Owners -- especially these -- are always right & more barn notes

Not that he doesn't agree with the merits of what they suggest but Dave Hudon is definitely listening to his wife and mother-in-law and will give Papas Reflection some time off. Hudon told TrackMarks of the upcoming R&R for Papas Reflection shortly after she captured the Delta Pace Stakes last Saturday at Fraser Downs.

Hudon trains (and drives) the three-year-old filly but he has to listen to wife Kelly and mother-in-law Myrna Green because . . . they are the owners.

"She is definitely getting a couple of months off," Dave said of his fine filly who is the daughter of Scruffy Hanover out of Dal Reo Cando.

Of the nine horses in the field, Reflection has been the busiest with 15 career starts, nine in 2002. She now has won four, adding the $30,100 Delta to the Breeders Classic win she had as a two-year-old in November. The victory Saturday ran her career earnings to more than $60,000.

Taking the lead just after the quarter pole following an early duel with Dal Reo Santoy, Papas Reflection went on to win by a length over 3-5 favourite Dal Reo Damsel. Reflection started from the one hole and covered the mile in 1:59.1, a new lifetime mark.

Damsel, a double Stakes winner, started from the nine hole and at one point had to go three wide to make the stretch challenge. Reflection and Damsel, owned by Charlie MacFarlane and Rod Therres and trained and driven by Therres, both did the last quarter in 30.1. The fast-closing (29.4) Peaceful Life was third.

Hudon admitted the race didn't unfold as he envisioned and then he wasn't sure his horse could hold on late.

"I thought beforehand that if Rod took the lead, I could follow him and beat him in the stretch. I also thought you can't underestimate Billy (brother-in-law Davis driving Red Star Sal). Then when there were big fractions and I saw Roddy coming three-wide I hoped my horse had something left. She responded."

Hudon thought the way the race went the result was only fair.

"His (Therres) horse had to struggle this time but this filly (pointing at his proud winner) did the work and got shuffled back (when Damsel won the Stallion Stakes in January)."

"My horse raced huge," he beamed. "She dug in and showed guts today."

Hudon will be taking most of his horses to Alberta on April 16 when Fraser Downs goes to just one day of racing. But Papas Reflection will get the time off, "maybe going in the Arbutus (at Sandown in late July) or "being around next fall (for bigger Stakes races)."

In the meantime, "She's a nice little filly," Hudon concluded and, as everyone agrees, she obviously deserves some time off.

IGA HORSE OF THE MONTH: C Lec Freedom, a seven-year-old chestnut daughter of CLechthor out of Alive and Well, is the IGA Market Place horse of the month for March at Fraser Downs. Owned and trained by Leo Labelle, C Lec Freedom, racing primarily at the $8,000 claiming level, won three and finished second in five starts in the month.(Freedom also won her last two starts in February.) Jim Burke has driven Freedom to her last two victories with the most recent last Saturday. Rob Neufeld of the Cloverdale Market Place IGA will present the award to the winning stable.

GOOD FOR GLENN: Glenn White picked a good time to substitute for his brother Rick in a race last Sunday at the Downs. With Rick booking off because of illness, Glenn got the drive on Red Star Hercules in the fifth race and drove the four-year-old gelding to the winner's enclosure. It was the 500th driving win of Glenn's career. The 40-year-old native of Ontario got his first win in 1983 at Cloverdale with a horse named Rey-o-Grattan.

Bill Davis continues to post amazing results in the driver and trainer derbies at the Downs. Davis captured three wins as a driver last Sunday to finish with seven for the weekend. Tim Brown raced to four victories on Saturday but was blanked Sunday and had six for the weekend. They remain 1-2 for the meet with 169 and 105 respectively. Davis also picked up five winning decisions as a trainer, one more than Mike Glover.

ALWAYS ON SUNDAY: Sunday was a chalk player's dream as 10 of 12 favourites won. One of the upsets occurred when Red Star Camelot, a big 3-5 favourite, finished second behind Bathmeinpennys in the eighth race.

ANNETTE BEST GROOMER: Congratulations to Annette Campbell who has been named the IGA Market Place Groom of the Week. Annette works for the John Zahara stable.

CABO GIRL GONE EAST: A third B.C. owned horse has gone to Ontario to compete for the big dollars (actually they are the same size but there are more of them to be won).

Cabo Girl, owned and trained by Terry Kaufman, last race here in the Miss Cloverdale on March 15 and then was flown to compete at Mohawk where she raced last Friday.

"She made $22,000 here," Kaufman said before her first race at Mohawk (Kaufman owned her for nine races after buying her in December), "but we felt she could made a lot more there. Maybe we will sell her if we get a good offer and we could buy a young one," he added. "Also what's the sense if she isn't getting in here (at the Downs) when they can't write a race for her. I have turned her over to trainer Bob Young. I worked for him when I was in Ontario and I think he will do a good job," Kaufman said.

Kaufman's move didn't pay immediate dividends although the six-year-old daughter of Falcon Seelster out of Cool Charm Girl N showed signs panic is far from necessary. She finished seventh, 6 1/2 lengths behind winner Shutupandkissme in a fillies and mares non winners of $12,700 last six starts race for a purse of $18,000. She covered the last quarter in 28.1 seconds (the mile went in 1:56.4) after being 10th after three quarters.

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