Infinite Dreams strong again 

Infinite Dreams continues to stake his claim to top horse in the Invitational ranks at Fraser Downs.

Coming off a win on April 9 where he set the track record of 1:52.1, Infinite Dreams won his second straight Invitational (winners over) last Saturday. Since Jan. 24 the son of Artsplace has either been first or second nine successive times in the event but instill Saturday’s win in 1:53.2 he had never won two in a row. 

Owned by Bill Boden and trained and driven by Dave Hudon, Infinite Dreams now has six wins in 11 starts in 2004 and has won more than $40,000. 

Part of a 3-5 favored entry – this time with Mt Kilipanajo – Dreams started from the four-hole in the five-horse field. He dropped into third early as Red Star Admiral, from the outside, and Haras Colta Cola dueled for the lead with Admiral getting in front. 

It stayed that way to just past the half (a quick 56.4) when Infinite Dreams moved first up. It became a two-horse race with Dreams held to the outside, one length back at the three-quarter pole and 1½ lengths at the head of the stretch. 

But Hudon went to work and managed to wear down Admiral before the wire to win by three-quarters of a length. 

Sucha Smooth Deal came from fifth after three quarters to finish third but was 10 lengths behind the winner. 

MORE MONEY TOO: The annual Stallion Stake for three-year-olds will have a new date and a new purse. The B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society board of directors has decided to make the two significant changes to the 2005 version of the Stallion Stake.  

Firstly, the event will be moved from January to April. This change will allow trainers more time to get the young horses ready thereby increasing the number of entries. The weather and track conditions in April will also make for a much more attractive event.  

The board also decided to increase the purse for the event from the present $60,000 to $100,000 for each gender. The additional funds will be provided by the $210,000 breeder’s share of the horsemen’s slot revenue. 

It was also decided that the Breeders Stakes for two-year-olds in November of 2004 will also benefit as the purses will be raised to offer $50,000 (up from $45,000) finals.  

The Broodmare Award will receive a boost of $90,000 from the new funds. The balance of the new money has yet to be dedicated.  

WHITE WINS: Bruce White of Surrey has won the inaugural King of the Hill handicapping challenge in only four weeks. 

Battling against three other competitors -- Chris Carr, Joe Sotelo and Bob Kosolofski -- on Monday, White chose the eight horse in the second race at Mohawk.  The favourite drove-on to victory while the other three competitors’ horses did not win their respective races. 

White wins the $500 grand prize and bragging rights over the other 150-plus contestants.

The foursome was the only ones to survive after week two and all advanced again in week three. 

It started March 22 when the more than 150 entrants submitted a pick of what horse they thought would win on the Woodbine (later Mohawk) Monday night card. If the handicapper was astute and his horse won he moved on to the next week. Lose and they were gone, out, kaput. 

HOLLYWOOD CALLING: The Ultimate Capper Handicapping Contest is back and the winner will get a vacation for two to see the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar race track in sunny Southern California. 

Starting on May 1, and running for 10 consecutive Saturdays until July 3, contestants will pick a horse in three of the designated six races from the track of the week.  

A mythical $2 win/place/show wager will be made on each of the three horses that are selected and at the end of each contest day, the top three contestants will win cash.  First place will win $250 with second and third place paying $150 and $100 respectively. 

The contestant with the highest total of mythical dollars won over the 10-week period will win the vacation for two to Del Mar.  The vacation includes flight from Vancouver International Airport, three nights accommodation, premium seating while at the race track and $500 spending /transportation money. 

To enter, pick up a weekly entry ballot in the Finish Line at Fraser Downs from noon on the Friday of the contest week until post time of the first race of the featured track and submit it to either the Finish Line Information Window or the Finish Line HPI Centre. 

The weekly Ultimate Capper featured tracks are: May 1 - Churchill Downs – thoroughbred, May 8 - Mohawk – harness, May 15 - Pimlico or Mountaineer – thoroughbred, May 22 - Woodbine – thoroughbred, May 29 - Meadowlands – harness, June 5 - Belmont – thoroughbred, June 12 - Northlands – harness, June 1h - Woodbine – harness, June 26 - Fort Erie – thoroughbred, July 3 - Hollywood Park – thoroughbred. 

HOOOODON: Dave Hudon led the way last week in the driver and trainer derbies. 

Hudon picked up five victories for the two days as a driver. Tim Brown (all on Saturday), Bill Davis, Jim Marino and Gord Abbott were next with three while Scott Knight had a pair. 

Hudon’s four visits to the winner’s enclosure were the best among trainers. Davis had three while Brown, Knight and Ken Dorman had two each. 

It is likely that Hudon will join the list of those taking (or shipping) horses to Alberta. Citing the lack of written races for better-class horses Hudon is expected to take such top horses as Infinite Dreams, Mt Kilipanjaro, Red Star Dexter and Penny Lace to Edmonton.  

Several of owner Robert Murphy’s horses, including Make Some Noise, are already there as are Princess Jessica N and Red Star Niecy among others from the Garden Gate Stable. 

There were four new lifetime marks on last Saturday’s card, including a 1:54.1 from five-year-old Spider M. Three-year-old colt Band On The Run captured his maiden win in his first start with a clocking of 1:57.4. 

TASTY WIN: Yumyum Candy, owned by Niele Jiwan of Burnaby, was a winner in 1:57.1 in fillies and mares claiming $25-30,000 at Northlands last Friday. The purse was $12,500. 

Four hoses that raced recently at Fraser Downs but now have shipped to Edmonton for Alberta interests were winners last Saturday at Northlands. Led by Jimster in 1:57.1, the list also included Rainbow Shark, The Fisco Kid and Comstats Dream. 

Still B.C.-owned, Ricardo Hall got a second, Dale Reo a third and Maxamillenium and Dal Reo Heir picked up fourths. 

Proberts Punch, owned by Maximracingstableinc of Squamish, raced at Georgian Downs in Ontario and finished fifth after the odds-on favorite worked his way to second at the head of the stretch. 

Fillies owned by Robert Murphy and trained by Jamie Gray finished first and third in the  $45,600 final of the Spring Series at Northlands Park on April 17. 

With Gray in the sulky, Southwind Madison was the clear winner, using a big front-end effort to win by two lengths over Alibize in a sharp 1:56.4. Stable mate Red Star Finalee finished third. 

The win was Southwind Madison’s third in six starts this season, boosting her earnings tally to $37,300. The daughter of Pacific Fella has won eight races and more than $65,000 lifetime. 

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week we tried Thisbudsarose but she was fifth. This week let’s turn to Dal Reo Millee, a 10-1 morning line choice in the ninth race Friday.

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