Hastings Wrap-up For Closing Day
Our Revels Now Are Ended
Until next April anyway. We will have to get by on simulcasts and our memories for the next few months, but spring will roll around as it always does, and we will be back at it.
A Maiden Special Weight over the 3 ½ furlong Nursery Course got the day under way and it went to Finaly Classy ($9.70) who dueled with Jack’s Reign to the head of the lane before pulling clear on the way home to win convincingly in 39.87. Jack’s Reign kept at it to finish second but was unable to keep up in his first start with Finaly Classy who was cutting back in distance after finishing second in a 6 ½ furlong race for 25K maiden claimers. Antonio Reyes rode for owner Marie Weisenberger and trainer Pat Jarvis. Finaly Classy is by Finality out of Classadala, the Champion Broodmare in BC in 2010. Finaly Classy is a half-brother to BC’s Champion Sprinter of 2010, Classic Alley Kat, and the 2010 Sadie Diamond winner and Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Victory With Class. Finaly Classy was bred in BC by Dr. Sheila McDonald, Ron Bidniak and Karen Bidniak.
B Quick B Gone
The second went to B Quick B Gone ($5.90) who was both under jockey Richard Hamel. B Quick B Gone stalked the pace around the first turn, took the lead before they had gone a half and was never going to lose thereafter. The final 6 ½ furlong time of 1:17.93 was good for a 4 ¾ length margin at the wire. B Quick B Gone is owned by Dennis Spence and trained by Cindy Krasner. The winner, by Archarcharch was bred in Kentucky and was purchased in the January Keeneland Sale by her owner for $20,000 US.
Papa Papa Papa
Richard Hamel came right back in the third with a frontrunning win aboard Papa Papa Papa ($3.90) in an open 25K waiver claimer that went in a seriously fast 1:16.23, the quickest 6 ½ furlongs of the day. Papa cubed appeared to turn back a challenge from most of the field at one time or another, although none of their moves appeared to cause him much concern. After he straightened out for the run down the backstretch, Papa Papa Papa opened some daylight, got the half in 45.37, went three-quarters in 1:09.87 and did not slow down, covering the last sixteenth in less than six-and-a-half seconds. No one was going to catch him. Papa Papa Papa is owned by Big Fly Stables and trained by Steve Bryant. Papa Papa Papa won 2 of his 3 Hastings starts after opening the year at Santa Anita.
Bad and Bougie
Bad and Bougie ($3.80) turned a 4K maiden waiver claimer into a victory parade down the lane as she drew off to a near 7-length win. Bad and Bougie hugged the rail as she stalked the pace set by Pender Island. Amadeo Perez took her off the rail mid-way of the second turn, went around Pender Island and said goodbye to the competition. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:18.30. Bad and Bougie is owned by Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. and is trained by Philip Hall. It was the only win of the day for this season’s leading rider and trainer, but no one is close to either in their respective categories.
The fifth was won by Southern Casanova ($8.00) and Aaron Gryder for owner/trainer Patty Leaney. Southern Casanova was fourth early, but Gryder pushed the go button before they had traveled a half mile and quickly took over. The winner widened on the field as they made the last turn, clocked 6 furlongs in 1:09.88 and was almost 5 lengths clear after 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.74. A series of fast works and a class drop to the bottom overcame Southern Casanova’s three-month layoff and put him in the Winner’s Circle for the first time this season and the fifth in his career. Southern Casanova, by Rosberg, was bred in BC by Jim Alendal.
Aditya ($12.20) took advantage of the 107-pound impost in the person of leading apprentice Lenny Seecharan to win the sixth by a length over favored Stormy Teen. The winner covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.34 and the top two were many lengths clear of the rest of the field. Whieldon Thoroughbreds owns the BC bred gelded son of Mass Market, Leif and Karen Nordahl bred him and Mike Anderson takes care of the training. It was the eighth career win in 24 starts lifetime for Aditya.
The day’s best win payoff came in the seventh when Fireman ($20.70) set all the fractions on his mile-and-a-sixteenth way to the Winner’s Circle. Dennis Araujo hustled Fireman to the front through some quick early fractions, built a sizable lead and comfortably held off the closing Always Sunny who checked in second. Final time for the route was 1:46.29. Fireman is owned by his breeders, Russell and Lois Bennett. Barbara Heads trains the BC bred Sungold gelding.
Santa Fe Trail
In the eighth, Santa Fe Trail ($6.70) was last after a half mile and first by a neck at the wire over Parsimonious who did not go quietly. The two battled down the lane and even when Santa Fe Trail edged by, Parsimonious kept digging. Regardless, Santa Fe Trail got it done with the urging of rider Antonio Reyes who was winning his second of three on the card. David Forster trains the Skimming gelding who was bred in BC by his owner, Forster Stable. Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:45.49.
The last race of the Hastings season was won by Speculator ($7.20) and Antonio Reyes. It completed a hat trick for Reyes while finishing off a double for owner/breeders Russell and Lois Bennett and trainer Barbara Heads who earlier combined to win the seventh. Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:45.76. Speculator is by Sungold and his win gave that stallion a double on the card as well.
In Saturday’s wrap-up I failed to mention the connections of Not Yet who won the seventh race. Not Yet is owned by Lana Brindley and is trained by Robert Gilker. Not Yet was bred in Kentucky by Glen Todd. Owner Brindley is one of a number of Hastings Racing Club members to have graduated to be full-fledged owners of horses and she now has an active stable that is led by Not Yet who has provided all her wins as an owner.
In the end, the jockey race was won comfortably by Amadeo Perez as his four wins on Saturday, plus one on closing day, gave him a 10-win edge on runner-up Enrique Gonzalez who returned to Mexico prior to the season ending. Perez also led all riders in purse earnings with $1,030,599. Richard Hamel won 24% of his starts to lead all Hastings based riders, one percentage point better than Aaron Gryder and Perez who both won 23% of the time. The leading apprentice was Lenny Seecharan who won 12 races. The top 10:
- Amadeo Perez 57
- Enrique Gonzalez 47
- Aaron Gryder 43
- Denis Araujo 36
- Antonio Reyes 33
- Richard Hamel 28
- Sahin Civaci 28
- Scott Williams 16
- Silvino Morales 15
- Lenny Seecharan 12
- Jeffery Burningham 12
- David Lopez 11
- The trainers’ race has been a foregone conclusion for much of the season. Philip Hall has a powerhouse barn and he utilized it well, winning 40 races in 2018 to distance his field. Hall also led in money won, sending out the earners of $805,711. Mike Anderson finished strong the last few weeks to take second with 29 wins, one more than Glen Todd and Mark Cloutier. Cloutier won 29% of his starts, a percentage point better than Hall who won 28% of the time. John Morrison started only 13 times in 2018 and won 6 of them for a 46% strike rate. The top 10:
Philip Hall 40
Mike Anderson 29
Mark Cloutier 28
Glen Todd 28
Barbara Heads 24
Robert Maybin 16
Craig MacPherson 13
Dino Condilenios 12
- James Brown 10
- Pat Jarvis 9
- John Snow 9
- Rob Gilker 8
- Mel Snow 8
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. topped the owners’ table for most of the season and finished with 23 wins. NATHC also led in money won with $355,622. It was followed by Robert and Sheena Maybin and Russell and Lois Bennett who competed on even terms all season long and ended the year with 16 wins apiece.
- North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. 23
- Robert and Sheena Maybin 16
- Russell and Lois Bennett 16
- Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. 12
- Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. \ 12
- Canmor Farms 11
- Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. 9
- George Gilbert 7
- Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds 7
- Nick and Pauline Felicella 6
- James Redekop 6
- Roy and Dixie Jacobson 5
- Philip Hall, Brian Albertson, Praven Sorenson & Dan Lee 5
- Whieldon Thoroughbreds 5
Counting partnerships, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. won 26 races and Canmor Farms won 20 times. The partnership of Philip Hall, Brian Albertson, Praven Sorenson and Dan Lee won 5 of their 8 starts for a 63% win rate.