JUBILEE WINS TO
PREVENT J J J SALES STAKE SWEEP
The Jimmys threw a wet
blanket over J J J Stables and Al Anderson’s impending sweep
of the B.C. Sales Stakes races at Fraser Downs last Sunday.
As has been the case
in many Stakes events of the past couple of years in B.C.,
the partnership of J J J (owner Rick Mowles) and Anderson
were having a huge day Sunday.
With three races in
the books they had their names inscribed on the trophies and
blankets in hand from three victories.
Now it was the fourth
and final race with odds-on favorite Betterfrombehind, who
had always won at the Downs, only what seemed like inches
from the wire. However, the Jimmys – Jimmy Jams Jubilee,
driver/trainer Jim Marino and owner Jim Findlay – did the
In a thrilling
two-horse dual, Jubilee, a daughter of Pacific Rocket out of
No Time Off, roared past the 1-5 favored Betterfrombehind to
capture the $36,800 Sales Stake event for three-year-old
fillies by half a length in 1:56.2. Out Of Snorts finished
third, 13 lengths behind.
“It was exciting,” an
obviously emotional Marino said in the winner’s enclosure.
“I have followed that filly (Betterfrombehind) too many
times and never beat her.”
usual, roared to the front and Marino again trailed,
although nicely in the two hole. Jubilee and Marino attacked
as they turned for home and won the battle.
“The filly (Jubilee)
was anxious even in the post parade,” Marino explained of an
equipment change just prior to the post parade. “She had
both ear plugs out and lost the bit.”
The win was her sixth
(with seven seconds and five thirds in 23 starts) of the
season and it bumped her earnings past $86,000 for Findlay
of Maple Ridge.
However, don’t hold
any tag days for Mowles and Anderson. They continue to
rapidly make up for leaner days in years past with great
With Anderson the
trainer of their strong list of contenders they grabbed the
earlier Sales Stakes races.
trainer sent out a 1-5 favored two-horse entry in the
$35,100 two-year-old filly pace. Muddy Waters, with driver
Bill Davis, went straight to the front and did not look back
en route to her third win of the season in six outings. She
won by 1¼ lengths in 1:57.1 over Furious Five with Silvery
The victory for the
full sister to Betterfrombehind bumped her earnings to more
Anderson his second winner in the $30,750 rookie colt race.
With Marino in the bike, the son of Kents On Nuke went gate
to wire, clocking 1:59.1. Solar Wind was a hard-charging
second and Red Star Urge was third.
The win was the fourth
of the season in seven starts and a new lifetime mark for
Badtimingthatsall who surpassed $45,000 in 2005 earnings for
the same owners.
Anderson got the hat
trick as overwhelming (1-9) favorite, Active Pass, triumphed
in the $33,900 three-year-old colt final.
From the rail, Davis
guided the son of Kents On Nuke to an emphatic gate-to-wire
win by 4¼ lengths in 1:54.4. It was the ninth win of the
campaign for Active Pass and lowered his lifetime mark by
one-fifth of a second. He now has more than $125,000 earned
We Winnie Winston was
second and Lunar Tko third.
PURSES TO GO UP
JAN. 1: The purses at Fraser Downs will be returned, on
Jan. 1, to the level used at the start of the meet.
A temporary 10 per
cent increase had been put in place as part of a package of
items to offset the late start, due to construction, made
for the 2005-06 meet. The raise was initially intended for
the first month of the meet only.
There had been some
discussion between the B.C. Standardbred Association and
Orangeville Raceway Ltd. regarding leaving the purses up
after the opening month.
However, ORL was not
confident that level could be maintained. They were
concerned that the purse pool would exceed the $1 million
dollar line of credit that was agreed to earlier and
therefore cut the purses back effective Nov. 17.
The BCSA and ORL met
recently to analyze the forecast for the balance of the meet
and have agreed to restore the increase.
Effective Jan. 1, the
10 per cent increase will be returned to the purses. Both
Fraser Downs and the BCSA are confident that the increase is
sustainable although they will closely monitor the revenue
to ensure that is the case.
For example, the open
event, which is presently being raced for a purse of
$13,000, will go to $14,300 on Jan. 1. (An additional FYI
reminder, the purse money-winning payout goes to the race’s
top five finishers as 50, 25, 12, eight and five per cent).
Armbro Beachbaby drew the rail, got a new driver and went on
to capture the $10,000 fillies and mares open last Saturday
at the Downs.
daughter of Jennas Beach Boy went gate to wire for driver
Serge Masse for a ¾-length victory in 1:56.2. It was her
11th win of 2005 and pushed her career earnings to more than
stopped the two-race open win streak of Carson Jane who was
part of an even-money favored entry in the field of seven.
Beachbaby, who is owned by Joan Stovall of Carmichael,
Calif. and trained by Darren Lupul, was making her sixth
start in the open since arriving from Alberta.
She had two seconds, a
third and fourth in the previous starts and now has an
impressive 11-14-6 mark in 38 starts this year.
Masse (Lupul pulled
himself as driver) took Beachbaby, the 3-1 third choice, to
the front, fended off a challenge from Carson Jane, who
charged out from the seven hole, and led by two at the
quarter. Make Some Noise was first up, flushing Jane but the
closest anyone got to the leader was half a length.
Jane was second and
stablemate Ivys Wine third.
extended her win streak to four (and six of eight at the
meet) last Friday. Cameezy, owned by Claudine and Melissa
Masse, and trained and driven by Serge Masse, is a
three-year-old daughter of Cambest. She now has nine wins in
31 starts in 2005.
Andy Arsenault had two
victories as a trainer last Saturday and both came with
three-year-old geldings who set lifetime marks: Dal Reo
Bailey in 2:00 and Dal Reo Stewart in 1:58.
Lil Dudes Rockette won
her second in a row and set a lifetime mark again, this time
1:59.2 last Friday. Owned by the Lil Dude Ranch and trained
and driven by Tim Brown, the three-year-old daughter of
Pacific Rocket only paid $24.80 after producing $197.30 on a
$2 win wager.
Others winning their
second in a row on the weekend were Soarnbrace, Chute Again,
K Two, Better Best, Indians Win and Rambo Pass.
seven-year-old son of As Promised, won his second in his
last three starts and now has 30 wins in his career which
has seen him garner more than $421,000 in that time.
BURKE ON MOVE:
Jim Burke is beginning to make his presence known in the
contest for top driver at Fraser Downs.
Annually in the fight
for top pilot, Burke continued his recovery for a slow meet
start by rolling to a six-pack of wins last weekend.
Jim Marino and Bill
Davis were right behind with five victories apiece. Davis
now has joined Serge Masse, who had two last week, for the
meet’s lead at 36 while Marino is one back.
Scott Knight had three
triumphs while Tim Brown, Dave McKellar and Rod Therres
joined Masse at two.
It was a Stakes
weekend which meant Alan Anderson should be a trainer
contender, and he was, leading the way with three trips to
the winner’s enclosure.
Eleven, yes 11, others
each had two: Mike Glover, Bob Merschback, Andy Arsenault,
Davis, Wendell Smith, Brown, Marino, Wayne Isbister, Knight,
Darren Lupul and Therres.