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Lachance's four stars double

May 26, 2004

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Last Friday (May 23) Mike Lachance was at Western Fair Raceway in Ontario to drive the 4-year-old pacer Four Starzzz Shark in the Molson Pace elims and the following day he returned to the Meadowlands for the Saturday night card before flying to Detroit on Sunday where he would make the 45-minute drive over the border to Windsor Raceway to direct Four Starzzz King in the Provincial Cup eliminations for 3-year-old pacers.

The weekend started out good for Lachance when he had a successful journey behind Four Starzzz Shark. However, his trip on Sunday was derailed when dangerous weather in the Detroit area kept his chartered plane on the ground in New Jersey. Instead, Lachance watched from home on TV while Richie Silverman gave Four Starzzz King a stellar drive to win his Cup elimination. Both horses are owned by Jeff Cohen and Mike Sudaley's FS Starzzzz Stables.

Lachance has a similar travel plan mapped out for this weekend, beginning once again with Four Starzzz Shark in the $275,000(C) Molson Pace final on Friday (May 28).

"He's very, very good right now. But at the top level like that, to keep him on his toes all the time is tough," Lachance told The Horseman about Four Starzzz Shark. "We have to manage him right and be lucky that we don't have to use him too hard in a race for no reason. It's like a glass of water, when you drink from it there is less water in it. But he's tremendous right now."

Lachance said he had plenty of options for Saturday. "I had different places to go. I could have gone to Toronto for the Classic Series with Saint Johns Boy. I have some at the Meadowlands in the final of the Jersey Girl and in the Jersey Classic. I could have also had something in the Hoosier Cup. We take it one day at a time and we try our best and we hope that we can get the best."

Lachance said that because the Meadowlands will be dark on Sunday (May 30) in lieu of racing a Memorial day program, he will take a morning flight to Detroit where he will relax in his hotel room until the $466,000 Provincial Cup final that night at Windsor.

"I'm sure that Four Starzzz King will be competitive," he said. "Post position will be everything. We'll just try to do our best."
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