No way around it, there was something of a day after feel in the air, not to mention considerable moisture, but we ran a card that produced 4 double-digit win prices and few things will brighten a racing fan’s day more than a good return on a couple of bucks.
When it comes to owners, trainers and breeders, few things will brighten their day more than winning three of the eight races carded. And that is what trainer Barbara Heads and owner/breeders Russell and Lois Bennett did on Sunday. Jockey Silvino Morales was aboard for two of those wins.
Scott Williams and Richard Hamel also rode two winners on the card. The stallion Finality also sired a couple of winners. Finality stands at Red Rock Farm.
The feature race was the second, an Allowance for three-year-olds that was won by Pan Handle ($16.20) to the benefit of owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd. Pan Handle and runner-up Smart Deal played bumper cars at the head of the lane, then battled down the stretch. Pan Handle slowly got the edge and got home three-quarters of a length ahead of Smart Deal who had three lengths on Proof It in third. Scott Williams rode the winner who covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.70 over a track rated as wet fast.
Pan Handle was bred in British Columbia by Salishan Meadows and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. He is by Texas Wildcatter out of a Thunder Gulch mare. Pan Handle needed nine starts to break his maiden but appears to be getting the hang of it now having won two of his last four.
The Barbara Heads/Russell and Lois Bennett express got on track in the first when Fireman ($4.80) comfortably wired a 25K maiden claimer by 3 ½ lengths. The Bennett homebred by Sungold was ridden by Antonio Reyes, the first of two for him. The same combo won the sixth with Jayna ($19.00) who posted her third win of the season in seven starts. Jayna, by Finality, is another Bennett homebred.
The Heads/Bennett collaboration produced the winner of the eighth and last in Parsimonious ($8.50) although there was nothing stingy about the 5 ¾ lengths he won by. Scott Williams rode the gelded son of Finality. It completed a double for both rider and stallion. For Russell and Lois Bennett and Barbara Heads, it wrapped up an owner/breeder/trainer hat trick.
Jockey Richard Hamel had a back-to-back riding double. He won the fourth with Ezekiel ($14.60) for Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. and trainer Dino Condilenios. Hamel followed that up with a 7 ¼ length romp aboard Silvertown ($5.90) in a 16K claimer for non-winners of three lifetime. Ken Johnson owns Silvertown and Keith Pedersen is the trainer.
In the third, Tricky Notis ($4.00) appeared to benefit from a class drop that took him out of Maiden Special Weights and into a 12.5K maiden claimer. It is also possible that some surgical gender modification may have improved his ability to focus on the business at hand. In any case, he cleared a mixed field of two-year-old maidens by almost three lengths for Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy. Ole Nielsen bred the winner in BC and Mark Cloutier trains him.
Second Solo ($5.30) and Silvino Morales won the seventh for owners John Snow, High Stakes Thoroughbreds, Wayne Oliver, Dreamtime Stables and John Heatherington. John Snow trains the horse that he and Tammy Snow bred.
With five weekends left there is a dead heat in the jockey race between Enrique Gonzalez and Amadeo Perez. Both have won 42 times. Aaron Gryder is next, having won 32 races. Antonio Reyes has 28 wins, followed by Denis Araujo with 26 and Richard Hamel with 24.
There is no mystery as to who the leading trainer will be. Philip Hall has won 34 to date and does not appear to be running out of ammunition. That is good for a 12-win margin over Glen Todd who is second with 22 trips to the Winner’s Circle. Mark Cloutier has been 21 times and the siblings Barbara Heads and Mike Anderson have both won 20. Robert Maybin and Craig MacPherson fill the fifth slot with 13 wins apiece.
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. remains comfortably atop the owners’ table with 17 wins. Robert and Sheena Maybin continue to occupy the place spot with lucky 13. Russell and Lois Bennett have a dozen, two ahead of both Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. and Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. has won 9.
We learned of long time Hastings trainer David Dahl’s passing today. David was a significant part of the Hastings racing community, both as a horseman and as a member of the security team that must look after the safety and welfare of both the horsemen and women and racing patrons attending the track. He was seriously injured in 2010 while on duty at the Winner’s Circle when a horse left the track and crashed into the area where people were standing. Spectators said there would have been more injuries had David not stepped in front of people to shield them. He was not all that well from time to time following that incident and was living with a significant diagnosis. That did not keep him away from the track or his horses. He loved being there until the end and he bravely created a quality of life for himself. He will be remembered and missed.
We caught a Derby Day break from the weatherman in that the rain held off for about half the card and started late enough to not dissuade the large crowd that showed up to take in the year’s strongest Hastings program. There were six stakes on the docket, including the Derby, Oaks and two Futurities. Not to mention the S. W. Randall Plate and the Delta Colleen. The on-track handle topped 220K and all sources wagering was north of $1.2 million.
The fans witnessed some outstanding performances, both human and equine. Trainer Philip Hall saddled 3 winners and jockey Enrique Gonzalez was aboard for all three. Rico Walcott shipped in to win two stakes. Antonio Reyes matched that for the home team. George Gilbert had two wins as an owner, highlighted by the return of the prodigal daughter Summerland who dusted the field in an Allowance race for two-year-olds that was named in honor the late Cecil Peacock, a long-time owner who won the Derby here in 1997. But on to the six stakes we ran on Saturday.
The British Columbia Derby: Sky Promise
Things did not look all that promising for Sky Promise ($4.70) going into the final turn of the Derby. He was lengths behind Weekend Wizard who had the lead after a dawdling 6 furlongs in 1:14.06. At that point jockey Rico Walcott began doing some serious asking. Sky Promise managed to find another gear and ran Weekend Wizard down late in the lane even though Weekend Wizard had found another gear of his own and was not stopping. Canadian Game who had been right beside Weekend Wizard for much of the trip secured third despite tiring from his frontend exertions. Sky Promise got the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:51.77.
Weekend Wizard and Canadian Game kept close company for the first three-quarters of a mile. Canadian Game maintained a narrow margin early before Weekend Wizard wrested it away with a burst that had him lengths clear of everybody coming into the stretch. But just when it looked like he might be home and dry, Rico Walcott got Sky Promise rolling. They dropped down inside Weekend Wizard for the final push and got past him about one jockey statue before the finish line. It was the second BC Derby win in a row for trainer Robertino Diodoro, jockey Walcott and Clayton Wiest and Rick Wiest who co-own Sky Promise with R 6 Stable and Norman Tremblay. The winner, by Sky Mesa, was bred in Kentucky by Normandy Farm LLC. He sold as a yearling at the July Fasig-Tipton Sale for $55,000 US.
It really was déjà vu all over again. Last year on June 30 Diodoro claimed Chief Know It All for Clayton Wiest and Rick Wiest and partners at Churchill Downs for $100,000. He proceeded to win the Canadian and British Columbia Derbies in his first two starts for the new connections. This year, on June 30, Diodoro claimed Sky Promise for the Wiests and partners. Not only did he win the Canadian and British Columbia Derbies, he kicked off the run by winning the Manitoba Derby. They claimed Sky Promise for $40,000 so they may have gotten more for less. By the way, in terms of déjà vu, Rico Walcott was aboard for all five wins.
The Derby trophy was presented by former BC Supreme Court Justice Wally Oppal and the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik. It was likely one of the few times anyone from Alberta was pleased to be on the receiving end of something from the Sedins.
The British Columbia Oaks: Here’s Hannah
Here’s Hannah ($3.80) showed up where she usually does, that being the Winner’s Circle for the seventh time in eight starts following a wire-to-wire tour de force in the Oaks. Here’s Hannah set all the fractions, including some (a quarter in 23.1, the half in 47.3) that would have doomed a less talented horse. But Here’s Hannah has a high cruising speed, and after today’s win at a mile-and-an-eighth, there can be no doubt about her stamina. Tip Toe exhibited her quality with a dogged effort that had her second going into the final turn, but that was it. She was unable to narrow the gap for the last quarter mile. Raider closed well to be third, but she, like the others in the well strung-out field, was in a race that did not have anything to do with Here’s Hannah. The length-and-a-half she won by sounds closer than it appeared to be visually. Here’s Hannah was not in any danger of getting caught. Richard Hamel rode the winner and the duo has now won seven times in seven starts.
Here’s Hannah was never headed after breaking on top, although the longshot Bear tried mightily early. After Bear recognized the inevitable and retreated, her stablemate Tip Toe moved into position but was unable to advance against Here’s Hannah whose final time of 1:52.77 for the mile-and-an-eighth compared favorably to the 1:52.64 the older fillies and mares hung up in the Delta Colleen three races earlier.
Here’s Hannah, by Numaany, was bred in British Columbia by B. C. Stables. She is owned by B C Stables and Paul Caravetta. John Morrison trains and he has kept her on top of her game. If she comes back to face older horses in the Grade 3 Ballerina on the 8th of October it will be a genuine event.
The Sadie Diamond Futurity: Dancin Shoes
The two-year-old filly Dancin Shoes ($2.90) skipped the light fantastic down the lane in the Sadie Diamond as the odds-on favorite drew away to an 8 ½ length win over second choice Notice. Krissy ran evenly to finish third and was not far away from Notice, but they were both a long way behind Dancin Shoes. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:19.22.
Dancin Shoes had only a couple behind her after the first quarter, but not long after they straightened out for the run down the backside she kicked into gear and began to run past horses. Jockey Antonio Reyes seemed less concerned about saving ground than he was about having anything get in Dancin Shoes way. He rode her like she was much the best horse and he was right. When she caught the pace-setting Notice early on the last turn, the contest was for second because the winner was no longer in doubt. It was only a matter of how far and that turned out to be quite a bit.
Dancin Shoes was bred in British Columbia by her owners David Pihl and Delaurlyn Pihl. Barbara Heads trains Dancin Shoes who is from the first crop of Cross Traffic, a son of Unbridled’s Song. Cross Traffic ran one season as a four-year-old and counted the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga as one of his three wins in six starts. Dancin Shoes is out of the Gone West mare Andtheliviniseasy. Given Gone West on the bottom and a sire who won a Grade 1 at a-mile-and-an-eighth, a pedigree geek could conclude that she is likely to have no problem covering the mile-and-a-sixteenth distance in the Fantasy.
The Jack Diamond Futurity: Dat Day
The only real surprise among the six stakes results was sprung by the maiden Dat Day ($24.20) in the Jack Diamond. Dat Day was the only price to win one of the day’s six stakes, the other five were won by favorites or second choices, but he was full value for the win. Arranger did all the work early and looked like the winner for all but the last few yards. He was still a solid second over betting favorite Call It a Wrap who closed well to be third. Fine efforts, but the day belonged to Dat Day who picked a pretty posh spot to shed his maiden condition.
Antonio Reyes kept Dat Day in the clear at the cost of giving up some real estate around the first turn, and to a lesser extent the final turn as well. Reyes had no real opportunity to tuck in early and was outside of Arranger around the second. Regardless, he just kept grinding prior to getting his reward for effort close to the wire. Dat Day required 1:19.35 to complete the 6 ½ furlong Diamond distance.
Dat Day is owned by Canyon Farms who also bred him in British Columbia. He is by New Year’s Day, a son of Street Cry. New Year’s Day had a brief 3 race career that culminated with a win in the Grade 1 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile. Dat Day’s dam is the French bred Datura who won a race in 3 starts after bringing the equivalent of $338,000 at the Tatersalls Sale in December of 2004. Trainer Craig MacPherson got Dat Day to the Winner’s Circle off works after he missed in a maiden race by a nose in mid-July.
The S. W. Randall Plate: Absolutely Stylish
Absolutely Stylish ($8.40) ended up absolutely dominating the Randall. After he shook off the longshot Silent Eagle, he had only runner-up Don’t Hold Me Back to contend with. He did so with considerable aplomb, drawing away by half a dozen lengths as they came home. Highway Boss made a move on the final turn and looked momentarily like he might finish second before flattening out and checking in third. Final time for the mile-and-an-eighth was 1:50.89.
Rider Enrique Gonzalez sent Absolutely Stylish from the rail to get the lead, then got him to relax as they set moderate early fractions on their way to a clear lead after 6 furlongs had passed in a comfortable 1:13.42. From there, Gonzalez stepped on it. Absolutely Stylish covered the last three-eighths in 37.2 seconds and no one was ever going to run him down.
Absolutely Stylish is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. who bought him for $285,000 in the 2016 Barretts March Select Two-Year-Old In Training Sale. Philip Hall trains the four-year-old Kentucky bred son of Uncle Mo. Anyone observing Absolutely Stylish galloping out after running the fastest mile-and-an-eighth of the day, as was appropriate for older colts and geldings, could be forgiven for thinking that the 1 3/8 miles of the Grade 3 Premier’s Handicap is going to be right in the winner’s wheelhouse. Gonzalez had a hard time pulling him up deep in the backstretch and when he got him stopped and turned around, Absolutely Stylish wanted to run some more.
The Delta Colleen: Reginella
Off a win in the Emerald Downs Distaff, the public made Reginella ($8.90) the second choice in the Delta Colleen and she did not disappointment, although things began to get a little desperate as they approached the wire. Notis the Jewell ran her to a nose with a late surge that closed a ton of ground but came up an ounce short. Top Quality put in a strong effort to be third, a half-length away from the first two. The top two covered the mile-and-an-eighth in 1:52.64.
Reginella had to do a little work to wrest the early lead away from Touching Promise and that one harassed her for a goodly portion of the journey before giving way after 6 furlongs in 1:12.92. As Touching Promise began to fade, the public choice Top Quality took her shot. It was a good one, but not quite good enough. The real threat would come from Notis the Jewell, although that was not apparent at the top of the stretch. She appeared to have too much to do, and although that proved to be the case, it was so by a diminishing nose. Rico Walcott kept the winner going long enough to score his second stakes win on the card.
Reginella was bred in California by DiPietro Thoroughbreds and is owned by Luigi DiPietro. The daughter of Minister’s Wild Cat is trained by Blaine Wright who has cut a swath through the Hastings’ stake program with his forays north from his Emerald Downs base.
Summerland ($2.60) returned from her sojourn to Del Mar to remind the local fillies who is who on this side of the 49th parallel. The two-year-old filly’s time of 1:17.44 for the 6 ½ furlongs was in the neighborhood of 9 lengths faster than Dancin Shoes ran a race later in the Sadie Diamond. Tres Hombres and George Gilbert bred her in Kentucky and Gilbert owns and races her. Philip Hall trains Summerland who was ridden by Enrique Gonzalez.
In the opener, Peach Pike ($3.20), under rider Amadeo Perez, ran away and hid from a field of 4K fillies and mares. She was owned by Wishful Thinking Friends, Aces and Eights Racing Stable and Delton Stable. She was trained by Nancy Betts. The winner was claimed out of her winning effort.
Aldergrove ($7.80) wired the sixth for owners Philip Hall, George Gilbert, Brian Albertson and Praven Sorensen. Philip Hall trains the winner who provided him with his third win on the card. Jockey Enrique Gonzalez was also winning his third of the day, all in combination with Hall.
In the nightcap Babylon Will Fall ($16.50) fell in on the frontrunners late in the contest after benefiting from a well-timed ride from Jose Asencio to score for owner James Redekop and trainer Mike Anderson.
It should also be noted that the second race on Saturday’s card was named in honor of Cecil Newton Peacock, known to his many friends as Cec, who passed in late July after a splendid 91-year run. Cec Peacock began as a farmer, then went into the oil business and used some of the proceeds to establish a very successful racing stable that competed at many tracks in Canada and the United States. In 1997 he had the Horse of the Year in British Columbia in Liberty Road who won 4 stakes that season. That same year Cec won the BC Derby with Bobbin for Stars who was named Champion BC Bred Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding. In 1999 Cec had Digital Dan who won three stakes at Hastings before shipping to Calgary to win the Alberta Derby.
But his greatest successes were yet to come. In 2003 he bought a filly named Don’tsellmeshort at the Barretts sale who would go on to win 3 stakes and $400,000. Cec liked her so well that in 2005 he paid $275,000 for her full brother who was named Brother Derek. Brother Derek would go on to win five graded stakes including the Santa Anita Derby. Brother Derek finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby after getting about as bad a trip as a horse could have. Cec handled his bad luck with the same class and grace that exemplified his entire 91 years on earth. He rounded up family and friends and went out to an Irish pub in Louisville to eat, drink and be merry.
Cecil Peacock enjoyed a long and successful life. He did well in business, had a family that he loved and was loved by and he had a strong passion for thoroughbred racing. He had an elegance that shone through a down-to-earth exterior and a respect for his fellow human beings that applied to all, regardless of their station in life. A good deal of Cec’s philosophy of life can be found in what he had to say after Brother Derek’s tough luck trip in the Kentucky Derby.
“When you have a horse running in a race, its an unexplainable feeling. The anxiety of getting ready for the race, the anxiety of watching the race and then all of a sudden, the race is over. And then you have a glass of wine.”
The dual (both BC and Canadian) Hall of Famers that are the brothers Frank and Harold Barroby bookended the card with wins in the first and last. Amadeo Perez moved back to the top of the rider standings with two wins on the card, good for a one-win lead over Enrique Gonzalez. That master of the long bomb, Robert Maybin won the sixth race with a 51-1 shot and set up a carryover to Derby Day in the neighborhood of $90,000. That will generate a massive Pick 5 play on Saturday that could very well put a half-million in the pool. By the way, four of Maybin’s last 5 winners went off at better than 11-1. He has had 13 wins at Hastings this season for an average win price of $24.40.
Captain Jones In Command
Taking advantage of a torrid pace duel, Captain Jones ($26.70) ignored the fact that he was the longest shot on the board and ran the frontrunners down to score by 2 lengths in the opener. Spring in Alberta, the only horse behind Captain Jones early, rallied for second. Papa Papa Papa, although tired from contesting the stiff pace, was only a head back in third. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.70, the fastest of the night.
Captain Jones is owned by Sharlea Stable, Pumpkin Stable, Gary Johnson and Rocking Bar B Outfit. Frank Barroby trains the winner and Antonio Reyes rode the gelded son of Bold Executive.
Explode Blows Up A Maiden Field
Explode ($4.90) took the second, a Maiden Special Weight for two-year-olds, with a stalk and pounce effort that was good for a 3 ¼ length win over Whiskey Bound who chased willingly through 6 ½ furlongs that went in 1:18.32. That was a solid time for two-year-old maidens over a track that did not play as fast as has been the case sometimes this season. The first-time starter Purple Storm was along for third, but well back of the top two. Amadeo Perez rode Explode for the first of two wins on the card.
Explode is owned by Canmor Farms and is trained by Mark Cloutier. Prior to breaking his maiden, Explode had been second twice and third once in three previous starts. He was bought as a weanling for $2,500 by Ole Nielsen in the 2016 Keeneland November Sale and offered back in the 2017 CTHS Sale (BC Div.) where he was an RNA at $14,500. He would bring that now.
Got My Mo ($2.60) justified his 3 to 10 favoritism with a head to spare over Great Blake who chased for all the 6 ½ furlongs but just could not get by Got My Mo and jockey Aaron Gryder. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. owns the winner and Glen Todd trains him. Final time for the gelded son of Uncle Mo was 1:18.95.
City Steel ($12.40) proved his mettle in the fourth, a route race for open 12.5 older claiming horses. At the age of 8, City Steel certainly qualifies as older, but despite looking like a runner-up on the final turn, City Steel kept on trying and caught the front-running Heartset late to win by a neck. The final time of 1:46.05 was quite acceptable given the way the track was playing. City Steel is owned and trained by David Milburn. City Steel has now won 14 out of 53 starts and been in the money 32 times.
The nine-year-old gelding Halo’s Quest ($32.30) won the fifth. It proved to be a mixed gender event for older horses as three mares wanting to run long joined five geldings for the mile-and-a-sixteenth jaunt. Halo’s Quest diced for the early lead with Be a Hole Auger and then turned back the favored We Found Gold to win by almost two lengths. Sahin Civaci was aboard for owner David Bennington and trainer James Brown. The winner was bred in BC by Shamrock Racing Stables Ltd.
Feel No Shame ($104.30) got no support but we were all wrong as he prevailed to the astonishment of most, while enriching the clairvoyants in the crowd. Silvino Morales was in the saddle and he produced a ride that made the winner a real good thing as he finished a neck up on Santa Fe Trail. The mile-and-a-sixteenth took 1:48.35 to complete. Feel No Shame was bred in BC by his owners, Robert and Sheena Maybin. The gelded son of Acceptable is trained by Robert Maybin. Feel no shame was the only horse not covered in the Pick 5 and his win provided a carryover to Derby Day in the 90K range.
The last was, in its own way, a classic two horse duel, a real horse race between two equally matched horses who hookup at the break and fight it out all the way around. In this case it was Stoneridge Ruler ($9.90) and the 20-1 El Diamante going at it tooth and nail for 6 ½ furlongs before Stoneridge Ruler got to the wire a nose ahead of El Diamante. The runner-up hit the head of the lane with a length lead, but Stoneridge Ruler slowly ground that away to get there in the last jump. The winner is owned by Fred Kwan and Sheldon Kwan. Harold Barroby trains the gelded son of Storm Victory who was bred in BC by Dr. Sheila McDonald.
You could sense the melancholy on the backstretch as the realization that Friday night would be the last card run during this year’s PNE. But despite despairing as they contemplated a paddock without screams, the distant wail of a Fender Stratocaster or assorted other loud noises to keep their horses alert (particularly the two-year-olds), a perimeter without a fence to keep them safe from the hordes that might otherwise force their way in to bet a couple of bucks, a parking lot without competition for spots and the general absence of traffic jams, the owners, trainers, grooms and horses soldiered on regardless of their disappointment at such a good thing ending.
And all in all, it was a fine night. The on-track handle topped 100K and all sources was creeping towards half a million. The track seemed to play fair, horses closed, and horses won on the engine. Only one favorite won, there were some substantial payoffs generated, and success was shared, as only the stallion Finality, who stands at Red Rock Farm, had more than one winner on the night. He had three as his offspring racked up wins in the first, fifth and sixth races. Oh yeah, almost forgot, there was a little incident in the paddock before the last. A water main broke underneath one of the classic cars on display across Miller Drive from the track and it turned the paddock into a water park. The horses handled it swimmingly despite spending some extra time in the paddock while one of the runners got a shoe tacked back on.
The Odds R Good
The fourth was a 16K open claimer for older horses and it was on paper a contentious contest populated by seven geldings that between them had won right at a million bucks. In the result, The Odds Are Good ($8.60) proved decisively best with a wire-to-wire effort that produced a 3 ½ length margin at the wire. The nine-year-old Twistgrips closed to be a non-threatening second, ditto for Maggie’s Guy in third. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.91.
Omega Victory out broke The Odds R Good, but his rider seemed to take him off the lead as The Odds R Good was moving towards it and the winner was suddenly a couple of lengths clear and it was over. The Odds R Good was cruised along on the front end for jockey Silvino Morales and when the closers bulged at him on the last turn, Morales let out a notch. Turns out he had a notch to let out and that ended any suspense. The Odds R Good tacked another length onto his lead as they came home to win in hand.
The Odds R Good was bred in British Columbia by Mel and Fran Snow. The gelded son of Cause to Believe is owned by Don Danard, Mel Snow and Rob McKellar. He is trained by Mel Snow.
Gifted Grey ($12.70) opened the card with a handy 2 length win over a field of five other maiden two-year-old fillies, all running for a 25K claiming tag. Richard Hamel rode the winner for trainer Charlene Miller. The daughter of Finality is out of Grey Tobe Free who won 6 stakes at Hastings including the Grade 3 Ballerina. Gifted Grey was bred in BC by Red Rock Farm and is owned by Morris Peter, Deltin Stable, Warren Wilson, June Sutherland and Nil Stable.
The second half of the early double went to the favored Khaiky’s Command ($4.30) who was ridden to a 5 ½ length victory by Aaron Gryder. Khaiky’s Command survived a speed duel with Honk before moving away to a clear-cut score. The winner is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and is trained by Glen Todd. The three-year-old gelding is by Second in Command and was bred in BC by Paul Caravetta.
The third fell to Astartobe ($29.10) who came from last of six to win by a neck over the odds-on Beloved Betty. The presence of apprentice Lenny Seecharan (106 pounds) on the winner, and the absence of the 13 more pounds the runner-up was carrying may have helped shape the outcome. Another contributing factor was Seecharan moving the winner through an opening on the rail and building a lead that proved sufficient to eke out a decision over a charging Beloved Betty. Astartobe is owned by Michael Whieldon and Terry Clyde. She is trained by Mike Anderson.
Jayna ($8.90) took the fifth for owner/breeders Russell and Lois Bennett and trainer Barbara Heads. The daughter of Finality led from start to finish under rider Antonio Reyes. Reyes has now teamed with trainer Heads for 12 of her 16 wins. The dozen they have teamed up for has returned about $16 per two-dollar win ticket.
The sixth was won by Catch Me ($40.90) who was the second longest shot in a field of 9 older horses competing in a $6,250 claiming sprint that went in a decent 1:18.20. Sahin Civaci was aboard for owner Floyd Whiteman and trainer Stephen Byrne. Catch Me, by Finality, was bred in BC by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dittloff and Karen Dittloff.
He’s Got Ego ($18.50) closed out the evening by closing from last to post a length-and-a-quarter win in the 1 1/16-mile route for older horses. Miguel Rodriguez rode for owners Blue Willow Dairy, Ltd. and Pat Jarvis who also takes care of the training. He’s got Ego, by Gayego, was bred in BC by the Estate of Dr. Lois E. Philp.
It was a splendid Monday night at Hastings as Monday nights go. The crowd was modest as was the on-track handle of 56K, but somewhere out there in the dark the action starved in simulcast land threw in another $476,000 or so to give us some respectable handle numbers in the 532K range.
The fourth was a Maiden Special Weight for two-year-old fillies and we will call it, along with the seventh, the co-feature. A full field of eleven showed up for the contest that was won by Friday ($12.80) on behalf of her owner, Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc and trainer Dino Condilenios. Warrior’s Promise stalked and closed for second, getting past third place finisher Krissy late in the affair. Amadeo Perez rode the winner who required 1:19.24 to complete the 6 ½ furlongs.
The early heat came from Krissy who broke widest of all, and Friday who jumped from the rail. Krissy had the front end first time by the tote board, only to have Friday take it going into the first turn. The two of them contested the pace between themselves until late in the lane when Friday was able to move away from Krissy and hold off the surging Warrior’s Promise. Friday, who cost $10,000 in last year’s Keeneland September Sale, is a daughter of Shackleford out of a Tapit mare. She was bred in Kentucky.
The nightcap was a Maiden Optional Claimer for older fillies and mares, although in the end it was 6 three-year-old fillies competing in the mile-and-a-sixteenth event. Mousey Mousey ($50.40) upset them all with a wire-to-wire win as the longest shot on the board. Simply Golden came from last to be a distant second and Lady Larue finished a remote third. Neither of them caused the winner a moment’s concern. Final time was 1:47.81. Jockey Miguel Rodriguez provided a ground saving trip for Mousey Mousey.
Mousey Mousey was asked from her rail post and moved to the lead inside the favored Trooper Jenny who backed up after a little more than an eighth of a mile and left it to Bad and Bougie to challenge Mousey Mousey. Bad and Bougie threw in the towel about halfway around the final turn and from there it was all Mousey Mousey who had 5 ½ lengths to spare at the finish line. The winner is owned by Edgar Smith. Robert Gilker trains the Kentucky bred daughter of Warrior’s Reward.
The opener went to Instant Cash ($8.90). It was a Burningham family affair. Larissa Burningham owns the winner, Lacie Burningham trains him and Jeffrey Burningham was in the saddle for the 6 ½ furlong dash. Instant Cash was bred in British Columbia by Loire Patricia Miller.
The second half of the Daily Double fell to Silver Dude ($25.20) who stalked the pace of Storm Rocket for 6 furlongs before discouraging him and moving to a clear lead of two-plus lengths at the wire after a mile-and-a-sixteenth in 1:48.10. Ruben Lara rode the winner for owner Sunrise Stable and trainer Steven Byrne. Silver Dude was bred in BC by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dittloff and Karen Dittloff.
The third saw Amadeo Perez win his first of two on the night with Yes Please ($4.70) for owner Canmor Farms and trainer Mark Cloutier. Yes Please dominated the 6 ½ furlong sprint, winning by seven lengths. The Kentucky bred filly is by Yes It’s True. Perez came right back to win the fourth aboard Friday as discussed previously.
Coco a Gogo ($9.90) took the fifth race for owner/breeders Rod and Ursula Bolivar and trainer John Snow. Apprentice rider Lenny Seecharan got the job done with the BC bred daughter of the late Rosberg. Coco a Gogo finished a length better than the odds-on Peach Pike who went off at 50 cents to a dollar.
Red Hot Rio ($4.40) got the job done in the sixth race for Aaron Gryder who guided the winner to the fastest 6 ½ furlongs of the evening, 1:17.97. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. owned Red Hot Rio and Glen Todd trained him. He had been claimed at Churchill Downs two starts back to come here and he was claimed again in this race.
Amadeo Perez’s double gave him 38 wins for the season and has him one back of Enrique Gonzalez who leads all riders with 39. Aaron Gryder, 30, Denis Araujo, 25, and Antonio Reyes with 20 wins complete the top 5.
The battle for leading trainer is over. Philip Hall has 31 wins and he will not be caught. There is a heated contest for the runner-up spot. Glen Todd and Mark Cloutier each have 19 wins, Mike Anderson is hot on their heels with 18 and Barbara Heads is within striking distance with 15 scores.
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. (14 wins) and Robert and Sheena Maybin (12) continue their tussle for leading owner honors. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd., Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. and Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd are all tied with 9 wins apiece.
A large and lively crowd showed up for the races Friday night and they got to witness Aaron Gryder win 5 races in a row, including 3 stakes. It will be a memorable night, even for a guy who has won the world’s richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup, and over 120 million dollars in purses while rolling up 3,837 wins, including the five from Friday night. Trainer Craig MacPherson had the foresight to name Gryder on a couple of his entrants and was rewarded with a Sales Stakes double.
The Sales Stake for 3 and 4 year-old-fillies was sparsely populated but hotly contested. The three-year-old Cypress Park ($9.40) prevailed after a long battle with Yukon Belle who finished second. Last year’s BC Horse of the Year, Daz Lin Dawn was more observer than participant as she trailed along in third and last. Daz Lin Dawn beat Yukon Belle 5 times in a row in 2017 (although Yukon Belle beat her in the Fantasy at two) and she certainly did not lose to any three-year-olds in 7 starts. But that was last year, and Friday night was about Cypress Park.
Yukon Belle broke on top and led for a little more than a sixteenth of a mile before Cypress Park moved up inside her and took over. Yukon Belle tried to get by for a goodly part of the trip, but she could never reclaim the front end from Cypress Park. They were locked in combat for until they hit the head of the lane, at which point Cypress Park began to move away from Yukon Belle and maintain a safe margin all the way home. Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:46.57.
Cypress Park is owned by Nick and Pauline Felicella. They bought her in the 2016 CTHS Sale for $25,000 from her breeders, White House Stables. Cypress Park is by Second in Command, out of the Regal Remark mare, Mascaretta. That makes her a full sister to multiple stakes winner Hollywood Miss, and a half to both the 2006 Champion Two-Year-Old, Ookashada, and the 2013 Jack Diamond winner, Andallthatitmeans. Cypress Park is trained by Anita Bolton.
The two-year-old fillies Sales Stake was won convincingly by Notice ($12.30). She grabbed the lead immediately and opened up a clear lead as they were straightening out for the run down the backstretch. After that, there was little suspense. The odds-on Honky Tonk Woman bulged at her momentarily only to settle for a distant second and Backseat Rider chased earnestly without effect to finish third. Aaron Gryder rode the winner for what would be the first of five.
Notice got a half-mile in 47.33 and found herself cruising along with a cushion going into the final turn. She padded that cushion around the turn and hit the head of the lane with an insurmountable lead. In the end she was 4 ½ lengths clear after 6 ½ furlongs had passed in 1:19.05.
Notice is owned by Canmor Farms. She was bred in BC by Ole Nielsen and is by Stephanotis. Her dam is Ansede who has three foals of racing age and all three have won this year. Notice is the youngest and would appear to be the most talented. Mark Cloutier trains Notice.
Call It a Wrap
The Sales Stake for the juvenile boys was won by Call It a Wrap ($7.80) who continued his deep-closing ways to win his second in a row. At one point, Call It a Wrap was last going down the backstretch. Then he launched a long, grinding run that would take him wide around most of the field on the last turn and down the length of the stretch. Late in the proceedings he collared a game Bugsy and moved a length clear at the wire. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:19.61. Make that two in a row for Aaron Gryder.
Call It a Wrap was bred in British Columbia by Robert Ferguson and Nina Ferguson who sold him in the 2017 CTHS Sale for $6,000. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. bought him and turned him over to Craig MacPherson to train. Call It a Wrap is by Finality, out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare, After the Rain.
The Sales Stake for 3 and 4-year-old colts and geldings fell to Strate Remark ($2.90) who at forty-five cents to a buck was the shortest price on the card. He led all the way with Wise Market in a dogged but futile pursuit that was still more than good enough for second. The 19-1 shot Desi rallied to take third by a neck over Salzburg. Aaron Gryder racked up win number three by guiding Strate Remark through a mile-and-a-sixteenth in 1:45.66.
Strate Remark won two stakes at two but went winless in 4 starts in 2017. He appears to have bounced back this year, having won two of his four starts. Strate Remark is by Sungold out of the venerable Red Rock mare Remarkable Gal who has now foaled four stakes winners (five if you count the exported Golden Dragon who won a stake in Macau) and two stakes-placed horses. Strate Remark is a full sister to the 2011 Sadie Diamond winner Sunnyside Gal and a half to Grade 3 winner Trick of the North and multiple stakes winner Remarkable Miss. Red Rock Farm bred the winner who brought $35,000 in the 2015 CTHS Sale. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. signed the ticket and continue to race him. Craig MacPherson trains and it was the second straight win for the combination of MacPherson, Gryder and Riversedge.
Aaron Gryder got his fourth in a row with Shooting Jacket ($10.30) in the fifth race. He put many members of the Hastings Racing Club in a win picture that, given the number of participants, was spread all the way across the track. Keith Pedersen trains the winner who edged Citron Kid by a head after they had gone a mile-and-an-eighth in 1:52.18. It was the first leg of the Marathon Series, a three-race event that will culminate with a mile-and-a-half contest in mid-October.
Gryder continued his streak in the sixth when he got Chase the Money ($8.80) home for owner/trainer Alex Murray. Chase the Money closed from last to give Gryder number five. Gryder brought his full riding arsenal, winning on the lead, stalking from mid-pack and closing from far back. He had it all going, and he got Chase the Money first money for the first time this season.
Act Up ($6.20) took the nightcap in a blockbuster of a finish that had him a nose and a head better than Texas Kid and Brother Brian. Enrique Gonzalez got him up in the last jump for owners K & G Stable and trainer Larry Grieve. Act Up is a full brother to Notice who earlier won the two-year-old fillies’ version of the Sales Stake. He was bred by Glen Todd and Ole Nielsen. It was Nielsen’s second winner of the night as a breeder.
The smoke was thick, you could not see much of the mountains, and the crowd was thin, you could see a lot of the tarmac. Regardless, the racing was good. While some of the races were also sparsely inhabited, there was a certain amount of quality on exhibit as there were three allowance type races on the card along with an upper level maiden race. Jockeys Aaron Gryder and Enrique Gonzalez both won two on the card as did trainer Mark Cloutier. Glen Todd bred three of the evening’s seven winners.
Despite veering in after the break, Proof It ($4.90) was soon straightened out by jockey Aaron Gryder and on the lead by the time they got to the statues. He had clear daylight on his three competitors soon thereafter and maintained it all the way home. R W Stanley closed from fourth (last in this case) along the rail to take second over European, but neither threatened the winner who needed only 1:16.84 to cover the 6 ½ furlongs. Proof It got comfortable early fractions that included a 46.24 half mile. From there he got the last 5/16ths in 30.60. When you are on the lead at the half and come home in less than 31 seconds, you will not get caught very often at Hastings. Proof It was never going to get caught on Monday nigh’;LLKLKIMJ
Proof It is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. He was bred in BC by Glen Todd who also trains him. Proof It is by Texas Wildcatter, out of Alevei by America’s Storm. Alevei was a decent if not brilliant racehorse, having won 7 of 26 starts, and her first foal, Proof It, has now won a couple in 6 lifetime starts.
Having become something of a win machine, Under Par ($3.40) validated her odds-on favoritism with a convincing 3 ½ length romp in the third. It was her fourth win in seven lifetime starts and she has never been worse than third. She was never worse than first in this one after she got to the front not long after the break under Aaron Gryder who had plenty of horse left for the drive after setting solid early fractions (22.18 and 45.79 to the half). Bear chased gamely all the way around, only to see the gap between her and the winner increase coming down the lane. Dorys Darlin closed from last to be third but was no factor against the winner. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.16.
Under Par is owned by Canmor Farms and Maureen Goss. She was bred in BC by Glen Todd. The daughter of Stephanotis is trained by Mark Cloutier.
The fourth race was an Allowance Optional for three-year-olds who had not won three times or were willing to run for a $25,000 claiming tag. It went to Not Yet ($26.20) who, as the longest shot on the board, crushed his 5 competitors with a last to first move that produced a-mile-and-a-sixteenth in a very fast 1:43.36. Not Yet benefited from fast early fractions that resulted from A. F. Indy and Mr. Finch deciding to commit suicide by pace. They set sprint factions early before fading to last and next to last as Not Yet blew by them (and the others) like they were parked. Smart Deal closed to be a distant second and Harry’s Hammer nailed third, but they were in another time zone as far as the winner was concerned.
Not Yet is owned by Lana Brindley and trained by Robert Gilker. The gelded son of Travers Stakes winner Colonel John was bred in Kentucky by Glen Todd who bred three of the night’s winners.
The fifth was a maiden optional claimer for colts and geldings. It is in essence an allowance maiden race with a provision that lets you buy weight off if you are willing to run for a tag (in this case, 50K). Only one horse was in for a price and it was not the winner Brave Nation ($5.80) who was recently purchased from the Fasig Tipton Summer Select Horses of Racing Age Sale for $190,000 US. Brave Nation bided his time early before corralling the leaders on the final turn and putting them away after they straightened out for the drive at the head of the lane. They went slow early and did some running late to finish off the mile-and-sixteenth in 1:45.77. Random Act was along for second and Chef, despite getting into some traffic, checked in third.
Brave Nation is by Pioneer of the Nile out of the Pulpit mare Pull Dancer. That makes him a half brother to Good Samaritan who won the Jim Dandy (Grade 2) at Saratoga last year. Brave Nation is owned by Gordon Christoff and John Snow does the training.
The two-year-old filly Stevie’s Song ($6.80) won the second, a 3 ½ furlong dash over the Nursery Course that she accomplished in 40.07. Miguel Rodriguez rode the winner who led all the way for owners Roy and Dixie Jacobsen and Toni Cloutier. Mark Cloutier trains Stevie’s Song who gave Cloutier his first of two on the evening. The daughter of Storm Victory was bred in BC by the late Doug Clyde.
In the fifth, Papa Papa Papa ($3.40) was gone, gone, gone when he laid down a sizzling 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.01 to win by 6 ½ lengths. It was the second straight for jockey Enrique Gonzalez whose biggest task was to make sure he did not get sucked into the vacuum left by Papa Papa Papa as he ran a hole in the wind. Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. owned the winner and Philip Hall trained him. After the photo festivities, the winner had a new home.
As the longest shot in the field Queen of Barn I ($24.30) crowned the evening with a neck victory in the last over favored Lady Cash. Queen of Barn I got a ground saving ride from Denis Araujo and that was the difference in the closest finish of the night. Robert and Sheena Maybin bred and own the winner. Robert Maybin trains her.
Enrique Gonzalez doubled twice on the weekend (Friday and Monday are the new weekend) to move to the top of the jockey standings with 38 wins. Amadeo Perez is now second with 36 and well clear of Denis Araujo with 25. Aaron Gryder is just behind Araujo with 24 wins. Antonio Reyes finishes out the top five, having won 22 times.
Philip Hall is home and dry in the trainer’s race. His 31 wins have him 13 ahead of Glen Todd and Mike Anderson who are tied for second having won 18 apiece. Mark Cloutier with 17 and Barbara Heads with 15 occupy third and fourth place. Robert Maybin rounds out the top five with a dozen wins.
The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. tops the owner list with 13 wins, one more than Robert and Sheena Maybin. Third place is held down by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. with 9 tallies, one better than both Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. and Russell and Lois Bennett. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. is next, having scored 7 times.
The smoke from the forest fires was diminished, and the evening that perfect combination of cool enough for racing horses but warm enough for a gin and tonic. The track played to speed, only one winner was more than a couple of lengths behind after the first fraction, but figuring out the beneficiaries of the bias proved difficult. No betting favorites won and there were some whacking big pay-offs available to the imaginative speculator. Down at the Marquee Tent they were drinking and smoking big cigars. A gambler’s life is a good one as long as you got money.
Absolutely Stylish Wins In Fine Fashion
The best horses ran in the first, making it the feature. Absolutely Stylish ($5.80) proved about a length-and-a-half better than Square Dancer after a mile-and-a-sixteenth in a rapid 1:43.41. Bistraya persevered for third. Absolutely Stylish led all the way but he was harassed by, first, Bistraya and then Ace Deuce, but neither could sustain a challenge to Absolutely Stylish. Square Dancer’s late run was plenty good for second and Bistraya regrouped after backing off the winner early to put in a decent run down the lane, but neither was going to win and in the end only Square Dancer made it interesting. Enrique Gonzalez rode the winner, his first of two.
Absolutely Stylish is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. who bought him for $285,000, the fourth highest price in the 2016 Barretts March Select Two-Year-Old In Training Sale. Philip Hall trains the four-year-old Kentucky bred son of Uncle Mo who has an interesting sales history. Absolutely Stylish sold as a weanling for $110,000 in the Keeneland November Sale, resold for $65,000 as a yearling the next September at Keenland, then brought $285,000 the following March at Barretts.
Three jockeys had riding doubles on the card. Aside from the opener, Enrique Gonzalez won the third aboard Northern Storm ($12.70) for owner JDP Holdings Ltd. and trainer Anita Bolton. The 16K event for older fillies and mares that had never won three races went in 1:17.30. That was good for a 3 ¾ margin over runner-up Mayfair Lady. The winner, by the now passed Rosberg, was bred in BC by George Gilbert.
Sahin Civaci rode two winners. He had Maggie’s Guy ($7.70) in the second for owners Mitch Sutherland, Tom Leslie and Maggie Leslie. James Brown trains the California bred gelding who closed from last (but close) to have a neck on Fleming’s Beach after 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.61. Both Maggie’s Guy and Fleming’s Beach are seven years old. Between them they have started 110 times. They have both won a dozen races in their careers.
But if you want to talk about senior equines who still relish the fray, then go no further than Civaci’s next win. It came on Toccet’s Charm ($15.10) who was making his 100th lifetime start in a career that began at Delaware Park in May of 2009 where he broke his maiden in his second start while going 4 ½ furlongs. Twelve of his 23 victories have come at Friday night’s distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth. Toccet’s Charm became the second 11-year-old to win this season, joining Swiss Arrogant who won here a couple of weeks ago. It was trainer James Brown’s second win on the evening, having previously teamed up with Civaci to take the second. Brown owns Toccet’s Charm in partnership with Terry Elsener.
Jeff Burningham rode two winners. He had Silent Eagle ($18.40) in the fifth for owners Kristina Collins, Matthew Collins and Andrew Collins who also trains the gelding by Silent Name (Jpn). Silent Eagle was bred in BC by Salishan Meadows.
Burningham closed out the card with Red Buffalo ($9.20) who put away the pace-setting Honk and moved on to score for owner/breeder Loire Miller and trainer Lacie Burningham. The gelded son of Teide is a BC bred who was getting his first win in this 8K maiden contest.
The sixth race was won by Future Games ($27.90) who provided the night’s biggest win price. The four-year-old filly made a fool of the odds-board with a 5-length demolition job on a field of 4K non-winners of two that required only 1:17.82 to complete. Silvino Morales put Future Games on an early lead that only expanded as they went along as she racked one up for owner/trainer Mary-Anne Baumgartner who bred the winner along with Robert Charles Ferguson.
It was Corgi Day at Hastings and while no one has been officially timing the heats during the various Dog Days hosted by Hastings, it would appear to the naked eye that Corgis are definitely faster than either Dachshunds or Bulldogs. However, I say with some confidence that the fastest Corgi is slower than the slowest thoroughbred. Yet there is no denying that the combination of Corgis and thoroughbreds drew a pretty good crowd to the track on Sunday. Still, not as good as the Dachshunds or Bulldogs did, although there may be reasons why. It might have been the questionable weather forecast, both of the previous Dog days were held under brilliant sunshine. Sunday started off a little on the grey side. It might have been that the Queen, a famous Corgi enthusiast, who had been on tap to decorate the winner was held up in England dealing with affairs of state and had to cancel her appearance. Regardless, it was a lively bunch that showed up.
The attendees got to witness Enrique Gonzalez, Amadeo Perez and Richard Hamel carve up the program among them. Gonzalez won three races. Perez and Hamel split the other four, leaving only minor awards for the rest of the jocks room. The stallion Finality also doubled, siring the winners of two races, including the feature.
Call It a Wrap Bags The Fifth
The fifth race was a Maiden Special Weight for two-year-olds at six furlongs and, given that it was the lone upper level race on the card, it was the feature. Call It a Wrap ($11.10) won it with a big move that began early in the run down the backstretch and ended at the wire with half-length between him and runner-up Explode. Paddy d’ Oro ran evenly to be third. The final time was 1:13.28. Richard Hamel was aboard for his second win of the day.
Call It a Wrap, by Finality, was bought for $6,000 in the 2017 CTHS Sale by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. and they continue to own him. He was bred by Robert and Nina Ferguson who purchased his dam, After the Rain out of the 2011 CTHS Sale for $1,100. She is by Lemon Drop Kid and sold for $60,000 as a two-year-old in the 2009 Keeneland January Sale. After the Rain did not win in 4 starts and was brought to BC to support Cause to Believe who was launching his stud career. Call It a Wrap is her third foal and the only winner. He was certainly worth the 6K. Craig MacPherson trains the winner.
Richard Hamel kicked off his riding double by taking the opener with the odds-on favorite, Plane Lucky ($2.70). The winner broke on top and never was challenged although Carol’s Command made inroads down the lane to finish less than a length back in second. Seagold chased Plane Lucky early before settling for third. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:18.55. Plane Lucky was owned by Big Fly Stables and trained by Steve Bryant. After the photography session in the Winner’s Circle, Plane Lucky went to a new home.
Jockey Amadeo Perez had a riding double as well, getting his two wins in consecutive races. He won the second, an open 12.5K claimer for three-year-old fillies, with the Roy and Dixie Jacobson homebred, Sweet Sixteen ($7.40). Mark Cloutier trains the daughter of Finality who is out of Badgetts Star, making her a full sister to the recently stakes placed Coulterberry. Sweet Sixteen covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.69 to relegate Babylon Will Fall to second and Cape Lite to third. It was Sweet Sixteen’s second win of the year.
Perez came right back in the third, an open $25,000 claimer for older horses, with Dashing Don ($6.00) who was winning his third of the season and second in a row. Dashing Don, the older full brother of last year’s Horse of the Year, Daz Lin Dawn, was owned by Gary Ferguson and Nancy Betts who also trains the California bred son of the late Popular. Omega Victory was second and the veteran Twistgrips ran third. While the charts for the race show a final time for the 6 ½ furlongs of 1:17.85, that may be inaccurate. Shortly after the race, a corrected time of 1:16 and change appeared on the board. Dashing Don was claimed.
In the fourth, Torniador ($7.00) got jockey Enrique Gonzalez his first of three with a wire-to-wire score in a conditioned 4K event for older horses. Stoneridge Ruler took second and Iama Better Cause got up for third despite a subpar break. Torniador overcame his penchant for running just well enough to lose in posting his third career win. Torniador had previously finished second or third 18 times in 29 starts. He is owned by Ernesto Rojas, Geovani Olalde and Milton Palma. Palma also does the training. Torniador was bred in BC by James Barry Doud.
Gonzalez closed out the program with wins in the last two races. He took the sixth, an 8K claimer for maiden fillies and mares, on Raine Or Shine ($7.50) for owners Ken and Sharon Johnson and trainer Keith Pedersen. Pedersen dropped Raine Or Shine from a Maiden Special Weight to the $8,000 level and the class relief was enough to get the job done. Elton Gunther bred the winner in BC.
Gonzalez piloted Tattooed Kitty ($4.00) to a fast 6 ½ furlongs (1:17.27) in the finale as she validated the even-money favoritism accorded her by the bettors. Beloved Betty ran second and Beentospain was third. It was their misfortune to encounter Tattooed Kitty who ran a race that was just not fair to a field of $6,250 claiming fillies and mares. She is owned by Philip Hall, Brian Albertson, Praven Sorensen and Dan Lee. Philip Hall trains.
Thirty-four days into the season, two riders are averaging a win a day. Amadeo Perez has 35 and after Sunday’s hat trick, Enrique Gonzalez has 34. Denis Araujo occupies third with 24 wins while Antonio Reyes and Aaron Gryder both have 22. Richard Hamel completes the top five with 20 wins and a rather flashy 41% strike rate.
Philip Hall continues to lead all trainers with 29 wins. He has distanced the field as Mike Anderson is 11 behind in second with 18. Glen Todd is one back in third with 17 and Barbara Heads and Mark Cloutier share the fourth spot with 15 each. Craig MacPherson with 10 is the only other trainer in double digits.
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. remains atop the owners table with a dozen, one ahead of Robert and Sheena Maybin. Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. and Russell and Lois Bennett are tied with 8 wins. Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. and Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. have 7 each.