Hudon down again, but not out
Dave Hudon could not be blamed if he
Only a couple of days more than a month
after suffering substantial injuries in a race track spill
at Fraser Downs, Hudon hit the ground last Friday in another
– spookily similar – accident.
Hudon, while driving Artic Dawn A, had
the misfortune to be closest to X L B Janelle when she made
a sudden break. The wheel of Hudon’s bike rode up the one
with Janelle and driver Daniel St Amand and he was thrown to
the inside of the track.
Luckily, the next horse and bike passed
over him, despite the fact the trailing Glenn White, driving
Outlaw Romance, unfortunately went the same direction in an
effort to miss Dave.
Hudon suffered a bruised and scraped a
knee, on the opposite side of his body from where he
suffered cracked ribs.
He was back on his next drive but has
been warned by wife Kelly, “I can’t take any more of
TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO CENTRE ICE:
Fraser Downs’ patrons who take in the Vancouver
Canucks-Colorado Avalanche NHL game on Friday, Jan. 2 at GM
Place will see a familiar face at centre ice.
He won’t be playing, but Chuck Keeling,
general manager of the Downs, will present the Molson Player
of the Month award to a Canuck prior to the opening
“I think it shows that horse racing has
mainstream appeal,” Keeling said. “It is interesting that
recognition of our industry would be approached.”
SALUTE THE ADMIRAL: Red Star
Admiral is back. The giant six-year-old gelded son of Storm
Prince, owned by Robert Murphy, captured the Invite Saturday
over a strong field.
Starting from the trailing nine hole
with trainer Bill Davis in the bike, Admiral was third early
and grabbed the lead by the three-quarter mark. Haras Colta
Cola, who took the early lead, held it until passed by
Admiral on the back stretch. Cola was behind by two lengths
at the head of the home stretch but came back and failed by
a neck to catch Admiral.
The winning time on a sloppy track was
1:55.3 with Infinite Dreams taking third.
Co-track record holders Bre X, starting
from the outside seven hole, and Red Star Justice, were
fifth and sixth respectively.
“He was pretty good today,” Davis said
after the race. “Last week (his first back after an absence
of several months) was a good tightener.”
The girls should be saluted too.
In fact, Make Some Noise won the
fillies and mares open the same day -- in 1:55.2 (equaling
her all-time best).
Racing for the same combination as
Admiral, Make Some Noise, came from outside, to beat
stablemate Arturos Choice by three quarters of a length.
Princess Jessica N was third.
ANOTHER TOUGH TRAINER: Vianney
Archambault, the veteran trainer hurt in a shed row accident
in August, is back on the job.
“It’s good to be back,” said Vianney
with a big grin as he worked fastidiously on a horse last
“The leg is a little stiff and sore,”
he said and it should be as he added that seven screws and a
foot-long medal rod are still – and will remain – in his
“The doctor decided at my age (71) that
they might as well stay,” Archambault explained. “But he’s
(the doctor) happy. He at first said it could be as long as
a year before I was back but it’s only four and a half
He also said it’s a little more sore
when it rains – he’s in trouble there – but it’s really
stiff when he gets up after sitting for awhile. That helps
explain why he is back in shed row and in the training
HINDSHIGHT IS 50/50: Downs’
trainer/driver Tim Brown isn’t sure whether he should thank
the judges or not.
Brown received a one-day driving
suspension – served last Friday – for going inside the
pylons with Rbuck on Dec. 12.
Tim and wife Sandra decided to spend
the Friday evening watching the action from the Homestretch
in the grandstand. When in Rome do as . . . so he purchased
a 50/50 ticket to aid Greener Pastures.
You guessed, he won the draw and $537.
When asked if that was his best night
in a while, he said with a grin, “I think it’s my best
DAVIS UPDATE: Bill Davis’ stream
roller appears set to finish 2003 on a huge roll.
Davis had another banner weekend atop
the driver and trainer derbies at the Downs, winning nine
times as a driver and six as a trainer. He now has 344
driving victories, and 223 wins as a trainer, for the year.
Jim Marino had a good weekend,
capturing four driving triumphs while Jim Burke and Larry
Micallef had three each. Brad Watt, Grant Hollingsworth and
Daniel St Amand had two apiece.
After Davis’ six trips to the winner’s
enclosure as a trainer, the only others with one more than
one were Dave Smith and Bob Merschback, each with two.
HELLO DON: Another
driver/trainer has decided to give B.C. a try.
Don O’Dwyer, who raced most recently at
Rideau Carleton race track at Ottawa, was in action last
weekend as a driver at the Downs. He had five drives but did
not get on the board.
O’Dwyer, 53, who has raced through much
of North America such as Dover (Delaware) and Cal-Expo
(California), has 1873 lifetime victories as a driver. He
had nine wins in 148 starts and a universal driver rating of
.192 in 2003 before arriving here.
O’Dwyer, who has been to B.C. to race
before in 1970 and 1980, is from a racing family which
includes brothers Bob and Jimmy.
He expects to have 10 horses arriving
from California just after New Years.
YOUR TICKETS: The B.C. Standardbred Association and the
B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society have set Feb. 14 for the
annual standardbred industry awards banquet. This year the
venue is Northview Golf Course in
Surrey. Tickets, which are again $40, are on sale at the
BCSA and BCSBS office.
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week we
picked Lo N Jo but she finished sixth. This time we will try
Jomars Nagano, 12-1 shot, in the ninth race Sunday.