Langley goes  to Nazko Promise, snow slows Serge, Chilliwack cooler & more

ANOTHER STAKE FOR NAZKO PROMISE: Nazko Promise had to work for every inch but did get the mile in capturing the featured Langley Pace on Friday at Fraser Downs.

The son of As Promised paced the mile in 1:58.1 over a track rated as good to grab the winner's share of the $34,800 purse in the event for four year-old horses and geldings.Nazko Promise, trained and driven by Dave Jungquist, has six victories and three seconds in his last nine starts and has career earnings of $149,900.

The entry of Red Star Harley (Witsends Fiddle) and Red Star Executive (Run The Table) finished second and third with Harley a length back of the winner. Only 4 1/4 lengths separated the six horses at the finish. Lo Siento left first and Nazko Promise settled into the two hole. They stayed that way until past the half when Jungquist brought Promise first up. Lo Siento still held the lead -- by a head -- after three quarters with Jungquist on the outside. By the head of the stretch Nazko Promise had gained the lead but there was no relaxing in the stretch drive.

"I had to keep pressure on him all the way," Jungquist said in the winner's enclosure. "I was surprised that Lo Siento came back at me after I got ahead. He's no slouch."

Jungquist who trains Nazko Promise for the Sunbury Stables said Friday's win could be the horse's last race at the present Downs meet.

"I will lay him off for awhile," he explained, "and then probably take him to Alberta."

The Edmonton meet begins March 8.

SNOW SLOWS SERGE: The only thing that could cool Serge Masse's hot hand was snow which fell enough last Sunday to cause the cancellation of the card. On the two days of racing Masse had six driving wins and has 20 for the month. Meet leader Bill Davis had five wins and Dave Hudon three. Masse also led in visits to the winner's enclosure as a trainer with five, one more than Davis and two more than Hudon and Ken Dorman.

CHILLIWACK COOLER: The day of racing that had been scheduled for Chilliwack on the long weekend in May is on hold.

Fraser Downs general manager Chuck Keeling said a final decision as to whether a full card of harness racing will take place will be made in late February. The day may be cancelled or possibly postponed to August. "It's hard to justify any kind of expansion plans under the restrictive circumstances we are under now," Keeling explained. "We need some kind of guidance from the provincial government as to where they stand (on gaming) before we have the ability to develop," he added. "We are still uncertain where our future lies."

WAY TO GO TRACIE: Congratulations to Tracie Donnelly who is the latest IGA Market Place groom of the week. Tracie works for the Erik Neyhart Stable.

DOES EVERYBODY LOVE A SALE: The B.C. Standardbred Breeders' Society, in response to a number of requests from breeders and horsemen, is taking entries for a mixed sale on March 12. The deadline for entries is Feb.12 and the entry fee is $100.

The sale will be held in the Cloverdale Agriplex and is open to all standardbred stock. No tack or equipment will be taken for consignment. The BCSBS reserves the right to cancel the sale should it determine that insufficient entries have been received.

Entry forms are available form the BCSBS office.

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