CAPTURES DREAMING' FINAL
Louis Iskra will soon
be off to the Santa Anita Derby.
talents landed him top honors in the Fraser Downs’
California Dreamin’ Handicapping contest – and the trip to
Iskra defeated eight
other challengers in the final last Saturday at the Downs.
Iskra was in command
from the gate and his total of $453 in earnings was good for
a $33 winning margin over Ron Prosnick. Bill Wachowicz took
third with $279 while Ronnie Goodey was fourth at $241.
An excited Iskra
admitted he had been to Santa Anita Racetrack before the win
was “very nice. It was very exciting and it is a nice
competition. And,” he added, “I was lucky too.”
However, Louis, who
lives in Surrey, is a regular patron of the Downs and he
said, “I play most tracks.
“I follow most
horses,” he said and, although he added he did not have a
system or a secret, “I look at certain trainers, I look to
see if they (the horses) are bred well, I check the jockeys
and watch for the distance of the races.”
After a pause, he
said, “I also use ratings and I look at the weight.”
His thoroughness has
landed him and his wife Irene a three-day visit to
Other finalists were
Bud Ketcheson, Maple Lam, Sarah Day, Ray Hall and David
The final this year
had a slight twist. Each of the nine finalists had a live
bankroll of $180 to wager. Six races from Santa Anita were
selected and each contestant placed a $10 across the board
wager on each of the races. The twist: if a contestant made
money for the day, regardless if he or she was grand
champion, they got to keep their proceeds.