Bre-X hot, super superfecta, jump in the pool and more

BRE X FAST MOVER: There were several fine weekend performances particularly on Sunday when the Downs track was a fast fast.

Leading the way was Bre X, a five-year old gelded son of Dal Reo Hop Sing, who set a lifetime mark of 1:54.4, just a second off the track record. He beat a field of six, including the 1-5 entry favourites On The Alley and Raging Promise, in the winners over feature.

Clover Camella, a six-year-old daughter of Just Camelot, who was out of action from April to November, got her first win since March. She beat a field of six in the open fillies and mares with a time of 1:56.2.

Funky Music and Dayland B Doud each won their second straight and both did it with lifetime marks: 1:58.1 and 1:57.0 respectively. Doud's wins came by margins of 7 1/2 and 9 1/4 lengths. Chute Again, a five-year-old mare, set a lifetime mark of 2:00.3, ending a winless streak that ran through 2001 (32 starts) and 2002 (two starts).

A pair of four-year-olds was tough, Lo Siento, a son of Pacific Rocket, on Saturday with a 1:56.0 clocking in beating a tough field of six and Penny Lace, a daughter of Albert Albert, on Friday with a 1:57.4 lifetime mark.

STALLION STAKES ON MENU: Two big feature races, the Stallion Stakes for three-year-old fillies Saturday and for colts and geldings Sunday, highlight this weekend's racing.

Nine fillies are set for the $68,500 final: Dal Reo Damsel, Papas Reflection, Hippie Chick, Millbanks Counsel, Dal Reo Santoy and the entry of Red Star Majesty, Red Star Katie, Red Star Charming and Red Star Dahling.

Brother Brass and Red Star Apache each won an elimination leg for the colts and geldings to lead the way into the final for a purse of $62,500. The rest of the field includes: Red Star Gramps, Just Invincible, Red Star Camelot, Furness Abbey, El Rosal and T K Domi.

EVERYBODY LOVES A SALE: In response to a number of requests from breeders and horsemen, the B.C. Standardbred Breeders' Society is taking entries for a mixed sale to be held 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.

TIME TO JUMP IN POOL AGAIN: All you pool aficionados remember first half entries do not carry over in the BC Lottery $15,000 Club Keno Harness Pool. First half entries accrue points for horses' performance based on first half pool results only.

Players wishing to earn points in the second half must re-enter the pool by filling out an entry sheet and submitting it to a participating location by the deadline of 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Players who did not take part in the first half may enter for the second half.

Entry sheets for the second half, the second half trading form and harness pool rules are now available online.

Past performance info sheets for eligible horses in the second half of the pool should also now be available.

BANQUET TIME: Tickets are now available for the annual Standardbred Awards Banquet to be held on Feb. 16 at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley (21025 48 Ave.). Top horses and horsemen from 2001 will receive awards. There will also be a stallion auction, door prizes and dancing. Cocktails will be available at 6:30 and dinner is at 7. Reserve your tickets by calling 604-574-3633 or 604-574-5558 by Jan. 23.

GOOD GROOMING: Congratulations to Kevin Howald on being named IGA Market Place groom of the week. Kevin works for the Dave Hudon stable.

SUPER SUPERFECTA: A record Superfecta pool of $55,444 was set on the last race on last Sunday's card. The pool total was bolstered by wagering from locations in California who joined simulcast for that race.

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