It's busy at Greener Pastures

Greener Pastures -- the B.C. Standardbred Horse Adoption Society (BCSHAS) -- has received notification that it has been granted charitable status effective Sept. 16. This means that tax receipts can be issued for donations to the program.

It is the policy of the society not to pay for horses. In order for them to be accepted into the program they must be donated and, with charitable status in place, receipts can now be issued for the value of the horse. Horses placed through the program will be transferred into the name of the society and will not be raced or used to produce registered horses.

Julie McMillan of Greener Pastures will retrain and adopt horses through the program. She will still be running her J&M Acres operation and may purchase horses that are not being donated.

As well as donated horses, the society needs other help. Volunteers are always needed to run the 50/50s on Friday nights. The society will also be going to events to let the public know about the program. Donations of feed and medications are also welcome and Julie can always use help of all kinds at her Maple Ridge farm as well.

The farrier school at Kwantlen College is helping out by shoeing horses donated to Greener Pastures. Horses from the track are now trading their racing plates for riding horseshoes for the cost of materials thanks to Kwantlen.

As reported earlier, the Greener Pastures program has taken in its first donated horses.

Mattsolut was donated by Bill Boden and was quickly placed with Mary Larsen in Langley. A fixture at Fraser Downs for years, the handsome grey will also be used at various public events to promote the Greener Pastures program.

Ken and Deborra Harris have donated Package Tour N who is currently at McMillan’s acreage.

Program information is available at the BCSA/SBS office and McMillan can be reached at 604-466-9179.

DAVIS WIDENS LEADS: Bill Davis’s lead as top driver and trainer at Fraser Downs just gets bigger and bigger.

Davis was sharp last weekend, picking up 11 victories as a driver, eight coming with horses he trains. His closest pursuer in the driver ranks was Grant Hollingsworth with three while Tim Brown, Jim Burke, Rick White, Jim Wiggins and Glenn White had two each.

Wiggins and Wayne Isbister both had two triumphs as a trainer.

Davis now has 37 driving wins at the meet, 21 more than Brown and 28 as a trainer, 19 ahead of Isbister and Larry Micallef.

SIZZLE NOT FIZZLE: Haras Colta Cola, a 10-1 shot, used a strong start and grinding finish to win the winners-over event last Friday. Cola, trained by Paul Harrison and driven by Rick White, covered the mile in a lifetime best 1:56 and won by a neck over Ricardo Hall with Pee Tee O third.

Bre X, who had lowered the track record on consecutive weeks in the winners-over event, had the week off. Nazko Promise, one of Bre X’s top challengers over the last year or so, qualified last Saturday after a long layoff, and is expected to enter the fray soon.

BIG BUCKS: A couple of big payoffs were among the highlights of Saturday’s card.

Innate, a six-year-old gelding by As Promised out of Socialize, captured the ninth race and paid a whopping $156.50 for a $2 win ticket.  He combined with Rio Pizzazz (9-2) and Twistmyrubberarm (7-2) for a $10,261.20 triactor.

In the sixth race, Lunar Princess, a four-year-old daughter of Atomic Force out of Willow Duchess, raced to victory (despite last racing on April 26) in a new lifetime mark of 1:59. She paid $122.40 for a $2 win ticket.

DIALING DIFFICULTIES: Fraser Downs is aware that patrons have been having problems getting Friday race results on the Talking Super line.

“We are aware of the problem and we are concerned,” Chuck Keeling, general manager of the Downs, said. “We think it is because of the Super 7 draw (which was $30 million last Friday) and that is tying up the lines.

“We are following the problem with TSP to see if there is a way to rectify the situation,” Keeling added. “If it persists we may have to go to another source.”

ALL FOR FOUR: Chuck Keeling, general manager of Fraser Downs, is anxious to explain to those patrons the rationale behind the move to a 4 p.m. Sunday post time in November.

“It is a way of distinguishing when we run from when Hastings (Park) runs,” Keeling said.

“When we went head-to-head (the last couple of years) the wagering totals were not good. Also, the satellite service which we share is OK when we run separately but we would have to find another service when we go head-to-head and then it gets expensive.”

So Keeling explained it was decided to stagger the post times but added the Downs was not prepared to go later than 4 p.m. so patrons would not be getting home late on Sunday night.

Hastings will push its first post time to 11:50 and run eight races that will conclude about 3:45.

“We will have 10 races and they should be done by 7,” Keeling said. “We won’t do better (in wagering totals),” he said, “but it also probably won’t be worse.”

Beginning the first Sunday in December the post time will be 1:15 p.m.

DID YOU KNOW: On Oct. 10, 1980, Fan Hanover, driven by Glen Garnsey, set the world record for two-year-olds pacing on a five-eighths of a mile track by winning in 1:56.4 at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Penn.

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week Motoringwithhughie, a 31-1 shot, raced well and just missed the board at fourth. This time we will try Mark My Wits, a 10-1 morning line selection, in the second race Friday.