CLICKS BELOW FOR VANCOUVER SUN NOMINATIONS AND PAST PERFORMANCES
|Thursday, May 5|
|Race 1||Maiden Special Weight||$56,000|
|Race 2||Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500||$60,000|
|Race 3||Maiden Claiming – $20,000||$19,000|
|Race 4||Claiming – $16,000||$20,000|
|Race 5||Starter Allowance – $40,000||$30,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Special Weight||$56,000|
|Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000||$58,000|
|Race 8||Royal Heroine S.||$200,000|
Seven Was Heaven, Eight Was Great
Two glorious days meteorologically speaking and the first full weekend of the season for racing at Historic Old Hastings Racecourse culminated in an eight race Sunday card topped by a very tough Allowance Optional for older horses that had not won $27,500 in 2016. That condition excluded one older male stabled at Hastings (Modern) and let in a bunch of stakes types and one Chilean born import who was to prove the best on the day.
Richard Hamel won four races on the card, including three in a row before taking the feature aboard the Chilean born import. Jockey Skyler White Shield had a riding double and trainer Patty Leaney continued the strong start to her season with her second double in two days. Craig MacPherson also sent out two winners, one of them occurring in the featured seventh.
Happy Saturday Enjoys His Sunday
The Chilean-bred four-year-old Sabado Alegre (Happy Saturday in Spanish) won with the featured seventh race by getting to the lead first time past the finish line and never giving it up while cruising comfortably along on the lead through a relaxed first quarter in 23.12 and a comfortable half mile in 46.48 prior to running the last 5/16ths in 30.36 seconds on his way to a final time of 1:16.84 for the 6 ½ furlongs. Shooting Jacket put in a long, sustained run to be second and Sedin ran evenly to be third.
Sabado Alegre ($10.10) arrived at the half-mile mark relatively fresh and when jockey Richard Hamel snuck a peek behind him he decided that it was time to get down to business and the winner did just that. Horses that come home as fast as the winner did after being on the lead following a comfortable half-mile do not get beaten very often at Hastings. Shooting Jacket chased wholeheartedly after jockey Ruben Lara realized that he needed to get closer and tried, but never really threatened. Sedin edged Don’t Hold Me Back for third after that one also tried to exert some pressure going down the backstetch before giving way and then running on again for fourth.
In the end, it was simply Sabado Alegre’s day as he won for owner Copper Water Thoroughbred Company and trainer Craig MacPherson.
Aside from the featured seventh, Richard Hamel won three in a row beginning in the third with Pretty Reckless ($4.90) for owner/trainer Mike Anderson. He took the fourth with a front-running win on After the Conflict ($11.10) for owners Kay and Sue Ohashi and trainer Patty Leaney. Hamel made it three in a row in the fifth aboard Mario’s Win ($4.90) when that one prevailed in a three horse photo for owner Grayross Stable and trainer Craig MacPherson, kicking-off the double that MacPherson completed in the seventh with Sabado Alegre.
Patty Leaney won the first of her two with Southern Casanova ($4.70), again for owners Kay and Sue Ohashi who had a double themselves as owners after winning the fourth with After the Conflict. Skyler White Shield rode Southern Casanova to complete his double in the early double. He took the opener on Chianti ($4.20) for owner Swift Thoroughbreds and trainer Dino Condilenios. Swift’s departed stallion Rosberg sired the daily double that White Shield won.
Richard Hamel’s four wins give him 10 for the season and put him in a very familiar place in the jockey standings, first. Antonio Reyes is in second with 5 after a win in Sunday’s sixth with After Court ($6.80) for the Rocking Bar B Outfit and trainer Frank Barroby. Skyler White Shield has 3 wins, as do Amadeo Perez and Silvino Morales. Perez got his third of the season when he scored in the nightcap with Timber Topper ($9.90) for owner/trainer Taylor Anderson and Praven Sorenson.
Three trainers, Patty Leaney, John Snow and Craig MacPherson have 4 wins. Dino Condilenios and Mel Snow have 3 apiece. Swift Thoroughbreds and the entity of Kay and Sue Ohashi each have three wins to lead the owners.
The Sunday handle was a workman-like 550K, Saturday around 350K, so 900 and small change for the weekend. Form held up well as a lot of short-priced horses won. If there was a bias it was on the front end, but some closers got there and the track seemed to offer a version of equal opportunity.
X3 EXTRA RACE NO 3 CLAIMING
PURSE $14,000. (PLUS UP TO $1,800 IN PARTICIPATION MONEY)(PLUS UP TO $3,500 FOR BC BREDS) FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD. Three Year Olds 117 lbs. Older 122 lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since April 7 2 lbs. A Race Since March 7 4 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $16,000, if for $14,000, allowed 3 lbs. (Races Where Entered For $12,500 Or Less Not Considered For Allowances)
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
X4 EXTRA RACE NO 4 FILLIES AND MARES MAIDEN CLAIMING
PURSE $12,000. (PLUS UP TO $1,800 IN PARTICIPATION MONEY)(PLUS UP TO $3,000 FOR BC BREDS) FOR MAIDENS, FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD. Three Year Olds 117 lbs. Older 122 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $12,500, if for $11,000, allowed 3 lbs. SIX FURLONGS – Alternate Distance: Six And One Half Furlongs
X5 EXTRA RACE NO 5 MAIDEN
PURSE $25,000. FOR MAIDENS, THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD.Three Year Olds 117 lbs. Older 122 lbs. (Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $20,000 In Their Last 3 Starts)
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
In an effort to improve the racing surface Hastings Racecourse. Management are making several changes starting on Tuesday. The track will now have two breaks as noted below.
Track open at 6:30 am
First Break 8:00am to 8:30am
Second break 9:40am to 10:00am
Track will remain open until 11:15am
Starting Gate is now open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
|May 6 – Emerald Downs|
|Thanksforasking||Race 4||Maiden Claiming $15,000|
|Rods Song||Race 5||Claiming $7,500|
|May 1 – Emerald Downs|