Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, California-bred Wake Up Nick ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.60 and paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20 as the 11-10 favorite.
The victory gave trainer Doug O’Neill a sweep of the weekend stakes. He won the $93,850 Barretts Debutante for 2-year-old fillies a day earlier with Sharla Rae, who was ridden by Trujillo.
Owned by Reddam Racing, Wake Up Nick has four stakes victories among his five wins.
Breaking from the inside, Wake Up Nick was shuffled back and was ahead of just two other horses after the opening half mile. But Trujillo found a seam with an eighth of a mile to go and pulled clear late.
“He’s such a cool horse,” O’Neill said. “Elvis did a brilliant job. Watching it unfold I thought we might be in serious trouble because he didn’t get a comfortable go of it the first quarter of a mile, but Elvis knew what he had and this horse just knows where the wire is.”
Rowdy Dylan returned $2.60 and $2.20, while Top Drawer was another half-length back in third and paid $3.40 to show. Top Drawer unseated jockey Edwin Maldonado and ran loose before the start, and then raced erratically through the stretch.
The victory, worth $57,684, increased Wake Up Nick’s career earnings to $308,784. The winner is by Cindago out of the Lion Hearted mare Storm Hearted and sold for $35,000 at the Barretts March sale earlier this year.
Apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke rode three winners on the card and leads the jockeys’ standings with four days left in the fall meet.
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AUBURN, Wash. (September 14) – Surfliner overhauled Songandabullet in the closing strides and notched a big upset Sunday in the $12,700 Les Schwab Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Javier Matias, Surfliner ran one mile in 1:37.04 and paid $34.80, $11.40 and $6.40. Steve Koler is the winning trainer for Jack Zaborac, the longtime proprietor of Kent Bowl who celebrated his 89th birthday Sunday with a victory.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Silver Train, Surfliner has consistently outrun his odds, scoring wins at 23-to-1 and 16-to-1 and seconds at 11-to-1 and 10-to-1.
Sunday, Surfliner was last early, as Hard Slider led Songandabullet through fractions of :23.97, :47.81 and 1:11.99. Songandabullet, bidding for his fourth victory of the meet, drew 2 ½ lengths clear into the lane, but Surfliner responded to steady urging and wore down the leader for a 1 ¼-length victory.
Songandabullet, ridden by David G. Lopez, held second and paid $5.40 and $4.20 for place and show.
Somewhere With You, ridden by Jose Zunino, was three lengths back in third and paid $4. Jack the Pirate, Hard Slider, Sportive and Assessment completed the order of finish.
Long shots dominated Sunday’s nine-race card. In an oddity, five winners—Sharp Focus ($14.40), Regazze Cat ($15.20), Snow Bunny ($14.20) and Sollovino ($15.60) and Brilliant Thought—all won at odds of 6-to-1.
NOTES: The late $0.50 Pick 4 paid a season-high $6,887.20. . .With no winning tickets in the $0.50 Pick 5, the Friday carryover is $4,357. . .Decatur Princess—fourth in the 2013 Gottstein Futurity—won her 2014 debut in impressive fashion Sunday, rallying from last to win by 8 ½ lengths under Rocco Bowen in 1:10.28 for six furlongs. Owned by George Todaro and trained by Tom Wenzel, Decatur Princess ($5.60) is a Kentucky-bred by Broken Vow-Manda Island. . . Niftys Tee Time ($3) made it three straight wins and four wins at the meet with a one-length victory in race six for trainer/co-owner Martin Pimentel. A 4-year-old Washington-bred filly by Vitesse, Niftys Tee Time ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.73. . .Isaias Enriquez and Leonel Camacho-Flores rode two winners apiece Sunday. . .Leslie Mawing had one win and leads Bowen 95-66, with only six days left in the 2014 season. . .On the trainers’ side, Jeff Metz leads Frank Lucarelli 48-39. . .Del Rio Harbor and jockey Gallyn Mitchell finished third in Sunday’s $150,000 B.C. Derby won by Alert Bay ($5) and Rico Walcott in 1:49.12 at Hastings Racecourse. . . Prime Engine received an 83 Beyer for Saturday’s 10-length victory in 1:03.55 for 5 ½ furlongs. It’s the biggest 2-year-old Beyer here since Gallant Son’s 86 in the 2008 Gottstein Futurity. A Kentucky-bred by Northern Afleet-Gravy Train’s Song, Prime Engine is owned by Mark Dedomenico LLC and trained by Mike Puhich. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.
Third in last year’s Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) (VIDEO) behind Wise Dan, British invader Trade Storm came from off the pace to claim the top prize over Kaigun on the turf at the Toronto-area track Sept. 14.
With no Wise Dan in the lineup for the $949,461 race this time, Trade Storm gave English trainer David Simcock a sweep of the grade I grass events at Woodbine Sunday. Simcock took the Northern Dancer Turf earlier on the card with another British raider, Sheikhzayedroad.
The 6-year-old British-bred son of Trade Fair was ridden to victory in the Woodbine Mile at odds of 9-2 by Jamie Spencer for owner Qatar Racing. The bay horse was bred by G. T. Lucas out of the Slip Anchor mare Frisson.
Trade Storm collected his sixth win in 34 well-traveled starts while boosting his bankroll to $1,430,898. The winner’s purse for the Woodbine Mile was $540,900.
Kaigun, who rallied on the outside of Trade Storm in deep stretch but was outrun by the winner, finished a half-length behind. Pacesetter Bobby’s Kitten held on for third in the field of 11. The final time was 1:36.87 over a course rated good.
“Obviously the ground was a little softer than ideal for him but we didn’t have Wise Dan to contend with,” Spencer said. “So it looked a good spot for him. The trainer, he’s brought two horses here tonight and both of them have won; it’s a happy ending.”
The Woodbine Mile carries an automatic fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park for Trade Storm, who is not currently nominated.
“That’s special, that one,” said Simcock of Trade Storm. “I mean they’re both special but he’s really one of my favorites of all time out of all the horses I’ve trained. It’s been frustrating with him sometimes, but even when he gets beat I adore the horse massively, so it’s a really special result. I think it is special for the jockey as well.
“He’ll probably take up ‘the win and he’s in’ and go down to Santa Anita and enjoy himself and see how we get on,” the trainer added. “He’ll get his fast ground, which suits a fairly strong pace. It will probably be a tougher race, but he is in excellent order and he never disgraces himself. When there’s a lot of pace into the race, he travels very strongly into it and he’s got a nice pick up. All he needed was the gaps and he maneuvered his way through.”
The lone European hope in this year’s Woodbine Mile field, Trade Storm won for the first time in seven starts in 2014 while facing some of the best in England and Dubai, and snapped a 12-race losing streak overall. He was coming off a runner-up finish in the Betfred Strensall Stakes (Eng-III) Aug. 23 at York. Trade Storm’s previous win came in the Zabeel Mile Sponsored by Stud Estrela Energia (UAE-II) at Meydan March 2, 2013.
“He settled well off a strong pace,” said Spencer, who is planning to retire at the end of the season and take a management position with Qatar Racing. “I felt confidence in the horse that he was always going to pick up. I’ve ridden the horse for the last 18 months. Sheikh Fahad picked him out himself when he won in Dubai one night and bought him. He is reaping dividends now and he’s won quite a bit of prize money in the last two years.”
Bobby’s Kitten, the only 3-year-old in the field, went directly to the front for Joel Rosario, leading outsider Ancil for a half-mile through fractions of :23.97 and :47.52 before River Seven and Grand Arch moved into contention around the turn. Bobbie’s Kitten ran six furlongs in 1:12.27 while expanding his lead to 1 1/2 lengths at the quarter pole with River Seven and Grand Arch in pursuit.
As he was last year, Trade Storm was slow out of the gate from post 2 and settled into a ground-saving position while racing ninth to the quarter pole for a patient Spencer. Advancing to midpack in upper stretch, Spencer angled Trade Storm to the outside of Bobby’s Kitten while Play the King (Can-II) winner Kaigun also swung into gear for Patrick Husbands.
Under urging from Spencer, Trade Storm took over from Bobby’s Kitten near the sixteenth marker and held the rallying Kaigun safe in the final strides.
For the veteran Spencer, it was his first Woodbine Mile win after two previous tries. He finished second aboard Arkadian Hero, a nose behind winner Riviera, in the 2000 edition after being left at the gate and spotting the field eight lengths. In 2011, he rode Dance And Dance to a troubled sixth-place finish, beaten less than two lengths by winner Turallure.
Kaigun finished 1 3/4 lengths clear of Bobby’s Kitten, with River Seven a head behind Bobby’s Kitten in fourth. Second choice Grand Arch settled for fifth, followed by Lockout, Dorsett, His Race to Win, lukewarm 7-2 favorite Jack Milton, Silver Freak, and Ancil.
“The horse was stumbling throughout the whole backside,” said Husbands of Kaigun. “Every two strides he was pitching, pitching, pitching. I was holding him together. When we swung for home, it’s like, ‘How much is he going to win by,’ but he would not run. So as the English horse (Trade Storm) came up on the inside and passed him, he decided to run. The winner was fantastic. He ran a big race. But I’m still in shock with my horse.”
Jack Milton, far back on the turn, came with a six-wide rally into the stretch but never reached contention.
Carrying 119 pounds, Trade Storm paid $11.10, $6.20, and $4.40 across the board. Kaigun, the 121-pound co-highweight, returned $4.80 and $3.40 and completed a $53.30 exacta. Bobby’s Kitten paid $6.10 to show.
The result was another defeat for the locals in their premier race for older horses. The last locally based winner of the Woodbine Mile was Rahy’s Attorney in 2008.
The all-source mutuel handle was a record $7,004,235 for the Woodbine Mile card.
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A $700,000 Smart Strike filly from champion Heavenly Prize’s family was the top-priced horse Sept. 14 as the Keeneland September yearling sale’s two-day Book 2 portion concluded with across-the-board gains in its second session.
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|September 18 – Los Alamitos Race Course|
|Smoove It||Wgt-119||Race 6||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
|September 19 – Los Alamitos Race Course|
|Chexcess||Wgt-120||Race 4||Maiden Special Weight|
|I’m No Patsy||Wgt-122||Race 7||Starter Allowance $25,000|
|September 14 – Hastings|
Hastings Racecourse features one of the best racing cards of the year this afternoon with just over $500,000 in available money for horse owners. The signature race is the $150,000 B.C. Derby but there are many key races on the day.
The two Champions Starters series races conclude today with a $50,000 final for both the colts and fillies. Race number one is the filly end and Frank and Lynn Barroby’s
Rocking Bar B Outfit’s Clarisse B has been the queen of this division and looks tough to beat again. Her main rival will probably be the speedy Fair Command but she has had troubles staying the entire trip.
The colts and geldings race end of the $50,000 Champions Starters series is in the seventh, the JDP Holdings and Nancy Betts’ Leo’s In The House looked brilliant in the last leg of the series and will likely take some beating again. The probable favourite will be Come Away Home who has a win, a second and a third in the first three legs of the series and is the logical choice.
The stakes action starts early in race two in the $50,000 Delta Colleen as the Exclusive Stables and Ray Hanson’s champion mare Madeira Park will try and tote 123 pounds against her four talented rivals. She will be trying to extend her winning streak to four races and wrap up older filly and mare honours.
The older colts and geldings are in the limelight in race five as eight very gifted runners will compete of nine furlongs in the $50,000 S W Randall Plate.
This race has many chances but I think the fans will side with the three horses that are returning to their home grounds.
Mr. Bowling certainly took a shining to our track with a impressive victory on Canada Day. He’s a major threat with Mario Gutierrez the tack.
Title Contender absolutely melted in the paddock at Emerald Downs so that isn’t an indication of his true ability. So he deserves another look.
Commander makes his return to Hastings in search of another BC Premiers victory. He bested a similar group in 2013.
On the rail is the Deltin stables and Ed Welsh’s Killin Me Smalls, he captured the $56.000 Westerner at Northlands which makes him a contender.
Title Contender is the most gifted horse in the race but “at the same time” he has struggled in Seattle races. Peter Redekop has a big chance in this race but if the real Title Contender every resurface he will win the cash today.
Commander seems to win everywhere he goes. He is another true professional that makes this race extremely tough to handicap.
Wilo Kat has been in top form all season and should get a lively to aid his off-the-pace style. Talented runners like Mysterious Soul, Shooting Jacket and Dontmesswithkitten are good enough with the right pace scenario.
The $100,000 B.C. Oaks has assembled the main contenders for divisional honours. Heading the class right now is the Alvarado Stables Dawselina who has rattled off two consecutive stakes wins. Her main competition will be Leif and Karen Nordahl’s Arabella’s Muse and the Canmor farms Ole’ s Miss.
The big one of the afternoon is the $150,000 B.C.Derby, there has been an excellent crew assembled for the 69th running.
Starting on the inside with Butch and Renata Goertzen’s Koffee Grinder. He is a talented colt that has his four-race win streak snapped in the Derby Trial. He is a top prospect today but will need some luck to work out a decent trip from the rail.
Mark DeDomenico and GlenTodd will team up with Mebossman who was a private purchase after his game win in the Emerald Derby. Mario Gutierrez gets the riding assignment.
Linda and Clive Lytle will be cheering for their improved gelding Wonder World who narrowly took home the top prize in the restricted $50,000 Sales stake. Alex Bisono will be the new pilot after Keishan Balgobin decided to stick with Slice of Red.
Dal Rio Harbor has been a major success for his connections winning six of eleven lifetime races. He seems like a quality type and shouldn’t be taken too lightly this afternoon. Gallon Mitchell gets the leg up from trainer Ed Allen.
The likely early favourite will be Peter Redekop’s Alert Bay who has performed admirably in his starts in Northern and Southern California. He has trained stylishly for his new trainer and will be tough to outrun.
Leo and Norma Shaw’s Distillery has earned third place cheques in both of his tries with stakes company. Leading rider Amadeo Perez sticks with him which is a good sign.
Dave and Sylvea Gregory have Remembertobreathe in the lineup after his huge runner-up effort in the $200,000 Canadian Derby.
The Linwood Stables (Gumprich family) with have two entrants on this years Derby. Slice of Red appears to have to best shot after his surprising win over Koffee Grinder in the Derby Trial. Off The Top struggled in Edmonton but he returns to his home base and should give a better account of himself.
The Swift Thoroughbreds send out Tapicero with Scott Williams in the tack. He was held up behind a very slow pace last time but should get a better pace to run at this afternoon. He has worked well and will undoubtedly be better second time out at Hastings.
Th excitement starts an hour earlier at 12:50 p.m. There is a guaranteed $25,000 late Pick 4.