Goyette takes first win, runup to the Delta Stakes and more

NICELY SHARED: Honours were liberally shared in the driver and trainer derbies last weekend, due in part to an abbreviated schedule after races three to 12 were cancelled on Sunday due to adverse track conditions. Tim Brown, Glenn White and Jim Burke each had three driving victories while Jim Marino, Rod Therres, Bill Davis and Terry Kaufman each had two. Davis leads in wins for the meet with 145 (Brown is second at 97) and is second in universal ratings at .451 (the departed Serge Masse is at .461). Therres, Davis and Mark Martin each had two trips to the winner's enclosure as a trainer. Davis leads the meet with 111 (Wayne Isbister has 46) and a UTRS of .509 (Therres is at .436).

FIRST FOR ERIC: Speaking of drivers, Eric Goyette picked up his first-ever driving win, driving three-year-old filly Candisc to victory last Friday. Prior to the win Goyette had two seconds and a third in 15 starts in 2002. The 35-year-old also trains some horses at the Downs and stands Sam Letona at stud at Meadow Creek Training centre for Bluridge Stable.

AIMING FOR DELTA: Two Stakes winners lead the way as 13 horses have been entered for the March 30 running of the Delta Pace for three-year-old fillies. Dal Reo Damsel (the Sales and Stallion Stakes winner) and Papas Reflection (the Breeders Stake) are trained by Rod Therres and Dave Hudon respectively. Others in field are Red Star Sal, Red Star Katie, Millbanks Counsel, Dal Reo Santoy, Three For Me, Hippie Chick, Buzzys Chocolategg, Peaceful Life, Better Bet Her, Shasta Comet and Tahuya April Wine. The elimination legs are set for Friday, March 15.

DRIVING FOR ANGIE: Last Saturday was Angie Campbell Night at Georgian Downs in Barrie Ont. Angie is the 14-year-old girl who suffered serious burns the week before trying to save her younger brother and sister in a fire in their home. Drivers at Georgian Downs decided to help Angie out and agreed to donate a portion of their winnings that night. Some other drivers across the country, including Bill Davis of Fraser Downs, were contacted and also added their winnings from a race at each of their tracks.

Since then PACE, the charity fund-raising arm of Fraser Downs, and some other drivers at the Downs, have also offered to help Angie, and money will be raised tonight with a 50/50 draw and through driver winnings.

SMOKY TOPS AT GROOMING: Congratulations to Steve (Smoky) Harkness who has been named the IGA Market Place Groom of the Week. Smoky works for the Ann Cooper Stable.

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