Serging ahead, seven straight for Sam & tough Langley

SERGING AHEAD: Alberta challenger Serge Masse led the driver and trainer categories in wins last weekend at Fraser Downs with six in each role. Tim Brown also had six driving decisions. Meet leader Bill Davis picked up five driving wins and Jim Burke had three including two on Sunday, his 35th birthday. Wayne Isbister was next to Masse for top trainer with four victories.

SEVEN STRAIGHT FOR SAMANTHA: Samantha Square made it seven wins in a row by narrowly beating Clover Camella and a field of five others in the fillies and mares open. Coming from the outside seven post, trainer/driver Rick White admitted the field got away on him a little bit and added "that might be the best race she has ever had." Bre X, a 23-1 shot driven by Andy Arsenault and trained by Wayne Isbister, won the winners over race in 1:57.2 to end Red Star Admiral's seven-race winning stint.

TOUGH GROUP FOR LANGLEY PACE: The Langley Pace for four-year-old horses and geldings for a purse of $34,800 is set for tonight (Friday). It is a small but select field of six with the Dave Jungquist-trained entry of Nazko Promise and Sword inthe Stone carrying the favourite's role. Nazko Promise, the son of As Promised, won the big Breeders Stakes in November and has not been worse than second in his last eight starts. Lo Siento, trained by Mike Glover, was sharp in his last start and will get plenty of wagering support. Owner Robert Murphy has an entry of Red Star Executive, trained by Bill Davis, and Red Star Harley, trained by Rene Goulet with the field rounded out by Rick White's Meant To Do That, fresh from two straight wins.Guests from the Langley Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to help make the presentation to the winner.

WAY TO GO CATHY: Congratulations to Cathy Bilyk for being named IGA Market Place Groom of the Week. Cathy works for the Bill Davis Stable.

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