DAVIS STARTS 06
Bill Davis may have
only tied for the most driving wins at Fraser Downs in 2005
but he made a big indication last Sunday that he intends to
be tough to beat in 2006.
The perennial top
driver in B.C., Davis roared to six victories on New Year’s
Day. Four of those wins came with horses he also trains.
One of the triumphs
came with Active Pass in an elimination leg of the Langley
The others for the
44-year-old from Langley were: I The Undersigned (1:59.2),
Red Star Fantasia (2:00.2), Vanishing Equity (2:01.2, Dal
Reo Dienasty (1:59) and Dal Reo Indy (2:01.4).
Davis had 189 wins and
$1,178,686 in purse earnings in 2005. Lifetime, he has 4,388
wins and over $15 million.
Davis was dominant
(there’s that word again) last weekend. He had three
previous wins for a total of nine, six more than anyone
Jim Marino, Serge
Masse, Scott Knight and Jim Burke had three victories each
while Brad Watt, Rod Therres, Tim Brown, Dave Jungquist and
Dave McKellar had two apiece.
Davis led all trainers
with seven trips to the winner’s enclosure leaving five
others tied for second, five in arrears. The deadlocked
runners-up included Masse, McKellar, Jungquist, Knight and
JANE MAKES NOISE:
Anything you can do I can do better seems to be a theme
song for Carson Jane and Make Some Noise in the fillies and
mares open at the Downs.
Two races ago, Make
Some Noise was highly impressive in winning the open but
last Saturday it was Carson Jane’s turn to do the
impressing. The five-year-old daughter of Cambest covered
the mile over the good track in 1:57.2 in winning by 3½
lengths over Make Some Noise.
Owned by Bill Boden
and trained by Dave Hudon, Carson Jane, from the three spot
on the gate got in an early dual with Noise, who left from
the rail. It took Jane until they passed the grandstand for
the first time to get the lead. But she seemed in control
from then on under the handling of Jim Marino, who drove her
for the first time.
Jane now has won five
wins and been second twice in eight f and m opens since the
start of the meet. Noise has won two and been second three
times in five open races.
Ivys Wine, Jane’s
stablemate and part of a 4-5 favored entry, was third in the
Jane completes 2005
with 10 wins and more than $62,000 in earnings.
DUKE WINS OPEN
AGAIN: Duke Is Duke roared quickly back to the winner’s
enclosure last Sunday in the open event at the Downs.
Duke, after being
assigned an outside post and never getting into the fray in
the field of eight the previous week, added to his fine
recent performances (four successive wins, three straight in
This time he drew the
two-spot on the gate and, after battling Haras Colta Cola
early and settling for two-hole, took the lead before the
half and was never caught. The 4-5 favorite, Duke won by 1¾
lengths in a time of 1:56.3 over a track rated only as good.
second in the previous open and the recent winner of the Mr.
Vancouver, closed with a late charge to get second. Lance
Raider was third in the field of eight.
Duke Is Duke, an
eight-year-old son of Jennas Beach Boy, is owned by Joe Lin
of Edmonton and was trained and driven by Serge Masse. He
now has won 21 races and more than $172,000 in his career.
NEW MARK FOR
DICTATOR: Red Star Dictator, a three-year-old son of
Dancing Puddles and a full brother to Fast Lane Cruizin, set
a lifetime mark of 1:59.2 in winning on a track rated only
good last Saturday.
Three horses won their
second straight race last Saturday. Two – Magic Rain Drop
and Way To Go Chief – had been driven to victory by Hall of
Fame driver Ron Pierce in his visit on Boxing Day. Downs’
drivers Tim Brown and Dave Jungquist were watching and were
able to keep the driver alive.
The other back-to-back
winner was Caffeined, driven by Bill Davis. The newcomer to
the Downs won in a $20,000 claimer, was bumped to $35,000
and did it again.
Im In Overdrive,
trained by Rene Goulet, won his second straight last Friday
in the first race. The previous victory came Dec. 16 in
trained by Wally Slopianka, made it an Alberta daily double,
winning the second race in a new life mark of 1:58.1 over a
Red Star Vinessa won
her second in a row for driver/trainer Dave McKellar. Magic
Pal, with trainer Serge Masse in the sulky, won in 1:58.2 in
the $20,000 claiming event and now has three wins and three
seconds in his last seven starts.
Lunar Princess made it
two successive wins last Sunday for driver Serge Masse and
trainer Heather Sifert.
KOSOLOFSKI ROARS TO
LEAD: Bob Kosolofski of Langley has jumped out to the
lead after week one of the California Dreamin’ Handicapping
Contest at Fraser Downs.
winnings of $624 to get off to a strong start in the
10-week contest. Dave Powell holds second spot at $592 while
Rob Sharpe is third at $564. Right behind and rounding out
the top five are Don Morrison at $562 and Ron Nelson at
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 consecutive 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