RODEO KING CAPTURES
Rodeo King has added
a stakes win to his growing list of victories.
The son of Blissfull
Hall captured the Keith Linton Memorial for four-year-old
horses and geldings (non-winners of $30,000 lifetime up to
an including Dec. 15) last Saturday at Fraser Downs.
Rodeo King, with
trainer Bill Davis at the controls, went gate to wire to
win by 1 1.2 lengths over a field of eight in 1:57.4.
Longshot (28-1) Red Star Governor and Red Star Robust, who
both were well back early, finished second and third
respectively. Rodeo King, who started from the three hole
on the gate and battled early with Regal Intention for the
lead, was part of a 1-5 favored entry.
The victory was the
second in a row and sixth in his last seven starts for
Rodeo King, who was claimed for $10,000 by Niele Jiwan on
Oct. 12. Rodeo King now has 10 career wins and more than
$46,000 in earnings.
“I wanted to control
the race and when we got away from the gate I thought I
had a good chance so went for it,” Davis said when asked
if he wanted to have the lead.
“He (Rodeo King, who
last started on Dec. 26) did a helluva job,” Davis added.
“I had to train him up pretty good with no elimination.”
He did such a good
job that Davis and Jiwan have entered him in with the
$35,000 claimers and open horses for this Sunday.
Midnight Promise held the lead most of the way in the
$25,000 Penny Bath Memorial stakes final on Sunday, lost
it in the stretch, but was awarded the win after an
Complete Game, who
was fourth early but worked her way up from before the
half, had crossed the wire first. However, when her entry
mate Intrepid Kate made a break at the head of the
backstretch while racing second and caused interference to
trailing horses, Complete Game’s win was taken down to
eighth in the field of nine. Kate, part of the 7-5 favored
entry, finished sixth but was placed ninth.
A Midnight Promise,
who had raced to a new life mark in winning one of two
qualifying legs the previous Sunday, was awarded the
victory. Midnight is owned by Bruce Barbour and the Shale
Stables and is trained and driven by Barry Treen.
The win for A
Midnight Promise, who was part of a second-choice 8-5
entry, was the fourth of her career and pushed her career
earnings to more than $40,000.
Two longshots, Ross
Ridge Biggins (28-1) and Drinks White (34-1), finished
third and fourth and then were moved up a spot.
Westart Love is for real. Five wins in a row will help
prove that but it is also who she has beaten that tells a
Among the wins by
the five-year-old daughter of Western Hanover was one on
Dec. 23 in the fillies and mares open (along with $35,000
claimers) over open mare Betterfrombehind. Just to show
that was not a fluke, Westart Love did that again last
driver/trainer Bill Davis, used the same strategy.
Starting from the five-hole in the field of six, she
slipped into the garden spot two-hole trip behind
Betterfrombehind who raced to the front from her outside
Westart Love, owned
by Niele Jiwan, used a strong last quarter (28.4) and
stretch showing to win by a length. Stablemate
Alldressedinvelvet was third.
Westart Love has
moved up from the $15,000 claiming ranks during her
five-race streak. She now has 16 career victories and more
than $77,000 in career earnings.
There was no open
event for the male gender so the $35,000 claimers took the
spotlight last Sunday with a field of six.
Hi Time Ascot, a
six-year-old son of Barnett Hanover, sat back early but
used a strong backstretch move to win the event by 5½
lengths in a time of 1:54.1 (just a tick off his career
Ascot, trained by
Ray Gemmill and driven by Darren Howald, now has 12
lifetime wins and earnings of more than $117,000. He has a
3-2-2 mark in his last seven starts.
Active Pass was
second and Armbro Blacktie, the even-money favorite, was
CARBON COPY: There
obviously will not be any resting on laurels or slowing
down in 2007 for top driver Bill Davis.
He again led all
Downs drivers last weekend and has already roared away
from the gate.
Davis picked up
eight victories on the weekend and now has 18 in the
year’s early going (he also is now at 102 for the meet).
Take away Davis and
the 2007 battle becomes tight. Jim Marino and Scott Knight
each have six wins while Serge Masse, Darren Howald, Dave
Hudon and Clint Warrington have five apiece and Jim Burke
and Gord Abbott have four.
Hudon had four wins
last weekend while Howald and Warrington had three and
Masse and Marino two each.
Davis also led all
trainers with six trips to the winner’s enclosure.
Log-jammed at two were: Hudon, Warrington, Erik Neyhart,
Wayne Isbister, Ty O’Neill, Jim Richards and Steve Germain.
Davis had 13 for the
year while Neyhart is next at six.
Cleverly – but no so appropriately it seems -- named
Vanishing Equity continues to win and earn money.
The veteran (13) son
of Precious Energy powered to lifetime win No. 50 for
owners Laurie Davis and Myrna Green and trainer/driver
Bill Davis. Equity has earned more than $213,000 in his
The lightly raced
One Great Lady, a five-year-old daughter of Falcons
Future, captured her second straight win in a new lifetime
clocking of 1:57.3.
Johnny Jojo, a
nine-year-old son of Camluck, triumphed for trainer Dave
McKellar and pushed his career earnings to more than
A Mainman’s Moonshot
hit the winner’s enclosure ending a long drought for the
handicapper. Southwind Sage, a six-year-old son of paid
$74.80 to win for trainer Brett Currie and his lifetime
earnings went to more than $50,000.
Magic Pal (g 9 Cams
Magic Trick) won the 46th of his career and ended the
five-race win streak of Triple Play who had to settle for
Red Star Pristine, a
five-year-old daughter of Gothic Dream, won her second
straight and fifth in her last six starts for
trainer/driver Bill Davis.
Tahuya Panda, a
four-year-old daughter of Kents On Nuke, made it two in a
row for trainer Erik Neyhart.
four-year-old son of Kents On Nuke, won his first race
since 2005 when he impressed as a two-year-old. He was
winless in only five starts in 2006 but this time he set a
lifetime best of 1:56.2 for trainer Bill Davis.
Law Of The Yukon, a
six-year-old son of Fit For Life, raced to a new life mark
of 1:55.1 and in the process, as a 20-1 shot, ended the
eight-race winning streak of Red Star Soprano.
The latter had an
amazing run with big wins and was a 1-9 favorite last
Friday. He roared from the gate as usual but Yukon, who
took the cozy two-hole trip, was able to beat Soprano in
the stretch and win by 1¼ lengths.
Millbacks Dakota (h
4 Usher Hanover) lowered his lifetime best clocking to
1:58.1 for trainer John Zahara; Tahuya Adara (m 6 Brace
Yourself) moved her life mark to 1:58.3 for trainer Erik
Neyhart; Brenchly (g 6 Barnett Hanover), trained by Dave
Hudon, covered the mile in a new life mark of 1:56.4;
Hudon’s charge Undercover Brother (h 6 Jate Lobell)
lowered his career best to 1:55.3 and Red Star Sailor (c 3
Fit For Life) paced his fastest ever, 1:58.3 for trainer
MARATHONS: The second 1 5/8 mile event at Fraser Downs
was just as exciting as the first.
And the most excited
after – again – were owner Jennifer Dodsworth and
trainer/driver Randy Rutledge as their five-year-old horse
Skippy Blue Shoe made it two in a row in the event.
Skippy won the first
race by a neck and this time by half a length as the son
of Usher Hanover again came from well off the pace.
Milestone, who was
fourth the first week, was second and both times he
started from the eight hole. For the second straight week,
Red Star Riverboat was third, just three quarters of a
length away and Moscow Dancer was fourth, 2¾ lengths back.
Skippy’s win, which
was the 10th of his career, was in 3:20.2, short of his
track record time of 3:18.1.
HALL IN DREAMIN'
FINAL: Ray Hall has captured week two in the
California Dreamin’ handicapping contest at Fraser Downs.
Hall closed with a
rush to end the day with $799 and a big margin over
runner-up Sarah Day at $600.
Howie Gelford, Rob
Roxburgh and Walter Valleau (he was fifth opening weekend)
shared third place at $495 followed by Doug Robertson at
$490 and Pete Day at $469.
Hall joins opening
day winner David Porter in the contest final.
The contest will run
for nine weeks and each weekly winner will compete on
March 3 to try to win a trip to the 2007 Santa Anita Derby
on April 7.
allowed to pick any three races using races 3-8 on the
designated Saturday cards from Santa Anita Racetrack. Each
selection will have a mythical $20 across the board wager
on it. The person with the most money from his/her three
races will be off to the final. Prices will be capped at
$42 for a win, $22 for a second and $12 for a third. Each
weekly winner will receive $100 as a prize.
The final this year
has a slight twist. Each of the nine finalists will have a
live bankroll of $180 to wager. Six races from Santa Anita
will be selected and each contestant must place a $10
across the board wager on each of the races. The twist: if
a contestant makes money for the day, regardless if he or
she is grand champion, they get to keep their proceeds.
Entry ballots will be available starting at 10 on Friday
morning and must be handed in before the start of the
second race at Santa Anita. Only one entry per person is