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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Big race day at Fraser Downs Thursday

Mystic Maiden, seen here with trainer Justin Currie of Cloverdale, chases her 12th consecutive win Nov. 11. - FILE PHOTO
Mystic Maiden, seen here with trainer Justin Currie of Cloverdale, chases her 12th consecutive win Nov. 11.
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A remarkable filly named Mystic Maiden chases her 12th consecutive win tomorrow at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino.

Trained by Cloverdale's own Justin Currie, 19, Mystic Maiden is gaining a reputation as a remarkable racer. She's driven by Dave Hudon and owned by Barry MacFarlane and the Crimson Racing Stables.

She's favoured to win Thursday's $75,000 Mary Murphy Stakes for three-year-old fillies.

If she does, it'll be her 19th win out of 20 lifetime starts, and a record that's already drawing comparisons with Zanyetta, the champion thoroughbred who was recently featured on TV's 60 Minutes prior to the 2010 Breeders Cup World Championships.

Back at Fraser Downs, the Nov. 11 race card is traditionally well attended.

The first race starts at 1:15 p.m.

There are 11 races this year, including the $75,000 Robert Murphy Stakes for three-year-old colts. The nine-horse field includes Nobody Can, driven by Jim Marino.

Racing fans who come early will enjoy what's sure to be one of the highlights of the 2010/2011 racing season at Fraser Downs – the national anthem.

It's being sung by Teresa Fierro. Her brother is Dan Jukich, known as "voice of the races" at Hastings Racecourse and simulcasting director at Fraser Downs.

The sixth race is bound to be exciting. It's a one and one-quarter-mile event, meaning the race starts right in front of the grandstand.

"It's something we did a couple of years ago and it was quite popular with the fans," director of racing Jackson Wittup said.

"With the big crowd I anticipate Thursday, I just thought it would be fun to give our fans a closer look at the start of an actual race."

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