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BREEDERS CLASSIC DAY ACTION FILLED

 

 

On an event-filled Breeders Classic Day card at Fraser Downs Saturday the end result seemed almost too normal for words.

 

On a rain-deluged card there was a spill, several recalls, inquiries and horses placed down, but when the dust had settled (not really an apropos description for the Lower Mainland) three favorites and one medium-to-long shot claimed the major prizes in the Breeders Stakes races.

 

The spill occurred in the battle for three-year-old fillies before the race was officially under way and it involved the 1-5 favorite Furious Five.

 

As the field was coming behind the gate just before the start pole, Furious Five hooked a shoe and went down, tossing driver/trainer Serge Masse to the ground. That caused interference to the trailing Hold On Tonite and driver Bill Davis and a recall was declared.

 

That meant a restart but it was minus Furious Five and Masse. Furious was a vet scratch (she is OK, just some scratches) and Masse was banged up. He drove in the next race but then booked off his others and now is sore.

 

On the restart, Hold On Tonite and Davis (on a night where he had four wins) became the favorite and went on to win the $100,000 event. Hold On Tonite, by Key Prospect out of Stay Fit, settled for third early but made a quarter pole move to the lead and never looked back. She covered the mile in 1:56.2 and breezed home by 4 lengths. Sweetypea was second and Red Star Dixie third over a track rated 'good' with a one-second allowance at that time.

 

J J J Stables of Aldergrove and trainer Alan and Mark Anderson share ownership on HOT, who is now a career winner of $73,533 and 4-1-0 in eight career (all in 2006) starts.

 

Trainer/driver Davis got another stake victory -- in the $50,000 final for two-year-old fillies -- when 3-5 favorite Garden Gate Tina (Rustler Hanover-Silent Town) picked up her third straight win.

 

Davis roared off the gate from the seven hole and battled Red Star Cindy (as the two clear favorites were expected to do) for the lead. Tina was parked but pushed past just after the 28.1-second first quarter and then held off Cindy in a fine stretch battle. Tina, owned by Niele Jiwan of Surrey, held on for a neck victory in 1:58.2. Rodeo Princess was third but 9 lengths back.

 

Garden Gate Tina is now three-for-four as a rookie, with earnings of $37,261. That helps pay some of the reported $85,000 paid by Jiwan when he purchased Tina the previous week from owners Jerry Blanchet and Herb Boggs.

 

Tessters Odd Sock, by Usher Hanover out of Armbro Nancy and part of a 9-5 favored entry, went gate to wire for trainer/driver Rick White in the $50,000 final for two-year-old colts and geldings.

 

In the race, which also had a recall and an inquiry, Odd Sock avoided trouble and went on to win by 6 lengths in 1:58.

Whatwouldbuddysay finished second but was placed seventh when entry mate Long Last Look was ruled to have interfered with two other horses. Nazko Summer, a 42-1 shot was placed second from third and Jack N Rhett was fourth, placed third.

 

The victory was the fourth consecutive for Tessters Odd Sock, who is 5-4-0-0 for White and partner Janet Dryden of Surrey, and boosted his bankroll to $38,915.

 

The upset winner was 16-1 shot Rowdy B Doud (As Promised-Bradner Joyce) for trainer/driver Scott Knight in the $100,000 final for three-year-old colts and geldings.

 

Rowdy, who had a ground saving trip through fast fractions, slipped out of the pocket in the lane enroute to the 1:56.1 career-best victory. Silk Puddles was second, 1 lengths back, while Red Star Samper, who was part of a 3-5 favored, two-horse entry, came late for third.

 

Rowdy B Doud had only won about $6,000 in six career starts before surprising in the last elimination leg. Now with the back-to-back triumphs for owner Gerald Poloway of White Rock, the colt has improved his sophomore mark to 3-2-0 in eight starts for earnings of $63,767.


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