Make Some Noise wins Miss Cloverdale            

Make Some Noise did so again – for that matter she just continues to do so. 

For the second time in less than four months Make Some Noise has won a stakes event at Fraser Downs. Last Friday she captured the $34,000 Miss Cloverdale Classic, for all-aged fillies and mares, defeating a field of seven. 

Make Some Noise also won the $31,300 Surrey Cup final Nov. 28. In between she has triumphed three times, been second three times and third once in nine starts. 

The daughter of Camluck out of the Life Sign mare Sign In The Sand won by a length and a half while covering the mile in a new life mark of 1:54.3. That is just one fifth of a second off the track record for aged mares. 

Make Some Noise was half of the Robert Murphy-owned, Bill Davis-trained duo of five-year-olds, along with Arturos Choice, which carried the 1-5 favorite’s role. 

As expected Arturos Choice – from the seven hole – raced to the front with Yumyum Candy in close pursuit. They stayed that way to the head of the stretch. Make Some Noise, meanwhile, did not get in the mix early although she did not get as far behind as she has in the past. She was fourth at the quarter (5½ back) and third (3½ behind the leader) at the head of the stretch. 

Arturos Choice and Yumyum Candy, a 9-1 third choice, fell back as Princess Jessica N, part of the Garden Gate-owned, Jim Wiggins-trained 5-2 second choice entry, came on for second in what was really a four-horse race. Others in the field were Red Star Niecy, Dealmeahos and Dal Reo Millee. 

Make Some Noise now has earned more than $26,000 in 2004 and $177,000 lifetime with 12 career wins. 

Davis admitted that the 56.4 half might have helped Make Some Noise. 

“She (Arturos Choice) only knows one way and that is up front, she likes to be out front, and she may have had to pay for that,” he said. “Jimmy (Burke, driver of Arturos Choice) knows her and tries to her get her all the way.” 

Davis also admitted about his horse, “She can pick up the pieces.” 

HUDON STILL OWNING INVITE: Trainer Dave Hudon keeps improving his Invite success factor. 

Last Saturday at the Downs, Hudon had an entry in the event for winners over $7,500 in their last six starts. The entry finished 1-2 with Red Star Justice edging stablemate Infinite Dreams by a length. 

On March 6 his entry finished 1-3 (this time Infinite Dreams winning). Prior to that he had alternated entering his dynamic duo, starting and winning with Infinite Dreams on Feb. 14 and with Justice on Feb. 7. 

(Hudon, the trainer, is also astute with his driver selections, picking pilot Dave Hudon on all those winning occasions). 

Justice, the six-year-old son of Just Camelot out of Bradner Helvetia who holds a share of the Downs track record, started from the two post last week. He slipped into the two-hole from the start, watching Maxamillenium take the lead, and then stayed there all the way to the stretch.  

He passed Maxamillenium heading for home covering the last quarter in 28.4 seconds and the mile in a quick 1:54 (just 3/5 of a second off the track record). Infinite Dreams, with Jim Marino in the bike closed in 28.1 to beat third-place C Lec Machine by a half length. 

Justice now has three wins and two thirds in six starts in 2004 with earnings of more than $16,000. Infinite Dreams, meanwhile, has three wins and three seconds in seven starts and earnings of $23,000. 

Dreams’ quick time was just one of many as good weather helped track super Darcy Perdue fashion a fast track. 

On the weekend seventeen horses, eight on Saturday, established life marks.  

Rocketdoodledo, the three-year-old son of Pacific Rocket out of Atlantic Avenue, owned by Lance Goshko and trained and driven by Rick White, went the mile in 1:56.1. It was only the third start, all wins, of his career. 

The amazing Chute Again, owned by Robert Murphy and trained and driven by Bill Davis, covered the mile in the $11,000 claiming event in 1:55.2. The seven-year-old daughter of Witsends Fiddle, raced on Nov. 28 for $4,000. (She has been claimed six times in her last 10 starts.) 

DAVIS BY A NECK: Leading driver/trainer Bill Davis had another good weekend last weekend although several others also had reason to smile. 

Davis led all drivers with seven wins. Scott Knight was also sharp, winning five times while Dave Hudon and Jim Burke had four victories apiece and Brad Watt, Dave McKellar and Rick White had three each. 

Davis was also top conditioner with five two more than Knight, Hudon and Andy Arsenault. Rene Goulet had two. 

The big winner was owner Robert Murphy who had five of his horses pay a visit to the winner’s enclosure on Sunday. 

NO DELTA ELIMINATION: There will be no need this weekend for elimination legs leading to the March 27 final of the Delta for three-year-old fillies. 

Only eight horses’ names were placed on the last nomination day. 

And, only six will be able to start in the final because four of those named all race out of the Robert Murphy stable. Red Star Marianne, Cowgirl, Suesue and Skylight will have to be pared to an entry of two as per Stakes race rules. 

As this was written, the decision had not been made and none raced last weekend.

Others nominated include Rooibos Tea; Da Lil Dudett, two-year-old filly of the year in 2003 as a two-time Stakes winner; Celtic Rayne, Sales Stakes winner in December; and Miss St Labush, winner of the Stallion Stakes for three-year olds on Jan. 17. 

MATALLA LEADS POOL: Dennis Matsalla has moved into the lead after the third week of the second half in the $10,000 KENO Harness Pool at Fraser Downs. 

Matsalla picked up 16 points last weekend and now has 50 for the three weeks. He has a two-point lead over Koji Kariya and Allan Lester who each have 48. 

Last week’s leader Michael Copeland is next at 47. Mahmoud Hasan and Rob Roxburgh each have 44 while tied at 43 are Tyler McDougall, Nobby Mori, Fred Sheppard and Bob Spiers. 

The Harness Pool has contestants pick a stable of horses and each contestant earns points based on their performance (five for win, three for place and one for show).

The second half concludes on April 4 but during a half, contestants are permitted one trade with the deadline Friday. 

At the end of each half, the top three contestants will win prize money. At the end of the contest, both halves will be added and the top 40 players, including ties, will share in the $10,000 prize pool.

They will receive prizes as follows: first $2,500, second $1,500, third $1000, fourth to 10th $250 and 11th to 40th  $75. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players in each half: first  $250, second $150 and third $100. Winners of first half top-three prizes are not eligible for second half top-three prizes. 

SIZZLE CLAIMED: Smoke N Sizzle, partly owned by Jim Vinnell of Langley, finished fourth last Sunday in a claiming handicap $65,000 to $90,000 at Woodbine. 

Sizzle, third choice at 4-1, pressed the pace in the garden spot from the quarter to the head of the stretch but tired coming home. Living Well was the winner in a time of 1:52.3. 

Smoke N Sizzle, a son of Rustler Hanover out of I Sizzle, is trained by Craig Beelby and was driven by Mike Saftic. Smoke N Sizzle was claimed out of the race for $87,500. 

Mandys Rich, a former young star at Fraser Downs, won a $10,000 claiming event last Saturday at Cal Expo in Sacramento. Mandys Rich, owned by JJJ Stable of Aldergrove and trained by Mark Anderson, was second choice at the window and covered the mile in 1:54.2. 

Red Star Fiddler, also owned by JJJ, was fourth in a $16,000 claimer. 

Red Star Minckler, the fastest B.C.-bred ever, was sixth in a $44,000 claimer at Woodbine in Toronto last Saturday. Minckler, trained by Mike Vanderkamp, was claimed out of the race, which went in 1:52.3. 

Camlucks Dominator, owned by the Lil Dude Ranch of Surrey, was second in a $12,500 purse (optional claiming $20,000) event last week at Georgian Downs in Ontario. Camlucks Dominator finished 2¼ lengths back of winner Mautilus Angus, who paced the mile in 1:57. 

War Bonds, trained by former Downs trainer Jim Koelln, was ninth in a $33,000 claiming race at Woodbine where the winner went the mile in 1:53.4. 

VARTY FINED, SUSPENDED: Trainer Nat Varty was handed a hefty $5,000 fine March 11, in addition to a 45-day suspension for "an act of misconduct injurious to racing using an inhumane head pole."  

Varty has filed an appeal with the Ontario Racing Commission. 

"The horse [Millenium Ball] broke and the driver [Michael Langdon] had to pull her out of the way," Varty explained the next day. "She had some blood on her neck at the end of the race and the groom for the people claiming her complained." 

According to Varty there are standard variants to head poles: plain, dull, sharp and extra sharp. "It's a safety issue on the track more than anything else," he explained. "Millenium Ball had a sharp head pole, end of story, but sometimes you have to do that to make sure they go dead straight on the track. I have a couple of horses who are strong-willed enough that you have to use sharper head poles. One of the best horses I ever had [CPW], had to have a sharp head pole.  He was dangerous without it. 

"The suggestion that I would be inhumane to my horses is ludicrous. This is my livelihood. I want my horses happy, healthy and willing. And before every race I say to everyone, 'Be safe boys.' The drivers need to know that if they're three deep coming around the turn that the horse they're behind is rigged to keep them straight. The drivers and the betting public know that my horses will get around the track." 

CASE MAKES CASE: Walter Case Jr., the driver with the second most wins in harness racing history, is attempting to restart his career as a trainer according to a recent story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  

Case, 43, who gave up his Ohio State Racing Commission licence last spring - a tradeoff for having 178 days of suspension for racetrack driving violations remitted – was to meet with the OSRC.  

"He's asking for a licence as a trainer, not as a driver," said the commission's Tom Michael. 

Case, who has an admitted drinking problem, has been jailed and spent 90 days in a chemical-dependency treatment facility in Akron since his last driving appearance in April.  

He has 11,027 career victories. Herve Filion is the all-time leader with 14,890. 

WINS, THEN SOLD: Less than 24 hours after his impressive 1:51.2 victory in the opening leg of the Cam Fella Pacing Series Saturday at Woodbine, So Lucky Hanover was sold for $160,000 on Sunday in London, Ont.  

The four-year-old gelding by Camluck-Soaring Graces was sold by Mike Saftic and Cyril Hayes at Standardbred Canada’s Mixed Sale. Trainer Joe Stutzman was the successful purchaser.  

A winner of three of seven starts in 2004, So Lucky Hanover has $96,000 earned lifetime. His time last night represents his life best. He was purchased by Saftic and Hayes at the 2001 Harrisburg sale for $30,000.  

A total of 96 horses went through the ring that day for an average of $9,848. 

DID YOU KNOW: That on March 18, 2000, John Campbell became the first driver or jockey to win $100 million lifetime at a single racetrack, reaching the milestone at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. 

MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week our choice, Whispers, left the gate at 21-1 and gave it a good try, just missing the board at fourth. This time let’s try Tinkers Magic, a 12-1 shot in the eighth race Saturday.

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