It seems only appropriate that on a day when Camcracker is saluted a relative also grabs the spotlight. 

Camcracker, who won more than $1 million and paced a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 in his career, is now standing stud as a nine-year-old in Langley. His owners, Aubrey Friedman of Burlington, Ont. and Brian Nixon of Centerport, N.Y., and his trainer Mark Harder of New Jersey, decided to publicly announce his arrival by offering a prize to the winner of the weekly fillies and mares open at Fraser Downs. 

Camcracker, Nixon and Harder watched as Carson Jane, a daughter of Cambest (also the daddy of Camcracker), dominated in winning the open by 3 1/4 lengths last Sunday at Fraser Downs. 

In addition to the regular purse winnings ($4,000), Bill Boden, the owner of the triumphant mare received a blanket - and a free breeding to Camcracker (the fee is $2,250) for any mare of his choice. 

Boden was a happy man. He is an owner who is quite interested in bloodlines and already was planning. 

"I've got one (a mare) Dal Reo Santoy, who I am thinking about. I will have to check the back breeding." 

Nixon was a happy man (despite leaving his New York home early Sunday morning and flying to Seattle and then driving to the Downs for his first visit).  

"We have sent him (Camcracker) here to give him the best opportunity as a stallion. It has been a good day for us and I think a good day for harness racing here." 

Harder, a former B.C. trainer, who now tops the North American standings, was a happy man. 

After parading his fine athlete before the fillies and mares' race, Harder said of Camcracker, "He was always very consistent and he took on, and beat, some of the top horses (Gallo Blue Chip for one). He wasn't always first but he always tried." 

Carson Jane, who struggled in her previous outing, also showed much try Sunday. 

With trainer Dave Hudon in the bike, the 4-5 favorite raced to the front from her four post and was never caught. She won, turning back a late last-turn challenge from Lunar Princess, in 1:57. 

Princess Jessica, never far from a win in recent starts, came on for second with Lunar Princess third and Dal Reo Millee fourth. 

Carson Jane, a five-year-old with a nifty lifetime mark of 1:53, now has four wins and two seconds in eight starts in 2005 with more than $17,000 in earnings for the year and more than $91,000 for her career. 

NECK ENOUGH IN EIGHTH: Betterfrombehind still has not been beaten - eight starts, eight wins. 

But last Friday's victory at Fraser Downs in her Delta Pace elimination was a little different as a rival finished within a length. Betterfrombehind went gate-to-wire but Concrete Angel made it interesting, using a perfect-two hole trip for a late challenge. The margin of victory was a neck. 

In the second of two six-horse eliminations, Betterfrombehind, co-winner of the B.C. two-year-old filly pacer of the year in 2004, extended her win streak for trainer Alan Anderson and driver Bill Davis. The Downs' top driver was not in the sulky for Betterfrombehind's first win at Cal-Expo in California but has piloted her impressively in all the others. 

Davis rated the three-year-old daughter of Kents On Nuke through quarter fractions of :29.2, :59.1 and 1:28.2 before coming home in 29 seconds en route to a 1:57.2 triumph. It was her first start of 2005. 

Red Star Ginny was 4 1/4 lengths back in third and Mcmoney was fourth. 

The B.C.-bred Betterfrombehind now sports career earnings of $67,434 for owners J J J Stables of Aldergrove, Alan Anderson of Willows, CA, and Mark Anderson of Sacramento, CA. 

A charge to the lead from the rail was the key to gaining the winner's circle for Alldressedinvelvet, who won her elimination (they each had a purse of $6,750). 

Alldressedinvelvet (Richess Hanover) paced fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:27.4 en route to a three-quarter length decision in 1:58 for trainer Brett Currie and driver Barry Treen. Velvet upset the odds-on favourite, Jimmy Jams Jubilee with Anything Anytime taking third. Red Star Marlene was fourth. 

It was the first win of the season for the three-year-old filly, who now sports lifetime earnings of $29,132 for Crimson Racing Stable of Langley. 

The $33,900 final of the Delta Pace for three-year-old fillies is scheduled for this Saturday. 

Shannons Scoobydoo won the draw Tuesday between the fifth-place finishers, the other was Bunny Ridge, for the last spot in the final and will an entry-mate of Jimmy Jams Jubilee, who got the rail. That made them the 7-2 third choice in the morning line.

Despite getting the five and six spots on the gate, Betterfrombehind and Concrete Angel are the 8-5 and 3-1 top choices respectively.  

THE BRUSTER IS THE ONE: The Bruster rarely hurries off the gate. He also rarely falls too far behind. He also rarely fails to make a couple of big moves. All that rare adds up to well done as he often wins. 

That's what he did last Sunday in the winners-over (invite) event at Fraser Downs. The four-year-old son of His Mattjesty captured the feature for the second time in the last three weeks, this time by 1 1/2 lengths. 

The Bruster, the 4-5 favorite, started from the three-hole on the gate and was back in fifth (it seems to be his favorite spot) at the quarter (7 1/2 back) and half (6 1/2 back). But first a strong backstretch move put him third after three quarters and the patented late kick (29.2 last quarter) pushed him to victory. 

Red Star Admiral, 3-2 second choice, as usual did a ton of work, clearing into the lead after the quarter and opening up a five-length lead before falling to the bruising finish of the Bruster. 

The winner's late heroics stole the attention from Infinite Dreams and Coyote Hanover, who came from eighth and seventh to finish third and fourth. 

The Bruster, owned by Bruce Larway and Spud McCormac, trained by McCormac and driven by Jim Marino, now has four wins, three seconds and a third in nine starts in 2005.

He pushed his earnings to more than $31,000 for the year and more than $123,000 for his career. 

MARINO-DAVIS: Jim Marino and Bill Davis continued to lead the way in the driver derby at the Downs. Marino used four wins Sunday and Davis used a grand slam on Friday to top all with six wins apiece. 

They are one-two for the meet, which started last September. 

Serge Masse has made his presence felt as he chalked up four victories. Tim Brown was next with three while Glenn White, Jim Burke, Dave Hudon, Andy Arsenault and Clint Warrington had two each. 

Davis and Masse were the leading trainers with four each while Mike Glover had three and Rick White, Hudon and Barry Treen deadlocked at two. 

Jerry Nelner and Boyd Burke each registered their first driving wins of 2005 while Billy Davis (junior) harnessed his first winning horse as a trainer when Itsallaboutthemoney captured the fifth race on Friday. 

WAY TO GO WOODY: Marian and Bill Young's pride and joy (OK, one of), Woodmere Windrop, paced to the 50th win of his career last Saturday at the Downs. 

Woody, an 11-year-old P.E.I. bred by Drop Off out of Stylish Winner, has been with the Youngs for many years. He was claimed off them a few months back but they bought him back recently - eying the possibility of that big 5-0 win. 

Racing in a $4,000 claimer event (Bill was worried that he was embarrassing all including Woody), the veteran gelding, driven by Jim Burke, used one of his strong finishes (29.3 second last quarter) for a five-length margin. 

It was the first win of 2005 for Woodmere Windop who has won more than $260,000 in his career. 

BOLTON GETS ONE LEG: Armbro Bolton won in style in one of last Saturday's Borden Park eliminations at Northlands Park. 

Armbro Bolton, who was sent off as the 4-5 favorite, went gate to wire in his leg for trainer/driver Larry Micallef winning by 5 3/4 lengths in a clocking of 1:56.3. 

The four-year-old son of Matts Scooter defeated Pete Plumsted and Allamerican Dakota and improved his 2005 record to 4-2-2 in eight starts. 

The J J J Stables of Aldergrove and Alan Anderson of Willows, CA, are owners of the winner $52,439 to date. 

Those owners were close to a sweep as Dal Reo Revolt was second by a length in the other elim to Close The Deal who won in 1:57.4. 

Meanwhile, Armbro Bach was second in last Saturday's winners over at Northlands.

The four-year-old son of Village Jiffy, trained by Ray Gemmill who turned 75 last Sunday, was half a length behind surprise winner Fort Apache. 

BCSA ELECTION: Three new people were successful in the B.C. Standardbred Association board of directors' recent election -- Brett Currie, Sten Ericsson and Dave Jungquist. 

A total of 187 ballots were counted for a fairly healthy return rate of 35 per cent in this year’s recent.  

Seven candidates were vying for the five available seats. The newcomers joined the board at the annual general meeting on March 22. Two incumbents, Paul Harrison and Wendell Smith were re-elected for another two-year term. The two candidates not elected were Gar Campbell and Fred Zaitsoff while Rod Therres, whose term had also expired, had chosen not to seek re-election.  

The five elected members will joint the five directors entering the second year of their terms. They are Jim Vinnell, Scott Knight, Robert Linford, Bill Pambrun and David Woolley.  

Meanwhile, Brett Currie and Rick White were elected after all the ballots had been counted for the 2005 B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society board of directors election. 

However, the successful candidate for the third and final seat remained undecided when Bill Pambrun and Bob Chadwick had an equal number of votes.  

As both the BCSBS bylaws and the Society Act are silent on how ties are to be dealt with, the Society sought legal advice. 

The opinion given was that there was a choice of redoing the election, having a runoff between the two tied candidates, or deciding the question through a random process such as drawing lots or picking a number. The question was put to the six directors who were not involved as candidates in the election. They felt that the decision was too important to leave to a random process and decided to have an election runoff between the two tied candidates.  

Ballots have been mailed out and those returned will be tallied on Monday.  

MORE MONEY: The Nat Christie Memorial, Western Canada Pacing Derby and Northlands Filly Pace, the marquee stakes events annually in Alberta, will each receive significant purse increases this year.  

Horse Racing Alberta announced that additional monies, primarily from the slot machine revenues, allows for significant purse increases for a number of major stakes races for both the standardbred and thoroughbred sectors.  

Stampede Park's signature event, the Nat Christie, will offer a purse of $250,000 total this year, up $50,000 from 2004. Northlands Park's Western Canada Pacing Derby and its filly counterpart the Northlands Filly Pace, will each have increases of $25,000 to $175,000.