Turnaround For Lupul
Feb 17

Normally Dawn Lupul is the reporter asking question but this week the microphone was in the hands of Frank Salive who questioned Dawn about her pacing mare Cammache Legacy who is currently racing at Western Fair Raceway.

Lupul is using a time tested method for horses that need reassurance and calming down on Cammache Legacy. For many in Ontario it’s reminiscent of the tactic used by the late Joe Dunsmore and trainer George (Butch) Elliott when they had a goat constantly at the side of 1993 Breeders Crown Mares Trot champ Lifetime Dream.

“Cammache Legacy is a nervous mare and we shipped her across Canada twice last year between Ontario and Alberta which was tough on her,” Lupul says. “Now she lives with a miniature pony in her stall full time. She does better when he is around. She should be a better mare this year than last.”

The five-year-old Camluck-Legacy Of Fame mare has drawn post one for Western Fair’s third race tomorrow night. From 31 starts last year Cammache Legacy compiled two wins and over $26,700.

“Gate speed is her strength and that’s why we’ll race her pretty much just on half mile tracks this year,” Lupul adds. “She loved Woodstock last summer.”

Staying In Ontario

In Western Canada Lupul is one of the most recognized faces in horse race broadcasting for her work as a co-host, interviewer and reporter on the Horse Racing Alberta live broadcasts.

She says the plan for 2008 and the foreseeable future is for her and partner Larry Micallef to race in Ontario from a home base in Guelph. She’s also the owner of a second starter on the London card on Monday evening when Cams Best Bet starts from the trailing post eight in the sixth race and gets some class relief down to the Preferred-2 level.

“He’s our stable star. I picked him out of the yearling sale in Alberta in 2004 for $5,000 and sent him to Larry when he was at Fraser Downs to break that fall. He’s been a real dream for us with earnings of about $230,000 so far. He isn’t a big horse but he has tremendous desire and a real winner’s attitude,” she says.

Brad Forward has been hired to drive the five-year-old As Promised-Cambests Lady gelding for this start and Lupul, who also has 60 lifetime training wins to her credit, is offering some advice.

“He has some quirks and sometimes he can be really tricky for the driver to turn to the gate. He also has good gate speed and really likes the half mile tracks. He didn’t have much down time last year and we gave him a couple months off when we got here and he’s doing very well. He should have a strong year,” Lupul predicted.

The top two races at Western Fair on Monday night appear to be wide open contests. In the 11th race $18,400 Preferred Pace last week’s cone-skimming winner Justice Cam is back for a repeat try from post six for driver Mike Sumner and co-owner/trainer Jim Ainsworth.

In the eighth race $15,200 Mares Preferred Pace Michigan invader Jamirotoy in post two has the 5-2 morning line favourite’s status. Anthony Succcarotte trains and drives the five year old Keystone Raider-Costly Toy mare for Frank Tomcala of Owosso, Michigan.

Post time at Western Fair each Monday and Friday is 7:35 p.m. and each Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. Monday post time moves to 4:05 p.m. as of April 7th.