Nazko Promise holds record

Eagle eye Fraser Downs driver James Jungquist pointed out a mistake in a story last week.

In the story on Rich Cam winning the Sandown Plate it was reported that the son of Camluck tied the track record for three-year-old colts and geldings when he won in 1:55.1.

But James, and he should know as his dad Dave drives and trains Rich Cam -- and Nazko Promise -- pointed out correctly that time had already been broken.

Nazko Promise covered the mile in 1:55 while capturing a leg of the Breeders Stake on Nov. 3, 2001 (he won that race by 9 1/2 lengths). That victory started a streak of five straight wins for Nazko Promise, who also has a share of the track record for all ages at the Downs of 1:53.4.

So does that mean that Dave Jungquist will have to bring Rich Cam back (he is now in Alberta) to go after that mark for three-year-olds. I think so!

NICE TRI!!: It was a night for nice triactor payouts last Friday at the Downs. There was one for $3,563 in the fourth race, another for $3,362.40 in the ninth race and a nifty $9,599.90 in the 11th, a 6-9-4 combination bolstered by the second-place finish of 30-1 Bring Em On. But records show that the $9-plus was a long way from the $20,334.90 payout best.

CAPPER RECAP: Brenda Prokopenko of Maple Ridge is the sixth week's winner -- in record fashion -- of the Ultimate Capper Contest.

In the contest, which has $10,000 in prize money up for grabs, Prokopenko led all handicappers with $210.90, the best one-day total to date. She claimed the $500 top money for handicapping on home turf at Fraser Downs. Her win was helped by the victory of ICQ, who paid $102.60  in the sixth race.

Tim Wiesner of Surrey got $250 for finishing second with $184. Phil Rowe of Delta was third for $150, Lori Wain of Langley fourth for $75 and fifth-place Dave Mahy of New Westminster got $25.
The big week helped Prokopenko take the overall lead with $230.90, just ahead of Weisner at $225.70. Also moving up were Mahy at $225.20 and Rowe $218.10. Gene Bodor, who has been near the top from the start, is at $213.10. 
The ultimate (best) handicapper -- the person with the most in winnings -- at the end of the 10-week contest will be off to Toronto, with a guest, for the Queen's Plate and North America Cup, June 21-22.

The UCC, in which participants are asked to handicap standardbred and thoroughbred races, goes Saturdays and those interested can enter one day or every day during the contest.

There's $1,000 in weekly cash prizes divided in the following manner: first, $500; second, $250; third, $150; fourth, $75 and fifth, $25.

The tracks remaining in the contest are: Northlands Park (harness) this Saturday; Churchill Downs (thoroughbreds) May 3 (Kentucky Derby); Hastings Park (thoroughbreds) May 10 and Hollywood Park May 17.

AGNES GUNN DIES: Agnes Gunn, widow of Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Brad Gunn, passed away on Friday, April 18 in Lloydminster, Sask. Well known to many at Fraser Downs, she was 86 years old.

DAVE HUDON, ARSENAULT LEAD WAY: It's April 2003 -- A.D. The quick know what that means: After Davis. The long-time, leading driver trainer at Fraser Downs has gone to Alberta, leaving the many races he used to claim up for grabs.

Dave Hudon, third in driver wins at the meet, and Andy Arsenault, showing he's back on the beam after returning from a long layoff due to injury, were the first to take advantage. With but two days of racing a week now, Hudon and Arsenault each had four driving victories. Scott Knight was next with three while Larry Micallef, Jim Marino and Tim Brown had two each.

Arsenault also led the trainer brigade with three triumphs. Ed Tracey, Hudon and John Currie had two each.