Saturday July 13th Hastings preview
Thoroughbred racing action is back today with an eight race card that is headed by the $50,000 Monashee Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth. The race is named in honour the Canmor Farms filly that won a staggering 18 of 24 career races on her way to banking just under $700,000. From June 2006 to the fall of 2007 she won 11 consecutive stakes races and amazingly toted a hefty package of 130 pounds to win the 2007 Delta Colleen. She was a brilliant filly that won at Hastings, Alberta and also captured a stakes race in her final career start at Santa Anita. She was a true champion and one the best ever at Hastings.
The race horses will once again share the track with the popular wiener dogs who be strutting their stuff in between many of Saturday races.
The main event sees the Foundation Stables’ homebred SAILINGFORTHESUN draw the rail and if she can get a favorable spot early she could pose a threat to the top choices in here. She almost caused a huge upset in the $100,000 Ballerina last year when she was on the lead and was just reeled in late. She is game when on the head end so if she gets to the front she could be dangerous. Jeff Burningham gets the call from trainer Rob Anderson.
The RNH Stable’s YUKON BELLE is a former champion at Hastings and she will need to regain her top form if she is to be a player against this group. She has struggled in two races this spring but does have the ability if her best surfaces. Antonio Reyes is back at the controls for Barbara Heads.
George Gilbert’s GOOD LUCK TO YOU is back in action after a successful trip to Century Mile south of Edmonton taking home the top prize in the $75,000 Shirley Vargo Stakes. She has been the runner-up to HERE’S HANNAH a couple of times this year but is the strongest threat to the heavy fave. Enrique Gonzalez will rejoin her in the saddle for trainer Phil Hall.
The BC Stables homebred HERE’S HANNAH is obviously the one to beat after her two easy scores this spring. She is a perfect 9 for 9 with Richard Hamel and is likely to keep that streak going this afternoon. She has excellent speed and looks to be able to control the early tempo which will make her virtually impossible to beat even with 126 pound impost she has been assigned. I’m sure Monashee , for whom the race is named, would have a chuckle if any complaints about 126 pounds were to occur as that as one of the lighter weights she toted when was on a roll in 2007. HANNAH is another great filly and will be very tough to outrun. John Morrison trains the daughter of Numaany.
The Fielding family owns NOTIS THE JEWELL who was champion mare in 2017 and continued on to win the BC Cup Distaff in 2018. She was well beaten in her debut this year but should be respected despite the uninteresting performance she turned in. She worked a snappy half in 47 3/5 which was the fastest of 31 that morning and is likely going to turn in a much better effort. The pace scenario is likely going to play against her off the pace style but she still should be respected. Denny Velazquez is aboard for trainer Larry Fielding.
Racing resumes tomorrow at 1:50 p.m. with another eight race program that will feature two stakes races as well as another batch of wiener dog races.
Good luck everyone !!