This could be a recording: Carson Jane was the best in winning the fillies and mares open last Saturday. 

The six-year-old daughter of Cambest covered the mile over the good track in a nifty 1:56.3 in winning – for the third straight week – this time by four lengths over Make Some Noise. 

Carson Jane, with trainer Dave Hudon in the bike, was assigned the outside post in a field of six. But ignoring what was happening behind her she left quickly from the gate and was second on the outside at the quarter. 

The 9-5 favorite took the lead in front of the grandstand and was never really threatened despite late rallies by Make Some Noise and Concrete Angel. 

The “what was happening behind her” was trouble well before the start for G Vs Cam Can and a break at the start by Armbro Beachbaby. That essentially left a field of four. 

Concrete Angel, who has won two straight at the $15,000 claimer level, was third. 

Jane now has won seven times and been second twice in the last 10 opens and Noise has won two and been second five times in seven open races. 

For Carson Jane, who is owned by Bill Boden, the win was the 21st of her career and pushed her career earnings to more than $145,000. 

EMERSON SHARP IN TOP CLAIMER: The big boys (open event challengers) took the weekend off so a $35,000 claiming event took the spotlight on Friday’s card. 

Red Star Emerson, a six-year-old son of Armbro Emerson, used a late rally to win by half a length in a time of 1:58.2. Emerson was claimed out of a win at the $20,000 level by Kalla Judge on Dec. 3. In three previous starts at $35,000 for Judge and trainer/driver Gord Abbott he was close (second, third and fourth). 

The win for the 5-2 second choice pushed his career earnings to more than $201,000.

Broadway Time was second and Red Star Admiral, part of a 9-5 favored entry, was third. 

Magic Pal, who had won three of his last four starts in the $20,000 event, moved up for new owner Robert Murphy but found the outside eight post a bit much and was fifth. 

Meanwhile, Jim Marino drove Sinful Sally, a seven-year-old by Lemoyne Hanover, to her third straight victory for trainer Ann Cooper. 

In the midst of a good weekend, Barry Treen drove (and trained) Sues Delema to her second straight win (along with a second) in 2006.

TREEN, NEYHART IN LIMELIGHT: Top Downs’ drivers Bill Davis and Jim Marino each had another fine weekend but they shared the spotlight with driver/trainer Barry Treen and trainer Erik Neyhart. 

Davis, the meet’s leading driver, picked up seven wins in the three days while Marino had six. 

Meanwhile, Treen had his best weekend of the meet, registering a grand slam of wins on Sunday to also finish with six. 

Dave Hudon and Gord Abbott each had three victories while Dave McKellar and Brad Watt had two apiece. 

Neyhart made a big splash as he got his first win -- and more -- as a trainer in 2006. He won with Tahuya Lucky Lady on Friday, then Tahuya Lark, a 3-1 second choice in the first race Saturday and came right back to make it a true daily double, winning with 14-1 shot Tahuya Clyde M in the second. Rounding out the weekend was a victory Sunday with Tahuya Adara, who covered the mile in 1:59.4 for a new life mark. 

Treen did not have to share anything in the top trainer category as all his driving wins came with horses he conditions. Neyhart was next with his four and picking up two each were Abbott, Hudon, Davis and Tim Brown. 

Driver/trainer Jamie Gray, a regular on the Alberta circuit, got his first win of the year. 

FLASHY FINISHES: That frequent flashing light you saw Friday was the finish-line camera at the Downs as close and exciting finishes were the order of the night. 

It started in the first with a photo for third and all nine starters finishing within 6½ lengths of the winner. In the second there was a photo for first (by a head) and seven horses within 3½ lengths. In the third there was another photo for first (again by a head) and ditto for the fourth where the third-place finisher was also close. 

In the fifth there was a photo for second where three horses were almost attached and a photo for seventh between four horses. In the sixth there were photos for place and show as six horses were within 1½ lengths. 

In the seventh race the camera guy was able to take a coffee break. 

In the eighth a photo was needed to separate second, third, and fourth. In the ninth the first six horses were separated by only 1½ lengths.  In the 10th three competitors battled for second and three for fifth. 

The camera guy got another break in the 11th but he needed it as the 12th had a three-way photo for the win and seven horses within 2¼ lengths. 

The replays, which can be found through a link on the Downs web site, could be worth watching. 

HHC CANCELLED: A lack of entries has forced Fraser Downs to cancel what was to be the first Harness Handicapping Challenge. 

The contest was to get under way on Feb. 4. 

The top prizes would have had the top two competitors represent the Downs in the National Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands on April 22. 

The top five contestants would have received cash and prizes with the top two receiving airfare to Newark, New Jersey, accommodations for two nights in Rutherford, N.J. and entry into the National Harness Handicapping Championship. 

At the NHHC, the grand prize will be $50,000 U.S. 

ZUROWSKI MAKES THREE: Len Zurowski of Surrey captured week three of the California Dreamin’ Handicapping Contest last Saturday at Fraser Downs. 

Zurowski, who was fourth the previous week, won a tight three-way battle with $615 to take the week’s honors and a $250 prize. Iris Emerson was second at $598 and Pete Day was close for third at $594. 

Fourth place went to Ronnie Goodey at $510 while Ron Prosnick was fifth at $455. 

Zurowski joins week one and two winners Bob Kosolofski and Art Worsfold in the contest final. 

The contest, which will result in the winner spending a weekend at Santa Anita racetrack in California for the Santa Anita Derby on April 8, runs for 10 weeks.

Each Saturday until March 4, contestants will be asked to handicap a series of races from Santa Anita. Entry ballots will be made available at Guest Services the morning of each contest day and entry forms must be submitted before the scheduled post of the second race at Santa Anita.

The contest consists of six races from the Santa Anita card, races three through eight, of which three must be handicapped. For each of the three horses selected, a mythical $20 win/place/show bet will be placed.  At the end of each contest day, scores will be tallied and the entrant with the highest total for that contest day will be crowned a finalist and will receive the weekly $250 prize money.

The 10 finalists will battle head-to-head in the California Dreamin' Handicapping Championship on Saturday, March 11 in the Homestretch Party Zone.