Sunday July 22 preview

The thoroughbred racing action continues today with a seven race card that begins at 1:50 p.m. The race I will go in depth on is the sixth which has eight three year olds in an allowance race going six and a half furlongs.


On the rail is Larry Potozny and Maria Godart’s GIMME SOME SLACK who just got up to defeat afield of $25,000 claimers last time out.  This is a much tougher assignment and he will need his best to be in contention in the stretch. Richard Hamel gets the call from trainer Mike Anderson.

Peter Redekop’s MINER HEAT is making his Hastings debut after a couple of no threat performances in Northern California. He has looked sharp in his a.m. drills since arriving here and on paper looks like the one to beat. Amadeo Perez won three yesterday and will be looking to continue his hot streak. Phil Hall will be trying to pad his lead atop the trainer standings.


The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s PAN HANDLE finally got the job done in his ninth try as a maiden. He scooted up in the inside to win going away in a fast time of 1:16 4/5 . His task is obviously tougher but judging by the way he won he looks ready to challenge these tougher rivals. Aaron Gryder will be at the controls today for trainer Glen Todd.


Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy’s NEXT OTIS was a game fourth in his latest which was against older horses. He gets back in with is own age group and he should be dangerous. Enrique Gonzalez will be aboard for Mark Cloutier.


The Swift Thoroughbreds EZEKIEL had a terrible trip in first try going long with stakes company. He is a better horse than is recent form shows and he should be a factor against this allowance field. Antonio Reyes gets a leg up from trainer Dino Condilenios.

Mohamad Khan’s MIGHTY MICK turned in a solid effort following the $25,000 claim last month. The longer race seemed to suit him nicely but he returns to a sprint and will be a top threat. Sahin Civaci and Jim Brown will team up with the son of A.P. Indy stallion Sungold.

The RJT Thorughbreds SMART DEAL finished third in is last going long and didn’t get the best of trips that day. He returns to a sprint and if he can overcome his outside draw then he is in with a shot. Miguel Rodriguez rides for trainer Mel Snow.

Mel Snow will also be saddling SLEW’S DA BOSS who will be entered in an allowance for the first time in his career. The son of Cause to Believe broke his maiden in his first start and then has been in seven consecutive stakes races and has placed in four of those starts. This is an easier spot and he deserves respect. Silvino Morales rides.

A reminder to everyone that our next live card will be Friday night July 27th with the opener going at 7:00 p.m. We do not race next Saturday and the weekend racing will resume on Sunday, July 29th at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone.


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Hastings Wrap-up For July 21 

The Deighton Cup Runneth Over


An enormous crowd showed up Saturday for the Deighton Cup festivities. Historic Old Hastings Racecourse was a happening place; the tarmac was packed from east to west, the sun was shining brightly on a mass of interspersed gamblers, revelers, race-trackers and fashionistas, all of whom appeared to be laser focused on having fun or winning some money, or better yet, both.  They bet almost a quarter-million on track and the all sources handle was a healthy 773K.

Amadeo Perez had a riding triple and Sahin Civaci’s double left only 3 races to be divvied up among the rest of the jock’s room.  Trainer Mark Cloutier won twice, as did owner Canmor Farms.  It was a good day for them and it was a good day for all of us.

Under Par Birdies The First


The best horses on the day ran in the first, an Allowance Optional for three-year-old fillies. There were five of them, all eligible for the Allowance condition, and easily the best was Under Par ($3.80) who scorched a small field of three-year-old fillies with blistering early fractions (21.85, 45.23 and 1:10.22) on her way to 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.42.  Lookout Taylor did some closing late to be second and Bear held on to third despite having been repelled by Under Par after a brief early tussle for the lead.

Under Par opened up a four-length lead going to the half-mile and padded that some prior to slowing a bit late in the lane. But by that time, it was over and done and rider Aaron Gryder had a comfortable trip home, winning by 2 ½ lengths.  Under Par was bred in British Columbia by Glen Todd.  She is by Stephanotis out of the stakes-placed German mare Big Bertha. Under Par is owned by Canmor Farms and Maureen Goss and is trained by Mark Cloutier.  It was the first of two on the day for Cloutier and Canmor.

Also Noteworthy:


Amadeo Perez’s riding triple came in the third, fourth and seventh races. He kicked it off with the heavily favored Jazz Lady ($3.20) for owner James Eccott and leading trainer Philip Hall.  Jazz Lady got the 6 furlongs in a solid 1:10.98 on her way to a final time of 1:17.88 for the 6 ½.   Jazz Lady was a pretty tough horse to have to run against for a $6,250 tag and clearly, a lot of people thought so.  There was a 6-way shake following that brief, but wonderful Winner’s Circle ritual and she went to a new home.  The ever game Shayla’s Rose missed by a head to finish second while well clear of Beentospain in third.


Perez came right back in the fourth with another odds-on winner in Peach Pike ($3.40) who devastated a brief group of 4k filly and mare claimers when she laid a mile-and-a-sixteenth on them in 1:45.24. She got the final sixteenth in 6.80 seconds while drawing off 9 lengths clear at the wire.  Cassidy Finality and Forever Crystal were second and third.  Peach Pike is owned by Wishful Thinking Friends, Aces and Eights Racing Stable and Delton Stable.  Nancy Betts trains.

Perez got his triple in the seventh race with Include Quinn ($9.90) for owner Canmor Farms and trainer Mark Cloutier. It was the second win on the card for Canmor and Cloutier who also combined to win the opener.  Include Quinn was bred in BC by Ole Nielsen.  He is by Include out of the Hall of Fame race mare, Monashee.

Bowchickawowwow – Patti Tubbs photo

Jockey Sahin Civaci also won two on the card. He took the second, a 16K maiden claimer comprised of three-year-old-colts and geldings, with Bowchickawowwow ($4.50) on behalf of owner Willow Creek Farms and trainer Deirdre Bell.  The 6 ½ furlong sprint went in a respectable 1:18.12.  Willow Creek Farms and Bell had two-thirds of the triactor as Back Alley Denali checked in third, a length back of Dreamin of Peace in second.

Civaci’s other win came in the fifth aboard Lord of the North ($9.10) who beat the heavily favored Sir Knight by three-quarters of a length in a 3 ½ furlong dash over the Nursery Course. Amorcito ran third at almost 20-1.  The 25k maiden event for two-year-olds was completed in 40.65 seconds.  Lord of the North, a son of Numaany is owned by his breeder, Shamrock Racing Stable, Ltd. and is trained by James Brown.


Jockey Ruben Lara got his first win last Sunday and he wasted no time getting his second as he struck again in Saturday’s sixth race with Salzburg ($10.60) for owner Floyd Whiteman and trainer Stephen Byrne. Salzburg covered the 6 ½ furlongs in a quick 1:17.52 while taking the 4K claimer for older horses.  The race was one of several on the card that demonstrated just how difficult the racing can be in the lower claiming ranks at Hastings.  Salzburg got the first 6 furlongs in 1:10.16 and still had enough gas in the tank to get home two lengths clear of Act Up and Brother Rod who ran second and third, separated by a head.  Salzburg was bred in BC by Jennifer Jackson, Paul Hunter and Agnes Jackson.  The winner was claimed.

The last of eight on the card was won by Belli Girl ($8.80) who proved much the best in a field of 4K fillies and mares who were all going a mile-and-a-sixteenth, although at different rates. Belli Girl ran away from her competitors to score by 8 ½ widening lengths in 1:47.18.   Tell Us a Tale and Parianne were a distant second and third.  Richard Hamel rode the winner for owners Ashley Krisman, Morris Peter, Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds and Warren Wilson.  Charlene Miller trains the four-year-old daughter of Finality who was bred in BC by W. T. Wilson, Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds, et al.

Catalina Cruiser Powerful in San Diego Victory

Catalina Cruiser wins the San Antonio Stakes at Del Mar

Catalina Cruiser Powerful in San Diego Victory

The only horse carrying the green and white Hronis silks July 21 at Del Mar was Catalina Cruiser, the strapping chestnut son of Union Rags, and he carried them well.

More Stories From Today’s Edition


Five women who said they were here to party.
Jackie Humber Photo
Historic Hastings Racecourse with it’s picturesque North shore mountains as a backdrop once again hosted the Deighton Cup Celebration. The memories of this year’s event will linger long after the cigar smoke will leave the grounds.
Vancouver’s cultured class of society arrived in Limousines, Bentleys and Jaguars mid-afternoon to experience a step back to the “Good Old Days” when racing was the best event in town.
The day is named in honor of Vancouver’s Gastown first settler, John (Jack) Deighton. He was referred to as Gassy Jack for his long-winded entertaining stories he would recall to all the patrons in his saloon, which was the only saloon on Burrard Inlet. His stories while long-winded were probably just long enough to keep the liquor flowing.
The area where Deighton built his saloon was later named Gastown in his honor. Gastown is now considered a very upscale area of the city and one of Vancouver’s trendiest neighbourhoods.
Most of the men at this year’s Deighton Cup were dressed in their brightly coloured designer suits along with glittering cufflinks and satin ties. Many had Cuban cigar smoke wafting about them. They were only  matched by their dates in high heels, fancy hats and flowing floral dresses.
The afternoon was spent by many sipping mint juleps, snacking on fine canapés and mostly just being seen in their fine attire.
As the sound of thundering hooves could be heard in the distance, the smell of those Cuban cigars was very apparent.
The Santa Lucia Latin Funk Rock Band. – Jackie Humber Photo
The sophisticated crowd seemed to enjoy the live horse racing as screams of “Go Go Go ” and “Come On Come On” could be heard amongst the clinking of glasses. Others seemed to enjoy two-stepping to this years entertainment of the Latin Funk Rock Band named, Santa Lucia. The band played between each horse race all day long.
The final highlight of the day was the presentation of the Deighton Cup to the winner of the 6th race. This year, Stephen Byrne was the victorious trainer who had his charge, Salzberg, ridden by Ruben Lara win the Deighon Cup.
As the sun began to set behind the distant mountains, the music  from the band could still be heard playing.
 The fancy dressed patrons began to loosen up their ties and remove their jackets while ladies carrying their heels sauntered towards the exit gates.
The final mint julep glass had emptied.


Race 1 4 – Chase the Money
2 – Manning
5 – Sheriff Clarke
5 – Sherrif Clarke
3 – Cash Hit
2 – Manning
Race 2 4 – Storm Cruiser
2 – Fire Beauty
6 – Ariki Princess
6 – Ariki Princess
4 – Storm Cruiser
3 – Lady Cash
Race 3 2 – Tattooed Kitty
6 – Annotis
7 – Jayna
2 – Tatooed Kitty
6 – Annotis
1 – Sweet Sixteen
Race 4 3 – Numaany’s Reward
4 – Honky Tonk Women
1 – Stay Fantastic
4 – Honky Tonk Woman
2 – Explode
7 – Midnight in Maui
Race 5 3 – Essi Rose
4 – Sunronita
1 – Second Solo
3 – Essi Rose
2 – Mousey Mousey
4 – Sunronita
Race 6 2 – Miner Heat
3 – Pan Handle
6 – Mighty Mick
2 – Miner Heat
4 – Next Otis
3 – Pan Handle
Race 7 2 – Ida Goodest
6 – Royal Briar
5 – Ace Deuce
3 – All Under Control
2 – Ida Goodest
4 – City Steel
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Mike Man’s Gold


AUBURN, Wash. (July 21, 2018) – Mike Man’s Gold appears to be serious about becoming the all-time wins leader at Emerald Downs.

Showing no signs of slowing down, the 8-year-old gelding made it two straight wins and 19 all-time at Emerald Downs, rallying from slightly off the pace for a 1 ¼-length victory over Sorryaboutnothing in the $15,600 SVEDKA Vodka Purse for 3-year-olds and up.

With the victory, Mike Man’s Gold now has 19 career wins at Emerald Downs and is within two wins of West Seattle Boy on the track’s all-time list. West Seattle Boy retired in 2013 with 21 Emerald Downs’ victories.

Ridden by Rocco Bowen, Mike Man’s Gold ran one mile in 1:36.70 and paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Joe Toye is the trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley.

A Washington-bred by Liberty Gold-Chedoodle, Mike Man’s Gold has an overall record of 19-5-7 in 52 starts and earnings of $312,207. At Emerald Downs, his record is 19-4-6 in 44 starts with earnings of $291,481.

“He seems to be getting better with age,” said Bowen, the jockey in Mike Man’s Gold’s last nine wins. “He’s just a pleasure to ride.”

Mike Man’s Gold debuted with a victory on July 7, 2012, and has at least one win in each of the last seven seasons, including four stakes victories. He also ranks No. 15 all-time in Emerald Downs’ earnings, and No. 64 all-time in Washington earnings.

In his latest victory, Mike Man’s Gold stalked Trill Point through fractions of :23.03, :46.24 and 1:10.52, took command into the stretch and held off a late charge by Sorryaboutnothing for the victory, his fourth at the mile distance.

Sorryaboutnothing, second choice in the wagering at 3-1, lagged far back early, angled out into the stretch and nailed Trill Point for second place. Ridden by Jose Zunino, Sorryaboutnothing paid $3 and $2.10.

Trill Point, Gary Wales up, held third, followed by The Press, Most Determined and Gravel. Alley Boss was scratched.


NOTES: Levitation ($15) used a ground-saving Bowen ride to edge Kota Copy in the $11,200 John Parker Racing Purse for 3-year-olds and up. Wine At Nine, 2017 Top Claimer at Emerald Downs, finished fourth. . .Bowen rode three winners—the ninth time he has had at least three wins in a day this season—and boosted his season total to 68 wins. . .Gary Wales and Eswan Flores rode two winners apiece, and Toye led the trainers with two wins. . .Profound Legacy, a 2-year-old Proud Citizen filly that debuted here with a romping victory last month, rolled by 4-½ lengths in a $43,000 allowance race Saturday at Ellis Park. Now trained by Ian Wilkes, Profound Legacy is co-owned by Mark Dedomenico, Mike Waters, Turf Stable Racing and Six Columns Stables. . . .Peter Redekop’s Alliford Bay ($2.80) defended her title with a three-length victory in the $50,000 California Cup Governor’s Handicap for fillies and mares at Sacramento. The 4-year-old City Zip filly now has five career stakes wins for trainer Blaine Wright, including the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Stakes last month at Emerald Downs. . .Hronis Racing’s Catalina Cruiser ($4.60) cruised to an easy victory in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (G2) for 3-year-olds and up at Del Mar, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.95. Defending champion Accelerate, also owned by Hronis Racing, was scratched. . .Live racing continues Sunday with the $50,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and Fiesta Premio Esmeralda shirts to the first 5,000 fans. First post is 2 p.m. In the 1 1/8 mile Oaks, John & Janene Maryanskis Bella Mia is the 9-5 morning line favorite.

Catalina Cruiser Breezes to San Diego Handicap Victory

Catalina Cruiser © Benoit Photo

With the original line-up of ten entrants cut in half by scratches, Hronis Racing’s lightly-raced but talented Catalina Cruiser took full advantage to score an easy front-running victory in the Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap Saturday.

Catalina Cruiser, piloted by Drayden Van Dyke, took command shortly after the start of the mile and one-sixteenth race, rated comfortably on the lead and drew off impressively when asked in the stretch, scoring by six and three-quarter lengths in 1:42.95.

Dr. Dorr, who pressed the pace throughout, held second, a length and three-quarters in front of Dabster, with Two Thirty Five fourth in the field of five older Thoroughbreds. Harlan Punch completed the field.

Catalina Cruiser, perfect now in three starts, inherited the role of favorite at 6-5 after the withdrawal of stablemates Accelerate, the 2017 San Diego winner who was scheduled to carry highweight of 125 pounds,  and Curlin Rules from the barn of trainer John Sadler. Also scratched were Sharp Samurai, Prince of Arabia and El Huerfano.

Catalina Cruiser, a four-year-old son of Union Rags bred in Kentucky, came into the race undefeated in two sprints – a maiden event in October of 2017 and a six-furlong dash May 19 at Santa Anita. The San Diego marked the chestnut colt’s first experience beyond a sprint distance.

The winner returned $4.60, $2.80 and $2.40 while earning first money of $120,000 to increase his lifetime bankroll to $183,600. He carried 115 pounds. Runner-up Dr. Dorr paid $3.40 and $2.60, while Dabster returned $2.60 to show.

The San Diego Handicap is the major steppingstone to the Grade I $1 million TVG Pacific Classic which will be run Saturday, August 18 at a mile and one-quarter.

In Sunday’s co-featured $200,000 San Clemente Stakes, War Heroine and jockey Tyler Baze barely held off the fast-closing Ollie’s Candy to win by a neck, with 5-2 favored Ms Bad Behavior only another neck away in third place. Ahimsa was fourth in the field of 13 three-year-old fillies.

War Heroine, a daughter of Lonhro owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, accomplished the mile over the turf in 1:34.90 and returned $13.80, $7.80 and $4.80. The win was her fourth in six starts and first prize of $120,000  almost doubled her earnings to $240,945.

Runner-up Ollie’s Candy returned $8.60 and $5 while Ms Bad Behavior paid $3.20 to show.

The San Clemente is a prelude to the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, also on Saturday, August 18.

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Catalina Cruiser, winner) – “He felt good all the way; nice and relaxed. He’s a super talented horse. I knew that right from the beginning. John (trainer John Sadler) said ‘Just get him comfortable.’ He didn’t care if I was in front or coming from off it.  I figured we’d be in front – as long as someone didn’t do something stupid. Then he really pulled me into that first turn and he was going easy from there. Big race for him.”

JOE TALAMO (Dr. Dorr, second) – “My horse tried hard. Hats off to the winner. He ran a huge race.”

FLAVIEN PRAT (Dabster, third) — “It was a good race for him. The winner had it all his own way.”

JOHN SADLER (Catalina Cruiser, winner) – “The nickname of this horse around the barn is ‘The best horse nobody’s heard of.’ Today we changed it to ‘the next big thing.’ We’ve loved this horse from day one. He’s showed a lot of potential, but we’ve had to be patient with him. Today he showed us what we thought he could do. We’re not going to run two in the Pacific Classic. We’re going to run one horse to be determined. We’re going to see how these horses (Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser) train over the track and pull up.”

FRACTIONS:  :23.07  :47.20  1:11.64  1:36.52  1:42.95

The win in the San Diego was a first for Van Dyke.  He now has 12 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The win in the San Diego was the fourth for Sadler.  He now has 60 stakes wins at Del Mar. The victory was also the trainer’s 446 (in 39 seasons) at Del Mar, third-most at the track all time, one ahead of Ron McAnally.