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 impossible.


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.”


Betterfrombehind, as 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 success.


With Anderson the trainer of their strong list of contenders they grabbed the earlier Sales Stakes races.


The California-based 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 Belle third.


The victory for the full sister to Betterfrombehind bumped her earnings to more than $35,000.


Badtimingthatsall gave 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 this year.


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). 


BEACHBABY HOT: 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.


The four-year-old 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 $82,000.


Beachbaby’s triumph 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.


Meanwhile, Cameezy 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.


Mortified, a 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.