They ran the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland and when it was visible through the fog and rain, it was an exciting race. Justify delivered another great performance under conditions that were not so great, and out of the grey and wet a serious case of Triple Crown fever has emerged. If the racing gods continue to smile on Justify, we can reconvene in three weeks to watch the Belmont to see if Justify is good enough, and lucky enough, to be the 13th Triple Crown winner.
Tiptoe Is Making Some Noise
Tiptoe ($9.30) took a big step forward when she followed up her debut maiden win with a 4 ½ length victory over allowance type fillies in the third race on Saturday. Tiptoe was three lengths back of Acharnement and Under Par after a half mile and it took her a while to catch them. But when she did get by with a sixteenth to go, she was indeed gone. Tiptoe had daylight to spare at the wire after 6 ½ furlongs went by in 1:19.52, equaling the fastest time of the day. Amadeo Perez rode.
Tiptoe is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. They bought her in the 2016 CTHS Sale for $29,000 after having previously raced her half -sister, Architecture, who was Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in BC for 2013, while winning the Fantasy and two other stakes. Tiptoe did not race as a two-year-old, but she is perfect thus far at three. Dino Condilenios trains the daughter of Tiz Wonderful and Harmony Creator. She was bred in BC by Whitewood Farm.
Access This ($5.30) accessed the Winner’s Circle in the opener, a 16K claimer for colts and geldings that had never won three races. Enrique Gonzalez grabbed a fresh set of goggles going into the final turn, asked the winner for more, and came out of it with a lead that he maintained all the way down the lane. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:19.52. It was one of the three races on the card that was run in less than a minute and twenty-seconds over a track that is kind to horses but not conducive to speed. Philip Hall trains the winner for Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.
The second half of the early Daily Double went to Shayla’s Rose ($6.20) who put together a sweeping move that carried her past and away from the pacesetters to post a 3 ½ length win over a field of 4K claimers. Shayla’s Rose may run in lower level claiming races but there is nothing cheap about her. She has now won 6 races in 23 starts and has been first, second or third seventeen times. Ted and Kathy Hurt own Shayla’s Rose and Ted Hurt trains her. Sahin Civaci rode the winner as he has for the past two seasons. Shayla’s Rose was bred in BC by Glen Todd.
The fourth was won by Parianne ($14.60) with tactics that appeared, on the day, to offer the best chance for success, that being to stalk the speed for a half-mile, make a move going into the last turn and maintain the resulting lead to the wire. It worked for Parianne and jockey Jeff Burningham. She got her second win of the season and second career win for trainer Robert Maybin. The winner was bred in BC by her owners, Robert and Sheena Maybin.
Despite getting to the lead earlier than was de rigueur for the day, Future Games ($7.40) maiden status is a thing of the past. With jockey Silvino Morales charting an inside course, Future Games moved to the lead on the first turn and held a hard-trying Turbocharged safe all the way home for owner/trainer Mary-Anne Baumgartner who, along with Robert Charles Ferguson, bred the winner in BC.
The sixth race produced the day’s largest win price when Presidential Bird ($24.20) got to the front deep in the stretch to upset a group of 8K non-winners of three. Scott Williams brought the winner from far back to catch Perfectly Reckless (9-1) and hold off Footman (36-1). Martello (18-1) rounded out a superfecta that paid $9,589 for a buck. Steve Henson trains the winner for J and G Racing Stable.
Total Defence ($3.30) closed out the festivities by nosing out a charging Storm Cruiser to post a win for the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd. Aaron Gryder rode the winner who found a seam at the head of the lane and needed every inch of the stretch to get there and pay the shortest win dividend of the day.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and jockey Denis Araujo had the mother of all days when he won every other race on the card for a total of four. Enrique Gonzalez won twice, leaving one for everybody else. The day could not have been better, and it brought out a large and celebratory crowd.
The fourth race was an Allowance for three-and-ups that had not won two races (three for BC breds). It was won rather comfortably by Hansen’s victory ($6.40) who collared the pace-setting His Time to Shine going into the final turn and drew off unchallenged from there to post a 2 ¾ length margin while covering the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.84. Aaron Gryder rode the winner for owners North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Russell Morrison and Peter Tom. Glen Todd trains the Kentucky bred son of Hansen who sold in the 2015 CTHS Sale in BC for $65,000. Spring in Alberta came late (often the case with Alberta springs) to get the place and Always Sunny ran on for third. Hansen’s Victory’s mom is Victory With Class who won the 2010 Sadie Diamond Futurity en route to being named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in British Columbia. He was bred by 3480 Equine L. L. P.
The second race was an Allowance written for three-year-olds who had not won two races. Next Otis ($26.00) is no longer eligible for that condition as he posted his second in a row, having broken his maiden two weeks ago in a 25K claiming event. Next Otis broke on top and led all the way under jockey Enrique Gonzalez. They had a nose to spare after 6 ½ furlongs that went by in 1:19.04. Ezekiel closed strongly to be a nostril back in second and Gimme Some Slack checked in third as the even-money favorite. It was the first of two wins on the card for Gonzalez who got this one done for owners Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy. Mark Cloutier trains the winner and Ole Nielsen bred him in BC. Next Otis calls Sky Borne mom. Sky Borne was a stakes winner herself and produced Notis Otis, the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt or Gelding in BC in 2004.
A Maiden Special Weight event was offered as the sixth and the three-year-old filly Cypress Park ($7.50) proved best with a 3 ¼ length win over a field that included 8 three-year-olds and one older filly. Enrique Gonzalez was aboard for his second win on the card. The final time of 1:17.85 was notable on a track that was not readily surrendering fast times. The previous race was a very tough 25K dash for older males that went no more than two lengths faster than the young filly did. Cypress Park is owned by Nick and Pauline Felicella and trained by Anita Bolton. She was bred in BC and raised for several months by her mother, Mascaretta who has also raised three stakes winners, one of whom, Hollywood Hit, is a full sister to Cypress Park. White House Stables bred Cypress Park.
Jockey Denis Araujo took the opener with Brother Rod ($5.30) for owner Robin Sadler and owner/trainer John Morrison. Brother Rod’s mother is Sunshine Shadows. He has made her proud by doing something she was unable to do, win a race. Brother Rod was bred in BC by Helen Klimes.
Araujo got his second win with My Greyson ($3.10) who validated the public support that made him an odds-on favorite with an emphatic 5 length romp over a field of 8K maiden claimers. The eponymously named My Greyson Syndicate owns the winner who is trained by Pat Jarvis. Bryan and Carol Anderson bred My Greyson in BC. They introduced the dad, Cause to Believe, to My Greyson’s mother, Queen on Line, and the result was the winner of Sunday’s third race. My Greyson has a very successful half-sister named Yukon Belle.
The fifth on the card was a tough 25K open claimer for older horses that fell to Hold the Giant ($7.50). The final 6 ½ furlong time of 1:17.47 was the day’s fastest and it provided Araujo with his third win. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. owns the winner and Craig MacPherson trains him. Hold the Giant’s mother, Won by a Pole, lived in Kentucky and he was born there. Won by a Pole never did, but her boy Hold the Giant has won 6 of them, including the Edmonton Juvenile in 2015 at Northlands.
Mustachio ($8.90) won the nightcap in a three-horse photo that gave Araujo his fourth win of the day. Mustachio is owned by Sheena Maybin and owner/trainer Robert Maybin. Mustachio’s mother, Royal Waltz, has resided in New York in recent years and it was there she gave birth to the winner of Sunday’s finale. Mustachio is the second member of his immediate family to win a race. He was last seen making a telephone call from the race office, presumably to tell his mother about his recent success.
Denis Araujo’s four-bagger moved him to the top of the jockey standings. He has now won 9 times, one more than Enrique Gonzalez, Aaron Gryder and Amadeo Perez who have each won 8. David Lopez has 5 wins.
Seven days into the season, trainers Mike Anderson and Glen Todd have both made 7 trips to the Winner’s Circle. Philip Hall, Robert Maybin and Craig MacPherson have 4 apiece. Barbara Heads and Mark Cloutier have both won 3 times.
Leading owner with 5 wins is the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. and Robert and Sheena Maybin are tied for second with 4 firsts. Whieldon Thoroughbreds has won three.
It was a gorgeous spring day at Hastings Racecourse and it was a red-letter day for some. Last year’s leading trainer reminded his colleagues that he is still around with a training triple that moved him into third in the standings behind leader Mike Anderson whose double gives him 7 wins after six racing days. Owner and breeder George Gilbert doubled in both those categories and owner Whieldon Thoroughbreds won two on the day. Denis Araujo guided two winners home as did Enrique Gonzalez. And although he is not here to take a bow, the oft lamented Rosberg sired the final two winners on the card.
Caymus Reserve ($3.30) uncorked a good one in the opener for owner Whieldon Thoroughbreds and trainer Mike Anderson. Sitting third behind two speed horses, just as his stablemate would two races later, Caymus Reserve made a move just past the half that took the element of suspense out the equation. It was a straight line home for the winner who pulled almost four lengths clear at the finish. Final time was 1:19.06. Denis Araujo rode the winner that would be the first of two for the Whieldon and Anderson combo. Annotis and Cassidy Finality ran second and third.
Skirting the field after breaking from the outside, Mori Girl ($5.80) soon went to the lead and while she was pursued, the further they went the more obvious it became that she was not going to get caught. Mori Girl was on the lead in a sprint while running route fractions (24.22 quarter mile, 48.61 to the half). From there, Mori Girl ran home, getting the last 5/16ths of a mile in a shade over 31 seconds. That all added up to a 4 ¼ length margin after 6 ½ furlongs in 1:20.4. Antonio Reyes rode the winner for owner/breeders Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bennett and their long-time trainer Barbara Heads. The favored Maxi’n Motion finished second, well clear of Midnight Market in third.
Aditya ($4.80) often finds a way to beatya, he has now won 6 of 16 starts spread over a career that began in 2014, although he did not race at all last year. He won this time by sitting in the garden spot for a half mile behind the dueling duo of After the Conflict and Fifer until jockey David Lopez gave the go sign. One outside move on the turn later, it was over. Aditya said seeya, moved clear and maintained a comfortable 2 ½ length lead to the wire. Final time was 1:17.88, the fastest of the seven 6 ½ furlong events that comprised the card. The win completed a double for owner Whieldon Thoroughbreds and trainer Mike Anderson. Anderson had the exacta when Stormy Teen checked in second, ahead of After the Conflict in third. Aditya was bred in BC by Leif and Karen Nordahl.
Fort Mac ($20.70) logged his first win in the fourth, a Maiden Special Weight for three-year-olds and up that in the end was comprised solely of three-year-olds. Fort Mac was the most experienced horse in the field, having traveled as far as Woodbine for two of his seven previous outings. That experience served him well when he was asked to move through on the rail coming down the lane. He did so and was rewarded for his bravery with a neck over a closing Panhandle who had to get out from behind horses to put in a run that missed by a neck. The pace-setting El Noble was another neck back in third after running hooked on the lead the whole way. Bowchickawowwow ran far too well to be no better than fourth, but that is how it went. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:19.22. Philip Hall trains Fort Mac for Kim Peacock and Lance Giesbrecht.
Indie Rock ($6.00) hit all the right notes when she rolled to a 7 ¾ length score in the fifth, an allowance race for fillies and mares that had never won three races. The favored Jakobs Rocket Girl got to the lead and appeared to be well ensconced there, only to be joined quickly by the winner and Eco Charge on the front end, with Sail On By close up on the outside after lunging at the break. But if it was crowded early on the front end, it was lonely late because it was Indie Rock all by herself. Classic Statement put in a nice run from last to be second and Peach Pike was another back in third. None of the contestants were within hailing distance of Indie Rock. Indie Rock was bred in BC by Mr. and Mrs. John Snow. She is owned by John Snow, High Stakes Thoroughbreds and 3480 Equine Inc. LLP. John Snow trains.
Another Guinness ($12.70) put in a stout effort to head the sixth, a Maiden Special Weight for three-and-ups that, like its split that went as the fourth, was composed entirely of three-year-olds. Titus Command and The Chances R fought it out early and hung up a fast half mile in 45.87, the second quickest of the day. The Chances R had Titus Command discouraged by the time they hit the second turn, and midway around it, The Chances R looked like a good thing. But Another Guinness was brewing up a closing burst that took him from well back on the backstretch to a striking position in the lane. Rider Enrique Gonzalez guided Another Guinness to the inside of The Chances R coming to the wire and right on by to score by a length-and-a-half. Final 6 ½ furlong time was 1:19.13. George Gilbert bred and owns Another Guinness and Philip Hall trains the gelded son of Rosberg.
Northern Storm ($5.00) nearly blew a length lead in the lane but managed to weather the late surge of Coco a Gogo who came up a neck short of the winner after 6 ½ furlongs in 1:19.07. Hurricane Ronda outran her odds to finish third. Northern Storm chased Ware’s My Jennie for a half mile before moving to a lead that proved good enough to give Enrique Gonzalez a riding double, provide owner/breeder George Gilbert with his second win on the card and furnish trainer Philip Hall with a triple. Northern Storm is by Rosberg who sired the day’s last two winners. After a brief photography session, the winner went to a new home.
Another glorious day at Historic Old Hastings Racecourse saw a seven-race card that featured the Ross McLeod Stakes for three-year-old fillies and the return of the 2017 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in BC, the undefeated Here’s Hannah. She remained undefeated after a tough race and a nose decision. Enrique Gonzalez rode two winners on the card as did Aaron Gryder.
Here’s Hannah: The Second Season
The odds-on favorite Here’s Hannah ($3.20) was life and death to win the Ross McLeod Stakes on Sunday after getting hooked up with a hard sent Acharnement in a speed duel that produced a 21.93 quarter mile and a 45.12 on a track that was fast but moving towards cuppy. Here’s Hannah survived the duel, Acharnement suffered the consequences, backing up to last as Gigi Jean was winding up from there, launching a run that would get her to within a nose of last year’s champion two-year-old filly at the wire. There was a head bob of difference between the two after 6 ½ furlongs over a tiring track that required 1:19.07 to complete. Raider finished third by a head in a three-horse photo with Suzette and My Aunt Mo.
Here’s Hannah broke well, but so did Acharnement who established the smallest of leads as the two of them were locked on each other through a fiercely run half mile. At that point, with Here’s Hannah on the inside of Acharnement, jockey Richard Hamel began to seriously ask Here’s Hannah for run. She provided it. She moved a length clear of her pursuers and set sail for home.
It became apparent that none of the early participants were making any progress and Gigi Jean was. A run that began not long after she straightened out for the backstretch took her wide on the final turn and from there she leveled off on the outside, switched leads and missed by an inch. On the gallop out Here’s Hannah dug back in and she and Gigi Jean galloped out together. Hopefully we will see them back on June 2nd in the Emerald Downs.
Here’s Hannah was bred in British Columbia by B. C. Stables. She is by Numaany out of Dreams Start Here, an unraced A Fleets Dancer mare. Dreams Start Here is out of I Timad, a Kharywan mare whose total production was three unraced foals. Here’s Hannah is the best horse in the family’s last four generations. She is trained by John Morrison who got her good enough off works to put away Acharnement who ran well over the winter in Phoenix, and last over Gigi Jean who winter raced in Kentucky at Turfway Park. Here’s Hannah is owned by B C Stables and Paul L. Caravetta.
Last year, Here’s Hannah won three races by a total of 17 ½ lengths. She won this one by only an inch or two, but she passed a test in doing so. She passed the “what will happen when you get looked in the eye for a while early and get run at late by a horse that is not hanging” test. It could be argued that the race produced two wonderfully timed rides. Richard Hamel metered out Here’s Hannah at a rate that produced a nose win: Dennis Araujo was a football field behind when he initiated Gigi Jean’s run and he was an inch or two off over the distance.
The supporting feature was the fifth, an Allowance Optional with a $35,000 price tag available for those who did not fit the non-winners of two other than condition. Strate Remark ($14.30) won it on sheer doggedness. He chased the frontrunning Crackdown all the way in second before getting by him in the last couple of strides. After a very comfortable half in 46.77, Crackdown opened some ground on Strate Remark and it looked as if it might be over. Strate Remark and rider Aaron Gryder were having none of it. Gryder kept riding, Strate Remark kept running and their persistence paid off. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.22. Strate Remark is owned by Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. and trained by Craig MacPherson.
Strate Remark is by Sungold out of the Red Rock Farm mare Remarkable Gal who has foaled four stakes winners (plus one in Macau) and two stakes-placed horses. Strate Remark is a full brother to the 2011 Sadie Diamond victor Sunnyside Gal and a half to Grade 3 winner Trick of the North and multiple stakes winner Remarkable Miss. Red Rock Farm bred Strate Remark who sold for $35,000 in the 2015 CTHS Sale. Strate Remark won two stakes at two, including the Ascot, and finished second in the Jack Diamond Futurity.
Enrique Gonzalez opened the day’s proceedings by winning the early double. He rode Texas Kid ($3.60) who ran away and hid from 4K maiden field in the first. He won by 9 ¼ lengths for trainer Frank Barroby and the Rocking Bar B Outfit. Gonzalez followed that with a win aboard a very game Torniador ($3.60) for owners Ernesto Rojas, Geovani Olalde, and Milton Palma who also does the training.
Aaron Gryder won with Strate Remark, as recounted above, after taking the fourth with Mighty Fraser ($8.50) for owners North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, R. Morrison and Peter Tom. Glenn Todd trains. Final time for the 6 ½ furlong open $16,000 claimer was 1:17.27, only 5 one-hundredths slower than the 35k Optional that went as the next race.
Halloween Queen ($9.90) wired the third under jockey Silvino Morales for owner/breeders Robert and Sheena Maybin. Robert Maybin trains the homebred daughter of Acceptable. All seven winners on the card were BC breds and six of them were sired by BC stallions. The exception was the day’s longest price, Lookout Taylor ($25.30) who is by the Alberta based Gayego. Lookout Taylor is owned by her breeders, Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds. Mike Anderson trains.
Five racing days into the meet, Aaron Gryder and Amadeo Perez are tied atop the rider standings with 7 wins apiece. Enrique Gonzalez and David Lopez have 4 wins each while Richard Hamel and Dennis Araujo have won three.
Leading trainer is Glen Todd with 6 wins, one more than Mike Anderson has in second. Rob Maybin and Craig MacPherson have both won 3 times and a number of trainers have a pair.
Leading owner is the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. with 5 trips to Victory Lane. Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. has gone 3 times, as have Robert and Sheena Maybin. Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. has won two.
We had better weather than they did in Louisville, Kentucky and we had a stake race for three-year-olds, just like they did, but you have to admit they run a pretty good feature the first Saturday in May. It was an extraordinary effort from Justify who will bring Triple Crown buzz to our world for a couple of weeks at least and it will be fun.
Richard Hamel probably had fun winning with the first two horses he got on this season. Enrique Gonzalez must have enjoyed his day while winning a couple. A large crowd appeared to have fun under a sun that has been scarce until recently. And Sungold probably had fun siring two of the winners on the card, although that remains speculative.
A Whiz Of A Wiz He Is
The Jim Coleman Province Stakes went to the favored Weekend Wizard ($5.30) who showed six other three-year-olds a conjuring trick when he put 6 lengths between him and them approaching the wire and vanished into the distance. Slew’s Da Boss ran on to be a well removed second and He’s the Reason, the second betting choice, checked in third, but neither was ever going to beat the winner today. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.27. The winner got the last five-sixteenths in 31 flat.
Weekend Wizard did not get away all that well, he broke a little outward from his outside post, but he soon joined Winter Knight who took the rail and the two of them were head-and-head to the half that came up in 46.27. Soon thereafter, Weekend Wizard became full-time gone. He bid Winter Knight good day and quickly opened up daylight on He’s the Reason who had made a run to get into second after Winter Knight paid the price for hooking the winner early. Not that it mattered. By the time they were mid-way through the final turn it was apparent to even the most casual of fans that nobody was catching Weekend Wizard. It was certainly apparent to jockey Richard Hamel who, in the lane, took a long searching look back from his vantage point atop the winner but was unable to find any cause for concern.
Weekend Wizard was purchased out of the 2016 CTHS Yearling Sale by Riversedge Racing Stables for $47,000. He was bred in British Columbia by Foundation Racing Stable. He is from the last crop of Rosberg out of the stakes -winning mare Gosailgo. The dam won stakes at Hastings and Emerald Downs and ran second in the best stakes for older mares at Northlands. Her game would travel, and she won short and long. And although Weekend Wizard galloped out like a horse that was far from done, he has another sprint stake in front of him, and out of those that ran today, it requires some creative thought to come up with why the result would not be the same. It was a convincing win. Craig MacPherson trains Weekend Wizard for Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.
The first of Hamel’s wins came with Seagold ($11.10) in the fifth for trainer Steve Henson and owners Morris Peter, David Peter, Dennis Dale and Ed Welsh. It was the second win on the day for the get of Sungold.
Enrique Gonzalez also doubled. He rode Pallasgreen ($3.20) in the opener for owner Donna Gilbert and trainer Philip Hall and he took the fourth with Aspired ($5.40) for owners Nick and Pauline Felicella and trainer Anita Bolton.
The second race on the card was a 16K maiden claimer that fell to a very game Master Ewen ($7.50) who maintained his position on the rail in a three, then two-horse speed duel in which he got no peace to win for owners Robert and Sheena Maybin, trainer Robert Maybin. Silvino Morales rode for the Maybins.
The third went to Kelson ($6.70) with Aaron Gryder aboard for the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd. Kelson went wire-to-wire on a field of 8K non-winners of three. He was the first of Sungold’s two winners.
Ace Deuce ($27.60) served up the day’s longest price while he was serving up 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.78 to a field of 4k non-winners of the year. It was an unlucky spot for a number of trainers to have landed in with well-meant horses only to see it come to naught thanks to a 13-1 shot that lays a crusher on you. This was a trump race in this division. Barbara Heads owns and trains the winner and Dennis Araujo rode him.
Racing made a real splash at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday as eight winners waded to victory over a moisture laden track that seemed to offer equal opportunities for speed horses and closers alike. Three of the eight races were won by Amadeo Perez who moved into the top slot in the jockey standings.
Corky’s Luck Loves The Muck
The day’s co-feature was an Allowance Optional claimer (the option being a $25,000 price tag) for older horses who were non-winners of 2 (3 for BC-breds). It was won by Corky’s Luck ($4.60) after a rousing stretch tussle with All Under Control who held second comfortably over the closing former Claimer of the Year, Twistgrips. David Lopez rode the winner whose final time for the 6 furlongs was 1:11.72. The first three finishers were all in for the 25K tag, not being eligible for the allowance condition, having won 19 races between them. None of their 5 protected competitors had won more than two.
Corky’s Luck is owned and trained by Cindy Krasner and is just one more mid-level claimer that has climbed the ladder in the Krasner barn. Claimed for $16,000 at Hastings last September, Corky’s Luck has now won two upper-level optionals and placed in another. He has 7 career wins and has been first or second in more than half of his 33 starts.
Indie Rock Is Solid
The other co-feature was a fillies and mares version of the Allowance Optional claimer recounted above and it went as the seventh race. Indie Rock ($9.40) indeed rocked her way to a 4 ¼ length score over Beentospain who took the place away late from the pacesetting Classic Statement who managed to maintain third. Indie Rock required 1:12.35 to complete the 6 furlongs under Amadeo Perez who was racking up his third riding win on the day.
The winner broke a shade slow from the inside post and took a slight bump, but she quickly established a rail position behind the speed of 10-1 shot Classic Statement. Going down the backstretch Indie Rock asserted herself with a move along the rail, took the lead going into the second turn and built on it all the way home. She was never under any threat after she moved to the front.
Indie Rock was bred in BC by Mr. and Mrs. John Snow. She is owned by John Snow, High Stakes Thoroughbreds and 3480 Equine Inc. LLC. John Snow trains the daughter of Second in Command.
Omega Victory Game As Ever
The fourth was a $12,500 open claimer for older horses and it was tough. Omega Victory ($22.90) proved toughest with a front-running effort that was never really challenged. Bornatthetrack and Southern Casanova quickly identified themselves as the pursuers and Omega Victory made sure they remained nothing more by running the fastest 6 furlongs of the day, 1:11.61. Southern Casanova took the place spot late from Bornatthetrack. The two of them ran well, but Omega Victory ran better for apprentice rider Learie Seecharan who made his first trip to the Hastings Winner’s Circle.
The winner is owned and trained by Julie Wicks. He was bred in BC by Helen Klimes and is by Storm Victory out of the Northern Flagship mare North by South.
Always Sunny Can Stand A Little Rain
Both of Always Sunny’s ($29.50) wins have come on wet tracks and this one paid a large price to handicappers who paid attention in the eighth and last to the five-year-old gelding’s wet track form. He is now 6 for 8 in the money over tracks considered as some variety of damp. Imposing Cat and Blur’sfinalcommand set the table for Always Sunny with a half-mile that was almost 5 lengths the fastest of the day. The speed duel cost both any chance they may have had to win, but they soldiered on resolutely to be second and third, respectively. The final time of 1:11.62 was one-hundredth of a second slower than Omega Victory’s best of the day.
Always Sunny was bred by Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bennett who continue to own and race him. Barbara Anderson trains for the Bennetts. Always Sunny is by Sungold out of Always Brassy, making him a full brother to the multiple stakes winner, Brass and Gold, also a Bennett homebred. Dennis Araujo rode the winner.
Amadeo Perez got the first of his three wins in the third with Astartobe ($3.30) and produced the day’s shortest win price. Astartobe stalked the early pace of Ware’s My Jennie, put that one away after a half-mile and was never troubled thereafter. Coco a Gogo and Kodiak Rose closed some to be second and third without ever putting the outcome in doubt. Astartobe got the 6 furlongs in 1:12.44. She is owned by Michael Whieldon and Terry Clyde. Mike Anderson trains.
He’s Gatsby Runs Great
The opener was an 8K maiden claimer for older horses that went to He’s Gatsby ($10.20) who made a long swooping inside to out move on the final turn and sustained his momentum all the way to the wire. My Greyson and Silver Dude dueled long and hard on the front-end, finishing second and third, respectively. Final time for the very damp (sloppy) 6 furlongs was
Jockey Jeff Burningham produced a well-timed effort for owners Bill Randall, David Gregory and Sylvea Gregory who also trains the gelded son of Cause to Believe. He’s Gatsby is a full brother to the CTHS Sales Stake winner Wonder World and is out of the Archer’s Bay mare Amy Came Back. He was bred in British Columbia by Gil and Wil’s Stud Farm.
Eightthreesixsix Dials One Up
On a card that saw four homebreds win, trainer Pat Jarvis went one better when she sent Eightthreesixsix ($11.90) out to break his maiden in the second. Jarvis bred, owns and trains the son of Sir Gallovic who was ridden to his initial win by Antonio Reyes. Miss Warlady and Khaiky’s Command finished out juicy trifectas and superfectas as the two longest shots on the board. With the favored El Diamante off the board, the superfecta in a 6-horse field paid $3,271 for a buck.
Next Otis Elevates His Game
A wire-to-wire effort in the sixth race by Next Otis ($5.20) got Amadeo Perez his second win on the day, this one for owners Canmor Farms and Tracy McCarthy and trainer Mark Cloutier. The 25K maiden claimer was timed in 1:13.96 for the 6 furlongs. Next Otis went to the lead shortly after the break with Mustachio in close pursuit. Next Otis gradually discouraged that one and had more than enough left to render the late closes of Lucky Ending and Titus Command harmless however willing they may have been. Next Otis was bred in British Columbia by Ole Nielsen and is trained by Mark Cloutier.
Three race days into the season Amadeo Perez has vaulted into the lead in the rider standings. Sunday’s triple gives him 7 wins for the season in 15 trips. He is 3 clear of Aaron Gryder who has won 4. David Lopez is in third with three wins. Dennis Araujo and Jeffery Burningham each have two.
Mike Anderson and Glen Todd top the trainers with 4 wins apiece. Mark Cloutier, Dino Condilenios and Cindy Krasner all have won a pair.
The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. leads the owners with 4 wins in 9 starts. Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. has two wins.
While Saturday’s opening day card was admittedly a little sparse, Sunday was a different story. Of the seven races offered, two were Stakes, there was one Allowance and three were Maiden Special Weights. One claimer filled out the card. The Brighouse Belles drew a field that included 4 stakes winners while the Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural produced the maximum 11 allowed in sprints with 8 of the contestants having previously won stakes.
Jockey Amadeo Perez had a triple, two of which gave owner Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. and trainer Dino Condilenios doubles.
Blue Law: Shock And Awe
Blue Law ($37.70) shipped up race fit from Turf Paradise and on the improve, but, as evidenced by the price he paid, few foresaw the explosion that occurred in the Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural Stakes. Despite being at least three-wide for most of the trip, Blue Law laid waste to what had appeared to be a full field of runners deep in talent. Eight of the eleven starters were stakes winners, two were stakes placed and only Blue Law was neither. His best finish came two back when he won a conditioned allowance race at Turf Paradise. Before that he had broken his maiden in a 20K claimer and won a handful of 15k claimers in Washington and Arizona. Regardless, he gave the odds-on favorite Quick and Silver a 3 ½ length drubbing and was well clear of last year’s BC Derby runner-up, Trooper John, and Bistraya who dead-heated for third. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs run over a track that was not surrendering fast times was a very decent 1:16.93. It gave rider Amadeo Perez his second of three wins on the day.
Trainer Cindy Krasner has shown a knack for turning $16,000 claimers into stakes winners. She won the G3 Premier’s last year with Awesome Slate and Blue Law was in for 16K as recently as mid-January. No matter, he is a stakes winner now. The Kentucky bred gelded son of Dunkirk is owned by Tim Bankers, and as mentioned, is trained by Cindy Krasner.
Alliford Bay For Shore In The Brighouse Belles
At 25 cents to the dollar the odds-on invader Alliford Bay ($2.50) came as no surprise to anyone, but the decisive nature of the win still commanded attention. Alliford Bay, with Rico Walcott in the saddle, tracked, then attacked from outside the pace setting pair of Jakobs Rocket Girl and C U At Eau Clair as they approached the far turn. By the time they hit the head of the lane the question of who would win was resolved. How far a widening Alliford Bay would win by remained an open question until they hit the wire, with 3 ½ lengths being the answer. Good Luck to You closed well to be second and Jakobs Rocket Girl battled on to hold third after exhausting herself on the front end, but neither of them posed any threat to the winner who came home with gusto. Alliford Bay’s 6 ½ furlong time of 1:17.03 included a final sixteenth of a mile that was a couple of lengths faster than Blue Law’s close in the next race.
Alliford Bay is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. and trained by Blaine Wright. The Kentucky bred daughter of City Zip has now won 3 stakes and is a half-sister to a graded stakes winner. As such she is going to be a desirable addition to someone’s broodmare band when her racing days are over. For the time being, she is going to be formidable competition any time she steps onto the Hastings oval.
Boundary Bay Turns The Tide
The opener, an allowance affair for thee-year-olds that had never won two races, was won by Boundary Bay ($4.70) who, despite being headed on the second turn by European, came back to regain the lead and hold that one safe in the stretch to score by a half-length in 1:11.69. It was his second career win in 6 starts. European was easily second over Gimme Some Slack who nevertheless closed nicely to be third. Boundary Bay is owned by the North American Thoroughbred Company, Inc. and trained by Glen Todd. Aaron Gryder rode the winner while notching his fourth win on opening weekend for NATHC and trainer Todd who also won four times in the first two days.
Tiptoe Steps Out
The second race was the first of three Maiden Special Weights carded for the day (this one was for fillies and mares) and it went to the Swift Thoroughbreds’ first-timer Tiptoe ($7.80) who prevailed in convincing fashion. In tight early while trying to get through on the rail, Tiptoe was shuffled back going down the backstretch. Refusing to be discouraged, she moved outside and around the front runners on the final turn. At the head of the lane she switched leads and accelerated away from her competitors with a turn of foot that would fill any owner with hope. Final time for the 6 furlongs was 1:13.96 but the way she won was more impressive than how long it took. It was the first of three wins for Amadeo Perez who was legged up by trainer Dino Condilenios.
Tiptoe was bought by Swift Thoroughbreds out of the 2016 CTHS (BC Div.) Sale for $29,000 from the consignment of her breeder, Whitewood Farm. The daughter of Tiz Wonderful is out of the Yankee Gentleman mare Harmony Creator, making her a half-sister to Architecture who won three stakes for Swift a few years back.
Great Blake Makes No Mistake
The third race was another Maiden Special Weight and it was won by Great Blake ($8.70) who defeated the odds-on favorite Panhandle by a couple of lengths after 6 furlongs had passed in 1:12.35. Great Blake’s two previous starts came last year at Belmont, but the New York bred has clearly made the adjustment to the Left Coast. He broke on top from the rail and led all the way with Panhandle in game but futile pursuit. It never looked like the winner was going to get caught and as they came to the wire he slowly increased his margin. Another Guinness was third all the way around but finished well back of the winner. Great Blake is owned by Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. and is trained by Craig MacPherson.
While it may not have been a victory of Biblical proportions, Ezekiel ($10.50) put in a solid effort to win his debut in a Maiden Special Weight that closed out the Sunday card. Co-favorites Cedar Chines and Fort Mac ran second and third respectively in a field comprised solely of three-year-olds. Amadeo Perez rode the winner for his third score of the day while giving Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. an owner’s double and providing trainer Dino Condilenios with his second Sunday trip to the Winner’s Circle.
Aditya ($5.60) won the only claimer of the day, a 4K non-winners event for older horses. And they were older. The field included an eleven-year-old, a nine and an eight. The winner is a spring chicken of six and his youthful exuberance produced a winning 6-furlong effort in 1:11.54. David Lopez rode for owner Whieldon Thoroughbreds and trainer Mike Anderson.
After the two-day opening weekend Amadeo Perez and Aaron Gryder lead the jockeys with 4 wins apiece. Glen Todd tops the trainers with 4 wins, one more than Mike Anderson who has 3. Leading owner is the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. with 4 visits to the Winner’s Circle. Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. has gone twice.
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”
Willie “The Shake” Spear, a noted English tout.
After many a simulcast comes the live and after many a dismal day came the sun to brighten up the opening of the 2018 thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse. It has not been an easy thing to prepare for. The track was frozen for 8 days and there was no training at all. It rained most other days, somewhere between a steady drizzle and a monsoon, and that made for more cautious training than usual. Nevertheless, two-cards were assembled, and we are back.
Also back is Aaron Gryder who celebrated his return to Hastings with a riding triple. Also winning three was the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd. Todd also bred two of his three winners. (Further, the same connections ran second in the last). Mike Anderson had a training double, winning the second and fourth (and finishing second and third in two other races).
Parianne Gets It Started
The first race of the year fell to the Maybin bred, owned and conditioned Parianne ($11.80) who left no doubt as to who was best in a small group of 4K maidens after she launched a run going into the second turn that had her clear by daylight by the time she straightened out for the run home. The winner widened on runner-up Lucynme all the way to the wire to finish 5 lengths clear of that one after six furlongs in 1:14.10 over a track labeled “good”. The even-money favorite Champagne Waltz finished third. Jeffery Burningham rode Parianne for owner/breeders Rob and Sheena Maybin, with that selfsame Rob doing the training. Parianne is by the Maybin’s stallion Acceptable, out of their Smart Strike mare, Crystal Bowl.
Convergent ($6.50) met up with the finish line three-quarters of a length to the good of Crafty Memory who, at 13-1, was the longest horse in a short field of three-year-old 16K maiden fillies. It was written as a three-and-up, but no older fillies or mares showed. Crafty Memory ran hard the whole trip despite giving way late to Convergent, finishing 9 lengths clear of Porto Rican Queen who checked in a distant third. Convergent negotiated the 6 furlongs in 1:13.97 under jockey David Lopez. Mike Anderson trains for owner James Redekop.
Total Defence ($4.50) was totally dominant in the third race of the season, a 4K non-winner of two. She shrugged off early challenges from Proudly Notised and Dhatzit while assuming the lead and cruising home with considerable ease to be 6 lengths up on Proudly Notised when it ended after six furlongs in 1:12.41. Dhatzit ran third in a race where all the contestants ran protected under the waiver claiming rule. Aaron Gryder rode for owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd.
The fourth race on the card produced the tightest finish of the day when Zanita Rosae ($4.10) prevailed by a head over Halloween Queen who was, in turn, a length better than Hippie in third. It was the 10th win of the seven-year-old Zanita Rosae’s career. She has now finished 1-2-3 in 23 of her 36 lifetime starts. The winner was bred in BC by Sandra Loseth and is by the late Skimming out of Platinum Jewel, a daughter of Alphabet Soup. Terry Clyde and Mike Anderson are the current owners and Mike Anderson trains. Scott Williams produced a perfectly timed ride to get up late in the proceedings. Fina time was 1:13.24 over a track that had just been upgraded to ‘fast”.
There was no denying Appellant ($3.00) who took the fifth, a 16K maiden claimer, by almost a dozen lengths. Storm Rocket, in at 107, got a dozen pounds from the winner, but that was nowhere near enough to keep him close to Appellant who might have been able to win pulling a plow. Cryptonotis ran well enough to be third. Appellant is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and is trained by Glen Todd who also bred him in Kentucky. Stable rider Aaron Gryder had only to do some steering and not fall off to rack up the second of the day for himself and the connections.
Gryder, Todd and NATHC got their third of the day in the next race when Act Up ($8.40) ran down Humphrey Lad in a 4K claiming event for non-winners of two. The front end was contested by Humphrey Lad and Torniador before Act Up moved up outside of them to take the lead about a sixteenth from home. Torniador soldiered on for third after getting in tight and losing momentum. Act Up required 1:12.38 to polish off the six furlongs. The winner, by Stephanotis, was bred in BC by Ole Nielsen and Glen Todd.
Over the course of the day the track was drying out, and in the seventh race Coulterberry ($10.00) finished the job when he torched a very tough, if brief, field of open $16,000 older claimers with a swift last-to-first six furlongs in 1:10.83, by far the fastest race of the day. Mighty Fraser closed well to finish second, a neck better than the nine-year-old Burnum in third. Coulterberry was the beneficiary of a pace battle between The Odds R Good and Fifer who went fast early to set up the winner who went fast late. Coulterberry got the last quarter-mile in 24 seconds and small change to lock up an emphatic score. Mark Cloutier trains for owner/breeders Roy and Dixie Jacobson. Amadeo Perez rode the winner.
The weatherman cut us some slack. There was sunshine, the track dried out to a large extent and people showed up to close it down for another year. Four stakes races buttressed the card with a Marathon Series finale at a mile-and-a-half thrown in to provide some variety. Hopefully a good time was had by all and all that had a good time will join us next April when local racing resumes.
It was a great season for many at Hastings this year and I have enjoyed writing up some of the events and successes for you, even when it kept me up to all hours to meet the deadline. But all good things come to an end, as has this season, and in the immortal words of Porky the Pig, “That’s all folks.”
The British Columbia Cup Classic Handicap: Crazy Prophet
For the second straight year Crazy Prophet ($5.20) closed out his season with a win in the British Columbia Cup Classic. Crazy Prophet came from a long way back, he was about 10 lengths out of it after 6 furlongs had passed in a smoking 1:11.08 with Power Corrupt well clear on the lead. It was at that point that rider Amadeo Perez asked and Crazy Prophet responded with the ferocious run that would get him home almost 3 lengths ahead of Power Corrupt who soldiered on heroically after setting fierce (23.24 and 46.80) early fractions. Sargent Rick came late to wrap up third. Final time for the mile-and-an-eighth was a solid 1:49.93 over a track labeled “good”.
Power Corrupt was out winging when the gates opened, although he was not without company. B C Charlie and Santa Fe Trail sandwiched him for a while before, first, Santa Fe Trail and then B C Charlie gave up the chase. No matter, Crazy Prophet took it up with an eye-popping move that had him in front early in the stretch run. Not that it was uneventful, he bumped with Sargent Rick at the head of the lane and nearly had his rear end taken out from underneath him. But all’s well that ends well and it ended well for Crazy Prophet.
The winner is owned by Shamrock Racing Stable Ltd. and is trained by John Snow. He was bred in British Columbia by Mike Cherney. The gelded son of Rosberg was one of two stakes winners on the card for that departed stallion.
The British Columbia Cup Distaff Handicap: Babys Got Track
A front-running effort got the job done for Babys Got Track ($24.70) as she annexed her first stakes win for owner Dan Lee under the vigorous handling of jockey Silvino Morales. Sailingforthesun ran on late to take second. Yukon Belle held on to third after briefly getting a nose in front of the winner on the final turn. The mile-and-an-eighth was covered in 1:51.53.
Babys Got Track set the early fractions with, first, Quatre Cat and then, more seriously, Yukon Belle trying her. Babys Got Track responded to Yukon Belle’s challenge by opening up daylight in the stretch and holding Sailingforthesun off late in the event. Notis the Jewell, who went off as the favorite and packed 124 pounds, rallied to be a non-threatening fourth, thereby bringing her string of three consecutive stakes wins to a close.
Babys Got Track was bred in British Columbia by Allan MacHaffie and the late Marion MacHaffie. Babys Got Track racked up her fourth career win for owner Dan Lee who purchased her for $3,000 in the 2016 Hastings Paddock Sale. She is the third stakes winner out the 18 horses that were sold in that sale. Philip Hall trains Babys Got Track who gave him his second win for the day. She is by Numaany who would appear to be the coming thing in stallions in the province.
The British Columbia Cup Debutante Stakes: Raider
Following a couple of good runner-up efforts behind the formidable Here’s Hannah, the absence of that one gave Raider ($3.40) the opportunity to shine and she took full advantage of the occasion to notch her first local stakes win. She had previously won the Sales Stake Fillies at Northlands and now has a pair of stakes victories after getting past Under Par mid-way down the stretch and drawing off to be almost 2 lengths clear at the finish. Leading rider Richard Hamel was aboard for the first of his two stakes scores.
Under Par set tepid early fractions (a half in 48.54) that led to a strongly run last 5/16ths for both horses with Raider being the better finisher. Under Par, who won a 16K maiden claimer over the Nursery Course in her only prior start, was well clear of Sonoma who ran on to be third after botching the start as she did in her previous outing when she ran third in the Sadie Diamond. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:18.88.
Raider now has two wins and two seconds in four stakes after finishing fourth in her first start in a Maiden Special Weight in Edmonton. Her two previous local outings saw her run second in both the Sadie Diamond and the Fantasy. Raider is owned by Curtis Landry who bought her from the Mike Anderson consignment for $19,000 in the 2016 CTHS Sale. She was bred in BC by William DeCoursey. Greg Tracy trains the daughter of Stephanotis.
The Marathon Series: Citron Kid
A mile-and-a-half is a long way for most modern-day thoroughbreds to run, but Citron Kid ($4.40) obviously relished it as he powered to a 4 ½ length lead in the Marathon Series finale. He packed jockey Silvino Morales and some lead in the saddle to make up the high-weight of 122 pounds that he carried while giving 7 pounds to runner-up Perfectly Reckless. That one benefited from a ground saving ride by Amadeo Perez that got him home a neck better than What Goes Around who finished third.
Citron Kid won 4 races in 10 starts this year at Hastings, including the penultimate race in the Marathon series at a mile-and-three-eighths. Off that the public made him the favorite and he did not disappoint. He is owned by Praven Sorenson and Brian Albertson. Philip Hall trains and the win was the first of two on the card for Hall.
The British Columbia Cup Nursery Stakes: Weekend Wizard
A whiz of a wiz he is too as Weekend Wizard ($6.20) demonstrated with a convincing win over the Jack Diamond and Ascot winner Wise Market. The two of them went at it for most of the 6 ½ furlongs before Weekend Wizard got the edge and moved away to a length-and-a-quarter margin at the wire. Wise Market was easily second over Slew’s Da Boss who closed from well back to be third. Richard Hamel rode the winner whose time was 1:17.37. It was Hamel’s second win and second stakes win on the day.
Weekend Wizard went to the lead right out of the gate, a spot Wise Market had occupied in his two previous starts, and he refused to give it up. Wise Market chased hard but on the final turn Weekend Wizard opened up a couple of lengths, and even though Wise Market never gave up trying, he was no threat to the winner coming home.
Weekend Wizard is owned by Riversedge Racing Stables and is trained by Craig MacPherson. He was bought out of the 2016 CTHS Sale for $47,000 by his current owner. Weekend Wizard is by the late stallion Rosberg out of the multiple stakes winning Finality mare Gosailgo. Red Rock Farm handled the consignment for Foundation Racing Stable who bred the winner.
Scott Williams opened and closed the card with riding wins. He took the opener with Act Up ($5.90) for owner North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and trainer Glen Todd. The gelded son of Stephanotis was one of two winners on the card for that sire. Todd and Ole Nielsen bred the winner.
Williams closed out the season aboard Gold Girl ($6.50) for owner/breeder and trainer Barbara Heads. Gold Girl survived a speed duel with Future Games and got home as the favorite to send a good chunk of the public home on a winning note.
Free and Fast ($3.70) won the seventh with Sahin Civaci aboard on behalf of owner Mauro Comensoli and trainer Robert Anderson. The public made him a short price and he justified their confidence with a 5-length score while covering the mile-and-sixteenth in 1:45.78. The winner was claimed.
As has been the custom in recent seasons, Richard Hamel was leading rider. He won 77 races, a whopping 26 wins more than runner-up Enrique Gonzalez. The Top Five.
Richard Hamel 77
Enrique Gonzalez 51
David Lopez 48
Amadeo Perez 43
Silvino Morales 36
The leading trainer by plenty was Philip Hall who sent out 36 winners. Mark Cloutier checked in second with 24. The Top Five.
Philip Hall 36
Mark Cloutier 24
Mike Anderson 23
Glen Todd 22
Nancy Betts 20
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. was the leading owner by a lot with 25 trips to the Winner’s Circle. Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. was second with 14. The Top Five:
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. 25
Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. 14
Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. 12
Robert and Sheena Maybin 11
Russell and Lois Bennett 11
Canmor Farms 8
Mike Andersonand Terry Clyde 8
There were some other noteworthy achievements and achievers this season at Hastings. It was the year of Daz Lin Dawn who swept the three-year-old fillies stakes while posting 7 consecutive wins in an undefeated season. Also intriguing was the emergence of Here’s Hannah who appeared to be the best two-year-old on the grounds regardless of gender. She was certainly the best filly by a half an hour. Notis the Jewell and Awesome Slate hit the stakes heights after toiling in the claiming ranks for part of the season. Morning Blurs was a claimer to be sure, but she won 5 in a row.
Small barn trainer Erick Gutierrez won 5 of 9 starts for a 56% strike rate and regardless of sample size, that is an accomplishment. Nancy Betts had a 30% strike rate with 20 wins in 66 starts and that is not bad either. Philip Hall’s horses won $683K, about 281K more than Barbara Heads who was second in terms of money won. The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company won 25 on its own and at least 6 more in partnerships for a total of 31.
It was a day that tested a racing fan’s commitment to the game. You couldn’t see the mountains all that well, the track was about as sloppy as sloppy gets, and the card itself, well it was fours galore. But we were racing, folks were going to the Winner’s Circle and in those moments forgetting the damp and cold and there is no doubt that purse money won in the last kick at the can constitutes some of the sweetest dollars there ever are. It is the equivalent of a speculator bailing him or herself out in the last race after a bad day at the windows. One day left, you too could get even for the season.
P B Bolt
The opener went to P B Bolt ($32.70) who splashed his way along on the front end of a 6 ½ furlong dash that went in 1:18.47 over a track rated as sloppy, and indeed it was. No matter, P B Bolt handled it well for jockey Romario Saunders. Ambidextrous Duke ran on to be second and Jackson Teller held on to third after chasing the winner early. P B Bolt was bred in BC by his owner, Vector Thoroughbreds, and is trained by Pat Jarvis. It was the first of two riding wins for Saunders.
The second was a 16K maiden claimer for two-year-olds that went to Chilcotin Hill ($25.70) who led all the way and drew off to win by almost 6 lengths despite having gone off as the longest shot in the race. Coupled with P B Bolt in the first, Chilcotin Hill produced a $746 early Daily Double. The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17.78. That is pretty quick stepping for a two-year-old claiming gelding over a tough track, particularly considering that tough older horses went about a half-length slower in the next race. My Greyson chased all the way in second and finished there while Red Buffalo closed to be third. Randy Hudson owns and trains the gelded son of Gottcha Gold who was bred in BC by Brian Leight and Steen and Cathy Reggelsen. Silvino Morales was aboard for the first of two wins on the day.
The seven-year-old gelding Shooting Jacket ($3.10) sat behind a three-horse speed duel until Romario Saunders gave him the go sign, then he ran around them on the final turn and padded his margin coming to the wire while winning by almost 3 lengths. Crius and Seeking Asylum ran second and third after being head and head on the lead for much of the trip. It took 1:17.90 to complete the 6 ½ furlongs. Shooting Jacket was owned by the Hastings Racing Club 2 and trained by Nancy Betts. He went to a new home after the race.
Jockey Silvino Morales got his second win on the card with Instant Cash ($23.40) who proved a head better than a resurgent Brother Rod in the fourth, a 6 ½ furlong sprint that was accomplished in 1:18.41. Instant Cash from well back, cut the corner nicely on the final turn and ran past Brother Rod who dug in and was running at the winner again at the wire. Barkeeper ran third. Instant Cash is owned by Jade Nichols and Devon O’Donnell and trained by C. A. Lacie Burningham. Instant Cash was bred in BC by Loire Patricia Miller.
The fifth fell to Flemings Beach ($7.10), one of the five betting favorites that won on the card. Flemings Beach sat comfortably behind the somewhat ambitious pace that Sedin carved out early and ran past that one after three-quarters passed in 1:12.63. From there, the result was never in doubt, although the 10-year-old Toccet’s Charm put in a late run that got him closer, but not that close, in second. Power to Believe came along for third. Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:45.84. Amadeo Perez rode for owner G. O. Stables and trainer Erick Gutierrez. Flemings Beach was bred in BC by Dr. Bryan Anderson and Carol Anderson.
Rally Cap Rudy
The sixth race was the second of four-consecutive mile-and-sixteenth routes that finished out the card and it was won by Rally Cap Rudy ($7.40). Sheena Ryan, perhaps on a busman’s holiday from riding in Ontario, rode for owner/trainer Philip Hall. It was the first of two for Ryan and it was one more for leading trainer Hall. Fishinonthefraser closed from last to place and Torniador held on to the show spot after leading for a while.
The seventh on the card was another mile-and-sixteenth-affair and it went to Extramarital ($4.90) who led all the way to post a near three-length victory in 1:46.74 under Scott Williams. Kataliah was second and Bullet third in a very strung out field. Extramarital was owned at the time of her win by the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and was trained by Glen Todd who also bred her in Kentucky. After the race she went to a new barn.
All Under Control
The visiting Sheena Ryan got her second win in the nightcap, a 16K conditioned claimer, with All Under Control ($4.30) who definitely had things under control while setting brisk early fractions and drawing off after 6 furlongs in 1:12.28 to win at will. The final time of 1:45.96 was good for a 6 ¾ length margin at the wire. Always Sunny ran second and He’s Got Ego in third were in the money but only All Under Control was in the hunt. Terry Clyde co-owns with trainer Mike Anderson. All Under Control, a gelded son of Storm Victory was bred in BC by Doug Clyde.