Mattsolut, Package Tour lead program
Two veteran, familiar and popular
horses at the Downs – Mattsolut and Package Tour – have
already been put into Greener Pastures, the new formal horse
adoption program announced recently.
Mattsolut is a grey (one of a handful
that have always grabbed attention) nine-year-old son of
Matts Scooter who last raced on May 2. Package Tour, is a
13-year-old son of Pack Leader, who raced as recently as
Sept. 27 but who had not won since early 2002. He has won
more than $160,000 in his career.
Mattsolut is being donated by owner
Bill Boden and Package Tour by owner Deborra Harris.
Meanwhile, there is a clarification to
the story last week on Greener Pastures.
The B.C. Standardbred Horse Adoption
Society (its official name) was formed primarily through the
efforts of the province’s three harness racing industry
partners and Julie McMillan of J & M Acres of Maple Ridge in
the desire to see that retired horses are actually placed in
good homes and receive adequate feed, shelter and care.
The story said that all horsemen have
to do is call and the society will pick up the horse as soon
as possible. That is true but it also said they would be
given a $1,000 tax receipt. Not yet. When the society gets
its charitable status it is expected the horsemen will be
given the $1,000 tax receipt.
MICALLEF HOT: Larry Micallef led
the way in the Downs’ driver/trainer win performances last
Micallef had three wins as a driver,
all in Stakes races with horses he trains.
He had to share driving honors with Tim
Brown, Dave Hudon, Bill Davis and Scott Knight who also had
three each. Jim Burke and Rick White had two apiece.
Trailing Micallaf on the conditioner
side were White, Wayne Isbister, Knight, Mike Glover and
ANOTHER CHALLENGER LOOMS: Bre X,
who has lowered the Fraser Downs track record the last two
Fridays, will get this weekend off but that will give him
time to recharge for a familiar challenger.
Bre X, a six-year-old gelding by Dal
Reo Hop Sing out of Punch Line was much the best last Friday
in covering the mile in 1:53.2, 1/5 of a second faster than
the mark he set a week ago.
Bre X’s clocking of 1:53.3 on Sept. 26
knocked 1/5 second off the former mark shared by Scruffy
Ben, Hot Steam, Red Star Admiral and Nazko Promise.
Bre X, who is trained by Wayne Isbister
and owned by Kadence Stables of Coquitlam and Tante Stables
of New Westminster, has long been a major contender in the
top winners-over class at the Downs, competing against such
notables as Red Star Admiral and Nazko Promise.
The latter, owned by Sunbury Stables
and now in the hands of trainer Jim Mohorich, has been off
for months for R and R, is expected to qualify very soon. He
will then be headed to the winners-over battles where he
will try his luck on the refurbished racetrack with an eye
on reclaiming the track record.
NON-BETTING RACES POSSIBLE:
Fraser Downs is considering running some Stakes races as
With a surplus of horses (between 50
and 60 did not draw into races last weekend) and Stakes
races that have, according to Downs general manager Chuck
Keeling “a minimal pari-mutuel value,” the move is being
considered for eliminations leading to Stakes races in
Keeling said the change “would be at
Keith’s (race secretary Quinlan) discretion.”
Such races as the two-year-old Stakes
events of last Saturday would likely be held as non-betting
events before the first pari-mutuel race.
YOU BET!!: There were a couple
of juicy returns on $2 wagers Saturday at Fraser Downs.
In the 14th race, Try Your
Best did and won for the first time after not hitting the
board in 17 career starts (all in 2003). The five-year-old
gelded son of Quanah Parker is trained by Tim Jacobson, who
this time turned the reins over to Andy Arsenault and got
the desired result. Try Your Best paid $125.60. Bruno The
Banker, also a son of Quanah Parker, paid $18.40 to show in
the same race.
Red Star Areba, a 22-1 shot, captured
the fifth race and paid $47.50 to win. Tothelimit, 42-1, was
second (paying $33.90 to place) and joined with Diva In
Demand and Loris Sweetheart for a $9,264.50 superfecta.
MCARDLE RETIRED: New Jersey’s
Perretti Farms has announced that McArdle’s racing career
has come to an end.
The owners of the Falcon Seelster son
decided to retire their four-year-old pacer, who has career
has purse earnings of $2,692,604 and a lifetime mark of 1:49
He is owned by Gerald Smiley of
Cote-Saint-Luc, Que., Norman Smiley of Boca Raton, Fla. and
Anthony Perretti and Perretti Racing Stables of Cream Ridge,
The stud fee for the stallion will be
announced at November’s sale in Harrisburg, Penn.
RED DEER HAS TO WAIT: According
to a recent press release from Horse Racing Alberta and a
report from the Calgary Sun, Westerner Park in Red Deer has
halted its plans to build a racetrack and entertainment
centre on its grounds.
The decision has been made less than a
year after Westerner Park announced the reported
$5.2-million development, says the Sun. Apparently costs
were escalating too high for the proposed 4,000-seat
grandstand, rising to a reported $8.2 million.
According to the Sun, Westerner Park
received a 10-year racing licence from Horse Racing Alberta
and was hoping to start construction around the existing
five-eighths oval next spring.
"Horse Racing Alberta is committed to
having a racetrack in this market area and will pursue all
options in identifying and developing one," says Dr. David
Reid, Chairman of Horse Racing Alberta in the release. "We
will have an operating racetrack in Central Alberta."
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: Last week we tried Advanced
Formula, who went to the post at 27-1 but finished fifth.
This week we will go to the fifth race Friday and take a
chance with Motoringwithughie, 12-1 in the morning line.