Dal Reo Damsel, Brother Brass strike again in Sales Stakes

They liked it so much they did it again.

Dal Reo Damsel and Brother Brass, who as two-year-olds won the Sales Stakes in December of 2001, won the same event for three-year-olds last Saturday.

Brother Brass, a son of Scruffy Hanover out of Princess Lobell, used a late stretch drive to win by a length over Red Star Camelot (who was charged with causing interference and moved back to sixth).

It was the sixth win in 24 starts in 2002 for Brass, who is owned by the Wild Dunes Stable of Delta, trained by Sten Ericsson and who was driven by Dave Jungquist. His share of the $33,145 purse sent his career earnings to slightly less than $115,000.

Brother Brass was second in both the Sandown Breeders Stake and the B.C. Breeders Stake but was coming off a tough showing (distanced) in a tuneup against older horses the weekend before. However, Ericsson tipped his helmet to the judges.

"The best horse won today," he said behind a huge grin. "He was poor last week but he was sick. He explained the judges could have forced him to qualify but "they made the right decision. They remembered he had been sick once before and came back with a strong race. He was healthy today and that made a big difference."

The public, however, made him third choice behind the entry of Camelot, Red Star Ritzi and Red Star Gramps and second choice Haras Colta Cola.

Camelot was charged with interference before the quarter when coming from the six hole to take the lead from Just Invincible. Brass came from fourth at the 3/4 pole to catch Camelot. It was Haras Colta Cola who was moved from third to second and Raggidy Andy got third.
"He'll keep racing," Ericsson said of Brother Brass, "there's a stake in January."
Brass received his winning blanket from former B.C. premier Bill Vander Zalm.

Dal Reo Damsel, a 6-5 favourite, was most impressive in the filly race, going wire to wire despite starting from the dreaded eight hole.

"I knew I would be leaving," driver/trainer/co-owner Rod Therres said, "but I wasn't necessarily going for the lead, I was looking for a hole."

Damsel found the hole up front before the first turn. "She was really, really fast off the gate," Therres said gleefully.

The daughter of Scruffy Hanover out of Bradner Janelle, also owned by Charlie MacFarlane of Victoria, covered the mile in 2:01.3 on the track rated slow. With her share of the $30,145 purse, she now has career earnings of $148,000 plus. It was her eighth win of 2002 and she has been either first or second in eight starts since returning to B.C. in August.

Dealmeahos was second, three lengths back and Lunar Princess was third.

It was a good weekend for offspring of Scruffy Hanover, who died recently at Dal Reo Farms.
Kootenay Ice made it three for the stud by breaking his maiden and capturing the race for two-year-old colts and geldings. Out of Natural Success, Kootenay Ice went gate to wire in a time of 2:02.2 to win by 8 1/4 lengths.

Owned by Robert Chadwick, trained by Kyle Chadwick and driven by Dave McKellar, Ice had never failed to cash a cheque in seven starts but three times (twice in Stakes finals) had finished second to the awesome Rich Cam.

Rich Cam was not eligible for the Sales Stake but even he must be impressed by Ice who now has more than $32,000 in earnings. Oddsofawildcard chased Kootenay Ice all the way for second and Billy The Cheetah was third.

"It feels really good," owner Chadwick said of his first Stakes win. "We raised him from a baby and he has done everything right. Without Rich Cam he's the best.

"He loves to race and as long as he stays healthy and strong we will keep racing. Now, we will enjoy the moment."

That was exactly how Sharon Renkers, owner of Lil Dude Ranch along with husband Jerry, felt after their filly Lil Dudes Dewette won the other race for two-year-olds.

"It was," she enthused when asked if it was their first Stakes win.

Dewette, a daughter of Storm Compensation out of Good Girls Dont, used a big stretch drive to catch Bo Magnolia and win by 5 1/2 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 2:00.2. Called To The Bar as third.

Trained by Dave Hudon and driven by Bobby Clark, Lil Dudes Dewette got her second straight win in her 10th start and her share of the $33,225 purse ran her earnings to more than $22,000.
An accident just before the stretch put Red Star Finalee and driver Tim Brown out of the race. Part of the 4-5 favourite entry, they were second at the time.

"She raced good," Hudon said as he chuckled adding, "maybe I picked the wrong one (to drive as he was behind Called To The Bar) this time."

"I think she was going to win anyways," he said of the spill that took out Camelot.
Brown admitted "I think we might have caught Jim (Burke with Bo) but I don't know if we could have held off Bobby."


Sunday, the script was followed to the letter as Nazko Promise paced to victory in the $33,500 Mr. Vancouver for four-year old horses and geldings.

Promise left as the 1-5 favourite and finished with his 13th victory of 2002. He also has eight seconds and a third in 25 starts and $195,135 in earnings.

The son of As Promised out of Bawita, owned by Sunbury Stables and trained and driven by Dave Jungquist paced the mile in 1:57.3 seconds (the last half in 57.3) in winning by 4 3/4 lengths. He started from the five hole in the six-horse field but was first up and got the lead in front of the grandstand.

"I thought a horse ahead was going to break so I pulled out to go around," Jungquist explained. "But he (Nazko Promise) said no, there was no way he was tucking back in."

Jungquist admits he almost can only shake his head at the horse and his record but then does usually find something good to say.

"He will get one more start and then get some time off," he said.

Red Star Justice was second and Red Star Leam third.