TWO STRAIGHT FOR
straightest line between two points – and getting a little
racing help – Carson Jane was the best in winning the
fillies and mares open last Saturday.
daughter of Cambest covered the mile over the sloppy track
in 1:59.3 in winning – for the second straight week -- by
3½ lengths over Make Some Noise.
Jane has been
especially sharp as the two have dominated the mares’ open
since the start of the meet in October. Jane now has won
six wins and been second twice in nine opens and Noise has
won two and been second four times in six open races.
Carson Jane, with
trainer Dave Hudon in the bike, drew the rail and used
full advantage. Part of a 1-5 favored entry, Jane was in
an early battle with Domestic Bliss but held a 1½-length
lead over the parked Bliss at the quarter.
before the quarter while racing third Armbro Beachbaby
made a break, interfering with G Vs Cam Can. That left
Ivys Wine in third, 5½ lengths back at the quarter.
After the half it
became a scramble as Domestic Bliss fell back. Make Some
Noise, who was well back early, had to go three wide late
on the backstretch. She made a fine effort coming home but
Jane and Hudon had too much. The late-closing 65-1 shot
Alldressedinvelvet got third.
Carson Jane, who is
owned by Bill Boden, got the 20th win of her career and
pushed her career earnings to more than $139,000.
DUKE STANDS TALL:
Duke Is Duke, with trainer/driver Serge Masse, used a
little different strategy but the result was the same –
another triumph in the open event at the Downs.
Starting from the
five-hole in the field of seven, the Duke was content to
stay there until getting cover behind Lance Raider for a
second-over move just before the half. When Lance cleared
into the lead midway down the backstretch, Duke kept going
and held the lead on the outside at the quarter. He
charged home with a 28.2 second last quarter to win by 1¼
lengths in an impressive 1:55.4 over a track rated kindly
despite poor posts (this time six), again used a late
rally to finish second for the third straight week. Armbro
Bach, was third but was well back.
Duke, who was an
even-money favorite, now has won five of the last six
opens and six of his last seven starts. All the previous
wins came as he challenged early for the lead.
Duke Is Duke, an
eight-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Jennas Beach Boy, is
owned by Joe Lin of Edmonton. He now has won 22 races and
slightly less than $180,000 in his career.
NO COFFEE BREAK:
Caffeined just keeps percolating. The five-year-old
gelded son of On The Road Again won his third straight
since arriving at the Downs from Ontario. Owned by Niele
Jiwan and trained and driven by Bill Davis, Caffeined has
got faster each week and paced to a 1:55.1 mile last
Skippy Blue Shoe
made it two straight wins for owner Jennifer Dodsworth and
trainer/driver Randy Rutledge and also equaled his
lifetime mark of 2:00.
Pal, with trainer Serge Masse in the sulky, won in 1:56.1
in the $20,000 claiming event last Friday. It was his
second straight win and his fourth, with three seconds, in
his last eight starts. That was good enough for Robert
Murphy to claim the son of Cams Magic Trick.
four-year-old son of Fit For Life, captured his second
victory in a row for trainer Wally Slopianka and driver
owned, trained and driven by Dave Jungquist, made it two
successive wins. She is a four-year-old by Dream Work.
Another to make it
two straight last Friday was Vanishing Equity, who now has
44 lifetime wins. The 12-year-old son of Precious Energy
won for trainer/driver Bill Davis.
Passage set a lifetime mark of 2:02.2 last Saturday for
trainer Helmut Ratz and Jungquist.
Just Say Wow, a
four-year-old son of Jennas Beach Boy, won his second in a
row for trainer Tim Brown and driver Jim Marino. Wow!
Marino also drove
Sinful Sally, a seven-year-old by Lemoyne Hanover, to her
second straight for trainer Ann Cooper.
SHARE HONORS: Bill Davis maintained his lead and Jim
Marino remained top challenger in the race for most
driving wins at the Fraser Downs meet.
Davis used a pair of
three-victory days for a six-pack while Marino grabbed
five wins last Saturday and added one more to keep pace.
Davis now has 58 for the meet, six ahead of Marino.
Dave Jungquist had
his best weekend with three to tie Gord Abbott. Sharing
two wins apiece were Dave Hudon, Jim Burke, Rod Therres,
Serge Masse and Scott Knight.
Wayne Isbister and
Tim Brown each had three triumphs to lead all trainers
last weekend. The list at two included Jim Wiggins, Walter
Slopianka, Jungquist, Davis, Abbott and Masse, who leads
the meet with 40.
SUNDAY: Entries for the Fraser Downs’ first Harness
Handicapping Challenge will close Sunday.
The big contest is
set for Feb. 4.
The top two
competitors will represent the Downs in the National
Harness Handicapping Championship at the Meadowlands on
The entry fee into
the challenge is $45 that includes all applicable harness
programs and dinner after the Fraser Downs live racing
Each contestant will
be assigned a contest account with a mythical $40 balance.
He/she will then have to make a series of 10 $2 win/place
wagers with a contest account card. Of the10 wagers, four
will be mandatory wagers from Fraser Downs and the other
six will be player choice races from tracks such as
Woodbine and the Meadowlands.
The contest will
begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. and will conclude at 7:30
p.m. The top five contestants will receive cash and
prizes with the top two receiving airfare to Newark, N.J.,
accommodations for two nights in Rutherford, N.J. and
the National Harness
At the NHHC, the
grand prize will be $50,000 U.S.
To sign up for, or
receive more information on, the Harness Handicapping
Challenge, visit the HPI Centre or call 604-576-9141.
ART PAINTS TOP
TOTAL: Art Worsfold of White Rock captured week two of
the California Dreamin’ Handicapping Contest last Saturday
at Fraser Downs.
Worsfold led three
other contestants who rode the win of a longshot to corral
the top spots. Worsfold had the eye-catching total of
$1,134 to take the second week’s honors and a $250 prize.
Also with big
winnings were Dave Mahy at $930, John Arendt at $857 and
Len Zurowski at $760. Rounding out the week’s top five was
Bob Nordin at $497.
Worsfold joins week
one winner Bob Kosolofski in the contest final.
The contest, which
will result in the winner spending a weekend at Santa
Anita racetrack in California for the Santa Anita Derby on
April 8, runs for 10 consecutive weeks.
Each Saturday until
March 4, contestants will be asked to handicap a series of
races from Santa Anita. Entry ballots will be made
available at Guest Services the morning of each contest
day and entry forms must be submitted before the scheduled
post of the second race at Santa Anita.
The contest consists
of six races from the Santa Anita card, races three
through eight, of which three must be handicapped. For
each of the three horses selected, a mythical $20
win/place/show bet will be placed. At the end of each
contest day, scores will be tallied and the entrant with
the highest total for that contest day will be crowned a
finalist and will receive the weekly $250 prize money.
The 10 finalists
will battle head-to-head in the California Dreamin'
Handicapping Championship on Saturday, March 11 in the
Homestretch Party Zone.
Tickets are now on sale at the BCSA/BS office for the
annual B.C. awards banquet Feb. 25 at Newlands Golf Club.
Tickets are $45 for the event that honors the best in
harness racing in 2005.
The B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society annual general
meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Downs Clubhouse.
Tickets are $5 for dinner. There will be a stallion
auction and a main topic of discussion will be
amalgamation with the B.C. Standardbred Association.