FURIOUS FIVE FASTER
THAN FAST LANE
Masse has roared off to a big start after three weeks of the
Fraser Downs live race meet. The biggest noise was made last
weekend by his filly Furious Five with a track record
The daughter of Faldo
Hanover-Big Five put her name into the Downs' record book
when she zipped around 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. The former mark was set
on April 9, 2000, making it the longest-standing record –
until Furious Five’s furious mile.
The victory was the
ninth lifetime for Furious Five, who captured the $132,000
Alberta Breeders three-year-old filly event on Sept. 17. She
now has bagged $201,032 for owners Jarm Investments Ltd. of
Masse has always been
known as one of the best at getting his horse away from the
starting gate in a hurry. Today, as a trainer, he has his
whole stable away quickly in the new meet at the Downs.
Masse has startling
figures after three weeks of the campaign. He leads in all
three categories (wins, earnings and universal rating) as
both trainer and driver.
As top conditioner he
has 14 wins (Dave Hudon is next at eight), $59,259 in
earnings (Barry Treen has $43,778) and a .680 UTRS (David
Woolley is at .555). His leading driver stats are 23
victories (Hudon has 10), $86,987 in earnings (Jim Marino is
at $46,708) and .459 UDRS (Hudon is .389).
On Sept. 22 and 23,
Masse had five wins on each day of the 11-race cards with
the five on the 23rd coming in the first five races. The
next weekend he had nine victories.
Meanwhile, other Masse
horses keep rolling.
Leanback Coco, another
three-year-old filly, has won five of her last six and set a
life mark of 1:54 in the process. Cher The Wealth, a
six-year-old mare, was claimed on Sept. 16 by Masse and has
won two since including a 1:55.3 lifetime best. Follow Your
Bliss, a five-year-old mare, has captured the last two
fillies and mares’ opens. Rodeo King, a three-year-old colt,
also has two straight wins and a new life best of 1:55.3.
Masse does not,
however, have exclusivity on good showings.
The Mike Bourgeois
trained and driven three-year-old colt Red Star Samper now
has three victories (two at the Downs) in succession with
the latest a 1:54.4 new life mark.
Big T Machine, a
three-year-old trained and driven by Gord Abbott, made it
three straight wins last Saturday. An interesting sidelight
is that she won the two previous back in May.
Tahuya Panda, a
three-year-old colt trained by Erik Neyhart and driven by
Mike Short, now has two triumphs in a row to start his
career. Two-dollar win tickets have brought $90.70 and
With Barry Treen
training and Scott Knight driving, Armbro Blacktie had won
two opens in succession.
Ken Dorman’s Daves
Showboat, driven by Andy Arsenault, and Ann Cooper’s Madpan,
piloted by Masse, have won their last two, setting a life
best on each occasion.
ONLY FOUR FOR
ARBUTUS: Masse’s big early showing has seemed to scare
away opponents for the first stake race of the meet.
The Arbutus Stake,
usually raced at Sandown Park but switched to the Downs for
this year, has attracted a tiny field of four for the event
for three-year-old fillies. The field will bypass
eliminations and go to the final on Oct. 14 for a purse
expected to be in the neighborhood of $20,000.
aforementioned Furious and Coco will be Red Star Dixie and
Other stake dates set
are the Breeders on Nov. 11, the Sales on Dec. 9 and 10 and
the Stallion on April 20 and 21.
At press time it was
believed that an agreement had been reached on the
contentious conditions of the remaining (eight) stakes
MURPHY BUSY AT
SALE: Top B.C. owner and breeder Bob Murphy may not have
consigned any horses for the recent annual Pacific Yearling
Sale in Surrey but he was still the most active. This time
he did the bulk of the buying.
Murphy had the four
highest purchase prices as but 10 horses changed hands.
Murphy, who heads Red Star Stable, doled out $12,000 to
purchase Brees Viento, a filly by Village Jiffy out of
Sumwerovrtherainbo, from Jim and Ross Findlay. He also spent
$10,500 for At First Light, a colt by Scruffy Ben out of
Light The Fuse, consigned by Bryn Muir. Murphy also made
purchases of $9,500 and $6,000.
The largest bid was
$25,000 as Rick White and John and June Kauffman bought back
the filly Samanthas Cam. She is a daughter of top Canadian
sire Camluck and a many-time winner at the Downs, mare
Three yearlings –
filly Austinsfirstpeace (Austin Carr-Peaceful Life), filly
Pedal Boy (As Promised-Big Five) and colt B Realistic (Real
Artist-Property Damage) – each were bought back for $15,000
by their consignors.
Eight horses in all
were bought back with the other 35 not attaining their
Nine horses also went through a mixed sale following the
yearling sale and four changed hands including a yearling
that was not entered in time for the main event.