MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

DEIGHTON CUP DAY AT HASTINGS – MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Saturday July 20th Hastings preview

acing continues at Hastings Racecourse today with a special nine race card as part of the annual Deighton Cup. The most of the Deighton Cup crowd will be clad in fine style and will jumping and cheering from their perch at the head of the stretch. It is always a fun afternoon and the action gets underway at 1:50p.m.

The feature event is in race five (3:50 p.m.) for three and four year old fillies who have not won three races in their career and the distance is six and half furlongs.

The rail was drawn by the Blue Willow Dairy and Pat Jarvis’ DORYS DARLIN who will be making her first of the year after a good debut season. There appears to be a fair amount of early speed in the lineup which will definitely help her off-the-pace style. She is a huge daughter of Storm Victory and judging by her works trainer Pat Jarvis has her primed for a top effort. Richard Hamel gets he riding assignment.

FLIGHT DATA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

George Gilbert’s FLIGHT DATA is back in town after an unsuccessful trip across the Rocky Mountains to Century Mile racetrack. She started off the year with back-to-back victories in high claiming events but never really seemed comfortable in her Alberta venture earlier this month. She is facing a tough group today so she will need to find her prior form if she is to get the money today. Enrique Gonzalez will looking for his third win aboard the daughter turf star Data Link.

Dino Condilenios bred, owns and trains KRISSY who is another that started off the season like gangbusters winning impressively in her first two starts. She stumbled badly at the gate in her most recent effort which is a valid excuse for her distant sixth place defeat. She is back in sprinting which seems to be her best game but will need to avoid a pace battle if she is to get her third win of the campaign. Amadeo Perez returns to the saddle.

NORTHERN GRAYSTAR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s NORTHERN GRAYSTAR was 2017 CTHS yearling sales topper and ran to the hype last month in her third career start crushing a field of no-tag maidens in a rapid 1:16 4/5. Her task is a tougher one this afternoon but she is a filly going the right way and has a ton of potential. Scott Williams is back in the tack for trainer Glen Todd.

Conrad Rozenek’s ONE FOR MOM is speedy daughter of Tizway that won her debut stylishly going three and a half furlongs last August. Her first start this season was in the $50,000 Ross McLeod in which she was bounced around at the gate and seemed to lose interest early and wound up sixth. She is one that needs to use her best asset which is early speed so with a better beginning she will be more of a factor on the pace in this easier test. Alex Marti rides for trainer Mel Snow.

TIPTOE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Swift Thoroughbreds’ TIPTOE is making her first start since running second in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks last September. She has been very sharp in her preparations for her comeback race and with the threat of a quick and contested early pace her late kick will make her dangerous if she can regain her 2018 form. Antonio Reyes will be a the controls for trainer Dino Condilenios.

Racing resumes next Friday, July 26th with a 7:00 p.m.start and then a 1:50 p.m. beginning on Sunday, July 28th. There will be NO live racing on Saturday.

Good luck and enjoy your day at the races.

 

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR FRIDAY

Friday July 19th Hastings preview

The first of eight Friday Night Live programs kick off this evening with a seven race card that gets underway at 7:00 p.m. The always popular Friday programs will feature music and a festive atmosphere to go along with the exciting thoroughbred races.

The headline event is in race six (9:30 p.m.) as eight three and four year old allowance runners that have not three races lifetime will do battle over six and a half furlongs.

BILLS SMOKN BULLET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The number one post went to BILLS SMOKN BULLET who will return to a sprint after an unsuccessful try going long in a stake race. His prior two races were both impressive victories at this distance and if he can shake loose early he could be tough to catch. Enrique Gonzalez will take over in the irons for trainer Nancy Betts.

Harrys Hammer

The Linwood Stables HARRY’S HAMMER is back in sprinting where he did score a runner-up effort two starts ago. He is an off-the-pace type that needs some pace help. Scott Williams is at the controls for trainer Rob Anderson.

Joanne Todd and the Nite and Day Stable’s R W STANLEY was a game third going long last time after suffering from a wide trip throughout. He finally draws an inside post and should be a strong threat with a better trip today. Jose Asencio will be back aboard for trainer Brian O’Connell.

SLEW’S DA BOSS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Len Houweling, Doug Corsan and Mel Snow’s SLEW’S DA BOSS has been a star this year hitting the board on all three occasions including a victory at this same level. He has lost a bit of his speed which may hurt him today but he is still a major player. Alex Marti gets the call.

DAY FLYER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Kerry Leong, M Scharples and Canyon Farms DAY FLYER captured his second win of the season in a $25,000 claimer. He has been sharp in his two sprints but is facing older horses so things will be a little tougher this evening. He is sharp so he must be respected. Amadeo Perez rides for trainer Croat MacPherson.

SPOKANES GEM – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The R and L Stable’s SPOKANE’S GEM is another that will appreciate the cut back to a sprint after a tiring sixth place run going long. His first start after the claim was an awesome performance which saw him gallop off by 13 lengths to break his maiden. He has good speed and should have a good chance. Antonio Reyes will be at the helm for trainer Lyssa MacPherson.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s CHOREOGRAPHY has recorded two sprint wins in his four career races to date. He is extremely fast and will undoubtedly use is speed to try and lead throughout. He has not raced in over a year but has worked well for his return. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Glen Todd.

The Goonshow Stables CHEF broke his maiden impressively in his first start of the year. He fell victim to a slow early pace last time out which led to his eight place finish. He is in sprinting which isn’t his game but if the pace gets heated then he’s in with a shot. Lenny Seecharan rides for trainer Dino Condilenios.

Racing resumes tomorrow with a nine race card as part of the annual Deighton Cup festival. First race is at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone and enjoy your Friday night at Hastings.

 

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

 Sunday July 14th Hastings preview

Racing resumes at Hastings today with an excellent eight race card that will feature two stakes races as well as a batch of ‘Wiener Dog’ races which will be held in between most of our races today which will keep the crowd entertained throughout the day.

The first stake is in race two as five two year olds will go six furlongs in the $50,000 Spaghetti Mouse. The race is named in honor of the Nick and Pauline Felicella runner that took home numerous stake races including the 2005 BC Derby. He retired as the richest BC bred runner of alltime with earnings just under the $1 million mark.
The $50,000 Spaghetti Mouse is a true family affair as Phil Hall has three of the five starters and his niece Christine Ammann has the other two entrants.The rail went to Peter Redekop’s AT ATTENTION who had a rough debut and finished well back in a maiden race. He was well fancied at the mutuels that day and with a cleaner trip he may reward his followers today. Antonio Reyes will be at the controls for trainer Phil Hall.

Peter Redekop and Phil Hall team up again with ASTRONOMICAL who was a solid runner-up in his debut after battling on the lead throughout. He is in with a good chance. Amadeo Perez rides.

George Gilbert’s CATCHACOUGAR was a comfortable winner in her first start going three and half furlongs. She is the lone filly in the lineup and her speed could make her dangerous. Enrique Gonzalez gets the call again from a busy trainer Phil Hall.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ PORTER GENT was a good second in his first career start. The race was shorter but did chase home the eventual winner CATCHACOUGAR and looked good in the stretch. He will get Lasix for the first time and Scott Williams is up for trainer Christine Ammann.

DOUGIE DOUGIE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds also own the  impressive debut winner DOUGIE DOUGIE who cruised to victory at this trip two weeks back. He is strictly the one to beat and Alex Marti returns to the saddle for Christine Ammann.

The co-feature is the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors for older horses at a mle and a sixteenth.

The inside post goes to the NATHC’s PITCH COUNT who checked in a good third in his Hastings debut. He battled on the lead before tiring a bit late. He should be even better today running in Vancouver for the second time after the long ship from the Southwestern U.S. Scott Williams gets the all from trainer Glen Todd.

BRAVE NATION – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Gordon Christoff’s BRAVE NATION just lost a narrow photo for third to PITCH COUNTand that was his first start since returning to Hastngs after a successful spring in Northern California. He is another that should improve second time out. Alex Marti is the new pilot for trainer John Snow.

NOT YET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO
Lana Brindley, George Robbins and Rob and Vicky  Gilker’s NOT YET is tacklingthe big boys after a solid runner-up at this distance in his first race of the year. This is a tougher assignment but he is capable. Antonio Reyes will be in the tack.
HE’S THE REASON – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The NATHC’s HE’S THE REASON broke through with a win sprinting last time out. He was very  handy early and the clever strategy  got him the win. He gets tested for class this afternoon. He will need to continue to improve for jockey Richard Hamel who is back aboard for Glen Todd.

APALACHEE BAY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Peter Redekop’s APALACHEE BAY flexed some muscle in the Longden last month and earned an easy two length win. He seems to be a better horse at this trip and he should be tough to beat today. Amadeo Perez will once again team up with trainer  Phil Hall.

HANSEN’S VICTORY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The NATHC’s HANSEN’S VICTORY eked out a game win against high priced claimers last time out in an excellent time. His better races have come at this longer trip and with the lack of speed signed on he could prove tough catch. Denny Velazquez will be at the helm for trainer Glen Todd.

CALGARY CAPER – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s CALGARY CAPER is true warrior that can  sprint, go long and even the marathon BC Premiers is in his wheelhouse. All he will need is a decent early tempo to aid his exciting off-the-pace style. He always gives his best. Enrique Gonzalez will be aboard for trainer Phil Hall. a

 There is a tweak to the schedule next week as we will race Friday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. and then an afternoon program on Saturday, July 20th. The Saturday card will feature the popular Deigton Cup which always brings well dressed individuals that love to bet the races. There will be NO LIVE RACING on Sunday, July 21st.

Good luck everyone !!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

 

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

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.

SAILINGFORTHESUN

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.

YUKON BELLE

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.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU

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.

Heres Hannah

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.

NOTIS THE JEWEL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

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 !!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

Sunday July 7th Hastings preview

The weekend of racing action concludes today with an eight race program that will begin at 1:50 p.m. The headliner is in race six as seven $25,000 claimers will lock horns at a mile a and sixteenth.

CAPTAIN JONES – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The rail went to the Sharlea Stable, Pumpkin Stable, Gary Johnson and the Rocking Bar B Outfit’s CAPTAIN JONES who has turned in a couple of good third place runs sprinting and will stretch out and go long. He is bred to stay the trip but almost every time he has been in at this distance it has been in very tough spots. This easier spot should help him. He is a Antonio Reyes is once again at the controls for trainer Frank Barroby.

DON’T HOLD ME BACK

The J&G Stable’s DON’T HOLD ME BACK exits a tough $25,000 claimer last time and was beat up hard on the pace which led to his disappointing sixth pace finish. He is an easier $25k race today and if he can shake loose early and be in a favorable spot then he is in with a big chance. He is plenty good enough to outrun this group. Richard Hamel is back aboard for trainer Steve Henson.

SILVERTOWN – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Ken Johnson’s SILVERTOWN has been excellent so far this spring winning twice including a win at this same level. Despite his fifth place run against slightly better last time he is still a major player in this particular heat. Alex Marti will be the new pilot for trainer Keith Pedersen.

CITY STEEL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Dave Milburn’s CITY STEEL had been perfect so far this year winning a sprint at then scored a victory at this same distance. Milburn has this guy firing on all cylinders and any time you get veteran California horse in form  they can usually climb the claiming ladder with ease.  He has a big shot today and Amadeo Perez gets the call.

SQUARE DANCER

The Hastings Racing Club’s barn star SQUARE DANCER is back in for $25k searching for a confidence boost. He was able to win last year at this same level and distance. He must always be respected. Scott Williams for conditioner Steve Henson.

HIghway Boss

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HIGHWAY BOSS ran an improved race when dropped down to this level in is most recent race. He is winless the past two seasons but the difficulty level has been very high in those races. He has to be respected in this spot and Denny Velazquez will be at the controls for trainer Glen Todd.

THE ALL BUTTON – MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Marty Miller’s THE ALL BUTTON was claimed two weeks back and moved to the Steve Byrne outfit but has since been transferred to the Mark Cloutier stable. He destroyed a field of $16,000 claimers that day by 14 lengths and looks like the one to beat. The way he ran he looks like one that can handle the slight jump in class and be able to string a few wins together. Enrique Gonzalez is at the helm.

Racing resumes next weekend on July 13th and 14th both afternoon cards that begin at 1:50 p.m.

Enjoy the day.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

Saturday July 6th Hastings preview

Another exciting weekend of thoroughbred racing action kicks off this afternoon with a seven race card that starts at 1:50 p.m. There are no stakes races today but the hard-trying claiming types are certain to put on a great show and entertain the crowd. The race I will preview is race six (4:20 p.m.) which will see nine allowance runners that have not won three races in their careers and they will travel a mile and a sixteenth.

The rail position belongs to the R and L Stable’s SPOKANE’S GEM who looked awesome breaking his maiden sprinting at the $25,000 level. He has always shown potential and surprisingly it took him until his ninth start to get his first victory. He was very competitive at this longer trip last year and looks like the only speed which gives him a chance to wire the field. Romario Saunders is back aboard for trainer Lyssa MacPherson.

SPECULATOR – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SPECULATOR is in an easier spot today after finishing a no-threat fourth against a salty group of veteran $25,000 distance specialists. His best races in his brief career have been at this trip and if he can get some early pace pressure he is definitely one of the best closers in the group. Denny Velazquez gets the call from trainer Barbara Heads.

Harrys Hammer

The Linwood Stable’s HARRY’S HAMMER is another that thrives on the extra ground and is a strong threat today. He lacks early speed but does make his presence felt later in the race. Scott Williams has been in the irons for most of his good efforts and is back in the tack for trainer Rob Anderson.

The Goonshow Stables’ CHEF turned in a huge performance in his 2019 debut winning at first asking going a mile and a sixteenth. It was an excellent training feat by Dino Condilenios and while this race is tougher he stacks up well against this field. He has been right in the mix when running with most of the top contenders that are in the race today. Amadeo Perez will be at the controls.

DAY RAIDER – FOUR FOOTED FOTO

The Canyon Farm’s DAY RAIDER is only stakes winner in the field as he took home the top prize in the $50,000 Derby Trial last August. He followed that up with a game second in the $200,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park and while his credentials tower over the field he still is not a standout in the field. His off-the-pace style makes him a bit vulnerable but he is the one to beat. Antonio Reyes rides for conditioner Craig MacPherson.

STAY FANTASTIC – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ STAY FANTASTIC was stakes placed last fall at this trip behind two year old champion EXPLODE. He is the only three year in this race which is a slight disadvantage but he is bred to love today’s distance. Jeff Burningham will get a leg up from trainer Christine Ammann.

EL NOBLE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Tamara Baker’s EL NOBLE is back in town after a dreadful trip to Alberta last week when he was favored in a similar allowance race and stumbled badly at the break and lost the rider. He ships back to the coast and is immediately entered back and while an extra week would have been better he is in the lineup today. He is one of the best horses in here and if the long ship to Alberta and back doesn’t hurt him too much then he will tough to outrun. Enrique Gonzalez rides for trainer Milton Palma.

SLEW’S DA BOSS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Mel Snow, Doug Corsan and Len Houweling’s SLEW’S DA BOSS is looking for back-to-back victories at this same level. He comfortably bested sprinters last time out but does have to go a lot farther this afternoon. He is sharp and that is a plus. Alex Marti returns to the saddle.

RW STANELY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Joanne Todd and the Nite and Day Stable’s R W STANLEY has done quite well this spring considering he has had tough posts and unlucky trips yet has still managed to be in contention at the end of both 2019 starts. He wasn’t disgraced in either of his two tries at this distance last season so if he can get a little luck from his tricky outside post then he is in with a good shot. Jose Asencio will take instructions from trainer Brian O’Connell.

Racing resumes tomorrow with an eight race program that also gets underway at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone and enjoy your day at Hastings.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR MONDAY

Monday July 1st Hastings Preview


 
The holiday weekend racing concludes today with an eight race program that will feature six three year fillies headed by SUMMERLAND in the $50,000 Supernaturel Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth. The race is named after the great Supernaturel who raced in the colors of Roy and Dixie Jacobson and was trained by Hall-of-Fame inductee Don Morison. She raced 48 times and was first or second in 35 of those starts which is an amazing feat. She visited the winners circle 18 times and 9 were stakes victories and had career earnings of $271,000 which is a remarkable total for racing in the mid-1980’s.  A true BC bred champion definitely worthy of this stakes race being named in her honor.

DANCIN SHOES – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The rail position belongs to Dave and Lynn Pihl’s DANCING SHOES who had a great two year old campaign winning two stakes and narrowly losing to SUMMERLAND at this distance in the Fantasy last fall. Her sprints have been average to date this year but she is one that will thrive on the longer trip and be more of a threat to the heavy favourite. She has worked well since her last start and Antonio Reyes will be back aboard for trainer Barbara Heads.

SUNBURST – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SUNBURST has been a pleasant surprise for her connections rattling off back-to-back tallies in a maiden race and then a non-two allowance against the boys. She is out a champion filly that loved to go long and the way she relaxes and finishes she should have no troubles with the extra distance. She gets tested for class today as this three year old filly division is the toughest by far of any of the stakes categories at Hastings. Scott Williams will be in the tack for Barbara Heads.

The Hastings Racing Club II will be cheering for the WARRIOR’S PROMISE who has been stakes place twice already this year. She is still a maiden but owns five runner-up efforts from six lifetime starts and if the pace scenario gets hot up front she could rally and be a threat in the stretch.  Jeff Burningham retains the mount from trainer Patty Leaney.

Bernie Kooner’s ABOVE ALL NAMES was purchased after her fourth place run in the Grade III Selene Stakes at Woodbine. She rewarded her new buyer with a comfortable victory in a first level allowance race on the Woodbine turf. She has the class to be a top chance in here and if she handles the new surface then she will be tough to fend off in the lane. Richard Hamel is coming off of a three win day yesterday and he will be in the saddle for trainer Steve Bryant.

Dino Condlenios bred, owns and trains KRISSY who easily breezed through her conditions winning by almost 12 lengths in her two wins this spring. She is stretching out in distance but is very kind to rate which is a huge key in trying to going long. She has speed and should be on the lead and as sharp as is she may lead them for a long ways. Amadeo Perez is in the irons.

SUMMERLAND – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

 George Gilbert’s brilliant filly SUMMERLAND is back in action and is strictly the one to beat. She has won all six of her starts in Vancouver, most of them with relative ease, but her closest scare at Hastings was at this mile and a sixteenth distance. She is paying the penalty for winning all the time as she has been assigned 125 pounds for her first try going long in 2019. She is a true talent and one of the other five fillies in here will really have to step their game if they are going to challenge her this afternoon. Regular pilot Enrique Gonzalez will be in the saddle for leading trainer Phil Hall.

We return to the Saturday and Sunday schedule next weekend with racing beginning at 1:50 p.m. on both days.

Happy Canada Day to all and enjoy your afternoon at the races.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

 Sunday June 30th Hastings preview

The racing action at Hastings Racecourse continues this afternoon with a seven race card headed by the $50,000 Chris Loseth stake for three year olds at a mile and a sixteenth. The race is named in honor of the Chris Loseth who won over 3,500 races and currently resides in the Canadian, the BC Sports and BC Racing Hall-of-Fame’s and he will be on hand to decorate the winner.

The Pick 5 carryover sits at $12,820 and the sequence gets underway in race three which is scheduled to go at approximately 2:50 p.m.

The main event goes as the sixth race (4:20 p.m.) and on the inside is George Gilbert’s IRISH CHARLIE. He was stakes placed last summer as a two-year old and although he is still a maiden he ran a good second at this distance behind an older rival CHEF. He raced wide throughout much of the trip but still battled on gamely to finish second. He gets a big weight edge and will be ridden by Jeff Burningham for trainer Phil Hall.

BILLS SMOKN BULLET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Wishful Thinking Friends and Garry Ferguson’s BILLS SMOKN BULLET paid immediate dividends to his new owners winning for a $25,000 tag after being cleverly haltered for just $4,000. He has earned his way into this one and will likely be one of the speed horses. His pedigree says he will be just fine at this trip.  Alex Marti gets the call from trainer Nancy Betts.

Lance Giesbrecht and Gordon Christoff’s ERLICH was privately purchased after his impressive maiden score at Aqueduct in March. He was sent hard on a tough track to hold the lead in the California Derby and finished well back in his first start for the new connections. He was sent north to Vancouver and sprinted last time which doesn’t appear to be his game. He has trained beautifully in the morning and I’m sure we will see a much better ERLICH this afternoon. Major player. Richard Hamel retains the mount for John Snow.

Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s WHISKEY BOUND has been a pleasant surprise this spring breezing through his conditions until having is two race win streak snapped after an unlucky trip sprinting. He seems like one that will relish the extra ground and while small in stature his pedigree and his determination say he will love the trip. Keith Pedersen will leg up Enrique Gonzalez who will be the new pilot on the son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex.

DAT DAY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Wally and Terry Leong’s Canyon Farms send out DAT DAY who was the winner of the $100,000 Jack Diamond last fall. He has turned in a couple good sprint preps finishing second on both occasions. He is another that is bred the love this longer distance and regular rider Antonio Reyes will be at the helm for trainer Craig MacPherson.

EXPLODE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Canmor Farms’ EXPLODE has been sensational in his brief career winning two stakes including the 2018 Ascot Graduation at todays distance. After his comfortable win sprinting last time he has stamped himself as the top of the three year old class and it seems the longer the better for him. Definitely the one to beat. Amadeo Perez will be at the controls for trainer Mark Cloutier.

George Gilbert’s RING OF KERRY was a game third in an allowance race sprinting last time out. He was a stakes winner last year but will need to ration his brilliant early speed if he is to win going a mile and a sixteenth. Scott Williams gets the call from trainer Phil Hall.

Racing resumes tomorrow on Canada Day with an eight race program headed by the $50,000 Supernaturel for three year old fillies a mile and a sixteenth. First post both days is 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone.

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

Sunday June 23rd Hastings Preview

Racing continues this weekend with an eight race card this afternoon that gets underway at 1:50 p.m. The Corgi races will be back in action and will be held in between races throughout the day.

The main event is in race three as eight two year olds will travel the nursery course distance of three and a half furlongs for a healthy $25,000 purse and there is also a bonus of $5,000 for the winning owner of a BC bred and an additional $5,000 to the breeder of the winning BC bred.

The inside post was drawn by the Tod Mountain Throughbreds PORTER GENT who is a half brother to winners BURRARD BREEZE, SHERI SUGAR RUSH and SUNRONITA. He shows a couple of solid morning drills and his latest was a sharp 47 2/5 move out of the gate two weeks back. The inside draw is always a tricky one so he will need to break well. Scott Williams rides for trainer Christine Ammann.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds also have FINALLY FANTASTIC in the lineup. He is a half brother to winners MINI FRIDGE, FANTASTIC COMMAND and STAY FANTASTIC. His siblings have been more accomplished going long distances but he has turned in some impressive a.m. workouts. Alex Marti will be aboard for Christine Ammann.

Kelly Holbrow’s ROAD TO GALIANO sports a couple of sharp gate works in 36 and change and could be a fast one. He is the first foal to race from a dam that had speed. Antonio Reyes gets the call from trainer Julie Wicks.

EVERYTHINGS QUIET has been scratched.

Sheila Alcala’s AUNTIE CHIANTI is a daughter of 2005 Ky Derby winner Giacomo and is out of a mare that was sired by another Ky Derby winner Grindstone. The dam Spectacular Sue raced three times and had a second and third and this is her first foal. She hails from a strong barn and could be live at first asking. Jose Asencio will get a leg from Mark Cloutier

Mark Cloutier also saddles the Ram Investments colt ACTION WANTED who is a son of Kitten’s Joy freshman stallion Dontmesswithkitten. He has the quickest morning trials of any one in this dash. His 35 3/5 work out of the gate signals that he is a major player in this group. Leading rider Amadeo Perez accepts the call which is a huge plus.

George Gilbert’s CATCHACOUGAR was a $10,000 2018 January  Keeneland purchase. She is a half sister to a five time winner and sports a series of good works including a 36 flat move back in early May. She is definitely the fittest of the group and will get Enrique Gonzalez in the tack for trainer Phil Hall.

Marion Specogna’s I GOT VISION was bought out of the Hastings Paddock sale for a modest $5,000. She has been training steadily since being purchased back in March and her works have been decent but nothing super fast to indicate a big performance this afternoon. Tough call with her. Jeff Burningham rides for trainer Frank Ma.

For the Pick 5 enthusiasts the carryover sits at an interesting $6,887 and for the Pick 4 players there is a guaranteed $10,000 payout pool.

Racing resumes next Sunday, June 30th and the Canada Day holiday  Monday, July 1st. There will simulcasting on Saturday, June 29th but NO live racing.

Good luck everyone !!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

Saturday June 22nd Hastings preview

GEORGE ROYAL STATUE IN THE PADDOCK AT HASTINGS

Racing at Hastings Racecourse continues today with a seven race card that gets underway at the usual 1:50 p.m. start time. There will be lots of entertainment this afternoon as well as the live racing program Hastings is also offering the annual Corgi races which will be held between most of the races.

My preview will be race two (2:20p.m.) which sees six well bred maidens battling over six and a half furlongs for a $20,000 purse.

After the post draw on Wednesday morning the rail position was secured by MO NATION who was a $40,000 yearling purchase out of the 2017 September Keeneland sale by Glen Todd’s North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. He is by the red hot stallion Uncle Mo and has shown a lot of ability in his numerous morning preps. This will be his career debut and this outfit is noted for their knack of getting horses ready to roll first time out. This one would be no surprise if he were to win at first asking. Scott Williams gets the call.

Terry Clyde and Mike Anderson’s HOT DADDY was a $20,000 yearling buy out of the 2017 October Ocala Breeders sale. The connections had a ton of success with half brother BURNUM (now a $300,000 earner) which prompted them to search out this son of young Scat Daddy stallion HANDSOME MIKE in Florida and bring him back to Vancouver to race. His works have been solid and Jeff Burningham will be aboard for is first lifetime race.

The Big Fly Stable’s FREE SPEECH was a private purchase after his fifth place run in a maiden race in Louisiana. The winner of that heat was BY MY STANDARDS who came back and captured the $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby and followed that up with an 11th place run in the Kentucky Derby. FREE SPEECH is by the 2007 Ky Derby winning sire STREET SENSE and he looked impressive in his Hastings debut checking in second behind PROUD AND LOUD who came back to win an allowance event at Century Mile last week. He has been freshened up since his first run in Vancouver and signaled his readiness with an eye-popping 58 4/5 move last Sunday. Richard Hamel will get a leg up from trainer Steve Bryant.

The Century Plaza Stable’s  PADDY D’ORO will make his second start of the year after a good effort last month at today’s distance. He had a successful two year old campaign running with the best juveniles on many occasions. He sports a couple sharp half-mile drills since his 2019 debut and should be a major threat in this dash. Leading rider Amadeo Perez will be at the controls for veteran trainer Carl Lausten.

The Big Fly Stable’s FRIGHT NIGHT was a local  purchase for $20,000  out of the 2017 CTHS  yearling sale. He was conditioned here at Hastings for most of last season before shipping south to Santa Anita and raced once finishing a decent fourth in a maiden $30,000 claimer in February. He has been training steadily down south and was scheduled to arrive here sometime this week. Romario Saunders is in the saddle for trainer Steve Bryant.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s REPRIMAND is a fashionably bred son of 2013 Ky Derby winner ORB out of a Medaglia D’Oro mare. He has a string of good works since his first start which was a game third behind WHISKY BOUND who did come back to win a non-two allowance race. He has good speed and should be part of the pace. Denny Velazquez will be aboard and take instructions from trainer Glen Todd.

Racing resumes tomorrow with an eight race program that will begin at 1:50 p.m.

Enjoy your day at the races.