An agreement has been
reached on the contentious conditions of some stakes races –
and therefore the stakes calendar dates now are set -- for
were dates for the Arbutus Stake (the final is this
Saturday) and for the Breeders on Nov. 11, the Sales on Dec.
9 and 10 and the Stallion on April 20 and 21.
Finally added to the
sked are: the Surrey Cup (Nov. 24), Mr Vancouver (Dec. 8),
Keith Linton Memorial (Jan. 13), Penny Bath Memorial (Jan.
14), Miss Valentine (Feb. 11), Miss Cloverdale Classic (Feb.
25), The Delta (March 18) and The Sandown Plate (March 24).
All will be raced for
purses of about $25,000.
The Linton and Bath
Memorials replace the former Langley and Pat Brennan
Memorial races although conditions have been changed.
Dropped for at least
this year is the Clash Of The Pacific, an open event and
richest of the races not conducted by the B.C. Breeders
ONLY FOUR FOR
ARBUTUS: With only four entries for this Saturday’s
Arbutus Stake for three-year-old fillies, race secretary
Keith Quinlan has made the event a non-betting affair.
Serge Masse has dropped two entries into the box and only
two other trainers were ready to take on the entry.
One big reason has
been the performances of Masse’s Furious Five. The daughter
of Faldo Hanover-Big Five put her name into the Downs'
record book on Sept. 29 when covered the five-eighths mile
oval in a time of 1:54.1 last Friday. (The clocking shaved a
fifth of a second off Fast Lane Cruizin's track mark of
1:54.2 for three-year-old fillies).
Furious Five also
captured the $132,000 Alberta Breeders three-year-old filly
event on Sept. 17 and has won $201,032 for owners Jarm
Investments Ltd. of Edmonton.
Leanback Coco, the
other part of the Masse combo, has won five of her last six
and set a life mark of 1:54 in the process.
Joining the Masse duo
in the $17,000 event are Red Star Dixie and Sweetypea.
Dixie, trained by Rick
Lancaster, has made four starts at the meet has finished
first through fourth. He victory came in a life best of
Sweetypea, trained by
Dave Hudon, has but two starts at the meet but one was a
winning one in 1:56.2.
SHARE HONORS: No one driver was able to make great
inroads last weekend in the win statistical category of the
2006-07 Fraser Downs live racing meet.
Masse, who leads all categories in the early dates of the
meet, was away at the Lexington horse sale but still holds a
comfortable margin in wins.
Jim Marino and Gord
Abbott each had four victories to set the pace over last
weekend’s three cards. Dave Hudon and Scott Knight had three
each while Jim Burke and Clint Warrington had a pair apiece.
Marino and Hudon now
have 13 for the meet and Abbott 12. Masse, who had 10 wins
over two days of the previous weekend, remained at 23.
Hudon led all trainers
last weekend with three trips to the winner’s enclosure and
did close the gap on Masse. Hudon moved to 11, just three
Wayne Isbister now
shares third overall with Ann Cooper at seven after winning
twice along with Knight.
DUCA WINS IN
RETURN: Duca returned from Alberta and quickly displayed
that he is ready to again take on the best in the open event
at the Downs.
The five-year-old son
of Western Hanover, trained by Bill Davis and driven by
Darren Howald, went gate to wire in winning the open in
1:52.4. That is the fastest time of 2006 at the Downs and
just three fifths of a second off the track record. Duca now
has nine wins in the year, 18 lifetime and more than
$259,000 in career earnings.
four-year-old daughter of Kents On Nuke, won the fillies and
mares open last Saturday in a time of 1:55. BFB, now trained
by Debra McCathy and a stakes winner in B.C. on many
occasions, now is 5-3-2 in 12 starts in 2006.
Daves Showboat, a
five-year-old son of Deamons Bell, was claimed two weeks ago
but that failed to stop him from winning his fourth straight
last Friday. While winning for new trainer Mike Short,
Showboat, bumped to a $6,000 claimer, dropped his life best
Mandys Rich, a
nine-year-old son of Safe N Rich owned, trained and driven
by Darren Lupul, won last Friday, the 40th win of his
career, pushing his career earnings to just short of
Johnny Jojo, an
eight-year-old son of Camluck trained by Mike Glover, won
his second in his three starts at the Downs and his 10th of
Maxillas Future, a
four-year-old daughter of Falcons Future, set a life mark of
1:57.3 in getting her ninth win of the year for trainer Rick
Sues Delema, a
six-year old daughter of Freedoms Pass, won her second in a
row for trainer Wayne Isbister. It was her eighth win of
‘06, the 19th of her career and pushed her career winnings
to more than $81,000.