MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SUNDAY

Sunday July 22 preview

The thoroughbred racing action continues today with a seven race card that begins at 1:50 p.m. The race I will go in depth on is the sixth which has eight three year olds in an allowance race going six and a half furlongs.

GIMME SOME SLACK- PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

On the rail is Larry Potozny and Maria Godart’s GIMME SOME SLACK who just got up to defeat afield of $25,000 claimers last time out.  This is a much tougher assignment and he will need his best to be in contention in the stretch. Richard Hamel gets the call from trainer Mike Anderson.

Peter Redekop’s MINER HEAT is making his Hastings debut after a couple of no threat performances in Northern California. He has looked sharp in his a.m. drills since arriving here and on paper looks like the one to beat. Amadeo Perez won three yesterday and will be looking to continue his hot streak. Phil Hall will be trying to pad his lead atop the trainer standings.

PAN HANDLE – MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s PAN HANDLE finally got the job done in his ninth try as a maiden. He scooted up in the inside to win going away in a fast time of 1:16 4/5 . His task is obviously tougher but judging by the way he won he looks ready to challenge these tougher rivals. Aaron Gryder will be at the controls today for trainer Glen Todd.

NEXT OTIS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy’s NEXT OTIS was a game fourth in his latest which was against older horses. He gets back in with is own age group and he should be dangerous. Enrique Gonzalez will be aboard for Mark Cloutier.

EZEKLEL – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The Swift Thoroughbreds EZEKIEL had a terrible trip in first try going long with stakes company. He is a better horse than is recent form shows and he should be a factor against this allowance field. Antonio Reyes gets a leg up from trainer Dino Condilenios.

Mohamad Khan’s MIGHTY MICK turned in a solid effort following the $25,000 claim last month. The longer race seemed to suit him nicely but he returns to a sprint and will be a top threat. Sahin Civaci and Jim Brown will team up with the son of A.P. Indy stallion Sungold.

The RJT Thorughbreds SMART DEAL finished third in is last going long and didn’t get the best of trips that day. He returns to a sprint and if he can overcome his outside draw then he is in with a shot. Miguel Rodriguez rides for trainer Mel Snow.

Mel Snow will also be saddling SLEW’S DA BOSS who will be entered in an allowance for the first time in his career. The son of Cause to Believe broke his maiden in his first start and then has been in seven consecutive stakes races and has placed in four of those starts. This is an easier spot and he deserves respect. Silvino Morales rides.

A reminder to everyone that our next live card will be Friday night July 27th with the opener going at 7:00 p.m. We do not race next Saturday and the weekend racing will resume on Sunday, July 29th at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone.

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, July 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $11,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight

 

MIKE HEADS HASTINGS PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

Racing resumes this afternoon at Hastings Racecourse with an eight race Deighton Cup program. The west end tent will see a large number of glamorously clad guests that come out once a year to celebrate a fashionable day at the races. Another special guest that is scheduled to arrive today is the  TOTEBOARD. The lights were flashing Friday morning as the Tote-crew were taking it for a test drive and hopefully it passed all of the tests.

The headline act for the horses is in the Saturday opener as five three year old allowance fillies will long horns at six and a half furlongs.

The likely favorite will be Dave Elder’s SHARP CONTRAST who tried stakes company going long in her last. She could not match strides with the eventual winner HERE’S HANNAH and once she was passed on the backstretch she did not put up much of a fight. Her last sprint was very impressive and if she repeats that effort today then she will be tough to catch. Amadeo Perez rides for trainer Mark Cloutier.

Canmor Farms and Maureen Goss’ UNDER PAR was a game runner-up in a similar race last time out. She has excellent speed and there likely won’t be a pace duel between the two Mark Cloutier runners so the pace should be comfortable which will give her a big shot to get her third career victory. Aaron Gryder is back in the irons.

The Swift Thoroughbreds BEAR was an impressive debut winner earlier this month. She spent much of the trip in the three path and still managed to win the battle in the stretch. This is a tougher assignment but she was well prepped for her debut and is one that can continue to improve. Scott Williams returns to the saddle for trainer Dino Condilenios.

Canyon Farms and Crawford Stable’s CAPE LITE missed the break and seemed to lose interest quickly once she didn’t get near the lead and finished last. She was brilliant in her lone start as a two year old last August and she has worked nicely for today’s race so we will likely see a much better run from her this afternoon. Antonio Reyes will get a leg up from trainer Craig MacPherson.

The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds LOOKOUT TAYLOR was stakes placed in her last start checking third behind HERE’S HANNAH. She has an eel lent late kick and if she can get a contested pace set in front of her then she will be a huge threat in deep stretch. David Lopez gets the call from trainer Mike Anderson.

The live action gets underway at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck everyone.

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Final Entries

Saturday, July 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,000
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $11,500
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $16,000
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 8 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Sunday, July 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 2 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $11,500
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $25,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $15,000

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Saturday, July 21 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,000
Race 3 Claiming – $6,250 $11,500
Race 4 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $16,000
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 8 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000

 

Sunday, July 22 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 2 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 3 Claiming – $8,000 $11,500
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $25,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $14,000
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $25,000 $22,000
Race 7 Claiming – $16,000 $15,000

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PHIL HALL ADDS TWO MORE STAKES

TO HIS EVER-GROWING TRAINING WINS

PHIL HALL LEADS THE TRAINER STANDINGS WITH 20 WINS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

 A DOG NAMED HOSS ALSO TAKES A BITE OF THE ACTION

Vancouver, B.C. (July 15/18) – The dog and pony show staged at Hastings Racecourse over the weekend ended with leading trainer Phil Hall capturing both $50,000 stakes Sunday and a daschund fittingly named Hoss being crowned 2018 Wiener Dog Champion.

Hall is the first trainer to hit the charmed 20 wins this year following victories in the Spaghetti Mouse for 2-year-olds and the Lt. Governors for 3-year-olds & up.

Both came in convincing fashion with leading jockey Enrique Gonzalez enjoying a gaping 7¼ length win aboard Summerland in the Spaghetti Mouse and Sahin Civaci riding Calgary Caper to a 2 ½ length victory in the Lt. Governors.

The only filly in the five-horse field of 2-year-olds, Summerland completed the six furlong dash within 1.38 seconds of the track record 1.09:44 set by B R Remark in 2008

“She’s been training well and what I saw today was impressive for a 2-year-old,” Hall said.  “She found another gear at the top of the stretch when Vintage Man (Aaron Gryder) was threatening to go by her.”

In Summerland’s debut at Hastings on May 27 in a maiden special weight race she set a track record for 3 ½ furlongs again with Gonzalez in the irons.  When owner George Gilbert was asked what might be next for Summerland, he coyly took the fifth by saying:  “I’ll leave that up to Phil.  I’m sure he’ll plan things out properly.”

Hall’s ownership partners Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht were watching Calgary Caper from Alberta via simulcast and were no doubt saying something along the same line about ‘Phil handling things properly’.

“Calgary Caper shows up every time with an honest effort,” Hall said in the aftermath of the Lt. Governors winning in a final time of 1:43.65 over 1 1/16 miles.  “Sahin rode him well through a suicide early pace and picked the perfect time to find an opening on the stretch turn.”

Civaci added:  “He’s a relaxed horse with amazing power.  He didn’t hesitate once he saw an opening.  I just guided him through it.”

It wasn’t quite that easy for 26-month-old Hoss to capture the Top Dog award in the finale of the thrill-a-minute wiener races. Jubilant owner Shawn Sullivan and Shawn’s uncle Devin had to sweat through a photo finish with a large contingent of paparazzi – or in this case puparazzi – anxiously waiting in a crowded winner’s circle.

“There were no losers today, we were all wieners,” Shawn yelled out with Hoss appearing to be quite satisfied with himself as he was hoisted high into the air.

Live racing resumes at Hastings next weekend with Saturday marking the 10th annual Deighton Cup.  Start times both days are 1:50 p.m.

Hastings Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, July 15
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Allowance $16,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Spaghetti Mouse S. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $8,000 $11,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Lieutenant Governors’ H. $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $4,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight