PAN CUSHION FASTEST
Fraser Downs made the
news thanks to Pan Cushion's winning qualifier in 2:00.1
The time is not
startling until a closer look reveals the true significance.
Pan Cushion is a
two-year-old and the result turned in by the son of The
Panderosa-Needles And Pans makes him the fastest
two-year-old in North America this season.
Pan Cushion, who is
owned, trained and driven by Serge Masse, registered
fractions of 29.2, 1:00.1 and 1:30 before pacing home in
30.1 in his first qualifying attempt.
The rookie, who is the
second foal of multiple stakes winner Paige Nicole Q (1:52 -
$712,801), was purchased for $22,000 at the 2005 Lexington
Select yearling sale.
Paige Nicole Q's
resume included wins in the $470,300 Breeders Crown
two-year-old filly pace final and a win in the $195,072
final of the Jugette as a three-year-old.
MARINO STRONG TO
END: Fittingly, Jim Marino led all drivers in wins on
the last weekend of live racing of the 2005-06 meet at
Marino chalked up six
wins, giving him 141 for the meet which started last October
and encompassed 86 days of racing. Bill Davis, who moved his
stable to Edmonton’s Northlands Park a couple of months ago,
finished second with 112.
Jim Burke, who was
fourth overall, had five wins to finish the meet (and now
has 1,989 for his career). Gord Abbott and Scott Knight,
sixth and seventh at the meet respectively, each had three
victories. Richard Craig had two wins in two starts.
Wayne Isbister, who
was second overall with 60 to Davis’ 65, led all trainers
last weekend with five wins. Abbott had three while Craig,
Knight and Heather Burke had two each.
BIG T FAST: Big
T Machine, a three-year-old daughter of Safe N Rich, made it
two straight wins last Friday, this time in a new life mark
of 1:59.1 for trainer/driver Gord Abbott.
I The Undersigned, a
seven-year-old daughter of Thatll Be Me, registered her
second straight victory and ran her 2006 record to 15-7-3-3
for trainer Wayne Isbister and driver Jim Marino.
Moscow Dancer stayed
hot as the eight-year-old son of Armbro Moscow won his
second in a row for trainer Heather Burke and driver Jim
Burke. Dance, who is just short of $200,000 in career
earnings, covered the mile in 1:56.1 after setting a life
mark of 1:55.4 the week before.
Better Best, an
eight-year-old daughter of Cambest, missed her lifetime mark
by one tick in winning in 1:57.3 for Isbister and Marino.
She is 15-6-5-2 in 2006.
Lunar Tko, a
four-year-old son of Atomic Force, sprinted the last quarter
in a quick 28.4 seconds, to win his first, in 15 starts, of
2006 for trainer/driver Richard Craig.
Red Star Dusty, a
five-year-old son of Just Camelot, paced the mile in 1:56.1,
a new life mark, while winning his fifth in his last nine
starts for trainer Ann Cooper and driver Tim Brown.
Scooting Spree, a
three-year-old son of Keystone Landmark, won his fourth of
seven starts in 2006 in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.4
for trainer/driver Jim Burke.
In the race, three
horses were involved in an accident. Driver Andy Arsenault,
who most will remember was involved in a serious accident at
Sandown a couple of years ago, went down again while driving
Dal Reo Adieu. Andy booked off the rest of his drives but
said later the accident proved he could bounce well.
Unfortunately, Tim Jacobson’s horse S Ks Memory, was taken
from the track after suffering a broken leg and had to be
Red Star Turbulent, a
six-year-old son of Pacific Fella, made it two straight last
Saturday and four wins in his last five starts for trainer
Bob Merschback and driver Jim Burke. He is 15-7-3-1 for the
Red Star Emerson, a
six-year-old son of Armbro Emerson, was sharp as he lowered
his career best mark to 1:54.4 and moved his 2006 record to
15-4-1-5 for trainer/driver Gord Abbott. Emerson has earned
more than $34,000 in 2006 and more than $230,000 lifetime.
Lunar Chipmunk, a
six-year-old son of Atomic Force, raced to victory in
1:56.3, a new life mark. The ‘Munk is trained by Alex Gibb
and was driven by Jim Marino.
Rockridge Winston, a
six-year-old son of Flicker Hanover, dropped his best career
clocking to 1:57.3 as he won his first of 2006 for
trainer/driver Tim Jacobson.
Carons Record Time, a
four-year-old son of Quanah Parker, is aptly named, or was
last Saturday, as he lowered his life mark to 1:59.
I ll Be Doud, a
four-year-old daughter of Daylon Marshal, had to settle for
second last Saturday but it made her fine 2006 record
16-3-8-2 for driver/trainer Scott Knight.
Duca, who competed earlier this year at Fraser Downs,
came within two ticks of equaling Tajma Hall's all-age track
record of 1:51 at Northlands Park in Edmonton last Saturday.
Duca was impressive in
a clocking of 1:51.2 in the $17,500 open pace for
trainer/driver Bill Davis.
Duca enjoyed a pocket
trip behind Tajma Hall, who had fractions of 26.3, 55.3 and
1:23. Duca's margin of victory was 3¾ lengths over runner-up
Tyber King while Tajma Hall tired to finish four-lengths
back in third.
The win was the second
straight for the five-year-old son of Western Hanover-Seven
Oclock, who has come to life since joining the Davis barn.
Duca has compiled an
impressive 5-5-0 record in 10 starts this season for
Burnaby's Niele Jiwan, who owns the career winner of
WORLD MARK FOR
BOBCAT: Primetime Bobcat established a world record last
Saturday at Woodbine thanks to his 1:47.2 mile in the weekly
edition of the $50,000 Open pace.
The electrifying mile
cut a fifth of a second off of Jennas Beach Boy's previous
record of 1:47.3, which he set as a four-year-old in 1996 at
gelded son of Abercrombie-Emerald Girl, driven by Jody
Jamieson, tracked pacesetter Rair Earth through fractions of
25.1, 53.2 and 1:20.4 before roaring out of the pocket.
The Tony Montini-trainee
appeared to be shot out of a cannon as he paced home in 26.1
in the record setting performance and in doing so registered
his 40th career win. His margin of victory was 4½ lengths
over Buckeye One, who finished second, and Rair Earth, who
ownership on Primetime Bobcat, who is a career winner of
$463,517, with partners William Rogers, Basil Michele and