No other fine wine has anything on Ivys Wine. 

Power and speed were liberally added to texture, bouquet and taste for Ivys Wine’s award-winning performance last Sunday in a track record-breaking showing in the fillies and mares open. 

The five-year old daughter of Barnett Hanover out of Scamper Almahurst went gate to wire in winning in a clocking of 1:53.2. That was a full second faster than the previous Fraser Downs record of 1:54.2 for aged mares. 

The previous mark was shared by Arturos Choice, who set it on Nov. 21, 2003, and by Red Star Madeline who tied it on April 30, 2005. 

Despite starting from the five-hole in the field of seven, Ivys Wine, driven by Tim Brown, was dominant all the way. She sprinted to the front early and held a 1½-length lead at the quarter, which was covered in 27.3 seconds, and a two-length lead at the 57.2 half. 

The lead was narrowed to a half at three-quarters (1:25.1) but she impressively pulled away in the stretch. 

Make Some Noise, part of an 8-5 second choice entry, chased Ivy all the way but fell to third at the finish as Ivys’ stablemate, Carson Jane, came on for second. Ivy and Jane were an even-money favorite from the barn of trainer Dave Hudon and owner Bill Boden.

Rustle For It was fourth and First Look, the mildly-surprising winner of the open the previous week was fifth. 

The victory was the second of the year and 10th lifetime for Ivys Wine who now has 2006 earnings of more than $17,500 and lifetime of more than $182,000.  

Those with good memories will remember that Ivy was second in the B.C. Sales Stake as both a two and three-year-old and won the three-year-old B.C. Breeders Stake in November of 2004 (and the $51,535 winner’s share). 

PLATE FINAL SET: Solar Wind raced to a new lifetime mark and Areyouinorout extended his winning streak to four in each winning a $8,364 Sandown Plate elimination Friday at Fraser Downs. 

Solar Wind, a son of Usher Hanover, making his first start since finishing second in the Sales Stake on Dec. 11, went gate to wire in 1:56.2 in the event for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. 

Solar Wind, the 3-5 favorite trained and driven by Barry Treen, won by 2½ lengths over a fast-closing Silk Puddles (28.3 second last quarter) while Superfecta Kid was third and Cash Account was fourth. 

The victory bumped Solar Wind's lifetime earnings to $23,865 for the E S Stables of Surrey, who purchased him for $3,500 at the 2004 B.C. Yearling Sale. 

In his first start in B.C., Areyouinorout extended his streak after three straight wins at Cal-Expo in Sacramento.  

Areyouinorout equaled his lifetime mark of 1:55.4 for owners Al Anderson of Willows, CA., and the J J J Stables of Aldergrove. 

Anderson trains the son of Camluck who was a 2-5 favorite. He got away third but rallied from off the pace with a strong backstretch move for driver Bill Davis to win by two lengths. Warrawee Hero, a recent arrival from Ontario, finished second after setting the early pace with Joe Millionaire third and Rogerthedodger fourth. 

Areyouinorout, who was unraced as a two-year-old, has earned $9,182 after being bought for a $10,000 price tag from the 2004 Forest City Yearling Sale. 

The top four finishers – along with Papa J who drew in from the fifth-place finishers -- from each of last Friday's eliminations will battle for the $30,000 in the Sandown Plate final, which goes Saturday at the Downs. 

DUCA AGAIN: Duca made it two wins in a row and three of four, since arriving at Fraser Downs, by capturing the open event last Saturday. 

Duca, the 4-5 favorite, went gate to wire in winning by 4½ lengths while flashing over the Downs 5/8-mile oval in 1:53.2 for the mile. That is the fastest clocking for the meet.

In his other open start Duca was second (by a nose). 

The five-year-old son of Western Hanover, trained and driven by Bill Davis, was perhaps aided by the fact that three others in the field of six made breaks. That included second choice Duke Is Duke and third choice Red Star Senator who went on to finish sixth and fifth respectively. 

Armbro Blacktie, who also put in steps, recovered to end second while 24-1 shot Hi Time Ascot was third. 

Duca, who has a lifetime mark of 1:52 set at Woodbine in Toronto, now has won more than $25,000 in 2006 and more than $192,000 in his career 

TORO CHANGES TACTICS, STILL WINS: El Toro did not roar away from the gate last Friday but he won just the same – for the third week in a row. The newcomer to the Downs, a four-year-old son of Jate Lobell, moved up a level, changed tactics and came from off the pace to win by a length for trainer Mike Glover and driver Jim Marino. 

Im In Overdrive, a seven-year-old son of Royal Dilemma, moved barns and up in class but still won his third consecutive race. He won this time for trainer Alex Gibb and driver Barry Treen. 

Sail The Sevenseas, a five-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover, won his second straight at the $20,000 claiming level for trainer/driver Tim Brown. 

Carwins C E O, a six-year-old son of Die Laughing, was another who moved up in class but it did not stop him from capturing his second in a row for trainer Diana Davie and driver Gord Abbott. 

Sues Delema, a six-year-old daughter of Freedoms Pass, won her fifth race in eight starts in 2006 for trainer/driver Abbott. 

Gemini Ridge, a four-year-old daughter of Falcons Future, covered the mile in 2:01.1 for a career best for trainer/driver Rick White. 

Alldressedinvelvet got her second straight win in her second straight career best time, on this occasion 1:56 last Saturday. The latest win for the four-year-old daughter of Richess Hanover came for new trainer/driver Bill Davis. 

Velvet’s lifetime mark was one of six on Saturday. The others were Nazko Daytona (1:59.4), Rocket Rachael (1:58.1), Hot Venture (1:54.2), Red Star Biggirl (1:55) and Sammy Souvlaki (1:54.4). 

Laugh To The Bank, an eight-year-old son of Die Laughing, won his second in a row for driver Gord Abbott and trainer Bill Young. The winner’s share pushed Banker’s lifetime earnings to more than $100,000. 

Cher The Wealth, a six-year-old daughter of Wheelin Chance, made it four wins (and a second) in her last five starts for trainer/driver Tim Brown. 

Hurricane Pat moved barns but it failed to stop the four-year-old daughter of Falcons Future from capturing her third straight. Despite starting from the outside eight hole, Pat lowered her mark by two seconds as she covered the mile in 1:56.4 for trainer/driver Bill Davis. 

Spartacus Dee J, a three-year-old son of Spartacus L M N, won his second in a row (his last was Dec. 30) and registered a new life mark of 1:57 for Davis. 

Davis was red hot as Ss Sand Dollar collared his second straight and lowered his career best to 1:54.2.

Rambo Pass picked up a new career best of 1:56.2 (and was claimed for the fifth time in his last seven starts) 

C Lec Thor Two, an eight-year-old son of C Lechthor, dropped his lifetime mark to 2:00 as he won for the first time since Feb. 20, 2004, 49 starts ago. He had not won a cent in nine starts in 2006 and picked up $150 in 19 starts in 2005.  

Better Best, an eight-year-old daughter of Cambest, won her second consecutive race for trainer Wayne Isbister and driver Jim Marino. 

DAVIS DEADLY:  Bill Davis left his mark and then left town. 

Davis was at his best dominating self last weekend as he rolled to nine victories and a driver and six as a trainer. 

He started the weekend with three victories last Friday and followed with two Saturday and four Sunday. Tuesday morning he left with several horses to compete at Edmonton’s Northlands Park. 

After his big weekend he as left top driver for the meet with 110 wins, one more than Jim Marino, and best for 2006 at 64, again one more than Marino. 

Marino tied with Serge Masse, Tim Brown and Barry Treen at four triumphs last weekend. Gord Abbott had three and Clint Warrington two. Warrington’s win with Red Star Dixie on Friday was his first of 2006. 

Davis’ six-pack gave him 39 wins as a trainer in 06 to again lead all. Treen had three last weekend followed by Brown at two while 25 others tied at one each. 

BCSA DIRECTORS CHOSEN: Four new members have been elected to the B.C. Standardbred Association board of directors. 

Newly elected members for two-year terms are Richard Craig, Gerald Evans and Jim Marino along with Greg Beneen for a one-year term. Incumbents returned are Jim Vinnell and Scott Knight for two-year terms. 

Allan Eng, Dave McKellar, John Zahara and Fred Zaitsoff also put their names forward.  

The newly elected board will assume their duties following the annual general meeting scheduled for Monday (March 27) at 7 p.m. in the Backstretch Restaurant.