Damsel Delta favorite, revenge of the Titan and more
Despite drawing the trailing nine hole, Dal Reo Damsel is
the favourite for Saturday's Delta Pace for three-year-old
fillies at Fraser Downs.
Damsel, already a double Stakes winner with career
earnings of $65,000, has been tabbed the 8-5 favourite in
the overnight entries. Dal Reo Damsel, owned by Charlie
MacFarlane of Victoria and Rod Therres of Surrey and trained
and driven by Therres, captured the first elimination leg
last Friday. She won by 2 1/2 lengths in covering the mile
in 2:00.2. She came first up from the two hole to take the
lead just after the quarter. Dal Reo Santoy was second and
Red Star Katie third in the five-horse field.
Santoy, owned by Dal Reo Farms, is the second choice in
the final at 3-1 and will start from the four hole.
Despite losing the second elimination leg -- just by a
nose -- Papas Reflection, owned by Kelly Hudon of Surrey and
Myrna Green of Victoria, is the third choice at 7-2. Papas
Reflection is also a Stakes winner and drew the rail for the
final. She was second to Three For Me, owned by Nadine Heidt
and Sheila Fraser, trained by Heidt and driven by Jim Burke.
Three For Me, who had the longest odds at 7-1 in the other
heat, was making her fifth career start and second of 2002,
won by a nose in a time of 2:01.4.
Three For Me is at 9-2 for the final along with Rick
White's Peaceful Life. They are right behind Robert Murphys
entry of Red Star Sal and Red Star Katie, each trained by
Bill Davis, who are at 4-1. Millbanks Counsel, third in the
second elimination, is at 10-1 and Better Bet Her is 15-1.
Saturday's final carries a purse of slightly more than
DAVIS LEADS AGAIN: Bill (Still Dominating) Davis
continued to pull away last weekend from his rivals in the
driver and trainer derbies. Davis who leads all drivers in
wins and earnings (second to the now-departed Serge Masse in
universal ratings and win percentage) had seven driving
victories. Dave McKellar had five and Jim Burke four. Glenn
White chalked up a win Friday and now is one away from 500
for his career. Davis, who leads in all categories as a
trainer, was best with six wins while Dave Hudon, Ken
Dorman, Rod Therres, Mike Glover and McKellar had two each.
REVENGE OF THE TITAN: One of the best showings
last weekend was the victory Sunday in a nifty 1:55.4 by
Titans Revenge. The five-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover out
of Jentricks Gal, owned by John Heras and trained and driven
by Dave Hudon, captured the winners over feature. Sunday's
fast track led to new lifetime marks for Southside Quartz
(2:00.4), Red Star Missile (2:00.3), Red Star Camelot
(1:57.3) and Rio Pizzaz (1:58.0).
WAY TO GO ANN: Congratulations to Ann Scheepbouwer
who has been named the IGA Market Place Groom of the Week.
Ann works for the Rod Therres stable.
GROOM CHALLENGE SET: The second annual Grooms
Challenge, sponsored by the B.C. Standardbred Association,
Fraser Downs, Clover Square Village and Market Place IGA-Cloverdale,
is set for the weekend of April 5-7.
Each and every groom will be permitted to pick one horse
in his or her barn that will race on that weekend. The
participants will have their names included in the program.
Every groom whose horse wins will receive an equal share in
a $1,000 pot put up by the BCSA.
The Market Place IGA will hold a barbeque in the paddock
on Saturday morning, there will be golf shirts donated by
Clover Square Village and a windup party Sunday at Rafters
Restaurant. Larry Fisher, representing the Mall and the BCSA
directors, will present cheques to the winners.
SAMANTHA SHARP: Samantha Square is taking dead aim
at her Ontario challengers.
Making her second start in Ontario -- this time at Mohawk
-- Samantha (Albert Albert-Gracie Square) moved up to the
fillies and mares open race and used a late charge to finish
second on Saturday, March 23.
Samantha Square, owned by Downs' trainer/driver Rick
White of Surrey and the Kauffman's, June and John of
Woodinville, Wash., was driven by Keith Oliver. She was
seventh, 7 1/2 lengths back at the three-quarter pole, but
covered the last quarter in 28.1 to finish 3 1/4 lengths
behind Walk On The Beach. The time for the mile was 1:54.4.
Samantha Square, sent off as 3-1 second choice, picked up
$12,000 of the $48,000 purse.
TIME IN TRAFFIC: Broadway Time encountered some
traffic problems and had to settle for eighth in a 10-horse
field in the $48,800 final of the Apaches Fame Series at
Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, March 22.
Sent to Toronto recently by trainer Carl Sibiga, the
three-year old covered the last quarter in 29.4 in finishing
just 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner Whispers Spy. Spy and
driver Keith Oliver teamed up for a 1:56.2 victory, winning
by a head over longshots Triple Lengths and Great As Gretz.
The series was open to three-year-old Ontario Sired
pacing colts who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of
Oct. 31, 2001.
HARLEY NOSED OUT: Robert Murphy's Red Star Harley
was a close second in the $32,100 Borden Park Final for
three and four-year-old colts and geldings at Northlands
Park on Saturday,March 23. Favourite Dragonwyck was a nose
winner over Harley, trained and driven by Rene Goulet, while
Abouttolosecontrol finished third. Time for the mile was
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