Therres captures 500th career win

Rod Therres was a happy man last Friday night after achieving the 500th driving win of his career.

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 1:55.1.

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 in B.C.

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 Yearling Sale

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 race Friday.