This time Red Star
Senator followed a different script but the ending was
still the same.
Senator rolled to
his fifth straight win of 2006 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.
However, this time
he did not roar away from the outside post on the gate but
settled into third in the field of six. Still third at the
half he was flushed out from the rail by the first-up
Haras Colta Cola.
He grabbed the lead
before they got to the three quarter pole and went on for
a 2ľ-length victory in 1:54.1 after roaring the last
quarter in 28.3 seconds. Colta Cola followed Senator for
second and 50-1 shot C Lec Machine was third.
Senator, who was
again driven by Jim Burke, now has a 14-7-2-3 mark and
$57,900 in earnings for the year. He is less than $10,000
from career earnings of a quarter of a million.
son of Presidential Ball, who was part of a 1-9 favored
entry, is owned by Mary Murphy and trained by Bob
Merschback. Senator is now expected to campaign in
MASSE LEADS DOWNS
DRIVERS: Serge Masse paced all drivers at the Downs
last weekend with five victories. Masse, whose winning
percentage of 26 leads all drivers, now has 87 wins,
fourth best for the meet.
Top driver Jim
Marino (at 134), Jim Burke and Gord Abbott each had four
wins while Darren Lupul had two.
Lupulís two wins
came with horses he trains and that enabled him to tie as
leading conditioner. Also picking up a pair of triumphs
were Heather Burke and Bob Merschback. Bill Davis, now
campaigning in Edmonton, is top trainer with 65, six ahead
OPERA A HIT:
Beggars Opera, a four-year-old son of Splendid Splinter,
won his second straight in a new life mark of 1:57.3 last
Friday. Opera sings for trainer Jane Kelly and driver Mike
I ll Be Doud, a
four-year-old daughter of Daylon Marshal, made it two
straight victories and a 15-3-7-2 mark in 2006 for
driver/trainer Scott Knight.
six-year-old son of Northern Luck, captured his second
consecutive win for trainer Steve Germain and driver Serge
I The Undersigned, a
seven-year-old daughter of ThatllBeMe, ran her 2006 mark
to 16-6-3-3, for trainer Wayne Isbister with a win Friday.
Rodeo King, a
three-year-old son of Blissfull Hall, now is 4-4-2-0 in
2006 after registering a career best clocking of 1:56.2
for trainer/driver Masse.
Hf Percy, a
six-year-old daughter of Debs Prince, just missed her life
mark of 1:56 with a 1:56.1 victory for a 16-2-3-7 record
in 2006 for trainer Alana Main and driver Gord Abbott. The
win ended the four-race winning streak of Cher The Wealth,
who was claimed out of the race after a fourth-place
Spirits Y To K, a
six-year-old son of Hy Class Spirit, won his second in a
row last Saturday for trainer Diana Davie and driver Gord
getting up there as an eight-year-old son of Armbro
Moscow, still was able to fly to a new life mark of 1:55.4
for trainer Heather Burke and driver Jim Burke. Despite
being the longest shot on the board at 24-1, Dancer came
through to upset Trulyatyrant who was trying for his
fourth straight win and ninth of the year.
C Lec Thors Legend,
a six-year-old son of C Lechthor, won his first of the
year and established a career best of 2:00.2 for trainer
Ed Lechner and driver Serge Masse.
Red Star Turbulent
triumphed to run his 2006 mark to 14-6-3-1 and Winter
Bliss won his fifth, along with a second and six thirds in
16 starts, in the year.
Found A Diamond, Ben
Mi Criech and Diamond Spree finished 1-2-3 in the 11th
race last Saturday. The significance: All are
three-year-old fillies sired by As Promised.
WELL: Primetime Bobcat has grabbed the prime time
son of Abercrombie-Emerald Girl tied the all-time Canadian
record and set an overall track record, roaring over
Woodbine Racetrack last Saturday in a sizzling 1:48.1 in
the $50,000 Open Pace.
The earlier Canadian
record was set by Goliath Bayama at the Hippodrome de
Montreal on Aug. 19, 2001.
It was 1ľ lengths
back to Dr No and Rair Earth, who finished second and
third. Ironically, the two went into the event as
co-holders of Woodbine's 1:48.2 track record.
The 1:48.1 clocking
gives Primetime Bobcat, who is now eight-for-14 this
season, the distinction of being North America's fastest
performer of 2006 and he is now in the record books as the
fastest nine-year-old pacer in the history of the sport.