Therres captures 500th career win
Rod Therres was a happy man last Friday
night after achieving the 500th driving win of
Therres drove Sierra Speed, a horse he
also trains and co-owns, to victory in the seventh race.
Sierra Speed (Sierra Kosmos-Deep Purple) wired the field in
Therres, a lifelong resident of Surrey,
got his first victory in 1990 (at Cloverdale Raceway) with a
horse named Mighty Matrix.
“All but one of my wins have come here
(B.C.),” Therres explained later. “I won one in Edmonton
with Jenny (Dal Reo Damsel).
He added 501 later on the card when
Spirits Dream finished second but was placed first when it
was ruled he suffered interference. So now he has 500 wins
IT’S FAMILIAR: Bill Davis is
back. Not surprisingly he led all drivers and trainers last
weekend, with four victories in each category. Tim Brown,
Jim Wiggins and Jim Burke each had three driving wins while
Wiggins had three visits to the winner’s enclosure as a
trainer and Rene Goulet had two.
Trainer Rick Lancaster completed his
testing Saturday in qualifying races and is now licensed to
drive and will do so this weekend.
FAST TIMES: Pee Tee O was just
3/5 of a second off the track record as he flew to victory
last Friday in the winners over feature. The eight-year-son
of Scruffy Hanover, out of Barbies Best, was clocked in
1:54.2 as he upset favorite Bre X by a neck. Pee Tee O is
owned by Helen Tattersall and Magne Nesse, trained by Nesse
and was driven by Grant Hollingsworth.
Some other top performers included: Red
Star Allie (Scruffy Hanover-Quake), who won for the 11th
time in 16 starts in 2003 for Robert Murphy and Bill Davis;
Taylor Factor (Chill Factor-Clover Tiffany), who broke her
maiden in her 25th start for Linda Dobbie and
George Taylor; Yankee Money, who did the same in his 23rd
start for Cam Gardner and Jim Marino; and Kootenay Thunder
(Scruffy Hanover-Susan B Brenwood), who won his second
straight, this time by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:56.3, for Richard
Thomas and Kyle Chadwick.
SOLD TO THE: A record number of
horses have been entered for the annual B.C. Standardbred
Breeders Society Yearling Sale on Nov. 18, starting at 6:30
p.m., at the Agriplex. Bev Mohorich, office manager for the
BCSBS, reports that 133 horses have been listed and late
entrants are welcome for a fee. Mohorich also said that Bill
Pambrum, president of the society, will head again to the
Harrisburg sale in the U.S. to search for possible in-foal
broodmares to add to the sale.
BIG BUCKS: For the third
consecutive year a yearling from the mare Mystic Mistress
has fetched the highest price at the Canadian Classic
Lucks Mistress, a Camluck full-sister
to $633,000 Camystic, was sold for $110,000 to Carl Jamieson
of Princeton, Ont.
The filly was sold during the Sunday,
Sept. 14 session of the two-day sale at the Woodbine Sales
Pavilion in Toronto, Ont. The average price of $19,994 on
Sunday was 41 per cent higher than that of the opening
session. Overall, 274 yearlings were sold for $4,672,700
resulting in an average sale price of $17,054.
FAMILY AFFAIR: For the first
time Casie Coleman, the daughter, battled Phil Coleman, the
dad, in a race Sunday at Flamboro Downs in Ontario. The
trainers, both former Fraser Downs competitors, had horses
entered in the first race with Casie’s Into The Future (the
favourite) finishing fourth, one spot ahead of Phil’s
Oileigh Cam. Casie won later on the card with Road To
Success, was second with 17-1 shot Serendipity Joe and
fourth with Viking Daybreak.
MAINMAN’S MOONSHOT: The bubble
burst abruptly in week two when Pocket Class N struggled.
This week a veteran Downs campaigner Woodmere Windrop gets
the nod. He carries 10-1 morning line odds in the seventh