HASTINGS NEWS BY GREG DOUGLAS

GREG DOUGLAS

“ONE INCREDIBLE YEAR” CONTINUES

FOR BALLERINA WINNER NOTIS THE JEWELL

Notis The Jewell wins the Ballerina Stakes on 10/09/17 with rider Richard Hamel

 

Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 8/17) – Jockey Richard Hamel gave Notis the Jewell a final love tap, sprung out of her saddle and said to the throng of well-wishers in the winner’s circle:  “Isn’t this fun?”

On this crisp and cool Sunday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse on the eve of Thanksgiving, the script didn’t call for Notis the Jewell to win the Grade 3 $100,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares.

That honour was expected to go to heavily favoured Southern California invader She’s a Warrior with Hastings’ matinee idol jockey Mario Gutierrez in the irons. Mario was making a special guest appearance direct from Belmont Park in New York where he ran third aboard Pavel in Saturday’s $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

But Notis the Jewell, trained and co-owned by Bill McLaren, made it three stakes wins in succession when she answered Hamel’s call and collared the leaders entering the stretch, finishing the 11/8-miles in a final time of 1:51.64.

Gutierrez and She’s a Warrior battled gamely to finish second, 2 ¼ lengths behind Notis the Jewell and a bobbing head in front of long shot Sailingforthesun.

“She put it into gear when I asked her to,” said Hamel, the leading rider at Hastings with 71 wins this year. “She just keeps getting better and better.”

Notis the Jewell paid $17.10, $6.00, $4.70.

Nobody in the joyful winner’s circle wore a bigger smile than McLaren, who leases the four-year-old B.C.-bred from the family of the late Len Fielding, Notis the Jewell’s breeder and owner.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think she was going to become a stakes winner,” said McLaren, a cab driver in his other life. “This has been one incredible year.

Notis the Jewell earlier won the $50,000 Pacific Customs Brokers Distaff and the $50,000 Delta Colleen. The daughter of Stephanotis started her winning streak on July 15 in a $14,000 maiden claiming race.

Live racing resumes at Hastings with a Thanksgiving Day card featuring the 71st running of the Grade 3 BC Premiers that goes as the seventh race at 4:50 p.m. The eight-race holiday card begins at 1:50 p.m.

WINTERING MONEY FOR LOWER LEVEL CLAIMING HORSES AT HASTINGS–2018

  • The industry Associations, in recognition of the economic realities of wintering and training lower level claiming horses, have again implemented a plan to provide an incentive of $2,000 for horses that make their last start of 2017 at Hastings for a claiming price of $6,250 or less and make their first start in 2018 at Hastings at any level.
  • To be eligible for the $2,000 a horse must not have started at any other track after the close of the 2017 Hastings season prior to making its first start of 2018 at Hastings.
  • The $2,000 bonus will be paid to the owner’s account immediately following an eligible horse’s first start at Hastings in 2018.  The owner must undertake to leave he horse’s papers in the Hastings Race Office until August1, 2018.   Repayment of the $2,000 will release the papers prior to August 1, 2018.
  • Horses that start elsewhere after making their final 2017 start at Hastings are not eligible for this incentive program.  The Associations’ intention is to reward those horses committed to racing at Hastings; therefore, the incentive is available only for horses that made their last appearance at Hastings in 2017 for $6,250 or less and make their first start for 2018 at Hastings at any level.

BROODMARE PURCHASE PROGRAM FOR 2017/2018

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $10,000 US will generate a payment of $5,000 Canadian.
  • Buyers of a broodmare in foal at an auction outside of British Columbia from August 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2018 are eligible to receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $10,000 Canadian for a purchase of $20,000 or more.  As a further example, a broodmare in foal that is bought for $7,000 is eligible for a $3,500 Canadian incentive payment
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).  A letter of commitment to foal the mare in British Columbia, sell the resulting foal in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div.) or race the resulting foal in British Columbia is required.
  • Application must be made by June 1, 2018.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of the province of British Columbia.  Mares purchased in Alberta and Washington are not eligible.

Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program.

2018 Horsemen Incentive Programs

TWO and THREE-YEAR-OLD PURCHASE PROGRAM Program Rules—2017- 2018

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $15,000 US will generate a payment of $7,500 Canadian
  • Buyers who purchase a Two-Year-Old, or a Three –Year-Old at auction from September 14, 2017 to May 31, 2018 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $7,500 Canadian dollars.
  • Fillies will receive an additional $1,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper (Cristan Gossen) or the Racing Secretary (Nichelle Milner).  A letter of commitment to race the horse in British Columbia, along with the horse’s papers, must accompany the application.
  • Application must be made by June 1, 2018.
  • Purchasers receiving funds under this program agree that their horse’s papers will be retained by the Race Office at Hastings Racecourse until the end of the 2018 racing season.
  • Repayment of funds received under this program will release the papers.

This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of the province of British Columbia. Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program

2018 Horsemen Incentive Programs

YEARLINGS OF 2017 PURCHASE PROGRAM

Program Rules—2017-2018

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $15,000 US will generate a payment of $7,500 Canadian.
  • Buyers who purchase a yearling at auction from September 14, 2017 to May 31, 2018 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $7,500 Canadian dollars. Fillies will receive an additional $1,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).  A letter of commitment to sell the horse in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div.), or in a Horses of Racing Age Sale conducted by BCTOBA/HBPA of BC, or race it in British Columbia, must accompany the application.
  • Application must be made by June 1, 2018.
  • Purchasers receiving funds under this program agree that their horse’s papers will be retained by the Race Office at Hastings Racecourse until the end of the 2018 racing season if they do not sell it. Repayment of funds received under this program will release the papers.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of the province of British Columbia.  Alberta and Washington sales do not qualify.

Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program.

2018 Horsemen Incentive Programs

WEANLINGS OF 2017 PURCHASE PROGRAM  

      Program Rules—2017/2018

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • Buyers who purchase a 2017 weanling at auction from September 14, 2017 to March 31, 2018 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $7,500 Canadian dollars.
  • Fillies will receive an additional $1,000 Canadian.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $15,000 US will generate a payment of $7,500 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).
  • Application must be made by June 1, 2018.
  • A letter of commitment to sell the horse in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div.), or in a Horses of Racing Age Sale conducted by BCTOBA/HBPA of BC, or race it in British Columbia, must accompany the application.
  • Purchasers receiving funds under this program agree that their horse’s papers will be retained by the Race office at Hastings Racecourse until the end of the 2019 racing season if they do not sell it.
  • Repayment of funds received under this program will release the papers.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside the province of British Columbia.