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NIGHTMARE OVER FOR DREAMS

 Infinite Dreams seems to be back. 

The Fraser Downs track record holder held on to narrowly capture the open event last Friday. 

It took 18 races in 2005 before Infinite Dreams got his first win of the year but he now has taken two of his last three starts – all in the open -- at the Downs. 

With driver/trainer Dave Hudon, Infinite Dreams, a 5-2 second choice, started from the three-hole and settled into fourth early. Armbro Bach, part of a 1-5 favored entry, battled Duke Is Duke for the early lead and settled for the two-hole trip. 

C Lec Machine was first up, flushing out Infinite Dreams. He worked his way up on the outside, held second by a head at the three-quarter mark and was in front by a neck as they turned for home. Armbro Bach, who had fallen to third, came back on and just lost by a nose. 

Infinite Dreams, who is owned by Bill Boden, covered the mile in 1:55.1 on a track listed only as good. Maxamillenium, at 27-1, was 3˝ lengths back in third in the strong field of eight. 

Meanwhile, Make Some Noise did. 

That intro has been used more than once to describe a winning performance by the starry six-year-old daughter of Camluck. Fraser Downs’ fans should remember a few races where stablemate Arturos Choice would set the early pace – and sometimes win – but usually where Make Some Noise came late for the victory. 

It hadn’t happened a lot recently until last Thursday in the open mares race. 

Make Some Noise was content to sit third early but used a strong move on the backstretch to take the lead just before the three-quarter mark and never look back. With driver Jim Burke, Noise covered the mile on the good track in 1:57.1 to win by four lengths over a fast-closing Da Lil Dudett. 

Make Some Noise, a narrow 2-1 second choice, is trained by Bob Merschback and owned by Robert Murphy. It was her sixth win in 18 starts in 2005. 

Armbro Beachbaby, the early leader, held on for third while 8-5 favorite Carson Jane, handicapped to the outside seven starting post, was fourth. 

Headliner continues to be an early star at the Downs as the four-year-old gelded son of Broadway Blue won his third in a row for driver/trainer Barry Treen and owners Verve Racing Stable. Headliner went the mile in 1:57. 

Triple Play, trained and driven by Serge Masse, also won his third straight. The three-year-old son of Cambest is owned by Jim Vinnell and Wayne Burwash. 

MASSE, DAVIS SHARE HONORS: Serge Masse continued on his early-season roll at Fraser Downs but last week he had company at the top of the heap of the driver/trainer statistics. 

Masse picked up five driving victories – three on Thursday – to sustain his meet lead. He now has 20, four more than perennial leader Bill Davis, who also had five last week. He was paced by four victories on Saturday. 

Dave Hudon, with three wins Friday, was next with a total of four while Jim Marino had three. Deadlocked with two were: Barry Treen. Gord Abbott, Jim Burke, Dave McKellar and Scott Knight. 

It must be stakes time, no it is stakes time, and Andy Anderson led all trainers with a handful of wins. Hudon, Masse and Bob Merschback had four apiece, while Wayne Isbister, Clint Warrington, Davis and Greg Beneen had two. 

GET PEEK AT YEARLINGS: The B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society’s Yearling Sale will have an added touch this year. 

An on track preview has been added to the format of the sale, which is set for Nov. 23 in the Cloverdale Agriplex. Consigners will jog their horses on the track from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.  

Anyone interested in viewing the yearlings will be welcome to watch the parade of horses from the Upper Clubhouse. 

Meanwhile, the pedigrees for the sale are now available on line. Going to the B.C. Standardbred Association web site, clicking on the sale site and then clicking on the name of the yearling in question can access them.  

The printed catalogues are also now available. Anyone interested in receiving a copy in the mail should call or e-mail the BCSA with their request or the catalogues can also be picked up in person at the backstretch office. 

The Society expects to have some mares in foal for the sale. The pedigrees of these horses will be posted at a later date. Bill Pambrun, the society’s president, is at the Harrisburg sale in the eastern United States to bring back a small number of mares in foal. 

The first horse at the yearling sale will enter the ring at 2 p.m. on the sale day. On that day there will be a barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. in the backstretch.

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