Hudon red hot, big payouts and more tidbits of racing news

Dave Hudon had the biggest night of his racing career last Saturday as he drove six winners, including four horses he trains. Hudon's wins came with Sunalta Paddy in the third, Bre X in the fourth, Scruffier in the fifth, Legal Player in the 10th, Red Star Justice in the 12th and Doctor N in the 13th. He also had a second in five other starts.

"It's the most wins I've ever had (on a card)," Hudon said the next day. "I think the best I did before was five."

"It's very exciting," he admitted and when asked if her considered it an accomplishment he said "exactly."

"When you get four of those out of your own barn it's a bonus. Everybody likes to win and you always hope some will come from your barn."

Hudon's big night pushed him into the lead for wins at the meet. With his one triumph Friday he now has 22, four more than Tim Brown who had three on the weekend, the same as Jim Burke.

Trainer Wayne Isbister was another who had a fine weekend. He harnessed five winners, three on Friday, and now has a meet-leading 12. Hudon had his four and Brent Beelby had three.

SAMANTHA, CRUIZIN MEET, DO WELL: B.C.'s dynamic duo of pacing mares -- Samantha Square and Fast Lane Cruizin -- finally got to battle and, although neither won, they were far from embarrassed.

They were in a field of eight which tangled in a $50,000 purse fillies and mares open last Friday at Woodbine in Toronto. Samantha Square finished second and Cruizin was fourth.

Samantha, owned by Rick White and John and June Kauffman, was fifth at the half and although she covered the last quarter in 27.3 could not close on winner Cathedra Dot Com. The winning time was 1:54.3 on a track rated only as good.

Cruizin, owned by Phil Coleman and Jerry Blanchet, was making only her fifth start of 2002 and raced evenly while making every call in fourth. She came home in 27.2 seconds.

NICE WAGERING: There were more nice payouts at the Downs last weekend. On Friday there was a $386.70 Exactor and a $3556.10 Tri when 25-1 shot Mattsolut won and combined with True Tyrants Image and Prince Lee Gourmet in the 10th. On Saturday, even better when Jay Tee Lucas won in the first and joined with 60-1 shot Tahuya Floyd and Red Star Digger for a $946.50 Exactor and $8,861.70 Tri. Then there was 70-1 shot Salus Shri's win payoff of $159.10 in the 14th, leading to a $216.00 Exactor and $7,543.40 Superfecta.

IN ALBERTA TOO: Bill Davis, known in these parts as The Dominator for his driving and training exploits, could be referred to in Alberta as The Dominator Too.

After travelling to Edmonton to compete at Northlands Park where he had an excellent meet, Davis moved to Calgary's Stampede Park. With Calgary ending its meet last weekend, Davis returned to his hometown of Surrey, but not before he had stolen the show in Cowtown.

Davis made 262 starts as a driver at Stampede Park and won 78 times. That was 21 more than Keith Clark, his closest rival. He had a universal driver rating system of .425 and a win percentage of 29 (Clark was next at .338 and 20).

On the trainer's side Davis had 47 wins to Clark's 45 with Davis making 35 fewer starts. That gave Davis a UTRS of .489 and a win percentage of 34. (Clark was .402 and 26).

EDMONTON GETS FALL MEET: Northlands Park in Edmonton has been granted a 15 day fall harness meet. The meet will begin on Nov. 13 running until Dec. 14 with three cards of racing per week - Wednesday and Friday nights with Saturday matinee programs.

The purse structure will be approximately $65,000 per card for a total of nearly $1 million. The granting of the dates came after the track agreed to a contract with the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association. The Calgary meet ended last weekend.

Some Alberta trainers -- Jack Beelby, Bobby Clark, Brad Watt and Doug Stout -- are expected to compete in B.C. instead and several others are expected after the Edmonton meet.

VINNELL VICTORIOUS: Langley's Jim Vinnell was a happy man after Stampede Park's holiday Oct. 14 racing card. Horses owned or leased by Vinnell finished one, three and four in the $40,000 Rocky Mountain Stake final for three-year-olds.

Landmark Hall, a Cambest-Lindwood Starlator gelding, wired the field for Bill Davis with a 1:54.4 mile. The margin was a little more than a length over Token Favourite, driven by Bill Tainsh. Mattnifesto was 2 1/2 lengths back with Westwood Ho fourth.

Landmark Hall has won seven of 17 races and $141,000 on the season. The three-horse entry was an odds-on favourite and paid $3.10 to win.

All three of Vinnell's horses have been shipped to compete in Ontario.

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