MIKE HEADS HASTINGS DERBY DAY PREVIEW

DERBY DAY AT HASTINGS

 Saturday September 7th Hastings preview

One of the biggest days on the calendar is upon us this afternoon as the most talented horses on the grounds will compete for purses of $450,000 in total. The $250,000 B.C. Derby is the premier event but not to be outdone will be the best three year old fillies running for $100,000 in the B.C. Oaks. Completing the stakes action is the $50,000 Delta Colleen and  the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate. All four stakes will be contested at a mile and an eighth.

First up will be the older mares in race six as nine will go postward in the $50,000 Delta Colleen.

CONVERGENT – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Barry Lee and Concepcion Mabanta’s CONVERGENT will take on stakes mares again after an unsuccessful try on BC Cup day. She is a solid distance runner but with no high claiming or allowance races filling going lo she is going to take on the big girls again. Learie Seecharan rides for trainer Frank Ma.

BEAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Mort Hall, Praven Sorensen and Phil Hall’s BEAR was a bargain buy for just $3,500 at the Hastings Paddock Sale earlier this year. She has three wins and two runner-up efforts in five starts since the sale and recently was second to HERE’S HANNAH in the Distaff early last month. She going well so don’t count her out Sahin Civaci is back in town and he will be aboard.

RAIDER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

 Curtis Landry’s RAIDER has been a gem of consistency throughout her excellent career. She will likely go over the $300,000 mark in earnings after todays race. She is a versatile filly that can adapt to any pace situation which is a big plus. She is a top chance. Rico Walcott is in from Edmonton to ride for trainer Greg Tracy.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU

George Gilbert’s GOOD LUCK TO YOU had been having a great season prior to her last trip over the mountains to Century Mile. She did have a valid excuse as she was squeezed out and bumped hard at the start. Her previous five races were all solid and if any of those efforts is put forth today then she has a good shot. Enrique Gonzalez is in the tack for trainer Phil Hall.

NOTIS THE JEWEL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Cherie Moryson, Mark and Larry Fielding’s NOTIS THE JEWELL got off to a slow beginning this year as she came in late and been to trying to catch up with a tough division of older mares. She has a solid record at the nine furlong distance and if she can get a contested pace then she could make things interesting in the stretch. Jose Asencio rides.

SAILINGFORTHESUN

The Foundation Stables  SAILINGFORTHESUN has raced well in her four starts this year but hasn’t been able to knock off the best mares in this tough older division. She almost pulled off the upset last fall at this distance and will need a similar performance if she is to win. She is at her best when on the lead going long and perhaps that will be the strategy today. Amadeo Perez will take instructions from trainer Rob Anderson.

YUKON BELLE

The RNH Stable’s YUKON BELLE has tried to take her show on the road in order to get a much needed victory but was not the case in her last two starts. Her Seattle start was a mess as she would not load into the gate and then the fight was on and after a couple of minutes she loaded but was obviously not on her game and finished well back. She ran better in Edmonton  but suffered from a wide trip and could only rescue fifth money. Hopefully the home cooking will help her. Antonio Reyes rides for Barbara Heads.

DAZ LIN DAWN

The Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh’s DAZ LIN DAWN has had a good summer out in Edmnton winning two starts back which was her first trip to the winners circle in a couple of years. She still sports a brilliant lifetime record of 10 wins from 21 starts and 9 of those have come here at Hastings. Dane Nelson is traveling in from Edmonton to be at the controls for Nancy Betts.

Heres Hannah – Patti Tubbs Photo

The superstar filly HERE’S HANNAH has drawn the outside post and has been saddled with a heavy burden of 130 pounds as she attempts to keep her unbeaten streak alive this year. She has only been beaten once in 12 starts and has never been headed at the wire with her regular jock Richard Hamel up. She’s racing farther, has more weight and an outside post and with all of that taken into account she will still probably win the money anyways.The John Morrison trainee is a special horse that will get a much tougher test than she’s had in her previous races in 2019. These are moments where champions shine.

Next stake is the $100,000 B.C. Oaks for three year fillies.

AMAZONINA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The rail was drawn by the NATHC’s AMAZONIAN who was a good second the final prep for the Oaks last time out. She has yet to miss the board in her brief career and has really improved since the blinkers were take off three starts ago. Richard Hamel will be in the tack for trainer Glen Todd.

Wayne Bakke,  Nathan Hoines and Jodee Hoovestal’s IM EVIN IM LEAVIN is the best Alberta filly and is taking a run at the best from Seattle and Vancouver which makes this a true Northwest championship race. She tipped her hand two starts back when finishing second behind eventual Canadian Derby winner EXPLODE in an allowance race. She followed that up with a comfortable win in the Century Casino Oaks the premier race for fillies in Edmonton. She will team up with high percentage rider Rico Walcott for Greg Tracy.

BUTTERSCOTCH BLEND – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Joy Cameron, Lana Brindley, Rob and Vicky Gilker’s BUTTERSCOTCH BLEND is another that took a step forward when removing blinkers and she posted an impressive win in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stake two weeks back. She definitely loved the extra distance and was sharp early and near the lead and then ran away for a nice victory. Jose Asencio is back aboard.

The Sargent Stable’s KILLARNEY LASS has had a total reversal of form in her last two as she crushed a field of optional claimers (and she was eligible to be claimed for $30,000) by 14 lengths then blitzed five other rivals in the Washington Oaks by nine widening lengths. She is a tough one to gauge on how good she is but she is on a roll and trainer Frank Lucarelli seldom ships horses here so I got to believe he thinks she has a big chance. Rigo Sarmiento is up.

The Century Horse Racing Club’s WHOOP IT UP has pretty much  toiled in the low to mid-level claiming ranks and winning those races with authority. She has since scored an allowance win and then was recently second behind IM EVIN IM LEAVIN in the Century Casino Oaks. She is sharp and Damario Bynoe gets the call again from Alberta based trainer Rod Cone.

NORTHERN GRAYSTAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The NATHC’s NORTHERN GRAYSTAR has been a pleasant surprise for her connections after getting beaten double-digit lengths in her first two starts she has come back to prove she is a legitimate filly and one that could upset today. She has speed and is at her best near the lead. Mario Gutierrez and trainer Glen Todd team up.

Tim Bankers TWIRLING DEVON was an upset winner of the $50,000 Irish Day Handicap early last month rallying from well back for the victory. She had no chance in the Washington Oaks as loose leader KILLARNEY LASS ran way and hid but with more speed signed on in this one she could be a factor late. Kevin Orozco up from Seattle will be the helm for Cindy Krasner.

SUNBURST – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SUNBURST is a filly going the right way after losing to SUMMERLAND two back when that one was afforded an easy uncontested lead. SUNBURST rebounded with a huge run last time and easily ran by her competition. She seems like a filly that will love more ground and with some early speed in here she should get a decent pace to run at. Antonio Reyes rides for trainer Barbara Heads.

SUMMERLAND – Four Footed Fotos

George Gilbert’s SUMMERLAND has suffered a couple of defeats in her last two and needs to regain her prior form if she is to win at this nine furlong trip. Her last race was marred by a terrible beginning as she hopped at the start and then proceeded to rush up and set a fast pace and actually did well to hold third place. When at her best she is almost impossible to beat. Enrique Gonzalez is in the saddle for trainer Phil Hall.

The big one of the day is next and it is the $250,000 B.C. Derby.

DOOBIEDOOBKEDOOBIE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The inside post belongs to Rob and Sheena Maybin’s DOOBIEDOOBIEDOOBIE who was a narrow loser in an allowance race going long last race time out. This will be his first try with stakes calibre. Jose Asencio gets the call.

EXPLODE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Canmor Farm’s EXPLODE has been the dominant three year old at Hastings this year and then traveled to Century Mile racking an allowance win and the Grade 3 Canadian Derby three weeks ago. He showed more early interest in the Canadian Derby and that could serve him well in this Derby that doesn’t feature a lot of early speed. He is the one to beat. Amadeo Perez will once again get a leg up from trainer Mark Cloutier.

STAY FANTASTIC – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

 The Tod Mountain Thoroughbred’s STAY FANTASTIC ran his best race of his brief career last time checking in second in the Derby Trial. He has some

CALL IT A WRAP – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

positional speed and should in mid pack early. Antonio Reyes takes over for the injured Alex Marti for trainer  Christine Ammann.

Peter and James Redekop’s ALL GOOD has been a private purchase since his last race at Los Alamitos which a second place finish in a non-winners of a race other than maiden or claiming event. He has worked stylishly since arriving in Vancouver and should be a pace factor but he will get tested for class. Tough call but has potential. Rigo Sarmiento is up for Phil Hall.

The Riversedge Racing Stables CALL IT A WRAP has been taking home decent pay cheques in stakes races on the prairies this season banking just over $50,000. He returns to his home province where he has captured both of his career victories. He will love the distance but he will need to be better if he is to win the big prize. Wilmur Galviz his Alberta pilot in here to ride for trainer Tim Rycroft.

James and Peter Redekop’s FINAL JEOPARDY was bought privately after his impressive second place run in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park. The horse he lost to came back to win the Travers at Saratoga. He was slowly away and then bumped away from the gate in the Canadian Derby which cost him any shot of winning as the early tempo was slow and the horses up front had a huge advantage. He will be fitted in blinkers and will likely be a lot closer to the lead which will help his chances as there is not much early speed. He is the class of the race but will still need his best. Enrique Gonzalez and Phil Hall are the jock-trainer combo.

Blue Willow Dairy, Westana Ranches, Debra McComas, Don Danard and Jill Lindell’s FLATOUT WINNER was an expensive $75,000 claim from Churchill Downs in June. He definitely didn’t care for the surface at Century Mile as he turned in fourth and sixth place performances there. He worked nicely over our track and will get Rico Walcott in the tack for Greg Tracy.

FIVE STAR GENERAL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s FIVE STAR GENERAL ran to the hype in the Derby Trial cruising in wire-to-wire fashion. He was pressured through some quick early splits but turned back all challenges and drew off to a nice win. He has good tactical speed and with a long run to the first turn he should be able to be in control and then it will be his race to win or lose. Mario Gutierrez has returned from Southern California to try and get his first BC Derby victory for owner-trainer Glen Todd.

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s WHISKEY BOUND has been an honest runner that shows up every time he is led over to the starting gate. He cost a mere $2,000 at the 2017 CTHS yearling sale so the connections are obviously thrilled with him. He will likely settle well back off of the pace and then produce his usual solid last quarter mile run and hopefully he gets a big chunk of the purse. Sahin Civaci rides for trainer Keith Pedersen.

 The final stake on the day is the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate.

BRAVE NATION – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Gordon Christoff’s BRAVE NATION took a shot with the best milers in the grade 3 Longacres Mile last month and wound up tenth. He has the class and showed that by almost beating CALGARY CAPER last fall in the Premiers.
He is better suited to this longer distance and with Amadeo Perez could be an upset chance for trainer John Snow.

SLEW’S DA BOSS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Len Houweling, Doug Corsan and Mel Snow’s SLEW’S DA BOSS scored an impressive rail skimming win in the CHS Sales stake two weeks ago. This is a much tougher test but he is coming into this one off of an easy win. Antonio Reyes is back aboard.

NOT YET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Lana Brindley, George Robbins, Rob and Vicky Gilker’s NOT YET was a fast closing fifth in his latest in Seattle after a tardy beginning. The slow starts are becoming a trend and he will need every break to go is way if he is to threaten for the win. Jose Asencio is up.

NATHC and Marcia Dawn Bower’s PITCH COUNT was a $50,000 claim for Oaklawn Park last April. He has been in the hunt in his races, which have all been stakes, since arriving at Hastings. He should be positioned just in behind his stablemate HE’S THE REASON and will have every chance from there. Mario Gutierrez rides for Glen Todd.

R W STANLEY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Joanne Todd and the Nite and Day Stable’s R W STANLEY has taken awhile to get through his allowance conditions but has looked razor sharp in his last two starts. He is rapidly improving and gets a real stern test today. Rigo Sarmiento will be the new pilot for trainer Brian O’Connell.

APALACHEE BAY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Peter Redekop’s APALACHEE BAY was s good third in his last behind the heavily favored Gato Guapo at Century Mile. He is a proven stakes runner here at Hastings and is always a top threat. Enrique Gonzalez and Phil Hall will team up.

HE’S THE REASON – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HE’S THE REASON has stamped himself a top older horse winning impressively in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors and then running, arguably better, but after a three way speed duel was reeled in late by CALGARY CAPER. There is not much early speed in this edition of the Randall Plate so I expect him to have a comfortable early lead and he should be tough to catch. Richard Hamel rides for Glen Todd.

Brett Mason’s MORE POWER TO HIM was stakes winner in his first start at Emerald Downs and then went unplaced in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile. This nine furlong trip should suit him nicely and if he can get some pace help he could threaten for the win. He definitely has the class to beat this field. Kevin Orozco is the irons for Seattle based trainer Kay Cooper.

CALGARY CAPER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s CALGARY CAPER just continues to keep rolling at the ripe old age of eight. He easily swooped by his rivals in the BC Cup Classic at this mile and an eighth distance on his way to surpassing the $400,000 mark in career earnings.The pace scenario does not seem as favorable for him today but rider Sahin Civaci knows him well so the Phil Hall trainee might be sitting a bit closer early. He’s always dangerous at this distance.

Racing resumes next Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 5 both days will be the regular 1:50 p.m. first post.

A reminder that the CTHS yearling sale is this Tuesday, September 10th at 3:00 p.m. at the Thunderbird Show Park in Fort Langley. The preview will be held Monday, September 9th at 3:00 p.m.

 Good luck everybody and enjoy Derby/Oaks day at Hastings Racecourse.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY EVENING – FIRST POST 7:00PM

Friday, September 6th Hastings preview

Racing resumes tonight with the final Friday Night Live program of the 2019 season and the action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. The headline event is a $16,000 conditional claimer for fillies and mares that have not won three races lifetime going six and a half furlongs.

The rail post position went to the G.O. Stables AMORCITO who was a game winner of her last start just outrunning her rivals going long  in deep stretch. That race was for $4,000 and the connections are going to give her a shot sprinting at this lofty level. J C Roque is back in the tack for trainer Erick Gutierrez.

Dino Condilenios bred, owns and trains the likely favourite KRISSY who has struggled in her last two against far tougher opponents. She looks to be the inside speed so if she can get anywhere close to her sprint form of earlier this spring then she will be very tough to outrun. Amadeo Perez returns to the saddle on the class drop.

The Blue Willow Dairy and Pat Jarvis’s DORYS DARLIN got off to a late start this year and has been racing with racing-fit runners which is why she has only been able to rack up a couple of fourth place finishes. She should get a nice early pace to run at so it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see her be a major threat in the stretch.  Antonio Reyes and Pat Jarvis have had a great season together and they will team up again.

Cindy Krasner owns and trains YOU GOT THIS who has come home victorious twice in her four starts since the astute claim back in late May. She is up in price but is razor sharp and one should never underestimate the power of a filly on a roll. Jose Asencio gets the call.

Jean Lavallee owns and trains PROUD CAUSE who comes into this dash off of a narrow victory at the $4,000 tag. She is better going farther as indicated by both of her career wins coming at a mile and a sixteenth. She is up in class significantly but is sharp. Learie Seecharan will be at the controls.

The Pumpkin and Sharlea Stables, Zeta Hannah and Gary Johnson’s ZETAMARIE was a shocking winner at this same level last time out winning at odds of 23-1. She tracked the speed and then outran her pace competition and held well for the victory. She is obviously a great chance again although the odds will be far shorter tonight.  Enrique Gonzalez is back in the  irons for Hall of Fame trainer and recent Avelino Gomez award winnerFrank Barroby.

Cindy Krasner’s LOOKOUT TAYLOR was a good closing third while not getting the most favorable pace scenario. She should get a livelier pace to run at which will help her chances of getting her elusive second career win. Richard Hamel will take over for the departed Denny Velazquez who went back to Canterbury Park in Minnesota last week.

Conrad Rozenek’s ONE FOR MOM just missed in her last finishing a close second to ZETAMARIE three weeks back. She has excellent speed and with young apprentice Michel Lara (Ruben Lara’s daughter) aboard I’m sure the plan will be to wire the field with her feathery impost of 104 pounds.

Nigel Reid and Gail Jewsbury’s SNAPPY GINGER has been a fabulous $8,000 investment rewarding her connections with a win and two runner-up efforts in three tries at the $16,000 level since being haltered in May. She recently tried the best CTHS graduates in a stakes event and ended up fifth. She is back in sprinting and if she can work out a decent trip from her tricky post then she’s in with a big shot. Rigo Sarmiento will get a leg up from conditioner Pat Jarvis.

Racing will continue tomorrow afternoon at 12:50 p.m. with a ten race card headed by the $250,000 BC Derby and the $100,000 BC Oaks.

Good luck everyone !!

B.C. DERBY selections from yesterdays NATHC preview attendees

Ralph Jesiak – Five Star General
Nigel Reid – Five Star General
Randy Henson – Explode
Alan May – Five Star General
Riley Rycroft – All Good
Daryl Jones – Five Star General
Drew Forster – Explode
Rod McIvor – Call It a Wrap
Carol-Ann Lesson – Explode
Terri Forster – Five Star General
Dave Forster – Explode
Gordon Rumble – Five Star General
Mike Heads – Five Star General
Murray Isbister – Five Star General
Jim Alendal – Five Star General
Anne Alendal – Five Star General
Tara Neigel – Explode

Fran Snow – Explode
Mel Snow – Explode
Jose Ayarra – Five Star General
June Anderson – Five Star General
Dave Milburn – Final Jeopardy
Mike Pesek – Final Jeopardy
Terry Clyde – Explode
Olivia Carr – Explode
Joanne McDonald – Explode
Mario Gutierrez – Five Star General

 

 

 

 

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT – FIRST POST TIME IS 7:00PM

 Friday August 30th Hastings preview

The final day of live racing during the PNE is upon us is evening. There are two CTHS stakes races as part of the eight race card that begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Friday opener features five two year old fillies in the $50,000 CTHS Sales stake.

The inside post went to the Copper Water Thoroughbred Company’s QUEEN’S  PARK. The well bred filly by popular stallion The Factor was a good second in her last race which was at the maiden $25,000 claiming  level. She is up in class and gets Richard Hamel in the tack for trainer Craig MacPherson.

Rob and Sheena Maybin’s DONE THAT will make her career debut tonight. She sports a set of decent morning drills and Lenny Seecharan will be aboard.

Dr. Karl Chan, Cameron Hill and the Forster Stables’ FULLY LENT was an impressive maiden winner last time out. She looks like one with a promising future and has come back to work well. Jose Asencio gets the call from Hall of Fame trainer Dave Forster.

Bill Decoursey and the RNH Stable’s amazing filly INFINITE PATIENCE is the heavy choice after securing her first two victories by a combined 20 1/2 lengths. She has trained well for tonights race and is obviously the one to beat. Antonio Reyes is back in the irons for Barbara Heads.

Allison Fournogerakis’ LOTS OF LOVE is another making her first lifetime start. She has shown some promise in the a.m. and it is encouraging to see Amadeo Perez take the call for trainer Pat Jarvis.

The CTHS Sales stake colts and geldings division is in race three.

Peter Redekop’s AT ATTENTION improved noticeably last time as he encountered trouble on the final bend, overcame it and drew off to nice win on BC Cup day in the $50,000 Nursery. The son of Shanghai Bobby has raced himself into top shape both physically and mentally. He is a top chance. Rigo Sarmiento rides for Phil Hall.

Peter Redekop will also be cheering for ABOVE THE MOON who won his last which was against the best maidens on the grounds and he defeated a couple of his rivals that he is facing tonight. He loses his winning pilot to his stablemate but picks up Enrique Gonzalez for Phil Hall.

The Copper Water Horse Company’s DESERT HILLS ran a much improved race second time out finishing a solid runner-up to ABOVE THE MOON. He could easily turn the tables with a better trip. Denny Velazquez will climb aboard for trainer Craig MacPherson.

Canmor Farms and the Dark Horse Stable’s MACHINE is making is first lifetime start. The well bred son of Colonel John has worked well in the morning and deserves a shot with these tough maiden runners. Amadeo Perez rides for Mark Cloutier.

Kristina, Matt and Andrew Collins’ NORTHERN KID raced a little greenly in his debut. He broke well and then drifted back and seemed to lose his focus for a bit but then he came with a furious late rush to get the fourth spot. If he can put it all together this time then he has a great chance. Jose Asencio rides for trainer Andrew Collins.

The High Stakes Thoroughbreds and Charlene Miller’s ATOMIC HAZE battled up on the pace last time out and managed to stay on well for the third spot. He appears to be one of the only speed horses in this dash so he could be an upset possibility. Richard Hamel is up.

Dr.Karl Chan, Cameron Hill and the Forster Stable’s CAPILANO CANYON was super impressive in his debut winning by six lengths in a very quick time. He had been working well after his victory but injured himself in is July 7th morning work. He has since come back with a couple of conservative trials but is still the most talented runner in the field. Definitely the one to beat. Antonio Reyes returns to the saddle for Dave Forster.

The next live cards will Friday night  September 6th at 7:00 p.m. and Derby / Oaks day on Saturday, September 7th with a first post at 12:50 p.m.

Good luck.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR MONDAY EVENINGS 7 RACE CARD – FIRST POST TIME 6:00PM

Monday, August 26th Hastings preview

Racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse this evening with a seven race program that gets started at 6:00 p.m. The preview race is the fourth which is a maiden allowance for two year olds going six furlongs.

The advantageous inside draw went to the Pumpkin and Sharlea Stables and Gary Johnson’s STAY ALL NIGHT who showed good speed and battled on the head end and finished fourth at the maiden $25,000 claiming level. He has a good post for his style and apprentice Lenny Seecharan will be aboard for Frank Barroby.

Peter Redekop’s ANSWER IN THE WIND added blinkers for is last start and he showed most interest early but did fade to run sixth. He will need to improve if he is going to threaten this evening. Romario Saunders gets the call from trainer Phil Hall.

DESERT HILLS has been entered back in the $50,000 CTHS Sales stake on Friday.

The Nite and Day Stable’s HE’S RELENTLESS is a first time starter that is a homebred out of the BC Oaks winning dam TEMPERED STEEL. He has worked quickly for his debut and could a good one. Jose Asencio will get

The Canyon Farm’s BAKTURA is another one making his career debut and hails from a good barn. He is nicely bred and the works indicate readiness. Richard Hamel will get a leg up from Craig MacPherson.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbred’s FINALLY FANTASTIC ran much better on Lasix second time out finishing third. He will need to continue to move forward if he is to take home the top prize. Denny Velazquez rides for Christine Ammann.

Lindsay Racing Stable’s homebred GOTTCHA COWBOY has been knocking at the door and is due to break through with a win. He has turned in two winning efforts in his last couple but has had to settle for a second and third place results. He is the one to beat. Enrique Gonzalez is in the saddle for Phil Hall.

Small,Sutherland, Stajkowski, Switzer, and Wilson’s FREE FOR SURE trailed throughout in his debut earlier this month. He is out a stakes winning dam that has produced multiple winners so he has the pedigree to be better. J R Dailey rides for Charlene Miller.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbred’s PORTER GENT has turned in a couple of  good runner-up performances and his latest second place was in a stakes race. He is in with a great chance if he can overcome his outside post. Amadeo Perez is aboard for Christine Ammann.

Don Danard and Mel Snow’s CASCADE BILLY hails from a strong family and has a license to be a good one. His works are good and he will be ridden by JC Roque.

The Swift Thoroughbred’s AUTOBAHN has some decent morning trials in preparation for his first start. He is bred to have speed and he is scheduled  to draw in to run with the scratch of DESERT HILLS but has a tricky post. Jose Asencio ( he is also named on HE’S RELENTLESS) is to ride for Dino Condilenios.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SYNERGY was impressive in his debut running a close fourth in a stake on BC Cup day. If he gets into race he is a top threat. Antonio Reyes gets the call again from Barbara Heads.

Racing resumes Friday night with an eight race program that features two $50,000 CTHS Sales stakes for two year old fillies and colts and geldings. First post is 7:00 p.m.

Good luck everyone.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT

FRIDAY NIGHT CROWD – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

 Friday August 23rd Hastings preview

Racing returns to our East End oval this evening with a seven card that will feature two stakes races. There will be two $50,000 CTHS Sales stakes for three and four year olds going a mile and a sixteenth.

First up will be the fillies in race 3 (8:00 p.m.) which kicks off a Pick 5 that has $2,296 carryover.

Drawing the inside is the Canmor Farms owned filly NOTICE. The connections are riding high after their big win with EXPLODE in the $250,000 Canadian Derby at Century Mile racetrack last Sunday. The daughter of Stephanotis has had a tough start to the year losing twice to SUMMERLAND sprinting and was then part of a contested pace in her first try going long this year and she tired finish well back. This race is easier than her last one but she will need her ultimate best if she is going to get back into the winners circle. Amadeo Perez will be aboard for trainer Mark Cloutier.

NORTHERN GRAYSTAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The likely favorite will be the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s NORTHERN GRAYSTAR who is now paying some dividends to her connections after being an expensive $100,000 CTHS yearling buy. She is better than final margin indicates last time as she was part of a three-way pace duel and she was one that survived the early battle finishing third. She is in top form right now and looking like a stakes filly and is the one to beat. Denny Velazquez gets the riding assignment from trainer Glen Todd.

WE ARE FREE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The undefeated WE ARE FREE will get a stakes test after rising from the lowly $4,000 claiming ranks to rattle off four wins including her latest a $16,000 claiming event at this distance last time out. She returns to her original barn after being reclaimed by the Hobby Horse Enterprises and Terry Clyde. She has shown grit, versatility in running styles and just seems to be a true professional and one should never underestimate a filly that is sharp and on a roll. Richard Hamel gets the call.

Lana Brindley, Joy Cameron, Vicky and Rob Gilker’s BUTTERSCOTCH BLEND was a narrow loser in a maiden race in her most recent start. She was very game down on the inside but had to settle for second. She looks like one that will improve on the stretch out and with the threat of a lively early pace she could get a nice trip in behind the speed. The connections opt to remove the blinkers and Jose Asencio who has been riding very well of late gets the mount.

FLIGHT DATA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

George Gilbert’s FLIGHT DATA has turned in three solid efforts at Hastings recording two wins and a third and her only subpar race was on Canada Day in Alberta. She has good speed and is bred to run long although she will need to avoid an early pace duel if she is to take home the top prize. The connections have had a great season with Enrique Gonzalez and he will be in the tack for leading conditioner Phil Hall.

SNAPPY GINGER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Nigel Reid and Gail Jewsbury’s SNAPPY GINGER has proven to be an excellent $8,000 purchase for her new owners. The daughter of the late Stephanotis was immediately elevated to the $16,000 level and has one win and two runner-up efforts in her three starts since moving to the hot Pat Jarvis barn. She has the highest Tomlinson distance rating in the field and it would not be a big shock if she were to be a major player in the stretch. Antonio Reyes rides.

The very next race the boys will get their chance to go a mile and a sixteenth in the $50,000 CTHS Sales stake. This race also begins the guaranteed $10,000 late Pick 4.

SLEW’S DA BOSS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The inside post belongs Doug Corsan, Len Houweling and Mel Snow’s SLEW’S DA BOSS who unexpectedly stumbled at the break losing jockey Alex Marti in his last start. His race three back when losing the heavily favored DAY RAIDER at this trip was an excellent effort proving he can run well around three turns with good company. Antonio Reyes will be the new pilot subbing for the injured Alex Marti.

WEEKEND WIZARD – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The heavy favorite will be the Riversedge Racing Stables  WEEKEND WIZARD who was voted top BC bred three year old at Hastings last season. His form improved greatly this year since moving to the easier climes of allowance company at Century Mile racetrack so he is coming in confident  which is a plus. He is speed and should be on the lead which will make him tough against this group. Rigo Sarmiento is back in town to ride for Alberta based trainer Tim Rycroft.

EUROPEAN – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Gordon McCormick, Bryan Killins and Bob Leffler’s EUROPEAN has worn out a path on the backstretch tarmac between the Dino Condilenios and Cindy Krasner barns being claimed four consecutive times and will finally have the luxury of going back to his same stall after todays race for the first time since May. He has good early positional speed and will be in a nice spot if good enough to outrun the likely top choices WEEKEND WIZARD and WISE MARKET. Richard Hamel gets the call.

Lana Brindley’s maiden JUSTIFIED has just the one start where he was away slowly from the rail and then rallied four deep on the final bend losing by a little more than three lengths. This barn always does well with horses on the stretch out and it would be no surprise to see him run considerably better this time but we will see if his best effort is good enough to threaten the top players in here. Jose Asencio will get a leg up from trainer Rob Gilker.

BETATHANABOYFRIEND – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa’s BETATHANABOYFRIEND scored a game victory over$12,500 three year olds in his last start going this same distance. He is up in class and taking on some tough four year olds so he will have to move forward off of his last win and continue to improve if he is going to pull off the upset tonight. Denny Velazquez will be aboard for Steve Henson.

WISE MARKET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa also own WISE MARKET who on paper at least looks to be the better chance of the two. The four year old son of Mass Market was claimed out of winning  sprint race for $16,000 early last month. He is former stakes winner and was second in this same race last year behind another Riversedge Racing runner STRATE REMARK. He  is the main danger to WEEKEND WIZARD and Enrique Gonzalez will be in the irons for trainer Steve Henson.

Live racing at Hastings resumes this upcoming Monday, August 26th with a 6:00 p.m. start.

Good luck !!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR MONDAY

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Monday, August 19th Hastings preview

The PNE fair is underway which means only one thing to the horse racing faithful and that is a Monday-Friday schedule for the next couple of weeks. Tonights card gets started at 6:00 p.m. and there are seven races on the program.

The preview race is the Shooting Jacket Retirement Purse as we honor one of the Hastings Racing Club’s star purchases and the race will see seven $12,500 veteran claimers do battle over a mile and a sixteenth.

IMPOSING CAT – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The rail was drawn by the D21 Stable’s IMPOSING CAT who has had a couple of tough trips sprinting so the connections decide to give him a shot going long. His best asset is his speed and with the inside post he will likely shoot off for the lead which will give him his best chance at winning. The red hot Jose Asencio will be aboard for trainer Patty Leaney.

SQUARE DANCER

It is fitting that the first ever Hastings Racing Club horse SQUARE DANCER will be participating in the Shooting Jacket Retirement Purse. He ran a better-than-looked race last time as the fractions were painfully slow early and he did well to rally and finish third. He down in class again and is a top threat in here. Richard Hamel rides for trainer Steve Henson.

ABSOLUTELY STYLISH – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Peter Redekop’s ABSOLUTELY STYLISH is strictly the one beat as he takes a significant drop in class into this $12,500 claiming event. He was victorious in his return to Hastings winning a $25,000 claimer which earned him a start in the BC Cup Classic where he finished last. If anything close to his A-game surfaces today he will win for fun. Enrique Gonzalez will be at the controls for trainer Phil Hall.

HEARTSET-PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Patty Leaney’s HEARTSET has had a couple of sprint runs this season which will set him up well for today’s race. The majority of his success has been done at this distance so he should be more of a factor this evening. Amadeo Perez fresh off of is victory in the $250,000 Canadian Derby yesterday will be in the irons.

HIghway Boss

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HIGHWAY BOSS was an unlucky loser of a head bob in his last at the $16,000 level. He is one of three former stakes winners in the lineup (SQUARE DANCER and ABSOLUTELY STYLISH) which makes this a very talented claiming matchup. He is obviously a major player but this race came up tough so he will still need his best and a good trip to get the money. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Glen Todd.

The Hastings Racing Club II will also be in action as their most recent acquisition FAST BID will take on the boys tonight. This mare has been popular at the claim box and will make her first start in Vancouver after a runner-up effort at Golden Gate on the turf. She seems to be a consistent mare that runs well on any surface so I’m sure she will give a good account of herself. This is tough assignment for her but there are not any mare races going long filling so she will try and post an upset.  Romario Saunders will get the call from trainer Pat Jarvis.

SUNSET DRIVE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SUNSET DRIVE took full advantage of a slow early pace which resembled harness-type fractions and stayed in for the win in BC bred marathon race. This is a much tougher task tonight but he is coming into the are sharp and confident. Antonio Reyes is back aboard for trainer Barbara Heads.

Racing resumes in Friday night August 23rd with a seven race card that gets started at 7:00 p.m.

Good luck and enjoy the Monday night races and a reminder that there will be  no PNE traffic as the fair is closed on Mondays.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY NIGHT

Friday August 16th Hastings preview

On the eve of the opening of the annual PNE fair another Hastings Friday Night Live program is on for this evening. There are seven races and the first will go at 7:00 p.m. The main event is in race six (9:30 p.m.) that will feature seven three year olds that have not won two races in their career and the distance is a mile and a sixteenth.

Before getting into the preview I would like to pass along condolences to the family of Bill Konyk Sr. who passed away at the age of 88 Tuesday evening after losing his battle with cancer. He was a true ambassador for everything he had a passion for and luckily for us racing was one of his greatest passions. He took great pride in his son Bill being a successful trainer and conditioning Torque Converter who still holds the six and a half furlong track record. Perth Prince and Intelligent Choice were another couple of his all-time favorites. He was very successful in business with his wife Kay and sons Bill Jr, Mark and Clayton which afforded him the luxury to dabble in the horse ownership game. He was a treat to be around and his stories from all the people he met between Winnipeg and Vancouver were exciting, colorful and true. He was a legend in the city and he will not be forgotten. My trips up to the PNE food court to have a corned beef sandwich from the Hunky Bill tent will not be the same. Rest well my friend  and comfort yourself in knowing you have taught your boys well and the Hunky Bill  legacy will keep rolling.

FRIGHT NIGHT – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The inside post belongs to the Big Fly Stable’s FRIGHT NIGHT who has been very impressive in his two starts here in Vancouver. He botched the break in his first run and made up a pile of ground to be third and then came back to win decisively at this same distance when breaking is maiden late last month. He should be a major factor and Richard Hamel is back in the irons for trainer Steve Bryant.

MOLESLEY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Swift Thoroughbreds’ MOLESLEY started his career off stylishly winning easily in wire-to-wire fashion. He improved greatly in his second start against winners finishing a distant runner-up to a very sharp winner. He is bred to like this longer trip and with only one other speed horse in the lineup he has a good shot of leading throughout. Enrique Gonzalez will be aboard for trainer Dino Condilenios.

Rob and Sheena Maybin’s TRUPON ONLINE has been good in both of his starts at this distance and even though he is up in class he is still in with a chance. He will need a crafty ride by Jose Asencio who was very crafty last Sunday afternoon winning four times on the eight race program.

DOOBIEDOOBKEDOOBIE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Rob and Sheena Maybin also have DOOBIEDOOBIEDOOBIE and he may be the stronger of the two Maybin runners. He broke his maiden two starts back and looked strong galloping out that day. He was sent long in his most recent race and turned in an even effort finishing fourth. He will need his best and Antonio Reyes will be the new pilot.

DAT DAY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Canyon Farms’ DAT DAY is winless so far this year but has turned in a few good races that could easily have earned him a victory. He will be the likely favorite and will only need to move forward slightly off of his last two starts to beat these easier opponents. He had a dreadful trip the last time he was in an allowance race and will just need a repeat of that race with a decent trip to win today. Denny Velazquez gets the call from Craig MacPherson.

Peter Redekop’s ALEUTIAN HARBOUR eked out a hard fought win in a maiden race two weeks ago. He is a big gelding that should flourish at this longer trip. He hails from a hot barn and Rigo Sarmiento will be aboard for Phil Hall.

FINALLY GOTCHA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Judy Bradley’s FINALLY GOTCHA is a huge son of Gottcha Gold that should enjoy the stretch out to a mile and a sixteenth. He has speed and if he can avoid a pace duel with a couple of his inside rivals then he has a good shot of wiring the field. He gets in light with apprentice Lenny Seecharan for trainer Clint Willson.

Racing resumes on Monday night with a seven race card that will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Good luck everyone.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

Sunday August 11th Hastings preview

The final Sunday card for about a month is upon us today and things get underway at 1:50 p.m. The headline event is in race three as nine two year old maiden fillies will race six furlongs. There are five homebred fillies, two CTHS yearling sales graduates, one Kentucky yearling buy and an outcast from Oregon that landed in Vancouver earlier this year.

The rail goes to Sharples, Streeter, Kerry Leong and the Canyon Farm’s BAKZONE is making her first career start and sports a series of good works. The daughter of freshman stallion BAKKEN will be ridden by J R Dailey for trainer Craig MacPherson.

Jodee Hoovestal and Ron Bacon’s QUINN ELLA has been training in Alberta and closed out her morning preps with a solid 5/8’s 1:00 flat at Century Mile outside of Edmonton. She looks to have a ton of ability and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner SUZETTE. She hails from a strong barn and Richard Hamel gets the riding assignment from trainer Greg Tracy.

The Swift Thoroughbreds shelled out $24,000 at the 2018 CTHS yearling for PEPPERMINT who has trained smartly for trainer Dino Condilenios. She has good works and her connections consistently have their horses ready to run early in their career. Alex Marti gets the call.

Sheila Alcala’s AUNTIE CHIANTI has run into two sharp fillies in her brief career and both are now stakes winners.  She has been running with the best and now gets into a much easier spot. Jose Gomez will be the new pilot for trainer Mark Cloutier.

Sheila McDonald ‘s STONERIDGE AMBER is back in action after an ordinary debut in which she is  more likely to be remembered for tossing  Amadeo Perez behind the gate and caused him a shoulder injury. The filly can run and it would be no surprise if she were to be better this time out. Romario Saunders is in the saddle for trainer Mel Snow.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SANGRIA is big huge daughter of Sungold that has turned in a number of encouraging workouts and looks to be one that is very live at first asking. She will debut on Lasix  for trainer Barbara Heads and Antonio Reyes will be abaord.

The Willow Creek Farm’s IRISH LUNA will add blinkers after a mid-pack performance going three and a half furlongs last time out. She exits a live heat and has a series of five works prepping to go this longer distance. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Steve Henson.

Cameron Hill, Dr. Karl Chan and Dave Forster’s FULLY LENT was an $11,000 yearling buy at the CTHS September sale last fall. The son of freshman stallion LENT was a very game third place finisher going shorter
and should be one that enjoys this six furlong trip. Jose Asencio will climb aboard.

George Gilbert’s TAKE CHARGE GWEN was an $8,000 purchase at a Fasig Tipton February sale last year. She has raced once behind the brilliant filly INFINITE PATIENCE so it is hard to gauge her ability off of that race. She worked nicely for this race and will get Rigo Sarmiento in the saddle for trainer Phil Hall.

A reminder to every one that next week the annual PNE fair will begin so the racing schedule changes and we resume live racing on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and then the next race day will be Monday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. There will be ‘simulcast wagering only’ on Saturday and Sunday next weekend.

Good luck and enjoy the day.

 Friday, August 9th Hastings preview

Racing resumes tonight with a seven race card that gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

The headline event is in race three as nine two year old maiden fillies will race six furlongs. There are five homebred fillies, two CTHS yearling sales graduates, one Kentucky yearling buy and an outcast from Oregon that landed in Vancouver earlier this year.

The rail goes to Sharples, Streeter, Kerry Leong and the Canyon Farm’s BAKZONE is making her first career start and sports a series of good works. The daughter of freshman stallion BAKKEN will be ridden by J R Dailey for trainer Craig MacPherson.

Jodee Hoovestal and Ron Bacon’s QUINN ELLA has been in training Alberta and closed out her morning preps with a solid 5/8’s 1:00 flat. She looks to have a ton of ability and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner SUZETTE. She hails from a strong barn and Richard Hamel gets the riding assignment from trainer Greg Tracy.

The Swift Thoroughbreds shelled out $24,000 at the 2018 CTHS yearling for PEPPERMINT who trained smartly for trainer Dino Condilenios. She has good works and her connections consistently have their horses ready to run early in their career. Alex Marti gets the call.

Sheila Alcala’s AUNTIE CHIANTI has run into two sharp fillies in her brief career and both are now stakes winners.  She has been running with the best and now gets into a much easier spot. Jose Gomez will be he new pilot for trainer Mark Cloutier.

Sheila McDonald ‘s STONERIDGE AMBER is back in action after an ordinary debut in which she is  more likely to be remembered for tossing  Amadeo Perez behind the gate and caused him a shoulder injury. The filly can run and it would be no surprise if she were to be better this time out. Romario Saunders is in the saddle for trainer Mel Snow.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SANGRIA is big huge daughter of Sungold that has turned in encouraging workouts and looks to be one that is very live at first asking. She will debut on Lasix  for trainer Barbara Heads and Antonio Reyes will be abaord.

The Willow Creek Farm’s IRISH LUNA will add blinkers after a mid-pack performance going three and a half furlongs last time out. She exits a live heat and has a series of five works prepping to go this longer distance. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Steve Henson.

Cameron Hill, Dr. Karl Chan and Dave Forster’s FULLY LENT was an $11,000 yearling buy at the CTHS September sale last fall. The son of freshman stallion LENT was a very game third place finisher going shorter
and should be one that enjoys this six furlong trip. Jose Asencio will climb aboard.

George Gilbert’s TAKE CHARGE GWEN was an $8,000 purchase at a Fasig Tipton February sale last year. She has raced once behind the brilliant filly INFINITE PATIENCE so it is hard to gauge her ability off of that race. She worked nicely for this race and will get Rigo Sarmiento in the saddle for trainer Phil Hall.

A reminder to every one that we do not race on Saturday and we resume on Sunday with an eight race program starts at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck and enjoy the day.

 

MIKE HEADS RACING PREVIEW FOR BC CUP DAY AT HASTINGS – FIRST POST TIME TODAY 12:50PM

Monday, August 5th Hastings preview

BC CUP PHOTO- PATTI TUBBS

It is hard to believe that it has been a quarter of a century since the first B.C Cup Day was introduced to the Hastings Racecourse fans. It was the brainchild of the breeders to set aside one day a year to showcase the best B.C. breds. But due the lack of foals over the past ten years B.C. Cup has evolved into its current format which does not exclude U.S. breds and now offers a $25,000 owner bonus if a B.C. bred wins one of the races. There are six stakes races on the day and everything gets underway an hour earlier than usual at 12:50 p.m.

The first race is the $50,000 Derby Bar and Grill B.C. Cup Distaff at a mile and a sixteenth.

NOTIS THE JEWEL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

On the inside is Cherie Moryson, Mark and Larry Fielding’s NOTIS THE JEWELL who was champion older mare in 2017. She has been well beaten in her two starts this year but with the small field she should get a clean trip and be more of a factor. She will need some breaks to win it but has a good shot to be in the Exactor. Antonio Reyes gets the call.

SAILINGFORTHESUN

The Foundation Stable’s homebred mare SAILINGFORTHESUN almost pulled off a huge wire-to-wire  upset in the Ballerina last fall but had to settle for second after getting caught in deep stretch. She has been void of early speed this season but if she can get into a forward position in this small field then she likely has the best chance to knock off the favorite. Trainer Rob Anderson will happily leg up Mario Gutierrez on the daughter of Sungold.

BEAR – MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Mort Hall, Praven Sorensen and Phil Hall’s BEAR  has proven to be a smart buy out of the 2019 Hastings Paddock Sale winning three times and a runner-up effort in her four starts this year. She is taking on the big girls today but does have a decent shot to be a stakes placed filly. There was no rider named yet as Enrique Gonzalez’s father has passed away and he reportedly will not be riding this afternoon.

Heres Hannah – Patti Tubbs Photo

The B C Stables’ HERE’S HANNAH is the heavy favourite for the Distaff despite having to tote 129 pounds. This race has come up pretty soft for her and she should be able to control the pace and set sensible fractions which will make her virtually impossible to beat. She is looking for her 11th straight win with Richard Hamel in the tack for trainer John Morrison.

 Next up is the BC Cup Debutante for two year old fillies going six and half furlongs.

George Gilbert’s ENCHANTED LADY was a $20,000 Kentucky yearling purchase last January. Her debut was encouraging as she rallied from last after a terrible beginning to get the third spot in a very quick heat. She needs to improve greatly to challenge to favourites today but she seems to have a promising future. Rigo Sarmiento in to ride for trainer Phil Hall.

INFINITE PATIENCE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Bill Decoursey and the RNH Stable’s INFINITE PATIENCE turned in a eye-popping performance in her debut winning easily by nine lengths in a quick 1:11 2/5. She looks very good in this spot and if coming back in 16 days doesn’t bother her then she will be tough to outrun. Antonio Reyes is back aboard for trainer Barbara Heads.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s ZEN BABY has been good in both of her starts going three and a half furlongs. She exits two very live maiden races and judging by her strong work tab she appears ready for her A-race. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Glen Todd.

EVERYTHINGS QUIET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Garry Ferguson’s EVERYTHING’S QUIET showed excellent speed in her debut and cruised to a nice win going shorter. She is from a good family and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her in contention in the stretch. Alex Marti will be at the controls for trainer Nancy Betts.

CATCHACOUGAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

George Gilbert’s CATCHACOUGAR has been very impressive to date winning both of her starts including a stakes race against the boys last month. She is the one to beat being a proven stakes runner. Trainer Phil Hall has not named a rider as of yet to replace Enrique Gonzalez.

The two year olds are in the spotlight in the $50,000 Nursery at six and a half furlongs.

The inside post belongs Peter Redekop’s AT ATTENTION who was third in his last appearance which was a stakes event last month. He has a sharp morning workout and could be dangerous in his third career start. Rigo Sarmiento will be the new pilot for trainer Phil Hall.

What if Racing’s CRITERION will go on the Lasix program for the first time after two off-the-board finishes to start the season. Denny Velazquez is in the irons for trainer Mark Cloutier.

DOUGIE DOUGIE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds DOUGIE DOUGIE was a total professional in his debut rallying from off the pace to score a comfortable three length victory. He was hurt by a slow early pace in his latest but still didn’t fire seem the same race as he ended up fourth. He will need to rebound will his top effort if he’s to win again. Alex Marti rerides for trainer Christine Ammann.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SYNERGY is making his career debut this afternoon. The Barbara Heads pupil has trained well in the a.m. and with no real standout in this stake he is in with a good chance if he runs to his impressive morning trials. Antonio Reyes could have ridden a couple of others in here and he opts to ride SYNERGY.

Lindsay Racing Stables GOTTCHA COWBOY was game runner-up in a maiden race a couple of weeks back. He showed much better speed in his second trip to the gate and just couldn’t quite stay with the eventual winner. Scott Williams was unfortunately injured on Friday night and trainer Phil Hall is in need of a new rider.

WILSON – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Swift Thoroughbreds’ WILSON is the most experienced of the starters and is already making his fourth start. The third time was a charm as he broke is maiden in wire-to-wire style. He will likely be the favourite off of that victory and he will be joined by Richard Hamel for trainer Dino Condilenios.

The $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap for three year old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth is the next stakes race on the card.

 

NOTICE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Canmor Farm’s NOTICE has been freshened up after a couple of distant defeats to SUMMERLAND. Her works have been very good and with an inside draw she will likely be on the lead and when she gets to the front she is usually very game. Lenny Seecharan gets the call from trainer Mark Cloutier.

SUNBURST – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SUNBURST had her two race winning streak snapped by the amazing SUMMERLAND last time out. It was her first start at a mile and a sixteenth for the Barbara Heads trainee and with the shape of the race that day she did well to get the runner-up spot. This race appears to have a lot more early speed in it and obviously it would really help her chances of upsetting SUMMERLAND. Antonio Reyes will be subbing for the injured Scott Williams.

SUMMERLAND – Four Footed Fotos

George Gilbert’s amazing filly SUMMERLAND will try and extend her winning streak at Hastings to eight this afternoon. She is paying a hefty penalty for winning often and so easily as the board of handicappers have given her 128 pounds today. She has not been challenged this year and this will be her toughest test to date and losing her regular rider isn’t going to help. She is such a brilliant filly and Rigo Sarmiento picks up the mount for trainer Phil Hall.

AMAZONINA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The NATHC’s improving filly AMAZONIAN is riding a two race win streak after removing the blinkers early last month. She defeated the boys at this trip in an allowance event which sets her up perfectly for this stakes test. Denny Velazquez will be back aboard for trainer Glen Todd.

NORTHERN GRAYSTAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The NATHC has another filly on the rise NORTHERN GRAYSTAR who has really made positive progress in her last couple of starts. Her last defeat was a crime as she was fanned out four wide throughout the entire trip and just got nailed on the line. She is bred to love this longer trip and look for her to be part of the pace. Mario Gutierrez is in town for the afternoon and will be in the saddle for trainer Glen Todd.

The Big Fly Stables ABOVE ALL NAMES is back in Vancouver after having no luck in the Irish Day Handicap at Emerald Downs. She hasn’t held down a permanent address for some time but did look good breezing last Wednesday.
Richard Hamel is aboard for trainer Steve Bryant.

The $50,000 Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial for three year olds at a mile and a sixteenth is next up.

The rail post went to Ram Investment’s NUDIAMOND who will be trying this distance for the first time. He seems like one that will improve on the stretch out. Lenny Seecharan will be in the irons for new trainer Mark Cloutier.

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s WHISKEY BOUND has been a consistent type that gives a solid effort every time he heads to the starting gate. This race has come up easier for him without EXPLODE in the lineup so he is in with a big shot. Sahin Civaci is in town for the day and will replace Enrique Gonzalez for trainer Keith Pedersen.

STAY FANTASTIC – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ STAY FANTASTIC was a good second in an allowance race at this same distance last time out. He has decent early speed so he should be in good position in a race that doesn’t feature a lot of early speed. Alex Marti is the pilot for trainer Christine Ammann.

The Big Fly Stables’ FREE SPEECH has a tough trip in his last race which was at Emerald Downs in the Seattle Slew Handicap. He looked powerful in his maiden score two starts back and gave his connections the confidence to try stakes company. He is a major player today and Richard Hamel will get a leg up from trainer Steve Bryant on the son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.

FIVE STAR GENERAL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s FIVE STAR GENERAL was a FasigTipton sales buy last month. The new connections immediately sent him to Vancouver and he has breezed beautifully since arriving here. He was a stakes winner as a two year old in New York and was stakes placed in is last start at Delaware Park on the turf. He is the one to beat. Mario Gutierrez will be in the saddle for trainer Glen Todd.

DANCIN SHOES – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Dave and Lynn Pihl’s homebred filly DANCING SHOES is taking on the boys this afternoon after a fourth straight defeat to the filly SUMMERLAND. She is adding blinkers today in hopes of regaining the top form she had last season. Antonio Reyes will be at the helm for trainer Barbara Heads.

DAT DAY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Canyon Farms’ DAT DAY was third in is last race which was an allowance test at this same distance. He will need some luck with the trip from his outside draw. Rigo Sarmiento replaces the injured Scott Williams for trainer Craig MacPherson.

 The final stakes of the day is the $50,000 Derby Bar and Grill BC Cup Classic for three year olds and up at nine furlongs.

ABSOLUTELY STYLISH – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Peter Redekop’s ABSOLUTELY STYLISH looked sharp in his return to Hastings winning a $25,000 claiming event which was a race where he was not available to be claimed. He has beaten this calibre in the past so he deserves this chance. Antonio Reyes is the new pilot for trainer Phil Hall.

THE ALL BUTTON – MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Marty Miller’s recent claim THE ALL BUTTON is being given a tough task taking on the best at Hastings. He did win off by 14 lengths in a $16,000 claimer last time out in an extremely fast time of 1:43 4/5. He is an interesting addition to the Classic this year. Lenny Seecharan gets the call from Mark Cloutier.

DON’T HOLD ME BACK

J & G Racing Stable’s DON’T HOLD ME BACK was a front running winner of a $25,000 claimer early last month. He has banged heads with stakes types in the past and fared reasonably well. He got a much needed confidence boost and may surprise some people today. Romario Saunders will be aboard for trainer Steve Henson.

HE’S THE REASON – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HE’S THE REASON is another entrant that got a confidence boost in a high claimer and then parlayed that into brilliant win in the $50,000 Lt. Governors in a quick time  on a track that was deep and tiring. His speed makes him dangerous and he is the one to beat again today. Richard Hamel will be trying go wire-to-wire again for trainer Glen Todd.

TROOPER JOHN – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Riversedge Racing Stables’ TROOPER JOHN was second in the rich BC Derby the last time he was in Vancouver racing a mile and an eighth. The blinkers are going back on after a dismal performance as the even money fave in the $50,000 Fred Jones at Century Mile racetrack just outside of Edmonton. He is a very nice horse and is a top threat with his best effort. Rigo Sarmiento will be aboard for trainer Tim Rycroft.

BRAVE NATION – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Gordon Christoff’s BRAVE NATION was solid second in the last older horse stake race. He should get a lot more early pace to run at which will help him. He has a great chance with the right trip. Alex Marti is at the controls for trainer John Snow.

The NATHC has a second starter in PITCH COUNT who has been third and fourth  in is two stakes races since arriving here at Hastings after being claimed for $50,000 at Oaklawn Park. He is drawn well for a stalking trip and Denny Velazquez is in the irons for Glen Todd.

CALGARY CAPER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s CALGARY CAPER will be trying to win his third BC Cup Classic this afternoon. He took home top honours in 2016 as well as his easy score last season. He finished a no-threat third in is final prep but there appears to be far more early speed in this one which will obviously give him a great chance at this longer trip. He will be reunited with Sahin Civaci for trainer Phil Hall.

A reminder that first post is 12:50 p.m. and racing resumes next Friday night August 9th at 7:00 p.m.

 Also of note there is a guaranteed $35,000 payout pool on the Late Pick 4 which stats in race 7 which is scheduled to go at 3:50 p.m.

Good luck and enjoy the 25th running of  BC CUP.