RAILBIRD NOTES

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

 

TWO GREAT CARDS FOR OPENING WEEKEND AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE

Hastings Racing Secretary, Nichelle Millner was more then pleased with the two opening weekend programs.  Speaking with Nichelle over the phone after the entries were closed she wanted to pass along a huge shout out to agents and horsemen for filling the entry box.

FOUR STAKES PLUS THE KENTUCKY DERBY KICKS OFF HASTINGS OPENING

FIFTH RACE Probable Post 4:20 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. Brighouse Belles Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 5   Daz Lin Dawn   Williams S    116       9-5 
 6   Good Luck to You   Gonzalez E A    116       3-1 
 4   Under Par   Velazquez D    115       7-2 
 1   C U At Eau Claire   Hamel R    115       5-1 
 3   Lookout Taylor   Reyes A A    116       6-1 
 2   Toni Ann’s Miracle   Perez A    120       8-1 

 

SIXTH RACE Probable Post 4:50 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 1   Apalachee Bay   Perez A    121       3-1 
 2   Weekend Wizard   Hamel R    121       7-2 
 4   Calgary Caper   Gonzalez E A    124       6-1 
 5   Bistraya   Reyes A A    117       6-1 
 3   Pan Handle   Williams S    119       8-1 
 9   Boundary Bay   Velazquez D    117       8-1 
 8   Driller   Asencio J M    124       10-1 
 6   Blue Law   Balgobin K    121       15-1 
 7   League of Shadows   Espinoza L C    117       15-1 
SEVENTH RACE Probable Post 5:20 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Jim Coleman Province Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 7   Moro Texas   Gonzalez E    117       7-2 
 3   Explode   Perez A    117       4-1 
 4   Dr John H   Velazquez D    115       5-1 
 2   Call It a Wrap   Hamel R    117       8-1 
 11   Dat Day   Reyes A A    120       8-1 
 1   McMurphy   Balgobin K    113       10-1 
 5   Shruggy Bear   Burningham J    115       10-1 
 6   Ring of Kerry   Seecharan L A    120       10-1 
 9   Stay Fantastic   Asencio J M    115       12-1 
 10   Move On   Williams S    115       12-1 
 8   Bugsy   Saunders R    115       15-1 
EIGHTH RACE Probable Post 5:50 PDT 
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds. Fillies. Ross McLeod Stakes. Purse: $50,000

 PP   HORSE   PR. RIDER   WT.   COMMENTS   ML.ODDS 

 6   Im Evin Im Leavin   Hamel R    115       9-5 
 2   Summerland   Gonzalez E A    117       2-1 
 7   Dancin Shoes   Reyes A A    120       4-1 
 4   One for Mom   Asencio J M    113       8-1 
 5   Notice   Perez A    117       12-1 
 3   Warrior’s Promise   Balgobin K    113       20-1 
 8   Mrs Taylor   Velazquez D    113       20-1 
 1   G M T Baby   Seecharan L A    115       30-1 

RAILBIRD NOTES

HASTINGS ENTRY DAY

Hastings first day of entries is just one week from today.  Horsemen will be at the entry window next Wednesday to enter for the first two days of the 2019 live racing season.

Opening weekend not only features the Kentucky Derby but also 4 stakes races are on the first weekend.

The Swift Thoroughbred Inaugural Stake for 3 year olds and up going six and one half furlongs,  The Brighouse Belles for fillies and mares 3 year olds and up going six and one half furlongs .  The Ross McLeod for 3 year fillies also going six and one half furlongs.  The Jim Coleman  Province for 3 year olds going six and one half furlongs.

Nominations for all of these races close this coming Saturday, April 27th.

RAILBIRD NOTES

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS ON WEEKENDS

Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald passes along that on Saturday’s and Sunday’s until further notice the track will open at 6:30am.

The first 15 minutes will be for workers only and the first 15 minutes after the first break at 8:00am will be for workers only and the starting gate will be open for workers only from 8:30 to 8:45am.

The Second Break will be at 10:00am and after that break the track is open to all.

MacDonald states its all about the safety for horses and riders and they want to do this to provide the safest racing surface for the horses on the two busiest days of training.

HASTINGS CONDITION BOOK AND STAKES BOOK AVAILABLE ON LINE

Racing Office For Horsemen

NOMINATIONS FOR THE FIRST FOUR STAKES AT HASTINGS CLOSE ON SATURDAY APRIL 27TH

ROSS MCLEOD – 3 YR OLD FILLIES, $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE JIM COLEMAN PROVINCE – 3 YR OLDS,  $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE BRIGHOUSE BELLES – F&M 3 & UP, $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

THE SWIFT THOROUGHBRED INAUGURAL – 3 & UP $50,000 6 1/2 FURLONGS

POSTIVE SIGNS FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE

MICHAEL BYE PHOTO

Despite the horrible weather during the first two weeks of February the number of recorded workers for March were well ahead of last March which can only be a positive for the upcoming season.

I have received several positive commands about moving the opening day until Saturday, May 4th.  It appears that trainers will have a good number of horses ready to run on the first weekend.

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE TO RUN IN SATURDAY’S LEXINGTON STAKE AT KEENELAND

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE winning the El Camino at Golden Gate

Peter Redekop’s, Anothertwistafate on the Kentucky Derby Trail flew from Sunland Park to Keeneland over the weekend.   Peter states he will run in this weekend’s Lexington at Keeneland to secure enough Derby Points to gain a place in the starting gate for the 145th running of the $3,000,000.00 Kentucky Derby.

The Stonestreet Lexington (Grade III)

38th running Grade III $200,000 To be run  Saturday, April 13, 2019 Eight And One Half Furlongs  Nominations close Wednesday, March 27, 2019

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE MISSES BY A LIP IN THE SUNLAND DERBY

Peter Redekop’s, Anothertwistafate ran a very game second in Sunday’s, Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico missing by just inches after some traffic problems around the final turn.

In my view he ran a winning race as he rated kindly behind some very fast fractions but got trapped on the rail around the final turn and the winner Cutting Humor got the jump on him around the turn as he had to await racing room.

Once he got clear he came charging down the stretch to just loose a heartbreaker.

He has to move up in many of the Derby Poles this week and he is currently 10th in Kentucky Derby Points which should be enough to earn him a spot in the starting gate on May 4th.

Race Replay

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS CHANGE TOMORROW

Just a reminder to horsemen the track opens tomorrow at 7:00am

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS CHANGE ON MONDAY, MARCH 25TH. 

Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald passes along that the training hours will change is coming Monday,  The track will open for training at 7:00am.

HASTINGS WORKOUTS

The Hastings Clockers have been kept very busy the last week as training picks up as we draw closer to opening day.   With the track currently open 7 days per week we have noticed the daily as posted here in the Derby Newsletter are more evenly spread out over the week.

HASTINGS 2019 PURSE SCHEDULE

  PURSE SCHEDULE 2019    
Marathon Series   Purse BC Bred
       
Marathon #1 $6250 Opt/c $15,000 $15,000
Marathon #2 $6250Opt/c $16,000 $16,000
Marathon #3 $6250Opt/c $17,000 $17,000
CATEGORY ALW Purse BC Bred
Alw/Open ALW $30,000 $30,000
Alw/F&M/Open ALW $30,000 $30,000
Claiming C& G/ Opt/$50,000 ALW $28,000 $28,000
Claiming F&M/Opt/$50,000 ALW $28,000 $28,000
Alw/NW 2/ 3 (3 & 4 yr olds) ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2/ 3 ( 3 & 4 ) Fillies ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds) ALW $20,000 $20,000
Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds) Fillies ALW $20,000 $20,000
   
CATEGORY Claim $ Purse BC Bred
Claiming C& G $35,000 $24,000 $24,000
Claiming F&M $35,000 $24,000 $24,000
Claiming C& G $25,000 $20,000 $20,000
Claiming F&M $25,000 $20,000 $20,000
Claiming C&G $16,000 $15,000 $18,750
Claiming F&M $16,000 $15,000 $18,750
Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Claiming C&G $12,500 $14,000 $17,500
Claiming F&M $12,500 $14,000 $17,500
Claiming C&G $8,000 $12,500 $15,625
Claiming F&M $8,000 $12,500 $15,625
Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G $8,000 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M $8,000 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming C&G $6,250 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming F&M $6,250 $11,500 $14,375
Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3NW/4 C &G $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3/NW4 F&M $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
Claiming Non 1-2-3 $4,000 $10,000 $12,500
Claiming Non 1-2-3 $4,000 $10,000 $12,500
   
Maiden Races Only ALW Purse BC Bred
MDN – C&G MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN- F&M MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN – 2 yr C&G MSW $25,000 $25,000
MDN- 2 yr F&M MSW $25,000 $25,000
Mdn 2 yr 3 1/2 * to July 31 MSW $25,000 $25,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * After Aug 1 MSW $20,000 $20,000
Mdn $75,000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
Mdn $75,000 F & M $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr C&G $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr  F&M $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $75000 $75,000 $22,000 $22,000
MDN $50,000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN $50,000 F & M $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr C&G $50000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr  F&M $50000 $50,000 $20,000 $20,000
MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $50000 $50,000 $16,000 $16,000
   
Maiden Races Only Claim $ Purse BC Bred
MDN   C & G $25,000 $16,000 $20,000
MDN   F&M $25,000 $16,000 $20,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * (C&G) $25,000 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $25,000 $13,000 $16,250
MDN   C & G $16,000 $14,000 $17,500
MDN   F&M $16,000 $14,000 $17,500
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * Fillies $16,000 $13,000 $16,250
MDN C&G $12,500 $13,000 $16,250
MDN F&M $12,500 $13,000 $16,250
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $12,500 $11,500 $14,375
MDN C&G $8,000 $12,000 $15,000
MDN F&M $8,000 $12,000 $15,000
Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * $8,000 $11,000 $13,750
MDN C&G $4,000 $11,000 $13,750
MDN F&M $4,000 $11,000 $13,750

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS NEWS

Hopefully training horses will get back to normal sometime this week, but as I write this update its currently snowing at my house in south Langley.  The forecast looks good starting tomorrow and hopefully winter is over and we can get back on schedule.

We started postings Hastings Workouts which we will do daily until the end of meet.

The starting gate will open for schooling etc. on Wednesday, March 13th which is tomorrow.  The Paddock will also be open on Wednesday for schooling during training hours.

PURSE POOL 2019

Horsemen’s Associations are meeting today to put the final touches on the 2019 Purse Pool and as soon as that is done Condition Book #1 should follow shortly after.

CTHS HORSES OF RACING AGE SALE

The advanced hype for this Saturday’s Horses of Racing Age has been very strong and hopefully its going to be a fairly strong sale.  The Preview of the Horses training on Saturday, March 9th can be found of the CTHS Website or Hastingshorsesale.com

To see the Preview Video just click on the Hip # and the video will appear along with pedigree page and past performance lines on those who have run.

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS CHANGES TRAINING HOURS

Hastings Racing Office announced due to the continuing cold spell that the track hours till further notice will be from 10:00am till 2:00pm

OPENING DAY AT HASTINGS

Racing Associations are currently discussing some possibilities to setting back opening day at Hastings. The current cold spell and the number of training days missed so far is obviously having an serious effect on having horses ready to run on April 21st.  We will keep you updated as talks continue with Hastings Management.

 WEATHER FORECAST AND LONG TERM FORECAST

Snow Warning is in effect for today and tomorrow with amounts up to 10 cm predicted.  The Long Range Forecast is for continuing below freezing overnight temperatures to at least March 2nd.  Where is that Global Warming?

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES – OFF TO SUPER BOWL – NO NEWS LETTER UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY

 

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

My family and I are off today to our annual trip to Las Vegas for Super Bowl.

We will not be returning until next Wednesday, so there won’t be a Derby News Letter until we return.

 

FURTHER HASTINGS UPDATES

HASTINGS TRACK TO OPEN FOR TRAINING ON SATURDAY

I ,  spoke yesterday morning with Hastings, GM, Darren MacDonald on the long range weather forecast which is predicting below freezing temperatures overnight between Minus 5-8 until February 13th.

Darren has assured me the track maintenance crew will work around the clock in that period to keep the track open for training.

SNOW AND ICE

The track has also plan in place for snow and ice removal if that happens.

They need our help to try to keep the roads and shedrows clear of ice.

BARN HOSES

Everyone knows we have to keep our hoses running so that they don’t freeze.  Please put your hoses in a drain and not running down the roadways.  Its almost impossible to clear ice when people leave their hoses running down the roadway.

This is great news as the track crew will everything possible to keep the track and barn area clear  to the best of their ability with our help.

 

SUPER BOWL LIVE AT THE DERBY

KICK-OFF IS AT 3:30PM

 

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

Hastings, General Manager, Darren MacDonald sent along a finished photo of the backstretch fence yesterday.  Hastings well underway for opening of Spring Training.  The track opens on January 30th for setup and actual racing surface open on Saturday, February 2nd.

2019 STAKE SCHEDULE TO BE RELEASED LATER THIS WEEK

The  Hastings Racing Office is in the final stages or producing the 2019 Stakes Schedule and we are told it will be released later this week.  We will post a copy as soon as we receive it.

 

RAILBIRD NOTES

RAILBIRD NOTES BY GLEN TODD

HASTINGS BACKSTRETCH FENCE

We spoke with Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald yesterday and he advises us that the backstretch fence that blew over between the 3/8th pole and the 1/4 pole during that horrific wind storm is starting Monday under construction.  MacDonald quotes it will be ready for opening day of training.

He also stated the 2019 Stakes Schedule will be published very shortly.

BC DERBY IS NOW $250,000.00

Speaking of the stakes schedule we have learned that local longtime owner and breeder, Peter Redekop has personally added an additional $100,000.00 to the BC Derby. That will make it the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest at $250,000.00.  We thank Mr Redekop for his very generous support of our local racing.

KEENELAND SALES

Some local breeders and buyers were active at the lately ended Keeneland Sales in Lexington, Kentucky.

Speaking to Bruce Whitehouse on Wednesday, he passed on he had bought a Bayern filly.   He purchased Hip#972 .

NATHC bought a total of eight yearlings with the intent to resell them in the September, CTHS Yearling Sale at Thunderbird Show Park.   NATHC purchased Hip#s  447, 1017, 1184,  1316, 1372, 1404, 1425 and 1463.

NATHC is now moving on to the CTBA at Ponoma on Tuesday to attempt to buy a few more for resale.