Hastings Wrap-up For July 16
Weiner Dog 2: A Saga Of Short Legs And Large Crowds
A zillion people turned up for the second and final leg of the Foot-Long Derby. It was won by a contestant with a cute name. An enormous crowd engulfed the regular patrons who were trying to go about their usual routines. They had to paddle like mad to stay afloat in the sea of squat dog fanciers that ate and drank just about everything on the premises and even managed to bet some. The on-track handle of 177K was one of the better totals in recent times. The all sources handle of 631K was so-so.
Trainer Glen Todd sent out three winners owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. and jockey Enrique Gonzalez won three as well. Rider David Lopez scored twice on the card, including a win in the featured stakes race.
He’s the Reason Wins The Spaghetti Mouse
He’s the Reason ($9.00) took the first running of the Spaghetti Mouse Stakes for two-year-olds on Sunday. David Lopez, first-call rider for the Todd barn, beat his predecessor Aaron Gryder who was on the other North American Thoroughbred horse, Boundary Bay. Lopez was correct by a neck, the margin He’s the Reason had over his stablemate after the about 6 furlongs that took 1:12.90 to complete. European closed well to be third.
He’s the Reason is a Kentucky bred son of The Factor, a brilliant sprinter who had trouble staying at the races but was trouble when he did, winning two Grade 1 sprints in 2011. The winner cost $50,000 in Keeneland in the 2016 September Sale. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. owns him and Glen Todd trains.
Things got underway on Sunday with a 4K claimer for older fillies and mares that fell to the seven-year-old Honey Skila ($9.80). Honey Skila won despite having to wait for room late on the final turn before finding a seam and accelerating through it with verve. The winner is owned by K and G Stable and trained by Larry Grieve who has won more than his share over the years with his small barn. Enrique Gonzalez rode for his first of three winners on the day.
The Nursery Course was the scene of the third, a 3 ½ furlong dash for two-year-olds won by Prime Copy ($12.70). Leading rider Richard Hamel was aboard and he rode the Washington bred gelding every step of the way, many of those steps taken with Sharp Contrast matching him as the two dueled into the lane before Prime Copy edged away to win by a length. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. owns the winner and Glen Todd trains him. It was the second of three wins on the card for owner and trainer.
Todd and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. completed their triple with Ebony Warrior ($3.80) in the sixth. A well-timed ride earned David Lopez his second win on the day, the other coming in the Spaghetti Mouse. Ebony Warrior is co-owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC.
Enrique Gonzalez got his second of three with A. P. Zona ($5.60) who put himself right in the middle of the Derby picture by beating a field of older allowance horses. It was the first route win for A. P. Zona who had 4 sprinting, but it would seem likely off pedigree (being by a son of Giant’s Causeway out of an A. P. Indy mare) that a mile-and-an-eighth in the Derby will be within his range. A. P. Zona has been owned by Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. since he was claimed at Santa Anita for $40,000. Philip Hall trains.
Gonzalez came right back in the fifth with a closing ride on Mayfair Lady ($2.90) for Canmor Farms whose horses are trained by Mark Cloutier. Mayfair Lady was much better than your average $8,000 maiden claimer and she went to a new home following the post-race niceties.
Blur’sfinalcommand ($5.10) broke away from the pack on the final turn and was never challenged on the way home after establishing some daylight that grew to almost 4 lengths at the wire. The 6 ½ furlongs went in 1:17.41 with Romario Saunders in the saddle for owners Paul Caravetta and Rosco Rees. Nancy Betts does the training.
The eighth and last went to Cederberg ($13.90) who wired an open 4k event for older horses giving the apprentice Lenny Seecharan his second Hastings win. The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs of 1:17.63 should serve as a reminder of how much horse you have to bring to some of these bottoms get-togethers and how little there is separating the bottom from the middle here at historic Old Hastings.
Richard Hamel continues to lead all riders, having hit the Winner’s Circle 34 times. David Lopez and Enrique Gonzalez are in close pursuit with 31 and 30 wins respectively. Amadeo Perez occupies fourth with 19 and Silvino Morales has 13. Romario Saunders is now lurking just outside the top five having now won a dozen.
Philip Hall maintains the top spot on the trainers’ list with 18 wins. Mark Cloutier is next with 13 and Nancy Betts is in third with 11. Mike Anderson and Greg Tracy have 10 victories each and Glen Todd’s triple gives him 10 as well.
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc. has now won 13 times to head the owners’ list. Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. is second with 9, one more than Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. Russell and Lois Bennett have won 6, one more than Rob and Sheena Maybin, Canmor Farms and Mike Anderson and Terry Clyde who are tied for fifth.