MIKE HEADS MONDAY PREVIEW FOR HASTINGS

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.

BUGSY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

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.

STAY FANTASTIC – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

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.

BACK ALLEY DENALI – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

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.

McMurphy – Patti Tubbs Photo

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.

RING OF KERRY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

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 !!!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

Saturday Hastings preview

Local owner Peter Redekop has Anothertwistafate racing in Saturdays $1,5million Preakness Stakes

An exciting weekend of racing action kicks off today at Hastings Racecourse with a seven race card. The marquee attraction of the day will be  4,669 kilometers away in Batimore, Maryland as Pimlico racetrack will host the 144th Preakness Stakes. The second jewel of the Triple Crown is scheduled to go at 3:48 p.m. local time. Longtime Hastings owner Peter Redekop has Anothertwistafate in the race which will give the Hastings faithful a sentimental horse to root for in the big race.

Our local feature is in race two as a quintet of three and four year fillies will sprint six and a half furlongs for a solid $20,000 purse.

Owner, trainer and breeder Dino Condilenios sends out KRISSY who was an impressive maiden winner on opening weekend in a very quick final time of 1:11 flat for six panels. She has good speed and looks to have drawn a field where she should control the early tempo and thus will be very tough to beat. Amadeo Perez pilots the daughter of Pop Artist.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ LOOKOUT TAYLOR was a no-three at fifth in a stakes race two weeks back. She will appreciate the class relief and while she would like a little more distance she should be force against this easier group. Antonio Reyes will get a leg up from trainer Christine Ammann.

Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s BLONDIE closed out her two year campaign last fall with a comfortable score over maiden allowance fillies. She has worked well for barn that is off to a good start. Her final prep in 1:14 2/5 signals she is ready to go. Richard Hamel gets the riding assignment from trainer Mark Cloutier.

The Foundation Stables’ KENSINGTON MARKET is another that ended off the year with an impressive maiden victory. She made short work of a maiden $25,000 crew and definitely deserved a shot with these allowance fillies. She has been sharp in the a.m. and Learie Seecharan will be aboard for trainer Rob Anderson.

Dave Elder’s SHARP CONTRAST looked like a stakes filly when she broker maiden last June but as the competition got tougher her form seemed to tail off . She had a solid final start to the season before heading to the farm. The time off looks to have done her a world of good and her worktab shows that. Her best races were early last year so it may be wise to follow her back today as she maces her 2019 debut. Enrique Gonzalez is in the irons for Mark Cloutier.

A  reminder to everyone that there is NO LIVE RACING on Sunday but of course Hastings will be open for the usual heavy dose of simulcasting. Our next live card is on Monday at 1:50 p.m. and there will be eight live races on Victoria Day holiday program.

Good luck to all and enjoy your day at the races !!

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

Sunday, May 12 Preview

Racing continues this afternoon with an eight race card that features a couple of top class races. Congratulations to the lone Pick 5 winner yesterday who took home just over $2,800 for hooking up winners that paid $9.50, $6.80, $6.10, $18.40 and $6.60. Well done !!

The Pick 5 is back in action today with no carryover but the late Pick4 which starts in race five will have a guaranteed $10,000 pool. Good luck.

The feature races are the fifth which is a restricted non three lifetime allowance and race seven will see seven talented older horses compete in a pricy $75,000 claiming event.

PRROF IT – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

In the fifth, PROOF IT has the inside draw and is perfectly suited to this six furlong trip. He has speed, a great post and the barn has been on fire of late. Denny Velazquez rides for Glen Todd.

EL NOBLE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Tamara Baker’s EL NOBLE was pleasant surprise when stretched out to a mile and a sixteenth last summer. He ran fourth in the prestigious BC Derby which capped off a very successful three year old campaign. He has worked well and has shown the ability to sprint. Enrique Gonzalez gets the call from trainer Milton Palma.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s SPECULATOR closed out 2018 with a stylish maiden score going long. He will need pace help to aid his off-the-pace style. Antonio Reyes will be aboard for Barbara Heads.

Doug Corsan, Len Houwelling and Mel Snow’s SLEW’S DA BOSS went to the sidelines early last year after managing to it the board in two of his three stakes tries. He is another that has quick morning drills and could surprise today. Jose Asencio is in the saddle.

GOLDEN MOMENT has been scratched.

The Big Fly Stables’ OPTIC was another that went to the farm early last year but did show a lot of talent in his lone start at Hastings last May. He has excellent speed and should be in a perfect position. He is definitely one of the top chances in this dash. Romario Saunders does a lot of morning work for trainer Steve Bryant and is getting a shot on the son of Gemologist today.

RW STANELY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Nite and Day Stable and Joanne Todd’s R W STANLEY was a solid competitor at this level last season and is in with a big shot again this afternoon. The barn is off to a good start and Scott Williams will be in the tack for trainer Brian O’ Connell.

A. P. ZONA

The co-feature is in race seven and drawing the inside post is Peter Redekop’s A.P. ZONA who is a multiple stakes winner at Hastings but did miss the entire 2018 season due to injury. His works are good and it is encouraging to see Enrique Gonzalez in the saddle for trainer Phil Hall.

George Sharp’s LEAGUE OF SHADOWS is a very fast son of Gotham City that didn’t get away well in his Hastings debut last weekend. He gets the more experienced Scott Williams aboard today and should be on the lead which is where he likes to be. Trainer Kerri Raven is off to a great start and will be looking for her third win of the young season.

STRATE REMARK – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Riversedge Racing Stables’ STRATE REMARK has always run well here at Hastings and is ideally suited to this six furlong trip. He is favorably drawn and  likes to be part of the pace so look for him to be tough to catch on the front end. Richard Hamel gets the call from trainer Craig MacPherson.

HE’S THE REASON JACKIE HUMBER PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HE’S THE REASON had a sensational two year campaign but was winless as a three year old. He has been sparkling in the a.m. and should be a force near the pace in this high claiming event. Denny Velazquez will get a leg up from trainer Glen Todd.

Peter Redekop’s THE ALL BUTTON had no success when shipped north last summer. He was asked to run at three different tracks and didn’t seem to have his A-game in any of his races. He has been freshened up and has a string of solid preps and should give a better account of himself today. Keishan Balgobin will be aboard for Phil Hall.

MOON MAN – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Mark and Patti Lesage, Lorne MacDougall and Alex Shamtanis’ MOONMAN was $16,000 claim late August and returned to run in the BC Premiers in which he went unplaced. He is better at longer distances but he is another that has been razor sharp in the morning. Antonio Reyes pilots for trainer Barbara Heads.

COULTER BERRY

Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s COULTERBERRY is a consistent sort that always turns in a brilliant late kick in his races. He sizzled a quarter in 22 2/5 on Thursday morning signal ing that he is on edge for a top effort. He will need a solid pace in front of him if he is to get up and win. Amadeo Perez rides for Mark Cloutier.

Racing resumes next weekend with a slightly altered schedule. The next live card is Saturday, May 18 which is also Preakness Day. There will be NO LIVE racing on Sunday but we will have a live program on the  holiday Monday, May 20 that will start at the usual 1:50 post time.

Good luck to all and have a great day at the races

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

 May 11th Hastings Preview

PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The weekend of racing action starts on Saturday with a seven race program that gets underway at 1:50 p.m. Pick 5 players will be greeted with a $1,275 carryover that starts in race three (2:50 p.m.)

The main event is in race four which features six talented optional $25,000 claimers going six furlongs.

WISE MARKET – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The inside post was drawn by Brian Albertson and Phil Hall’s WISE MARKET. He was the two year old colt champion in 2017 and continued his stakes success with a victory in the River Rock Casino last June as a three year old. He runs his best races on the lead and will get Enrique Gonzalez at the controls from a favorable rail position.

PAPAPA – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Big Fly Stables’ PAPA PAPA PAPA proved to be an excellent claim last summer and paid quick dividends winning a $25,000 claimer in a rapid 1:16 1/5 in his final start of 2018. His worktab indicates he looks to be every bit as good as he was last fall and will be extremely tough to catch at this six panel trip. Richard Hamel will get a leg up from trainer Steve Bryant.

The Kermode Stable’s star KERMODE will looking to add to his impressive $140,000 lifetime bankroll this afternoon. He is a versatile type that can race near the lead or rally from off the pace if the early tempo is too hot. Antonio Reyes gets the most run out of the son of Cause to Believe and he will be in the tack for trainer Pat Jarvis.

HANSEN’S VICTORY – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s HANSEN’S VICTORY      has been one of the most impressive horses working this spring. The barn is off to a great start and he has a good shot to keep the streak going. He has good early speed and should have excellent position which will give a big shot to win. Barn rider Denny Velazquez will be aboard for trainer Glen Todd.

J&G Racing Stable’s TOTALITY is a newcomer to Hastings after being claimed in March at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The well bred son of Tapit seems to be a bit better going longer distances but does have the benefit of being racing fit. Jockey Scott Williams will take instructions from Steve Henson

DASHING DON – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The JDP Holdings’ DASHING DON is an ultra consistent sort that shows up  every time he is led into the starting gate. He can sprint, he can go long, he can go the front and can come from off the pace. He is a consummate professional and is in search of his tenth career win. Amadeo Perez gets the call from trainer Nancy Betts.

The weather is going to be spectacular which adds to an already great day of thoroughbred action.

Good luck to all and enjoy your day at the races.