Rich Cam remained perfect and answered another
That question was, Can he win after a long layoff? and
the answer came Friday night in one of the elimination
legs for the Sandown Plate at Fraser Downs.
Rick Cam, owned by Sunbury Stables of Aldergrove, made
it one for one in 2003 and six for six lifetime by
winning his leg. The son of Camluck out of Rich Jan
paced the mile in a sizzling lifetime best of 1:56
despite not racing since Nov. 9.
Rich Cam has also won three qualifying races in his
short racing career, has led every race he has been in
at the three-quarter mark and has won the races by an
average of more than 12 lengths.
Driven and trained by Dave Jungquist, Rich Cam, an
overpowering 1-9 favourite, went gate-to-wire in beating
a small field of five in the event for three-year-old
colts and geldings. He won by 7 1/2 lengths over
Showtime Eddy with Yeah Norton, B.C. Stallion Stakes
winner in January and second choice at 5-1, third.
The victory means that that Rich Cam will lead the way
into Saturday's final which goes for a $30,700 purse.
Red Star Emerson, owned by Robert Murphy of White Rock
and trained and driven by Bill Davis, won the other leg,
also a field of five, and extended his 2003 record to
four wins in four starts.
Emerson, by Armbro Emerson out of Blazing Sevens,
covered the mile in a new lifetime mark of 1:57 in
winning by 1 3/4 lengths over Stepbackandreload.
Emerson, an even-money second choice, rushed off the
gate from the four-hole but gave up the quarter lead to
Dale Reo. Red Star Emerson swept right back into the
lead and was never caught, although 4-5 favourite
Stepbackandreload, was first up and gave chase. The
latter had a five-race winning streak heading into the
Dale Reo, making only his third career start, finished
Kootenay Ice, winner of the B.C. Sales Stake in
December, was fourth and is joined in the final by Sucha
Smooth Deal, the other fourth-place finisher.
Only these eight horses have entered the final and there
is little doubt that Rich Cam, a 4-5 morning line
favourite, will leave off the gate.
But Emerson, the 4-1 second choice from the four-hole,
and Stepbackandreload, driven by Rod Therres and trained
by Rick Lancaster, the 5-1 third selection and drawing
the rail, will likely also get into the fray early.
Post time for the race is 3:35 p.m.
LATE UPSET ERASES CHALK: Chalk players wore huge
smiles for most of the races last Sunday at the Downs
but those who wait for a chance at the unexpected did
not go home unhappy -- unless they left early.
The first four races were captured by odds-on favourites,
the fifth by a 6-5 favourite and the sixth by the second
choice (the odds-on selection was second). The odds-on
then returned to the winner's enclosure for the next two
Finally, in the ninth, the winning horse returned $28
for a $2 win wager and the chalk was really blown away
in the 10th when 42-1 shot Outlaw Jehara raced to
victory (in a new life mark of 1:59.2 for the
six-year-old mare). The victory was worth $87 -- but the
favourite did come second.
Meanwhile, Bre X raced gate-to-wire in a nifty 1:55.4 to
capture the winners over last Sunday. It was the second
straight triumph for the big son of Dal Reo Hop Sing who
usually comes from behind. Without leaving the Downs,
Bre X has managed to pocket $38,600 thanks to a 5-4-3
mark in 12 starts.
On Saturday, four-year-old Millbanks P I made it two
successive impressive victories, beating $20,000-25,000
claimers and others with a new lifetime mark of 1:56.
And, also Saturday, another four-year-old Camlucks
Dominator, made it four-for-five in 2003, winning in a
new life mark of 1:56.4.
DAVIS NOT RESTING ON LAURELS: Bill Davis may be
leaving for Alberta but he is definitely not slowing
down before he leaves. He picked up nine driving wins
last weekend but is expected to leave for Northlands
Park after this weekend.
Thanks to four victories Sunday, Davis was dominant,
finishing with nine victories, six ahead of his nearest
rivals. Tim Brown, Grant Hollingsworth and Larry
Micallef each had three wins. Dave Hudon, Jim Burke and
Andy Arsenault had two each. Davis now has 179 wins for
the meet (85 days) while Brown has 96.
Davis also led in trainer visits to the winner's
enclosure, with five, three up on Wayne Isbister and
ONE MORE SUNDAY: Remember Fraser Downs has added
a card of Sunday afternoon racing this Sunday, April 13,
pushing the meet to 98 days. There will be two two-day
weeks (April 18-19 and 25-26) before the Downs goes to
one day a week (Friday) on May 2, 9, 30 and June 6, 13