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DREAM ADDED TO BATTLE 

The battle lines, which were already forming, have been expanded. 

Fraser Downs racing aficionados have been anticipating a clash between Red Star Ginny and Betterfrombehind in this year’s Breeders Stakes final on Nov. 11’s big Classic Day.

After last Saturday’s first elimination legs nothing was changed, except for word that Alberta invader Patriot Dream will join the chase. 

The Alberta filly is co-owned by Vancouver’s Bill Boden and is eligible for B.C. stakes. Fresh from a 1:56.3 victory Saturday in the $76,339 Heritage Stake final at Calgary, her connections have decided to try to add a B.C. triumph. 

Breeders Stakes rules say a horse only has to compete in one of the elimination legs and, if winning enough money to be in the top nine, can be a part of the final, in this case for a $100,000 purse. 

Patriot Dream has been installed as a 4-5 favorite in her elimination Saturday but however strong Patriot Dream is, it doesn’t mean Ginny and BFB will take to the hills.

Not after impressive performances in last Saturday’s legs.  

In the faster of the two divisions with purses of $20,163, J J J Stables and Alan and Mark Anderson took another win with Betterfrombehind, a daughter of Kents On Nuke.

Betterfrombehind, a 1-2 favorite, went gate to wire in 1:55.3 for driver Bill Davis. 

Fast-finishing Jimmy Jams Jubilee (Pacific Rocket) finished second by a neck while Red Star Dreamglo (Island Fantasy) picked up show position. 

BFB, trained by Alan Anderson, has won half of her 12 starts this year to pad her life earnings to $168,000. 

Red Star Ginny, by Pacific Rocket, paced to an impressive seven-length victory in 1:56.3 for driver/trainer Clint Warrington in her division. A 1-9 favorite, Ginny, owned by Robert Murphy, had already this year won the Dogwood and a Sandown Breeders division (over Betterfrombehind). 

Anything Anytime (Jeremys Gambit) caught Classic Socks (Kents On Nuke) at the wire for second. 

Murphy and Anderson youngsters led the way in the other divisions too. 

Red Star Senator captured the fastest of three $15,596 colt and gelding divisions, coming from off the pace to trip the clock in a new life mark of 1:54.2 (just a fifth of a second off the track record for his age and gender). 

The 3-5 favorite won by 2¾ lengths over Dal Reo Rebel (Brace Yourself) and We Winnie Winston (Usher Hanover). 

Driven to victory by Jim Burke for trainer Robert Merschback, the son of Pacific Rocket has won six of 24 starts on the year for earnings of $114,000 for owner Mary Murphy. 

The other two divisions were captured by owners J J J Stables and Alan and Mark Anderson. 

Wild Rumour paced his mile gate to wire for driver Serge Masse in a 1:55.2 clocking for a 4½ length win over 39-1 shot Wild Dunes Force (Atomic Force) and Whaturmoneybought (Safe N Rich). The son of Key Prospect was a 1-5 favorite and now has five wins in 16 starts and earnings of $102,800 lifetime. 

Anderson’s other trainee, Active Pass won in similar style for driver Bill Davis prevailing in 1:55, a new life mark for the Kents On Nuke colt. Red Star Yogi (Storm Compensation) and Lunar TKO (Atomic Force) finished second and third respectively while 3-2 favorite Mattswhereitsat made a break and finished ninth.

MEANWHILE AT TWO: Red Star Biggirl did nothing last Friday to end the feeling she is the dominant two-year-old filly in B.C. 

On a sloppy track at Fraser Downs, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear rolled to a 7¾-length decision in one of two elimination legs of the B.C. Breeders Stakes. 

Biggirl, who set a track record for her age and gender of 1:56.1 on the Downs’ opening weekend, went gate to wire for driver/trainer Clint Warrington. Owned by breeder Robert Murphy, Biggirl was the 1-9 favorite. She is now undefeated in three lifetime tries including a Sandown Breeders division win and the track record decision, which came over older horses. 

Rick White’s Twentyten (Albert Albert), a 12-2 choice, was second with 27-1 shot Silvery Belle (Just Camelot) third.  

Sweetypea, also a winner of a division on the Island, won the other elimination for fillies.

The 3-1 second choice jumped to the lead off the gate and held off a late challenge from 2-5 favorite Muddy Waters to win by a neck in 1:59.2. 

Muddy Waters (Kents On Nukes) started a move after the half and battled with the winner from the three-quarter pole. Red Star Ocean (Mattduff) was third. 

Dave Hudon trains and drives the winner, a daughter of Freedoms Pass, for familiar owners, wife Kelly and son David. 

Joe Millionaire prevailed in a tough three-horse battle in one of three colts and geldings division races. The son of No Nukes, trained and driven by Jim Wiggins, held the lead at the quarter but was one the outside. He then settled into the two-hole with Superfecta Kid taking the lead and they raced one-two to the stretch. 

Joe, a 5-2 choice, came on to win by a half length in 1:59.2 with Wildniteiscalling (Kents On Nukes) coming late for second. Superfecta Kid (Fully Loaded), the 8-5 favorite, was third. 

It was the second win in as many lifetime starts for Joe Millionaire who is owned by Charles MacFarlane, Comstat Stable and Mary Jane Wiggins. 

Badtimingthatsall recovered from an early miscue in the second elimination to take command and then hold off a late challenge to narrowly win by a neck in 2:00. BTTA made a break while charging up from the six hole on the gate but quickly got back on stride and had the lead at the half. 

Red Star Islander (Island Fantasy), part of a favored 1-5 entry, closed strongly for second and Enchala (As Promised), a 54-1 long shot, also closed well for third.

Badtimingthatsall picked up his first win in three attempts this year for the son of Kents On Nukes owned by trainer Alan Anderson and the J J J Stable.  

Even-money favorite Limbosdoublecross was parked to the quarter but was in control by the half and pulled away for a convincing victory in the third elimination. 

The son of Albert Albert won by 6¾ lengths in 1:59.3 in taking his second win in three career starts. He is trained and driven by Rick White who co-owns with Jan Dryden.

Tackman (Dal Reo Hop Sing), at 18-1 was second and Seven Seas Biscuit (Scruffy Hanover), at 26-1 was third. 

The second legs of the Breeders Stakes will be held this Friday with the top nine money-winning finishers returning for the $60,000 final on Nov. 11.                                            

SUCCESSFUL RAID: While Breeders Stakes races dominated action last week at Fraser Downs, there were significant other happenings on the track. 

One of those was the open event where horses owned by Robert Murphy finished one-two. Newcomer Lance Raider, making only his third start at the Downs and of the year, won by a head after a tough stretch battle with stablemate Armbro Bach.  

Raider, a six-year-old son of Keystone Raider, made it two wins in those three starts for trainer Bob Merschback. Jim Marino piloted Lance to career win number 18 which boosted his earnings to more than $144,000. 

Downs patrons will recall Bach as a strong part of trainer Ray Gemmill’s stable before being claimed for more than $60,000 by Murphy. 

The entry was a 4-5 favorite with 9-1 shot Duke Is Duke closing strongly for third.

Cameezy made it two wins in a row for trainer Serge Masse on Thursday and in so doing ended I The Undersigned’s five-race winning streak. I The Undersigned had climbed from $4,000 to $8,000 in the claiming ranks during her streak. 

Another newcomer, Accent Seelster, made it two in a row with a 1:55.2 new lifetime mark winning effort Thursday for trainer/driver Doug Moore. 

On a fast track Saturday, Dal Reo Revolt, leased by Bill Davis, impressively set a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 – knocking off a second from a 2004 victory. 

SERGE SURGING: Serge Masse continued on his early-season roll at Fraser Downs as he again led the trainer/driver statistics. 

Masse picked up six driving victories – three on Thursday – to widen his meet lead. He now has 15, four more than perennial leader Bill Davis. 

Davis and Barry Treen each had four last week while Clint Warrington had three. Jim Marino, Gord Abbott, Jim Burke, Dave Hudon and Doug Moore had two apiece. 

Masse made five visits to the winner’s enclosure as a trainer and boosted his meet leading total to 14, six more than Davis. 

Alan Anderson had four triumphs last week, all in the Breeders Stakes events. Warrington and Wayne Isbister had three victories while Treen and Bob Merschback had two each. 

SALE INCENTIVE: As an incentive to B.C. horse owners and horsemen, Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino will assist in the bringing in of racehorses from sales in eastern Canada and the United States. 

Starting Nov. 1, $50,000 has been allotted for the horse shipment incentive program to help aid in the shipment of race-qualified horses from the eastern sales to B.C. for racing at Fraser Downs. 

Upon the submitting of a shipping receipt by anyone who purchased a race horse(s), up to $2,000 Canadian per horse will be reimbursed on any horse that has a sale value of $8,000 or more. Each horse owner will be restricted under the program to bringing in a maximum of five horses. 

The horse shipment incentive program will end Jan. 31, 2006. To be eligible for the reimbursement, the horse must remain in B.C. until March 30, 2006. 

“This is an added incentive to encourage horsemen to bring in more horses,” said Keith Quinlan, director of racing for Fraser Downs. 

MARES COMING: The B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society will again have broodmares on the block in its annual yearling sale. 

Bill Pambrun, the society’s president, will be off to the Harrisburg sale in the eastern United States to bring back a small number of mares in foal. 

Upon arrival, the mares will be part of a B.C. sale, which already has drawn a record consignment of 129 yearling horses. 

The online – at the B.C. Standardbred Association web site -- and printed catalogues are available for the yearling sale. There is strong representation of B.C. and out-of-province sires in the catalogue. 

In addition to the 129, 30 owners paid the $1,000 fee to make their yearlings eligible to the Sale Stake without going through the sale.  

The sale will start at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the Cloverdale Agriplex.

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