Red Star Senator is
most definitely on a big roll.
son of Presidential Ball made it three straight victories
in the premier event (claiming $35,000, non-winners of
$7,500 last six with open pacers) of the weekend at Fraser
On an ideal night
and a fast track last Friday, Senator was all business as
he roared gate to wire to win by a whopping six lengths.
He covered the mile in 1:53.4, equaling his lifetime best,
with a first quarter of 27.4 and a final quarter of 28.1
He now has a 5-2-3
record in 12 starts in 2006, season earnings of $44,900
(the most of any competitor), 16 lifetime wins and more
than $227,000 in career earnings.
from the six-hole in the seven-horse field, Senator, the
1-2 favorite with Jim Burke in the sulky, had the lead in
the blink of an eye. He led by 1˝ lengths at the
first-quarter pole and then pulled away after the half.
Haras Cola Cola, who
started outside with odds of 19-1, used a strong move on
the backstretch to grab second place while Sucha Smooth
Deal, at 13-1, was third.
Red Star Senator is
owned by Mary Murphy and trained by Bob Merschback.
INTO WINNER’S ENCLOSURE: After having to settle for
second the previous two weeks in a row, Sail The Sevenseas
got a measure of revenge last Friday. Sevenseas, a
five-year-old son of Scruffy Hanover, pushed his 2006 mark
to 14-5-2-1 in winning over Coyote Hanover, who had won
three in a row. Sevenseas has won more than $36,000 in
2006 for trainer/driver Tim Brown.
Brown has another
hot horse in Cher The Wealth, a six-year-old daughter of
Wheelin Chance. She captured her fourth successive win;
her seventh win in her last eight starts and made her 06
record 13-7-1-1. Better Best, with four, and Cassava, with
three, had also carried streaks into that race with Better
Best, despite moving well up in class, finishing second.
Still with Brown, he
drove Preferred Share, a six-year-old daughter of Safe N
Rich, to her second successive victory. Preferred Share
now has a 13-6-1-2 mark in 2006 for trainer Ann Cooper.
six-year-old son of True Tyrant, won his second straight
and pushed his 2006 record to 13-7-0-2 for trainer/driver
five-year-old son of Broadway Blue, ran his record in his
last seven to 4-2-0. He was driven by Jim Burke for
trainer Bob Merschback.
sailed to a new career best time of 1:58.1, not bad for a
nine-year-old (son of Royal Arms) . . . Dal Reo Bailey, a
four-year-old, lowered his life best to 1:58 and Red Star
Pristine, a four-year-old mare, dropped hers to 1:58.3.
The combination of
Brown and Cooper clicked again Saturday as Lil Dudes
Keeper, a five-year-old son of Blissfull Hall, won his
second straight in a new career mark of 1:57.3.
four-year-old son of D M Dilinger, won his first (in 13
starts) of 2006 for trainer Rick White as Glenn White
drove him to a new life mark of 1:55.2.
Rambo Pass, a
five-year-old son of Rambaran, equaled his career best of
1:56.2 as he won his fourth in 11 starts in 06. He was
then claimed for the sixth time in his last 11 races.
Davy N Goliath, a
four-year-old son of Goliath Bayama, won his first of 06
after 14 starts in a new life mark of 1:59.1 for trainer
Wendel Smith and driver Steve Germain.
BROWN RED HOT:
Last weekend – Friday for sure – belonged to Tim Brown in
the Downs driving derby.
Brown rolled to six victories Friday, and added one
Saturday, to lead all pilots.
The seven victories
gave Brown 92 for the meet, good for third spot behind Jim
Marino and Bill Davis.
Brown is having a
strong meet, especially since the flip of the calendar
into 2006. He now has 62 wins and a universal driving
rating of .316 so far in 2006 compared to 88 wins and .273
UDRS for all of 2005. He has 1,874 lifetime wins.
After starting more
than modestly with a ninth in the first race and the fifth
in the second Brown took off. He won the third race with
Soarnbrace (1:57.1) in wire-to-wire fashion.
He captured race
five with Twistmyrubberarm (1:58.1) before registering a
natural hat-trick in races eight through 10 with Sail The
Sevenseas (1:55.1), Cher The Wealth (1:56) and Dal Reo
To add the dessert
he rolled to victory in the finale with Preferred Share
Jim Burke, who also
has been hot in 2006, picked up three winners along with
Scott Knight while Serge Masse, Darren Lupul and Dave
McKellar had two each.
Marino, who has a
big lead with 130 meet victories, was not a happy camper
as he was blanked on the weekend. He sat out Friday with a
one-day suspension (Brown drove three of his winners with
horses usually driven by Marino) and then was shut out in
12 starts on Saturday.
Six trainers shared
honors with two trips apiece to the winner’s enclosure:
Lupul, Brown, Bob Merschback, Mike Glover, McKellar and
EXTENDED: It has been a sad time for Fraser Downs and
its extended family in recent weeks as Paul Thetford,
Kathy Reen and Pat Fenton passed away.
Thetford, 78, was a
long-time horseman and horse fan. Among his survivors are
wife Jean, daughter Angel and son-in-law Brett Currie (a
Downs trainer and breeder) and son Dave McKellar, a Downs
Thetford was an avid
supporter of Greener Pastures, the B.C. Standardbred
Adoption Society, and his request was that any donations
offered be made to that organization.
Reen, the daughter
of horseman Peter Reen, passed away in hospital. She was
the mother of two young sons, Udo and Levi.
Fenton worked in the
mutuels department on the grandstand side of Fraser Downs
since it first opened as Cloverdale Raceway in 1976.
Condolences go out
to all family and friends.