Maritimes connection competes at the Downs
 
 
An interesting sidelight to last weekend's driver story was a guest appearance at Fraser Downs by Bernard McCallum, a regular driver/trainer at Truro in Nova Scotia. McCallum drove for brothers Dave and Wendell Smith, who are regular trainers at the Downs.
 
"He's an old friend here for a visit with his wife and my brother and his wife," Dave explained, "actually he's more like a member of our family. He came to live with us for a awhile when he was young and mom and dad helped raise him."

Those who know the Smiths already are aware that they had a very large family while growing up in Hunter River, P.E.I. Many are active in harness racing around North America.

Dave Smith admitted before the races last weekend that he was really hoping for a win from She's Drop, a four-year-old mare bred in P.E.I., who McCallum was down to drive.

"The owner (Fred Lamont) is originally from French River, P.E.I., I'm from Hunter River and Bernard's from Truro. It would be a nice Maritimes connection."

She's Drop tried hard and came close Sunday, finishing second.
 
 
BROWN TOPS WITH SEVEN: Tim Brown had two wins Monday to lead the driver stats from last weekend's four cards with seven triumphs. Bill Davis had six while Dave Hudon, Jim Burke and Rick White had four each. Hudon has 33 for the meet, two ahead of Brown.
 
Davis led all trainers with four for a total of 17, one behind leader Wayne Isbister. Andy Arsenault, still sidelined from driving by the injuries he suffered at the Sandown meet, got his first victory as a trainer while newcomers Bobby Clark, from Alberta, had two wins and Jim Jeffers, from Saskatchewan, had one.
 
 
CISCO HEADS TO U.S.: Fraser Downs has lost one of its young driver/trainers with 22-year-old Scott Cisco moving back to his Rancho Cordova home in California. Cisco, known affectionately among his peers as The Cisco Kid, first came to the Downs more than two years ago as an assistant to Serge Masse of Edmonton. Cisco stayed and worked for various trainers and owners at the Downs. But now he will give California a try, adding that he could be back.
 
 
MISTER WILL N IGA HORSE OF MONTH: Mister Will N is the IGA MarketPlace Horse of the Month for September/October. The five year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, a son of Motu Mister Smooth out of Willsee, had five straight wins and a third through the first two months of the meet.

Even more impressive was that Mister Will N, who is owned, trained and driven by Terry Kaufman, moved from the $4,000 claimer ranks to $10,000 while getting the five wins in a row. The third came in $15,000 claimer ranks. His last win on Oct. 19 was done in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.2

The horse-of-the-month is now selected by patrons of Fraser Downs with entries available at the track. Entrants are also eligible for a discount on grocery purchases at the Cloverdale IGA MarketPlace store on Highway 10.
 
 
NOT REALLY SUPER: The addition of a triactor to last Saturday's fifth race superfecta did not spur on a wave of additional wagering. Downs general manager Chuck Keeling reported that $8,500 was bet on the tri and $8,500 on the super but $17,000 was bet on the last-race super alone.
 
"We will try it again but just on Stakes races for now," Keeling said as he also added that wagering on Saturday's big Classic Day was down 20 to 25 per cent.
 
LARRY LIKES FIVE GRAND: Larry Robinson was the man with the big smile at Fraser Downs Saturday, winning the coveted $5,000 mystery voucher. Robinson, of Delta, a once-a-week regular at the Downs, made a bet on the 10th and final race and between the issuing of his ticket and the return of his betting voucher, out popped the major prize of the day. The Downs promotion had vouchers from $5 to the top prize available up to a total of $25,000.

Robinson, when asked right after his win if he wanted to bet more on the last race now that he had an extra $5,000, he replied with a big grin, "Yeah, as a matter of fact I do."
 
MCGOWAN BEST IN ART COMPETITION: Eleanor McGowan of Surrey was the winner of the top prize in the annual Fraser Downs/Arts Council of Surrey Celebration of Standardbred Art competition held last weekend.

McGowan's acrylic entitled Dark Horse, Coming won her $600. The second prize of $300 went to Dennis Roberts of Langley for his water colour, Pony Express and the third prize of $100 went to Karen Cook of Langley for her pen and ink entitled Late Entry.

Eileen Gratland, president of the Arts Council and Chuck Keeling, general manager of the Downs, presented the winners with their prizes.
 

ALBERTA TRACKS GET CONTRACT: Following an extensive RFP (request for proposal) process, Horse Racing Alberta announced on Nov. 7 contract extensions for the two A tracks in the province, Stampede Park in Calgary and Edmonton Northlands.

Northlands was offered a 10 year extension, providing the track meet certain criteria to the satisfaction of HRA. This long term contract addresses one of the many issues HRA was asked to resolve when they were established last Spring. Previously the track contracts were only for one or two years.

However, there will be no long term racing contract awarded in the Calgary area for some time. HRA extended Stampede Park's racing licence for one year, through to the end of 2003.

HRA had received numerous proposals from parties interested in conducting racing in Calgary however they felt that none of the groups met the minimum standards established by the industry to warrant the awarding of a long term contract. HRA intends to request that proposals be reworked and resubmitted.
 
SALE SET FOR MONDAY: The annual B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society yearling sale is set for Monday at the Agriplex. Ninety-five yearlings (48 fillies) will be up for sale in the event which gets under way at 6:30 p.m.

Once again Bill Pambrun, president of the BCSBS, made the trek to Pennsylvania where he attended the huge Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. He purchased four broodmares which will be up for bid at the BCSBS sale along with the yearlings. Pambrun bought Larkspur Blue Chips, an On The Road Again mare in foal to Magical Mike; Glory Ironstone, a Matts Scooter mare in foal to Pacific Fella; Light The Fuse, a Falcon Seelster mare in foal to No Nukes and Keystone Corinne, a Big Towner mare in foal to Shady Character.

The BCSBS will hold a raffle at the Sale. For $20 a person gets a ticket good for a chance to win a $3,500 credit (transferable) towards the purchase of a yearling. Only 200 tickets were to be sold and the draw will be made at 6:15 p.m.
 
 

 

 
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