Harley takes Brennan, big mare heads east and more

NO SECOND FOR HARLEY: Red Star Harley shed his bridesmaid mantle as he rolled to an impressive win in last Saturday's Pat Brennan Memorial Pace.

Harley, second in six of seven 2002 starts, covered the mile in a new lifetime mark of 1:58.2 in winning the winner's share of the $32,200 purse for owner Robert Murphy.

The four-year-old gelded son of Witsends Fiddle won by a head after having to work three wide under the handling of driver/trainer Rene Goulet. Fifth after the quarter, Harley moved to second three wide after three quarters and then held off Rhys at the wire.

Red Star Hercules was third but was placed eighth in the nine-horse field after causing interference at the half and Dal Reo Tornado moved from fourth to third money.

"He tries all the time although I do have to work him sometimes," Goulet told Dan Jukich in the winner's enclosure."He can race anywhere although I try to save ground in the turns. The colt raced good."

Goulet added with a big grin when asked about Dayland B Doud, who he followed home in his last three seconds, "I had to do all the work myself, usually he's (Dayland) my cover."

Harley has now won $48,600 lifetime and $33,800 in 2002.

SAME SCRIPT: The script was much the same in last weekend's driver derby at the Downs. Meet leader Bill Davis led the way again (OK, he only had one win Friday) as he rolled to eight victories. Tim Brown, second in the meet, was next best with four wins while Rod Therres, Dave Hudon and Jim Marino each had three. Davis had six trips to the winner's enclosure as a trainer.

GOOD GROOMING: Congratulations to David Bilyk who has been named the IGA Market Place Groom of the Week. David works for the Bill Davis Stable.

SAMANTHA TO TAKE ON BIG GIRLS: Samantha Square will not be competing with Fast Lane Cruizin -- at least not in the Miss Cloverdale Classic on Friday, March 15.

Many fans were anticipating a battle between B.C.'s Monster Mare -- Cruizin, who holds many records for B.C. bred mares, and Samantha, who has been red hot recently -- and who beat one of Cruizin's achievements.

But Rick White, who trains, drives and co-owns Samantha Square, has shipped his charge to Ontario to compete there.

"We decided to try her there," Rick explained. "She will be racing on cards where they race for more than $200,000 a day ($60,000 at the Downs). She just can't race from the eight-hole all the time." (She has been handicapped there on many occasions in the open fillies and mares at the Downs).

A four-year-old daughter of Albert Albert, Samantha, who won more money than any B.C. bred filly ever, will be in the care of trainer Joe Stutzman.

Cruizin meanwhile will be taking on Cabo Girl, Millbanks Award and Strengthandhonour for a $30,000-plus purse in the Miss Cloverdale.

LEFT TOWN: The exodus of Downs trainers and horses to Northlands Park in Edmonton continued with Dave Jungquist, Casie Coleman, Ray Gemmill and Rene Goulet now in Alberta. That means such top horses as Nazko Promise, Oileigh Cam, Dal Reo Jewel and Red Star Harley are gone.

Gemmill has also decided to retire Clover Camella from racing and she has gone to the Debbie Phillips farm to begin a life as a broodmare.

KEN TOPS KENO: Ken Hopkins, with 56 points, has taken over the lead in the BC Lottery $15,000 Club KENO Harness Pool. He leads after week four standings in the second half of the pool by one over Lynn Rossum. Lauren Seebaren has 53, Robert Heard 52 and Nirmal Gill and John Manjak each have 50. Jim Popil retained his overall lead with 113 points, while Steven Stelnicki and Andy MacLeod remain on his heels at 111, Brian Goshko stands at 109 and Lloyd Stene, Lynn Rossum and Rick Jensen are at 108.

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