Rich Cam, the highly-touted three-year-old colt owned by
Sunbury Stables of Aldergrove, did what he set out to do
when he went to Alberta -- to capture a stakes race.
Trained and driven by Dave Jungquist, Rich Cam wired a
strong field in winning the $57,200 purse Silver Buckets
for three-year-old colts and geldings.
But he had to share the day's spotlight with several other
horses with B.C. connections or history, in particular
Meant To Do That, a five-year-old gelding, who opened eyes
and gaped jaws. Meant To Do That, once owned by Rick White
(well-known trainer/driver at Fraser Downs), Jan Dryden
and Robert Behl, tied the track record at Northlands -- a
blistering 1:51.1. The record had stood since 1993.
Meant To Do That, a son of Abercrombie and bred in
Kentucky, had raced with promise at Fraser Downs and set a
lifetime mark of 1:57.3 on Feb. 9. But White and company
sent him to Edmonton where it was felt he could handle the
He was claimed from White for $15,000, and later by Keith
Clark and partners for $20,000. And he proved last
Saturday he liked the lightning-fast Northlands track. He
was seventh, 8 1/4 lengths back at the half -- which was
led by Tajma Hall in a blistering time of 53.4 -- and then
made a move down the backstretch that had to be seen to be
believed. Trained and driven by Clark, Meant To Do That
had a lead of four lengths by the three-quarter pole and
went on to win by 7 1/2.
Back to Rich Cam, the son of Camluck out of Rich Jan, who
had blitzed B.C. opposition in his two-year-old and early
three-year-old seasons. He was undefeated with several
Stakes victories and a lifetime mark of 1:55.1 when he
travelled to Alberta.
But his luck there turned sour fast, making a break and
finishing last in his first start and finishing well back
in his second start.
“Looks like he had a bit of a virus
and maybe I brought him back a little too quick,” Dave
told Edmonton's Don Fleming after that race.
But last Saturday he was ready -- as Jungquist said prior
to the race that he would be. He flew from his five-post
position and raced to the lead. The 3-1 second betting
choice set fractions of 27.4, 57, 1:24.2 along the way to
his new lifetime mark. Free Drop, part of the even-money
favored entry, was second, four lengths back.
"We're pretty pleased," Jungquist said Sunday. "He's over
the sickness that he had and we knew he would be a little
"I think he had a little left (in Saturday's
race) and he'll need it for the next big one."
That of course is the Western Canada Pacing Derby which is
set for June 21.
"He'll get a little breather and then come back for the
eliminations," Jungquist said.
He also added that the plan for sending Rich Cam to
Ontario is still a go. "We will likely send him to
(trainer) Billy Companion."
Just some of the other top showings by B.C. horses on the
day were: Red Star Blaze (Just Camelot-Tiffisue Hanover),
owned by Robert Murphy and trained by Bill Davis, wins
non-winners of two in 1:56.1; Camlucks Dominator, owned by
Lil Dude Ranch, trained by Ken Harris, driven by Davis,
second by neck, also in 1:56.1; Dal Reo Riverdance (Safe N
Rich-Irish Win), from the Rick Lancaster barn, second by a
neck and Broadway Time (Broadway Blue-Timely One), owned
by Heather Sifert and Jerald Carmody.
Four-year-old Broadway Time has recently moved to
Alberta from Ontario where he struggled after a promising
start in B.C. Trainer Carl Sibiga has turned over the
Alberta training chores to Ron Carlson and John Baxter
drove as Broadway Time showed he is back on the beam,
losing by only a head in 1:53.
(A little icing -- Red Star Tex, a B.C. bred, won a race
Saturday at Woodbine in Toronto in 1:50.3.)