Monday Hastings preview
Racing resumes this afternoon with an eight race card that gets underway at the usual 1:50 p.m. start time. The days of the traditional Victoria Day handicap for older horses are gone but racing secretary Nichelle Milner has put together a very good program.
The headline event is in race four as seven non-winners of two lifetime will battle six and half furlongs for a $20,000 purse.
The rail has been drawn by Derek Aebly’s BUGSY who will race in blinkers for the first time after an unplaced finish in the tough $50,000 Jim Coleman Province stake. He has speed and a good post to get into a good position and with the easier company he is in with a big shot. Romario Saunders gets the call from trainer John Snow.
Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht’s WHISKEY BOUND looked awesome winning a maiden allowance on opening weekend. He had a good season as a two year old and ran to the hype in his debut. He is well bred gelding that has a bright future and should be able to handle this slight hike in class. Amadeo Perez is aboard for trainer Keith Pedersen.
Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ STAY FANTASTIC broke his maiden at first asking last summer and then hooked into the best two year olds in two of the toughest stakes races and did manage to get a runner-up effort. He was not a factor in his first sprint stakes try this spring but running against this easier competition he should be a major player. Lenny Seecharan rides for Christine Ammann.
Willow Creek Farms’ BACK ALLEY DENALI is a four year old running with mostly three year olds which is a big edge. He has been better at longer distances but does own some decent sprint efforts. Richard Hamel will be in the irons for new trainer Steve Henson.
Patty Leaney owns and trains McMURPHY who is a the speedy son of Line of David. He owns the fastest sprint time of any of his rivals as he covered six and a half furlongs in 1:16 4/5 last September. If he can reproduce that race he will not get beat this afternoon. Jeff Burningham gets the riding assignment.
George Gilbert’s RING OF KERRY was hung out wide near the pace which led to his seventh place finish in a stakes try on opening day. He seems like a need-the-lead type and if Enrique Gonzalez can get the son Flatter to out-foot his rivals to the first turn then the Phil Hall trainee is in with a good chance.
The Linwood Stables’ HARRY’S HAMMER has been sharp in the morning and looks ready for a big effort. He has been very good in long races but judging by his workouts he might be able to threaten this group at this six and a half furlong trip. Scott Williams will get a leg up from trainer Rob Anderson.
Racing returns to the regular Saturday-Sunday schedule next weekend.
Have a good day and enjoy the Victoria Day holiday !!!