New guy, Dry Spell, Jack's Triple and more

New Guy....The first of the Alberta contingent has arrived at Fraser Downs. Trainer Doug Stout of Camrose is now on the scene with seven horses led by Kiwi Connection who is familiar to Downs patrons.

Stout left Calgary before the end of the meet at Stampede Park and has decided to skip the shortened fall meet that starts at Edmonton’s Northlands Park in November. He will return to Northlands for the spring opening in March.

“Why move twice?” Stout said when questioned why he would not be going to Edmonton for the upcoming meet. “The meet is only 14 race days.”

The other horses in Stout’s barn include Rumours and Lies, Vinnie Seelster, Garbos Diamond, Begorah and three-year-olds Pollyannas Seacook and Nealies Deal. The 51-year-old, who shared the top Northlands driver awards with Surrey’s Jim Mohorich, way back in 1986-87, will use catch drivers for his charges........

Draw Winner....“I’m going on holidays,” was the enthused cry of Jennifer Long who became the seventh winner in Fraser Downs’ Five Grand Fridays contest on Oct. 19. Long of Delta was accompanied by a strong contingent of friends as she picked up her $5,000 cheque. Four more draws remain entering this weekend.

Top Guns....The hot run for leading driver Tim Brown came to an end last weekend when he failed to pick up any wins.

The man picking up most of the leavings was - no surprise - Bill Davis.

Fresh from his stint in Alberta, Davis, the leading driver and trainer at the Downs over the last few years, won five races (three on Saturday). Dave (the Hudonator, as his top supporter calls him) Hudon also had a good weekend with four victories, three on Saturday.

Brown still holds a big lead for the meet with 27 wins, 14 ahead of nearest rival Hudon. Davis and Dave Jungquist both registered three trainer triumphs on Saturday and Jim Todd and Hudon had three for the two days.

Promising Finish....Sunbury Farms’ Nazko Promise was third in an elimination leg of the Black Gold Alberta Sires Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings last weekend at Calgary. The recent winner of the Rocky Mountain Stake overcame a rough trip as Keith Clark’s favoured Mortified won.

Dry Spell....Clover Cambustion’s out-of-the-money finish last Saturday helps the award for determination go to trainer George Taylor and owner Linda Dobbie. Cambustion has now gone 65 starts without a win.

Flash....On the other hand Richard Craig’s four-year-old horse Rio Pizzazz made it three straight triumphs including a new lifetime mark.

Jack's Triple....Whiskey Jack, the four-year-old gelding claimed for $30,000 in Ontario by Sw Farm, also now has three straight wins, including two in a row at the Downs in the winners over class.

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