Millbank pacer takes award, Burke tops, prairie guy checks in and more

HORSE OF THE MONTH....PLUS: Millbanks Award, a five-year-old daughter of Legal Notice out of the mare Natalie Almahurst, is the first winner for the Fraser Downs winter meet of the IGA Plus Horse of the Month award. Because of the early start to the meet, the award actually covers more than the month of October and Millbanks Award has enjoyed proceedings thus far. The Pauline Zahara-Betty Millbank owned mare, racing in the fillies and mare open division, has three wins, a second and two thirds in six starts. With leading driver Tim Brown at the controls for trainer John Zahara, Millbanks Award has had consistently fine showings.
Congratulations from Cloverdale's IGA Plus and Fraser Downs.

BURKE BEST....Jim Burke took driving honors last weekend with four wins including three on Friday. Dave McKellar and Dave Hudon were next with three each. Leading driver Tim Brown had one victory and now has 28 for the meet, 12 ahead of Hudon and 15 ahead of Burke. Trainers Chris Adamson, Jim Todd and Rene Goulet each had a training double.

....On a track rated as sloppy, several big payouts were a highlight of last Friday's card. The biggest was a $16,614.20 triactor in the ninth race when 28-1 shot O Metanastis finished second between winner The Millionairess and Happy Lad. Another was a $1,089.50 exactor in the fourth race when 30-1 shot Meadow Nipper won, paying $68.70, was joined in the exactor by 10-1 shot Fastrackmac. How about a $29.80 price for show when 70-1 shot Red Star Charming was third in the second race. There was also a dead heat for first Friday when Shesa Greek Dancer and The Color of Money hit the wire together in the 12th race.

JUST ABOUT TIME....Heather Sifert and Carl Sibiga's Broadway Time was second in a $40,000 Stakes race for two-year-old colts two weekends ago at Calgary's Stampede Park and Dave Jungquist's Nazko Promise was second last Sunday in the $51,087 Black Gold Alberta Sires Stake. Keith Clark's three-year-old Mortified took the bulk of the cash as the As Promised son rolled home with a length to spare in 1:56.

PEE TEE O A ONE....Magne Nesse's hard knocker of knockers Pee Tee O showed that a long summer off in the B.C. Interior is just what he likes. The six-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover won his first start of the meet, after not racing since mid April, edging the field in the winners over battle last Friday. Pee Tee O beat Woodmere Windrop by a nose, Lo Siento by a head and Whiskey Jack by a neck. Trainer Nesse and Pee Tee O, along with owner Helen Tattersall live in Williams Lake.

....Another new trainer has brought his stable to the Downs, this time coming from Queensbury Downs in Regina. Jim Jeffers has Counts Atom and Classic Black for owner Polly Odare of Saskatoon and Roliad for owner Norm Glinz of Bottineau, N.D, Maza for owner DaleLagerquist and Omemme for owner Eric Wondrasek, both also of Bottineau.

HIS FEET ARE UP....Veteran Downs trainer Roy Wills has ended his training relationship with the Lawrie Musgrave-James Cairns Stable where he had such as Nordel Bright Gem, Nordel Sam and Nordel Triumph. Wills says he will just lean back and keep a relaxed eye on things for awhile, which is probably a good idea since he will undergo laser eye surgery while taking his break.

CLASSIC DRAW TIME....The fun for Fraser Downs' big Breeders Classic show will again get under way early with the draw (it will be business as well as fun) set for Monday, Nov. 12 at Rafters Restaurant. The festivities will get under way at 6 p.m. with wine testing and appetizers. The draw for post positions for the four races will start at 6:45 with Dr. Sport of JR FM and Radio 600, Greg Douglas, as emcee.

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