Alberta invader, baby for Kaufman, hard to keep a
Goodman away and more
WELCOME VISITOR:...Jack Beelby is a man of his
Back in June there was doubt that a fall/winter harness
racing meet would be held at Edmonton's Northland Park.
"In June Edmonton had not made any announcement (about
dates)," Beelby explained this week between trips around the
Meadow Creek training track. "We came here and talked to
Corky (Jarvis, boss man at the training centre) and made
arrangements to come here and also made arrangements to get
a spot at Hazelmere campground. Even after Edmonton decided
to have some dates we weren't about to change plans."
So it means another veteran trainer from Alberta has
joined the fray at Fraser Downs.
Beelby, who has been in harness racing for 30 years, has
brought 10 horses to stable at the Creek training centre and
at least three will be in action this weekend.
"I have 10 head, six racing and four yearlings," he said.
The six are: Lucky Fever, Headlines, Rodeo Royce,
Paythegypsy, Denver Lace and Just in Dreams.
"Some will be in conditioned races," he said, "but some
are claimers. Lucky Fever has raced in the invite but he
probably shouldn't be there. Most are solid, higher-end
The Beelby name is well known in standardbred racing
circles. Downs patrons already know trainer/driver Brent who
races for Robert Murphy's Red Star Stable. Brent is just one
of three sons in the business. (Actually son Todd has just
left to try his hand in the general insurance business after
years of training in Alberta). Third son Clark is a busy
trainer in Ontario.
Jack, who calls Winfield, Alta. (near Red Deer) home but
who admits he does a lot of travelling with his horses, says
he is happy to be at Fraser Downs and hopes the patrons
"like to see a new face."
Wife Jackie, who is a parade marshal (outrider or pick-up
rider) in Alberta, is at the Creek now but will be returning
to Alberta for the meets there.
Jack, meanwhile, says "I'll probably go back in the
spring but we haven't set any dates."
TERRY LOVES TIARA....The bright light emanating
recently from the Downs barn area was the flashing toothy
grin of trainer/driver Terry Kaufman.
The biggest reason for his big smile was the birth on
Oct. 31 (Halloween) of daughter Tiara.
The eight-pound, three-ounce baby was born at 10:30 a.m.
at Peace Arch Hospital to Kaufman's partner (and fellow
Downs trainer Ann Cooper). Mother and baby are doing fine.
Tiara is a little sister for Rebecca.
Kaufman was already smiling because Cabo Girl, his latest
aquisition for owner and brother Robb, won the fillies and
mares open the previous Friday. Cabo Girl is a five-year old
mare by Falcon Seelster out of Cool Charm Girl N, who races
often and well. As this was written she had made 40 starts
in 2001, winning eight times (second seven and third nine
times) with more than $42,000 in earnings.
"It's the most money I've ever spent and already she has
come up large," Kaufman said.
Kaufman was also happy with other horses in his care: One
No Trump and T K Domi, the latter entered in the Breeders
Stakes eliminations. He also thought Chestico Beauty would
start winning soon and a day later she did.
HE'S BACK....It's obviously Stakes time, Bill
Davis lurks. Davis led all drivers and trainers last weekend
when elimination legs of the B.C. Breeders Classic were
held. Davis had four driving and three training wins each
day. The meet's leading driver Tim Brown had five wins and
Dave McKellar had three . . . Brown has 33 for the meet,
Dave Hudon 17 and Davis, who leads in percentage, 15. Davis
has 12 wins as a trainer, the same as Wayne Isbister.
NOTABLE SCORE....One of, if not the, top
performances of the races last weekend was the 1:57 mile win
by Bradner Notable (Safe N Rich-Flippin Falcon). The
clocking was a new lifetime mark for the nine-year-old
gelding owned and trained by Rick Lancaster . . .
Recently-arrived Alberta challenger Hot Steam (Albatross-Brets
Halo) won the winners over race in 1:56.4 and Millbanks
Award (Legal Notice-Natalie Almahurst) captured the fillies
and mares open in 1:58.
HARD TO KEEP A GOODMAN -- AWAY....Wayne Goodman, a
former race horse owner who has been away from the game for
awhile, is back in. Goodman of Coldstream on Vancouver
Island, recently claimed Jay Tee Lucas for trainer Tim
GUEST ANALYSTS....Fraser Downs is hoping to
continue with a feature started last week. The Downs will
attempt to have one "guest analyst" for one or two races a
day with announcer Rick Uppal. Last week it was trainer
Craig Senay. The guest will likely be any trainer or driver
that is available.
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