and Greg Beneen each had two victories. 

Knight leads all drivers after six days at Sandown with seven victories while five others – Rick White, Marino, Therres, Hudon and Brown -- are tied with five. White is top trainer with six triumphs, one ahead of Knight. 

SORRY DAD: Former B.C. driver/trainer Casie Coleman continues to impress as a trainer on the top circuit in Ontario.

And she is beating (not too loud) dad on the track too. 

Recently at Flamboro she and dad (Phil) battled head-to-head in a claiming $12,500 allowance event with Casie’s horse Luctors Camflash winning by three lengths. Phil did not have to feel too bad, however, as his Handsome Robbie, owned by wife Linda, finished second. (A lot of bettors liked the combination as the exactor only paid $13.10). The Coleman seniors lost Handsome Robbie to a claim in the race. 

Casie also had two other winners on that card with Bully Boy (Phil was fourth with Wild Day) and Into The Future. She is also achieving strong performances from her horses at Woodbine. Phil (and Linda) can say Casie learned it all (OK, most) from them.

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