Samantha Square to be mom,


Samantha Square will race no more but will start a new career as a broodmare.

The gutsy five-year-old daughter of Albert Albert out of Gracie Square is in Ontario waiting on stud -- Northern Luck.


Samantha, owned by John and June Kauffman of Woodinville, Wash. and Rick White of Surrey,  blazed a sparkling racing career. The little-horse-that-could earned more than $460,000 in her career, winning 23 times and registering a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.3.

She won stakes races as a two and three-year-old in B.C. and Alberta before going to Ontario where she took on -- and defeated -- the best fillies and mares in the country.

In December White, who trained and drove here at the Downs, brought her home for some rest and relaxation. Her last race had been on Nov. 29.

However, there were problems when she began to train again. "She was not training right here," White explained. "We decided to send her back to Ontario where they had some top treatment centres. The idea was that perhaps we could race her there a little cheaper than before. However, she did not come around and there was no way I was going to race her as a claimer."

So now White and the Kauffmans hope that she will show the same kind of success as a broodmare.

"We tried to get a booking with Camluck (Rich Cam's sire) but we would have been on a long waiting list," White said, "so we will use Northern Luck."

Meanwhile, Samantha Square's familiar B.C. rival, Fast Lane Cruizin is reportedly back in training again in Ontario and may qualify before the end of May...
 
 JOHNSON TOPS UCC WEEK: Wayne Johnson of New Westminster is the eighth week's winner of the Ultimate Capper Contest -- and it took a draw to get him top spot.

In the contest, which has $10,000 in prize money up for grabs, Johnson and Ron Dorland of Delta led all handicappers with $91.70. After the draw, Johnson claimed the $500 top money for handicapping harness horses at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. 
Dorland got $250 for finishing second. Brad Hamanishi of Richmond totalled $63 for third for $150, Tyler Prokopenko of Maple Ridge -- on his 19th birthday -- was fourth for $75 and fifth-place Doug Farmer of Langley got $25.

After eight weeks Dave Mahy of New Westminster retained his lead in the UCC with $259 in earnings while Brenda Prokopenko moved to second from third with $248.90. The next three places go to Gene Bodor $242.20, Tim Weisner $238.50 and Phil Rowe $226.60.
 
The ultimate (best) handicapper -- the person with the most in winnings -- at the end of the 10-week contest will be off to Toronto, with a guest, for the Queen's Plate and North America Cup, June 21-22.
 
The UCC, in which participants are asked to handicap standardbred and thoroughbred races, goes Saturdays and those interested can enter each day or every day during the contest.

There's $1,000 in weekly cash prizes divided in the following manner: first, $500; second, $250; third, $150; fourth, $75 and fifth, $25.

The tracks remaining in the contest are: Hastings Park (thoroughbreds) this Saturday and Hollywood Park (thoroughbreds) May 17.
 
THREE FOR RICK WHITE: Rick White had his second successive triplebagger, winning three races as a driver on last Friday's 15-race card at the Downs. White, who now has 80 wins for the meet, captured three races on the meet's last Saturday.

Grant Hollingsworth continued his strong driving, also winning three last Friday, while Dave Hudon and Terry Kaufman had two each.
Ed Lechner picked up his third driving win of the meet, piloting the 80-1 shot C Lec Rocket to victory (the first in 2003 for the Rocket), resulting in a win payout of $168.

Kaufman and John Currie led the trainer brigade, with two trips each to the winner's enclosure.
  
ALICE LEE PASSES AWAY: Alice Lee, long-time patron of Fraser Downs, passed away May 4 at the age of 79.

Many Downs patrons will be familiar with Alice, who came to the track where she was known as an ostentacious dresser in her bright colours. She was often accompanied by her son John Kusch.

Alice, who was born in Saskatchewan, took part in many of the contests that were held at Fraser Downs, winning a handicapping contest a couple of years ago.

The Downs extends sincere condolences to members of Alice Lee's family.

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