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GREENER PASTURES AGAIN PLACING HORSES 

There are pastures green awaiting more horses. 

After a small period of time where there was no room at the inn, the Greener Pastures adoption program, operated by the B.C. Standardbred Horse Adoption Society, is again placing horses at a rapid pace in the recreational riding and driving community. 

Pull the Goalie is bound for Chilliwack and a home with Gail Mackenzie. Ken Emory of 150 Mile House has adopted Mile Oak Mallory where she will be helping him introduce his grandchildren to riding. Dale Rosamond of Chilliwack has adopted Mr Wild, now known now by his barn name "Mr Ed". As Dale prefers horses to cars, Mr Wild will be carrying him a short distance to work every day.  

Greener Pastures is still looking for good, sound horses. Owners will be asked to complete application forms and have their veterinarians recommend the horses for recreational use. Greener Pastures can be contacted through the B.C. SA/SBS office at 574-5558 or be calling Tim Larsen evenings and weekends at 532-7736.  

Meanwhile, the program's connection with 4-H continues to grow stronger and more 4-H inquiries are coming in on a regular basis. Greener Pastures has accepted an invitation to the 4-H provincial demonstrations in Vernon next July. It is hoped that the three Greener Pastures horses shown there will be adopted after the event.  

Fund raising remains a priority for the success of the GP program. Feeding and caring for the horses adds up to a big expense and when other costs, such as veterinary and advertising, are included the total expense is considerable. The recent stallion auction contributed to funding, as do the 50/50 draws at the track on Fridays. 

Last year the Winners Circle program was introduced at Fraser Downs with the co-operation of the track. Through this program horse owners can contribute a fixed amount or a percentage from each purse cheque to Greener Pastures. 

Owner Keith Stonehouse has stepped up and signed on to this program and pledged five per cent of the winnings of his horse Lunar TKO to the program. Other owners are encouraged to join in supporting the program and forms will be faxed or emailed by request.  

TWO STRAIGHT FOR DUKE: For the second successive week the same horse captured the winners over feature event at Fraser Downs. 

Duke Is Duke can use the last two weeks to present his case as a force to be reckoned with in the Downs' upper equine echelon. 

The seven year-old gelded son of Jennas Beach Boy is owned by Serge Masse and Joseph Lin and trained and driven by Masse and was even more impressive this week than last.  

The 5-2 second choice in the field of six was on the rail on the gate but was content to take the two hole behind quick-leaving Haras Colta Cola. He was first up after the half (where he trailed by 1 1/2 lengths) and had the lead at the three-quarter pole by two. He never stopped rolling after that, winning by 5 1/4 lengths, and covering the mile in 1:53.3, fastest to date in 2005. 

Infinite Dreams, the 2-1 favorite, started from the two hole but slipped to sixth. He rallied late to be best of the others while Coyote Hanover was third. 

Duke Is Duke now has four wins in 12 starts in the year with earnings of more than $23,000. 

NOISY AGAIN: That sound heard last Friday at the Downs was Make Some Noise capturing the fillies and mares open for the second straight week. 

In her second start since returning to the Downs, Make Some Noise, a six-year-old daughter of Camluck, upset the favorite in winning with a clocking of 1:55.3. The 2-1 second choice came first up at the half and roared to the front, beating 3-5 favorite Carson Jane by 5 3/4 lengths. 

Make Some Noise, owned by Robert Murphy, trained by Bob Merschback and driven by Jim Burke, now has two wins in four starts and earnings of more than $8,000 in 2005. Her career earnings are now more than $224,000. 

In the field of five, Make Some Noise started from the four spot on the gate and was still fourth (4 1/2 lengths back) at the half. But she swung out, followed by Carson Jane, and swept to the lead by the three-quarter pole and got stronger to the wire. Early-leader Jennas Lil Dude was third. 

LUCKY COMBOS: Long-shot players were able to get quite excited last weekend when some nice payouts were recorded. 

On Friday night, Lucky Potion, a 113-1 shot, came from off the pace to capture the 11th race for owner/trainer/driver Scott (Kid) Cisco. Lucky Potion paid $228.60 for a $2 win wager. 

Dontpush Your Luck raced from the outside eight post to grab the win in the eighth race Saturday for trainer/driver Tim (TJ) Jacobson. The 71-1 shot paid $143.80 and then combined with 2-1 second choice Red Star Hercules and 42-1 shot Serve Notice for a whopping $23,759.10 triactor. That was less than $1,000 short of the previous top triactor payout ever at the Downs. 

DAVIS LEADS WAY: Bill Davis continues to do what he does best - win a lot of races as a driver at the Downs. 

Davis led all pilots last weekend, winning six times which is close to what he does on average every weekend. 

Jim Burke was next best with four victories while Barry Treen, Scott Knight, Tim Brown and Serge Masse had three each. Picking up two wins were Jim Marino and Rick White. 

Davis also shared the weekend lead - with Masse -- for trainers with three trips to the winner's enclosure. White, Treen, Knight, Bob Merschback and Wayne Isbister all had two apiece. 

BODEN BIG: Last Friday was a big day for prominent Fraser Downs' horse owner Bill Boden. The success, however, took place at Edmonton's Northlands Park. 

Boden's Patriot Dream stretched her 2005 unbeaten skein to four as she captured the $76,639 Golden Garter final for three-year-old fillies at Northlands Park.

Co-owner, trainer/driver Gerry Hudon put the Freedoms Pass-Sea Blue daughter on top from the start and never looked back to win in 2:00.1 over the track rated good. Neverhitseventeen was second with Palamas Promise third.

Patriot Dream, a winner of six of seven starts last year at two, now has $62,000 earned this year and $149,000 lifetime.  

Boden and Hudon also combined to take the first elimination of the Spring Series for three and four-year-old mares as Hudon guided Paradise Of Grins to a 1:57.1 victory over Prom Miss and Dave Jungquist's Concrete Angel.  

It was the second-straight win since shipping to Edmonton from Woodbine for the Grinfromeartoear four-year-old owned by Boden. Paradise Of Grins now has four wins in 10 starts this year.  

Meanwhile, Keystone Romola cruised to a 1:57.2 effort to defeat Bigshoestofill and Lotana Franco in the $17,500 mares open.  

Boden and Hudon co-own the winner, a five-year Western Hanover daughter who got her first 2005 win and increased her life earnings to $114,000 with the victory. 

Bigshoestofill is owned by Robert Murphy of White Rock. 

Boden did not stop there, also having a productive showing on Saturday.

In the $9,000 eliminations for the Sunwapta Stake, Classic Rustler, owned by Boden and Hudon, captured the first with a 1:58.3 effort. Law Of The Yukon, who recently raced at the Downs and is owned by Boden, was third. 

In the second division, Armbro Blacktie, who is owned by Ming Siu of Richmond, finished in a dead heat for first with Widdle Diddle - owned by Boden and Hudon). They were timed in 1:56. 

CRUISER CLOSES BIG: For the second successive week Seven Seas Cruiser displayed a big late kick to get a respectable result at Woodbine in Toronto. 

The tough B.C. bred, owned by John Heras of Delta, roared home in 27.1 seconds, best in the nine-horse field, to finish fifth. The event was a non-winners $17,600 last 6 starts or nw $1,500 in 2005 or nw four races or $100,000 lifetime for a purse of $23,000. 

Driven by Chris Christoforou, Cruiser started from the nine hole and took back, trailed by 17 after the quarter and was still ninth - 8 3/4 quarters back -- at the head of the stretch. He finished 4 3/4 behind the winner, Artesia, who covered the mile in 1:50.1.

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