Red Star Senator raced like a veteran campaigner even though -- age-wise – he isn’t. 

The four-year-old son of Presidential Ball ignored his post – the outside seven – and action about him, as he breezed to victory last Saturday in the premier event (claiming $35,000, non-winners of $7,500 last six with open pacers) of the weekend at Fraser Downs. 

With Jim Burke in the sulky, Senator won an early battle for the lead with Haras Cola Cola and El Toro and went on to win by 3¾ lengths in 1:54.4. Colta Cola stayed second all the way while Accent Seelster, a victim of early interference, was third. 

Ironically it was Seelster’s stablemate El Toro, part of the favored 2-5 entry, who made the early break and caused the interference. El Toro had moved up to the main event after winning four straight. 

Red Star Senator, who is owned by Mary Murphy and trained by Bob Merschback, never is far from the front at the finish. In 2006 he now is 10-3-2-3 with more than $31,000 in earnings. In 2005, he was in the top three in 22 of 29 starts and won more than $143,000. 

COYOTE PROWLS: Coyote Hanover, a six-year-old son of Western Hanover, captured his second straight for trainer Wayne Isbister and driver Jim Marino last Friday. Coyote Hanover, who was named aged horse of the year for 2005 in Manitoba, covered the mile in 1:54.4, just one tick off his life mark. 

Law Of The Yukon, a five-year-old son of Fit For Life, continues to heat up. He won his second in a row for trainer/driver Dave Hudon, while lowering his career best clocking for the second week in a row, this time to 1:55.4. 

Sunset Strip, a seven-year-old daughter of Distinguishedbaron, picked up her fourth win of 2006 for trainer/driver Scott Knight. In her previous start Sunset Strip went over the $100,000 mark in career earnings. 

Kootenay Finale, a four-year-old daughter of Safe N Rich, won her second consecutive race for trainer Kyle Chadwick and driver Grant Hollingsworth. 

Moscow Dancer (g, 8 Armbro Moscow) captured his 25th career victory for trainer Heather Burke and driver Jim Burke. 

Better Best is both of those and more. The eight-year-old daughter of Cambest rolled to her fourth straight victory last Saturday and boosted her 2006 record to 12-5-3-2. Jim Marino has piloted her to the four straight for trainer Wayne Isbister. 

The same driver-trainer combination worked for Cassava, a five-year-old daughter of Perfect Art who made it two wins in a row and now is 11-3-1-3 in 2006. 

Cher The Wealth (6, Wheelin Chance) is another mare on a roll. She captured her third successive win, her sixth win in her last seven starts and made her 06 record 12-6-1-1 for trainer/driver Tim Brown. 

Brown drove Preferred Share to victory for trainer Ann Cooper and now the six-year-old daughter of Safe N Rich is 7-4-1-2 on the year.  

Trainer Brown turned the driving over to Jim Burke on Tnt Mattie and the result was a new life mark of 1:56 for the four-year-old son of Distinguishedbaron. 

Ill Be Doud (f4, Daylon Marshal) also had a career best, a 1:58.3 for trainer/driver Scott Knight. 

Furious Five warmed up for the Stallion Stakes by winning her second in a row in a new life mark of 1:56 last Sunday. The three-year-old daughter of Faldo Hanover, trained and driven by Serge Masse, has a 10-4-1-2 mark in 2006. 

Holly Rock, a seven-year-old son of Witsend Fiddle, made it two straight victories for trainer Bill Young. He was driven this time by Masse. 

Warrawee Hero (c4, Camluck) paced the mile in a career best 1:57.4 and Follow Your Dream (f3, Western Ideal) did the same in 1:58.1. 

BURKE ROLLS SEVEN: Jim Burke started the weekend with three wins last Friday and kept on a roll to lead all Fraser Downs drivers with seven wins when the dust had settled.

Burke is fifth for the meet with 69 wins. 

Jim Marino, the Downs’ winningest pilot, had to settle for a logjam for runner-up at four victories along with Tim Brown, Serge Masse and Scott Knight. Barry Treen was at the Downs only on Saturday but swept the two legs of the Stallion Stakes eliminations. 

Five, count-em five, trainers tied for the lead last weekend with three wins apiece: Heather Burke, Treen, Knight, Bob Merschback and Wayne Isbister. Masse, Brown and Ann Cooper had two triumphs each. 

HAPPY MEN: Men’s Day was a success last Saturday the Downs with plenty of smiling faces, particularly Robert James and Rick Long. 

James of Coquitlam won the draw for a trip to the St. John’s Fishing Lodge while Long of Abbotsford was the winner of tickets to the Vancouver Canucks game. 

Scott Marty showed the most prowess on the putting green although it was not enough to take home the $10,000 ultimate prize. 

Marty, who is a golfer, was one of only five (of hundreds) entrants who sank their first putt along the long, uphill, slippery slope. He then was closest in the putt-off to see who would try for the $10,000. 

The green was lengthened (even Loren Roberts, the boss of the moss, was shaking his head) and Marty could not find the hole. 

CHECK HARNESS HISTORY IN ATRIUM: The B.C. Harness Racing Hall of Fame has begun to take shape in the atrium of Fraser Downs. 

Patrons are able to check many of the trophies, plaques and other pieces of B.C. harness racing history in three glass shelving units along the south wall of the atrium.