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.
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.
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.
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.