“…I’ll catch you later…got a left foot down on my accelerator.”
Those lines from a famous 90’s country song certainly applied to the Hastings Sunday card, as horse after horse ran away and hid from their competitors. In all, 6 of the 8 victories were achieved by multiple length winning margins with no photos required to sort out the top finisher in any of the contests.
The racing surface was a tick or two quicker than usual and for the most part the front end was the place to be. The leading jockeys and trainers took down most of the races and added to their totals, although there were several winners with mid-range odds, which set up some decent payoffs in the exotics.
With the sun shining through the scattered clouds producing a warm, pleasant afternoon, it was another great day to be at the track for the 24th day of the 2020 season.
- Leading jockey Amadeo Perez scores a hat trick.
- Jockey Efrain Hernandez wins two.
- Mark Cloutier scores a double, tying him for first with Glen Todd in the Leading Trainer Standings.
- Trainer Dino Condilenios and assistant trainer Edgar Mendoza win two.
- Owners Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. win a pair.
- Ex-jockey Tammy Snow has her first training victory.
- The Mutuel handle was $274,868.
Gimmiewhatchagot Grabs the Victory
The first on the program, a maiden 8/10K claimer for fillies and mares, went to Sheila McLeod’s dark bay three-year-old filly Gimmiewhatchagot (12.50, 5.50, 3.10).
Benefiting from a quick beginning, Lenny Seecharan was able to reach the top spot before the tote board, but thereafter chose to rate Gimmiewhatchagot two lengths back of Star Classic’s early fractions of 22.44 and 46.20. Approaching the quarter pole, Gimmiewhatchagot confronted the pace setter who wanted no part of the increase tempo and quickly drew off to a clear lead. The margin of victory at the wire was a comfortable 5 ¼ lengths over even money favourite The Kat’s Back, who rallied up to claim the place position.
Gimmiewhatchagot, a first-time starter, is conditioned by ex-jockey Tammy Snow, who recorded her first official training victory. Congratulations Tammy!
Gimmiewhatchagot is by Bakken out of Arlington Getaway by Speightstown and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by Peter Redekop BC Ltd.
The grooming duties and daily care of Gimmiewhatchagot are shared by Ernesto Rojas and Connie Kuipers.
Cushman Road All the Way
The second on the program, a 4/5K claimer for fillies and mares which have never won 3 races lifetime, was taken down in a superb front running gate to wire effort by BFA Holdings’ good-looking three-year-old chestnut filly Cushman Road (24.90, 10.30, 5.90).
Amadeo Perez sent his mount off to the lead away from the gate and was able to maintain the rail position heading into the first turn with the 3/5 favourite First and Ten pressing hard from the outside. The top two ran like a team laying down solid opening fractions of 22.00 and 45.77. Approaching the far turn, First and Ten began to weaken and drop back, leaving sole possession of the lead to Cushman Road. From there to the wire it was just a matter of holding off the hard charging duo of Anima and Dorys Darlin in order to claim the victory. The winning margin was 2 ¼ lengths over the second place finishing Anima with Dorys Darlin a neck back taking the show.
The victory was an important one for conditioner Mark Cloutier, who with the score drew even with Glen Todd atop the trainer standings with 18 winner’s circle visits each.
Cushman Road is by Merit Man out of Buckingham Bull by Flashy Bull and was bred in Sunny California by Purple Shamrock Racing.
The shine on Cushman Road’s coat today was supplied courtesy of groom Natalie Giesbrecht.
The final time for the 6.5 furlongs was 1:18.76.
Fort Langley Helps His Trainer
Well, that didn’t last long! Mark Cloutier’s tie for leading trainer evaporated exactly 1 minute and 17.52 seconds after the gate opened for the third race, releasing the Glen Todd trained four-year-old grand-looking dark bay gelding Fort Langley and four other competitors contesting a 4/5K claimer for non-winners of 3 races lifetime.
Efrain Hernandez, who won 5 races last Thursday, positioned Fort Langley behind the leading Quagmire in a stalking position through somewhat slow opening fractions of 23.20 and 46.47. By the quarter pole it was clear to all that this would be a two-horse race to the wire with Quagmire having an early 1 ½ length advantage. For a time it appeared that Quagmire with energy in reserve would be able to hold off the hard-charging 4/5 favourite, but approaching the finish, Fort Langley gradually wore down a very game Quagmire to take the victory by a 1 length margin.
Fort Langley (3.40, 2.50, 2.10), who is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, is by Majestic Warrior out of Caged Mistress by Ministers Wild Cat and was bred in Kentucky by his trainer Glen Todd. The winning groom is Julio Lopez.
She Wins with Perfect Command of Her Field
Perfect Command is a maiden no more. Out of the gate sharply she sat in a good tracking position under the careful guidance of Silvino Morales. Entering the far turn, Perfect Command rallied smartly with her ears pricked and full of energy. Down the lane she continued her drive and took “command” just before the wire to score a half length victory over a very game Snowshoes.
Perfect Command is a beautiful dark bay two-year-old filly by Second in Command out of Perfect Connection by Phone Trick and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by her owner Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds.
Perfect Command is conditioned by the very sharp Christine Ammann and was looking great in the paddock compliments of assistant trainer Alison Dube, who also provides the filly’s personal grooming services.
As the favourite, Perfect Command returned 5.60, 2.80 and 2.10 across the board.
Time of the race for these maiden 8/10K two-year-old’s was 1:21.44.
Heidi Wins with Swiss Precision
Heidi showed the boys how it is done in the fifth, a maiden optional allowance for two-year-old’s.
Away well, Heidi tracked the leader into the backstretch before launching a powerful bid into the far turn, quickly overtaking the second place finisher, El Quetzal, and then drawing away impressively in the stretch to win by five (or as she would say “ Fünf”) under the confident handling of leading rider Amadeo Perez.
Heidi is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. and trained by Dino Condilenios, who also used his proficient skills as a groom to have her turned out beautifully. The assistant trainer is Edgar Mendoza.
Heidi is a two-year-old bay filly by Bayern out of Thetaloveandmine by Master Command and was bred in Kentucky by Theta Holding 1, Inc.
As the favorite, no doubt sure she had a lot of folks yodeling, returning a modest 3.70, 3.40 and 2.10 across the board.
The time on the board for the six furlongs was a very rapid 1:12.49.
Frankie is a Win Machine!
Is there no stopping him?
Frankie Machine continued his winning ways in the sixth, an open 25/32K claimer, chalking up his fourth win in five starts here at Hasting.
Frankie uncharacteristically went straight to the front and never looked back. He was a powerhouse all the way around the first and second turns. At the head of the home stretch he looked every bit a winner and opened up to score by 2 ¾ lengths under the confident handling of Scott Williams.
Finishing second was Slew’s Da Boss who is the only horse to beat Frankie Machine this season.
Frankie Machine, a fantastic looking five-year-old bay gelding, is owned by Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa. He is conditioned by the veteran Steve Henson and is groomed by the capable Hassan Ali. Assistant Brian O’Riordan also doubles as the stable’s exercise rider.
Frankie Machine is by Wilburn out of Letthepartybegin by Bertrando and was bred in Kentucky by John and Dianne Fradkin.
At the mutuels he returned a generous 8.70, 5.20 and 5.50 across the board (What a Show Price!).
The time for the 1 1/16 miles was a super quick 1:44.33.
Discretionary Squares It Up
The penultimate contest of the afternoon, a 4/5K maiden claimer, went in the direction of Darlene Smith, Roy Jacobson and Toni Cloutier’s big, handsome three-year-old chestnut gelding Discretionary (12.90, 8.00, 3.60).
Breaking from the outside, leading rider Amadeo Perez asked his mount for run leaving the gate, rushing up to establish a lead of a length following a first quarter in a rapid 23.20. With Targeted pressing him through a half in 47.04, Discretionary was unable to get any sort of a breather and started to look quite vulnerable approaching the far turn. Appearances can be deceiving, though, and it was in this case, as Discretionary with his unusual high head action kept picking them up and putting them down, drawing off to easily obtain victory at the wire by an ever increasing margin of 3 ½ lengths. A come from behind solid effort from Rox Star Kidrun was good for the place 1 ¼ lengths in front of the 7/5 favourite The Valentine Kid.
With the score trainer Mark Cloutier again drew alongside conditioner Glen Todd atop the standings, setting up a final day Battle Royale for the title of 2020 Leading Trainer.
The win gave rider Amadeo Perez a hat trick on the card.
Discretionary is by Graydar out of Panorama Valley by Peaks and Valleys and was bred in Kentucky by Helen Andrews.
The groom, who had her boy looking fabulous today, was Mark’s wife and co-owner Toni Cloutier.
The running time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:47.65.
Bookie Books It
The final race of the day, a 4/5K claimer for non-winners of two races lifetime, was won in an impressive runaway fashion by Swift Thoroughbred’s three-year-old bay homebred gelding Bookie (21.40, 10.20, 6.00).
With Efrain Hernandez aboard for his second victory of the afternoon, Bookie benefitted from a sharp break, which saw him take a mid-pack somewhat wide stalking position very close to the leaders in the early going. Hernandez was content to follow along within two lengths of a very sensible pace of 24.06, 48.14, 1:13.96 until the far turn when he asked Bookie for more, resulting in an absolutely explosive move in which the lead was quickly established and increased throughout the turn and the home stretch. Bookie had daylight of 3 ½ lengths between himself and the second place finisher Klondike Gentleman at the wire. Another head back was the fast closing Sideshow to round out the top three.
Bookie, who was mostly overlooked by the punters, led the way to very healthy exactor and triactor payouts of 336.30 and 1,308.90, respectively, and the $1 superfecta with the 5/2 Causin’ Havoc bringing up the back of the ticket, returned a fantastic 2,616.70.
Bookie is conditioned by Dino Condilenios whose barn is having a great second half of the season after a very uncharacteristic slow beginning. The assistant trainer is the very capable Edgar Mendoza and the hard-working Stewart Fisher is the winning groom.
Bookie is by Teide out of Architecture by Dixie Chatter and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by his owners Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.
For the owners, jockey, trainer, and assistant trainer, the victory gave them all a double for the afternoon.
The final time for the 1 1/16 mile distance was 1:46.55.
After 24 days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company maintains the lead with 18 victories. Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds follows in second place with 11 wins and tied for the third position are Rob and Sheena Maybin and Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. with 7 trips to the winner’s circle each. One behind with 6 scores are Russell J. and Lois Bennett.
Amadeo Perez has run away with the lead with 48 trips to the winner’s circle. Efrain Hernandez is in second place with 34 wins, followed by Scott Williams in third with 31 victories.
The Battle Royale for the Leading Trainer was in full force today, resulting in Glen Todd and Mark Cloutier being tied for first place with 19 victories each. Next are Christine Ammann and Barbara Heads with 14 trips to the winner’s circle each, followed by Dino Condilenios and Steve Henson, each with 12 scores.