Saratoga Daily Results and Activity

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Final Entries

Thursday, August 21    
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase S. $150,000
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $42,000
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $73,000
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $55,000
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $83,000
Race 6 Union Avenue S. $100,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $83,000
Race 8 Claiming – $25,000 $50,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $78,000
Race 10 Maiden Claiming – $40,000 $45,000

RAILBIRD NOTES

By Glen Todd

By Glen Todd

HASTINGS MONDAY RACING

Back in late February the horsemen’s associations and Hastings, General Manager Darren MacDonald made a decision to try a couple of Monday afternoon twilight cards during the Pacific National Exhibition as an experiment for 2014.

MacDonald at that time stated he had worked out a deal to allow our everyday fans the opportunity during the fair to park for free as the PNE is dark on Monday’s.

Well Monday afternoon was the first of two and it appeared to be a worth while trial if yesterday was any indication.

There was a fairly good local turn out of our everyday racing fan and what appeared to be several new faces as well.  The new faces was a added bonus as I don’t think anybody anticipated that.

The handle was $392,255.00 on the seven race card which in comparison to the first Wednesday of fair last year the handle was $306,522.00.

Friday’s crowd which I have been told was huge for a Friday Night prior to the opening of the annual fair,  but the handle was a little less at $373,718.00.

You can’t jump to conclusions off just one night but it would appear its worth looking into maybe for 2015.

STATS TOMORROW

We usually do Hastings stats summaries on Tuesday’s but we will get it done today for tomorrow’s newsletter.

MIKE HEAD’S MONDAY RECAP

Monday’s recap of the seven race card at Hastings Racecourse is done this week by Mike Heads as Richard Yates is away on vacation.  Check out Mike’s recap later down in today’s newsletter.

HASTINGS CLOSED FOR TRAINING TODAY

Hastings is closed for training today (TUESDAY) and re-opens again tomorrow.

On Saturday, August 16th, the training track will close early at 10AM.  The track will also be closed for training on Tuesday, August 19th.

Entries will be taken and drawn on Tuesday for Friday’s races.  To accommodate horsemen who prefer not to be at the track on a dark day, the racing office will take early-bird entries all day on Monday.

Through Labour Day, gate schooling will be conducted only on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.

 

MONDAY’S HASTINGS WRAP-UP BY MIKE HEADS

BENNETT’S TAKE LATE DOUBLE

TOUCHING PROMISE WINNING THE SIXTH AT HASTINGS ON MONDAY - PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

TOUCHING PROMISE WINNING THE SIXTH AT HASTINGS ON MONDAY – PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

Longtime owners and breeders Russ and Lois Bennett took home the top prize in the final two races on the Monday program at Hastings Racecourse. Their homebred filly Touching Promise enjoyed the class relief in race six and overcame a rough trip to win going away. The daughter of former Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold was away well and in good striking position early tracking the opening quarter in 22.18 but was stymied in between fillies through a half in 45.66. There was significant bumping approaching the far turn where three fillies were impeded severely Touching Promise, Locket and Kataliah who definitely took the worst of the interference checking out sharply losing five or six lengths. Touching Promise and rider Amadeo Perez rebounded the best on the final turn after the half-mile pole incident and had first run on the speed filly Sabrina and comfortably cruised to the lead in the stretch and held her rivals at bay in 1:17.15. Returning $4.10 to win, $2.60 to place and the minimum $2.10 to show. Locket rallied to be second and likely would have make the finish a lot closer if she had not had such a tough trip. Sabrina held well to be third making her first start in Vancouver.

TRACKER ON THE INSIDE WINS THE 7TH RACE AT HASTINGS ON MONDAY - PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

TRACKER ON THE INSIDE WINS THE 7TH RACE AT HASTINGS ON MONDAY – PHOTO BY PATTI TUBBS

The good fortunes for the Bennett’s and trainer Barbara Heads continued into the final race as Tracker turned a huge effort to outlast a very game Hopeseeker in an exciting conclusion to the Monday evening program. Amadeo Perez had Tracker prominent early through fractions of 22.15 and 45.04 and when given his cue at the quarter pole the son of Finality responded with quick acceleration but needed every ounce of energy to hold off a fast closing Hopeseeker in a very swift final time of 1:16.15. He returned $8.40, 5.10 and 3.10. Hopeseeker and Keishan Balgobin were always in a good position and swung four wide turning for home and just missed by a nose. The top two were almost four lengths clear of the third horse Stepupforthemoney who was disqualified for impeding Dee Jay Snow heading into the stretch. Kay and Sue Ohashi’s After The Conflict was moved up to third.

Amadeo Perez and Richard Hamel each visited the winners circle three times on the evening and Keishan Balgobin was aboard the longest price of the night Falconrise Holdings’ After Court who wired a field of $4.000 claimers paying $16.70 to win.

 

Racing resumes this Friday night at 7:00 p.m.