Yearling sale, Hudon tops and more
The annual B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society yearling
sale is set for Monday, Nov. 18 at the Agriplex. Ninety-five
yearlings (48 fillies) will be up for sale in the event
which gets under way at 6:30 p.m.(sharp).
As this is being written it is not yet definite as to
whether there will again also be the sale of broodmares
brought in from eastern climes.
HUDON JOINS BROWN AS TOP DRIVER: For the second straight
week Dave Hudon led the driver derby with four wins last
Friday, adding to the three he had on Sept. 20. Hudon now
has nine for the meet, the same as Tim Brown, the early
leader who was blanked last Friday. Dave Jungquist had two
driving victories while Craig Senay drove Carolyn Holmes N
to victory Friday for his first triumph of 2002.
No trainer had more than one win on the 15-race card but
trainer John Lorkowski, a new arrival on the scene from
Alberta, quickly got into the act, winning with Precious
Jewel W in the final race last Friday.
MISTER WILL DID: The IGA Market Place horse of the month
award will not begin until October but if there had been one
for September it would likely have gone to Terry Kaufman's
Mister Will N. The five-year-old New Zealand bred won all of
his three starts starting with a $4,000 claimer and then
moving up to $5,000 and $7,000.
SAMANTHA STILL STRONG: Samantha Square came up with
another strong performance in Ontario Saturday but had to
settle for fourth in the $308,000 Milton Stake at Mohawk
Starting from the 11-hole, Samantha, a four-year-old
daughter of Albert Albert, was 10th through the quarter,
half and three quarters (13 1/4 lengths back), moved to
eighth at the head of the stretch and then finished
strongly, five lengths back of winner Eternal Camnation.
Samantha, owned by Rick White of Surrey and June and John
Kauffman of Woodinville, Wash., covered the last quarter in
a rapid 27.2 seconds and won more than $24,000. Cathedra Dot
Com and betting favourite Bunny Lake were second and third
respectively in the mile won in 1:51.1.
SUNDAY DATES ADDED: Fraser Downs has added two Sunday
dates (1:15 post times) on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The meet now
includes 88 days running into late April. The Downs will
also change the post time for the first race for some
Saturday cards in October and November. Changing to 7:20
p.m. will be tonight, Oct. 12, 19 and 26 and Nov. 2.
ERNIE IN, MIKE OUT: There has been a couple of personnel
changes within the Robert Murphy-owned Red Star Stable.
Veteran Ernie Arsenault, part of the highly active
standardbred racing family which includes Andy, Mike and
Paul, is now part of the large training crew for Murphy.
Also, Mike Bourgeois, who has been on the Downs scene for
many years, has left as one of Murphy's trainers
specializing in the breaking and early training of horses,
to move to work in the eastern U.S.
SET SOCIAL CALENDAR FOR MARCH 1: The B.C. harness racing
industry's annual awards banquet will be held Saturday,
The event, sponsored by the B.C. Standardbred Breeders
Society and the B.C. Standardbred Association, is once again
set for Newlands Golf Club in Langley. The banquet and the
awards honour the best in B.C. standardbred racing in 2002.
The evening will be held in conjunction with a big card
of racing at Fraser Downs which will feature the Drivers'
Challenge pitting Team Ontario against Team B.C. Stay tuned
for further details.
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