Doud dandy, razor sharp and pool leaders

HORSE OF THE MONTH: Dayland B Doud is the IGA Market Place horse of the month for February.

The four-year-old gelding, the son of Daylon Marshal out of Bradner Joyce, won three (the last three in a row) of four starts in the month. In his last start, an elimination leg of the Pat Brennan Memorial Stakes, he won in a new lifetime mark of 1:56.4.

Dayland B Doud is owned by Laurie Anne Davis of Surrey and the Victoria Pacing Stable of Sidney and is trained and driven by Bill Davis. He was bred by the Crimson Racing Stable of Langley.

Rob Neufeld, owner/operator of the Cloverdale IGA Market Place, represented the sponsor.

BRENNAN LEGS: Red Star Hercules and Dayland B Doud won last Saturday's elimination legs of the Pat Brennan Memorial Stakes which will go for a purse of more than $30,000 on Saturday.

Hercules, a four-year-old son of Pacific Rocket who was a 25-1 shot, picked up his second win of 2002 while covering the mile in 1:59.1. Cams Main Event was second and Red Star Festus third.

Hercules is owned and trained by Renee Vis of Custer, Wash. and was driven by Rick White.

Dayland B Doud, a four-year-old son of Daylon Marshal, continued his impressive ways of late, winning his third in a row. The 8-5 favourite, owned by Laurie Anne Davis of Surrey and the Victoria Pacing Stable of Sidney and trained and driven by Bill Davis, raced to victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:56.4.

Red Star Harley was second and Lex Ray third.

BROWN BEST: Tim Brown had a consistent, and good, last weekend, winning two races each day to lead the driver statistics. Dave Hudon, the 2001 Peoples Choice Award driver, and Jim Burke each had five victories. Bill Davis, who tops the meet in wins and universal ratings, managed to pick up four more despite being set down for two days. He also led the trainers with five triumphs.

Speaking of trainers and drivers, many of the Alberta trainers have headed or are heading home. Bradley Watt, Doug Stout, Quentin Schneider, Don Monkman, Jr. and Alex Lavery will be at the March 8 Edmonton start. Downs' trainer Jeff Stone has followed suit, Ray Gemmill and Dave Jungquist will leave this weekend and Casie Coleman early next week. Others have indicated they will leave when the Downs goes to one day a week in mid April. Meanwhile, Carl Sibiga has taken top three-year-old colt Broadway Time, along with Time Traveler, to Ontario.

RAZOR SHARP: A couple of sharp track performances were turned in last Sunday. Lo Siento, Jim and Colleen Findlay's four-year-old son of Pacific Rocket, blazed to victory under the reinsmanship of Jim Burke in a time of 1:55.3, the second fastest in 2002. Just four races later, Red Star Admiral, already a co-holder of the all-time track mark, covered the mile with driver Bill Davis in 1:55.2, now the second best of the year. Admiral, the son of Storm Prince and owned by Robert Murphy, now has won 10 of his last 11.

TOP GROOMER: Congratulations to Kevin Bunker who has been named this week's IGA Market Place Groom of the Week. Kevin works for the Bill Davis Stable.

KENO LEADERS: Lynn Rossum, with 44 points, has taken over the lead in the BC Lottery $15,000 Club KENO Harness Pool. She leads after week three standings in the second half of the pool by one over Ken Hopkins and Lauren Seebaren. Rick Jensen, John Manjak and Nancy Spiers all have 41. Jim Popil has moved into the overall lead with 104 points, while long-time leader Steven Stelnicki has fallen to a second-place tie with Jensen at 101. Andy MacLeod has 100.