After being collared at the wire in last week's $10,500 Open at Fraser Downs, the popular Playbook went all the way this time out, holding off Big N Bad to win for trainer/driver Keith Clark. Playbook ($4.10) left from post two and led the fourth race field of six through fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26 en route to the 1:54.3 triumph. Big N Bad and Bill Davis overtook pocket-sitters Cantbeatacheetah and Jim Marino in the stretch to finish second three-quarters of a length behind the winner. The five-year-old Camcracker gelding now has five top two finishes since arriving in B.C. in December and 20 wins lifetime for Clark and Alberta co-owners Laurence Swalm, Verne Rea and Doris McDougall. The first leg of the BBs Mirage Claiming Series also took place on Sunday with Anjelles Aura ($66.20) and the Clark-driven Pureform Goodtogo ($21.90) upsetting in their respective $7,500 divisions for $9,000 claiming mares. The series winners produced a $263.10 early Daily Double payout. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Playbook and trainer/driver Keith Clark turned a textbook pocket trip into a comfortable score in Sunday’s feature race at Fraser Downs. Sterling Cooper shot to the lead from Post 1 and chopped out fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:25.1 in the $10,500 affair, with Playbook perfectly positioned in the two-hole awaiting his cue to ‘go’. Clark gave that order to the gelding in the late stages of the mile, and the five-year-old son of Camcracker-Incognito Miss responded with a final quarter clocked in a :29-second clip. He drew clear to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Sterling Cooper, with Big N Bad tagging along to grab the show dough. Sent off as the 9-5 favourite, Playbook won for the 19th time in his career for Clark and partners Laurence Swalm, Verne Rea and Doris McDougall. They’ve watched the pacer stash away earnings in excess of $165,000. Sunday’s program also featured two divisions of the Abbetross Claiming Series. The $5,000 divisions for $5,500 claimers went to Mr Prospector (1:56.2) and Western Nitro (1:57.3). To view results for Sunday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Sunday Results – Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The top competitors in the 2013 Alberta Sires Stakes program will meet for their final battle of the season on Saturday as Northlands Park hosts the $300,000 Battle of Alberta Super Finals. First race post time on Saturday is 1 p.m. with the first of four $75,000 Super Finals set to begin in race eight. Two-year-old pacing fillies will kick off the battles with Triple Action, who boasts a perfect ABSS triple heading into the final, as the 2-1 morning line favourite. Philip Giesbrecht will drive the Brandons Cowboy-The Three Of Us filly from post two for trainer Joe Ratchford and Calgary owner Raggs To Riches. Blue Eyed Cowboy headlines the two-year-old pacing colt field as the early 2-1 favourite for driver Bill Tainsh Jr. and Lamont, Alta. trainer/owner Rod Starkewski. The Brandons Cowboy-Eicarls Blue Eyes gelding will also leave from post two. He is the division's fastest pacer thanks to his ASHA Colt Stakes win on Oct. 13 in an Alberta Downs track record clocking of 1:53.3. Meanwhile, 3-1 second choice Comes Home First will be looking to wrap up a perfect ABSS season for driver Jim Marino and trainer Lance Ward. The Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Came colt, who was scratched sick from his last assignment (the Premiers Colt Stakes on Oct. 25), is owned by the J J J Stables of Aldergrove, B.C. Starkewski's Crackers Hot Shot will be seeking redemption in the three-year-old pacing filly division after a near perfect freshman campaign, which ended with a heart-breaking sixth-place finish in last year's Super Final due to an early break in stride. She's banked over $100,000 in purses during her sophomore year with victories in the first two Princess and Diamond sires stakes legs. Tainsh Jr. will also drive the Camcracker-Shesahotshot miss, who drew the popular post two. She is the early 2-1 favourite. Premium Attaction will look to defend his Super Final title in the three-year-old pacing colt division for horseman Kelly Hoerdt and partner Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alta. The Clintons Cigar-Themaneattacktion colt will be looking to rebound after a break in last week's Maverick leg, his only off-the-board finish of his sophomore stakes campaign. The $192,441 career earner has drawn post six and is the 5-2 second choice. The Campbell family's Play Me Right is the slight 2-1 favourite after winning the Maverick final, but will have to overcome a post eight start. Brandon Campbell will drive the Ameripan Gigolo-Clintons Delight gelding for his father Sanford, mother Debbie and girlfriend Jodi Loftus. Saturday's card also includes four $20,000 Consolations and an Open Pace, which includes former Super Final champions Flak Jacket, Wrangler Betonme, and Timberline Court amongst the field. To view Saturday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Saturday Entries - Northlands Park Click here for free, printable program pages for Saturday's harness racing card, courtesy TrackIT. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Rochester's Mark Thompson has enjoyed a great run with his pacers, especially over the past decade or so and snared a stable double at his local track Echuca on Tuesday July 2, with Lies and Drunken Desire winning their respective races, both handled to perfection by stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey.
Outstanding young harness racing driver Michael George landed his first Group 1 winner when he rated 5/1 chance Seel N Print perfectly in front to score a convincing victory in the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Hazelmere harness racing trainer Gary Hall sen. has excellent prospects of landing his third winner in the Seven News Pace when Aussie Reactor and Albert Jaccka contest the $25,000 feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Champion harness racing reinsman Chris Lewis and freak pacer Has The Answers continue to re-write the record books. Lewis drove the seemingly indestructible eight-year-old to a stylish all-the-way victory in the $35,000 Caravan Industry Association WA Brennan Memorial at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Much of the sheen of the effortless victory by freak pacer Has The Answers in the $20,500 Ross North Homes Spring Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night (September 17) was taken away when the harness racing stewards fined veteran Byford trainer Tony Svilicich $5500 after a protracted inquiry into his activities.
On Friday night at Addington the Marty Larter Stable scored first up with a recent $1000 buy when Aleksander Fredro, won the 1 to 3 win trot. This was the second winner purchased off www.standardbredsonline.com by the stable, as Tanique was a first up Rangiora winner in late November for them, after being well supported by ones close to the stable.