Hastings Wrap-up For July 21
The Deighton Cup Runneth Over
An enormous crowd showed up Saturday for the Deighton Cup festivities. Historic Old Hastings Racecourse was a happening place; the tarmac was packed from east to west, the sun was shining brightly on a mass of interspersed gamblers, revelers, race-trackers and fashionistas, all of whom appeared to be laser focused on having fun or winning some money, or better yet, both. They bet almost a quarter-million on track and the all sources handle was a healthy 773K.
Amadeo Perez had a riding triple and Sahin Civaci’s double left only 3 races to be divvied up among the rest of the jock’s room. Trainer Mark Cloutier won twice, as did owner Canmor Farms. It was a good day for them and it was a good day for all of us.
Under Par Birdies The First
The best horses on the day ran in the first, an Allowance Optional for three-year-old fillies. There were five of them, all eligible for the Allowance condition, and easily the best was Under Par ($3.80) who scorched a small field of three-year-old fillies with blistering early fractions (21.85, 45.23 and 1:10.22) on her way to 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.42. Lookout Taylor did some closing late to be second and Bear held on to third despite having been repelled by Under Par after a brief early tussle for the lead.
Under Par opened up a four-length lead going to the half-mile and padded that some prior to slowing a bit late in the lane. But by that time, it was over and done and rider Aaron Gryder had a comfortable trip home, winning by 2 ½ lengths. Under Par was bred in British Columbia by Glen Todd. She is by Stephanotis out of the stakes-placed German mare Big Bertha. Under Par is owned by Canmor Farms and Maureen Goss and is trained by Mark Cloutier. It was the first of two on the day for Cloutier and Canmor.
Amadeo Perez’s riding triple came in the third, fourth and seventh races. He kicked it off with the heavily favored Jazz Lady ($3.20) for owner James Eccott and leading trainer Philip Hall. Jazz Lady got the 6 furlongs in a solid 1:10.98 on her way to a final time of 1:17.88 for the 6 ½. Jazz Lady was a pretty tough horse to have to run against for a $6,250 tag and clearly, a lot of people thought so. There was a 6-way shake following that brief, but wonderful Winner’s Circle ritual and she went to a new home. The ever game Shayla’s Rose missed by a head to finish second while well clear of Beentospain in third.
Perez came right back in the fourth with another odds-on winner in Peach Pike ($3.40) who devastated a brief group of 4k filly and mare claimers when she laid a mile-and-a-sixteenth on them in 1:45.24. She got the final sixteenth in 6.80 seconds while drawing off 9 lengths clear at the wire. Cassidy Finality and Forever Crystal were second and third. Peach Pike is owned by Wishful Thinking Friends, Aces and Eights Racing Stable and Delton Stable. Nancy Betts trains.
Perez got his triple in the seventh race with Include Quinn ($9.90) for owner Canmor Farms and trainer Mark Cloutier. It was the second win on the card for Canmor and Cloutier who also combined to win the opener. Include Quinn was bred in BC by Ole Nielsen. He is by Include out of the Hall of Fame race mare, Monashee.
Jockey Sahin Civaci also won two on the card. He took the second, a 16K maiden claimer comprised of three-year-old-colts and geldings, with Bowchickawowwow ($4.50) on behalf of owner Willow Creek Farms and trainer Deirdre Bell. The 6 ½ furlong sprint went in a respectable 1:18.12. Willow Creek Farms and Bell had two-thirds of the triactor as Back Alley Denali checked in third, a length back of Dreamin of Peace in second.
Civaci’s other win came in the fifth aboard Lord of the North ($9.10) who beat the heavily favored Sir Knight by three-quarters of a length in a 3 ½ furlong dash over the Nursery Course. Amorcito ran third at almost 20-1. The 25k maiden event for two-year-olds was completed in 40.65 seconds. Lord of the North, a son of Numaany is owned by his breeder, Shamrock Racing Stable, Ltd. and is trained by James Brown.
Jockey Ruben Lara got his first win last Sunday and he wasted no time getting his second as he struck again in Saturday’s sixth race with Salzburg ($10.60) for owner Floyd Whiteman and trainer Stephen Byrne. Salzburg covered the 6 ½ furlongs in a quick 1:17.52 while taking the 4K claimer for older horses. The race was one of several on the card that demonstrated just how difficult the racing can be in the lower claiming ranks at Hastings. Salzburg got the first 6 furlongs in 1:10.16 and still had enough gas in the tank to get home two lengths clear of Act Up and Brother Rod who ran second and third, separated by a head. Salzburg was bred in BC by Jennifer Jackson, Paul Hunter and Agnes Jackson. The winner was claimed.
The last of eight on the card was won by Belli Girl ($8.80) who proved much the best in a field of 4K fillies and mares who were all going a mile-and-a-sixteenth, although at different rates. Belli Girl ran away from her competitors to score by 8 ½ widening lengths in 1:47.18. Tell Us a Tale and Parianne were a distant second and third. Richard Hamel rode the winner for owners Ashley Krisman, Morris Peter, Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds and Warren Wilson. Charlene Miller trains the four-year-old daughter of Finality who was bred in BC by W. T. Wilson, Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds, et al.