Kootenay Ice IGA horse for January
Kootenay Ice is the MarketPlace IGA horse of the month
Kootenay Ice, a four-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover out of
Natural Success, had three wins in three starts, each at a
higher level, during the month. The winner of the Sales
Stake in December, Kootenay Ice set a lifetime mark of
1:56.2 while winning one of the January starts by 7½
Kootenay Ice is bred and owned by Robert Chadwick of Surrey,
trained by Robert’s son Kyle, and was driven in January by
A long list of contenders formed in the month including
Seely Bert, also three for three with a NLM; Princess
Jessica N, two for two with a NLM; Red Star Snippy, three
for four with a NLM; Digs Girl, three for three; Kold Kash
with a 3-2-0-1 record; True To The Game with 3-2-0-1; Haras
Colta Cola with 3-2-1-0 and Mad Deamon with 3-2-0-0.
Rob Neufeld, owner/operator of the Cloverdale MarketPlace
IGA, will present a blanket to the winning connections.
HUDON HORSES LIKE INVITE: Watch out. Trainer Dave
Hudon is thinking and may have a formula that leads to
Two weekends ago the Hudon-trained Red Star Justice came
back from a confidence-building lower-level race to capture
the featured Invite at Fraser Downs.
Last weekend a Hudon charge did it again. Infinite Dreams,
who skipped the race in which Justice won as Hudon avoided
having to start an entry, grabbed the Invite over a strong
field of seven. The field, of course, did not include Red
It did include the favored 4-5 entry of Red Star Admiral and
Ricardo Hall. Infinite Dreams, owned by Bill Boden and
driven by Hudon, used a strong first-up trip and strong
finish. The second choice at 8-5 won by 4¼ lengths in a time
of 1:56.1 with Lo Siento, longest shot on the board at 29-1,
second and Pee Tee O third.
Admiral had cleared into the lead just past the first
quarter after an early battle with Stutzpan. Infinite
Dreams, who was fourth by seven lengths at the quarter,
started his move by the half when her had moved to third,
two back. He had the lead by three quarters and never looked
Hudon gave credit to owner Boden for making an astute
purchase and bringing Infinite Dreams, a son of Artsplace,
to the West Coast.
Now can Hudon hold on and resist an entry?
Also, while on the subject of Invites is anyone else
impressed by the growing list of contenders?
In addition to last Saturday’s field, which also included
Red Star Apache, not racing but hovering are Justice, Bre X,
Spider M, Haras Colta Cola and Oil Town Angus. That’s a
HAPPY DAY FOR DAVE: Dave Hudon continued his hot
ways, leading the driver and trainer derbies last weekend.
Hudon had a hat-trick Sunday – a day before his 40th
birthday --to finish with seven driving victories. Bill
Davis also had a three-bagger on Sunday to collect five for
the weekend. Tim Brown had four wins while Jim Burke and Jim
Marino had three each.
Hudon also paved the way on the trainer side, making five
trips to the winner’s enclosure. Davis was next with four
and Wayne Isbister had three.
Chris Adamson garnered his first driving and training
victory of the year last Friday and Rob Scrannage and Ron
Gorman each got his first training victory of 2003 on the
CAM IMPROVES; THUNDER WINS: Rich Cam continues to
make strides in his return from injury.
In his third race back since last racing in June in Alberta,
Rich Cam picked up a fourth in an $18,000 purse, non-winners
$13,000 last six starts or non-winners $50,000 in 2003-04
event Saturday at Woodbine.
Starting from the seven hole, Rich Cam worked his way from
eighth at the quarter to sixth at the head of the stretch
for his fourth. He covered the last quarter in 28.2 seconds
and finished seven lengths back of winner Knot Inmy
Knickers, who covered the mile in 1:53.2.
Rich Cam, a prominent force as a Stakes winner at the Downs
as a two-year-old, is owned by Sunbury Stables of Aldergrove.
Mad Thunder, owned by Rick White and Jan Dryden of Surrey
and Lance Goshko of Vancouver was a winner last Monday at
Woodbine. It was his first start there and the last for the
B.C. owners as he was claimed for $18,750.
Mad Thunder, driven by Luc Ouelette and trained by Jonas
Stutzman, started from the three hole and was never worse as
he went on to win by 1¼ lengths. The son of Scruffy Hanover
covered the mile in 1:56.3 in the claimer for
FRED JOINS FIGHT: Fred Pirgheibi of Langley is the
eighth week’s winner of the California Dreamin handicapping
contest at the Downs.
Pirgheibi used two correct winning wagers, one for $951, to
get the mythical total of $1,225. Bud Ketcheson of Vancouver
was second with $989 after he also picked the $951 payoff.
Linda Cropley of Coquitlam was third with $612.
Pirgheibi joins Ken Dunn, Josef Eppel, Don Thompson, Kara
Cromwell, Ken Compton, Ron Smith and Lorrie McKay as eight
of the 10 finalists who will battle head-to-head in the CDHC
on Saturday, March 6 in the Homestretch Party Zone.
The CDHC champion will attend the Santa Anita Derby on April
3, courtesy of Fraser Downs.
Entry ballots are available at the Welcome Centre the
morning of each contest day (Saturday). They must be
returned before the scheduled post of the second race at
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week the shot was Papas
Reflection, a 7-1 post-time line choice who at the end could
– as announcer Rick Uppal says, see them all. This week we
will try Next Plane Out, a 10-1 morning line selection in
the 12th race Saturday.