|Monday, October 12|
|Monday, October 12|
|Race 1||Claiming – $16,000||$23,500|
|Race 2||Maiden Special Weight||$55,900|
|Race 3||Maiden Special Weight||$55,900|
|Race 4||Claiming – $20,000||$24,100|
|Race 6||Maiden Special Weight||$45,000|
|Race 7||Claiming – $10,000||$21,000|
|Race 8||Carotene S.||$150,000|
|Race 9||Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500||$62,300|
|Race 10||Maiden Special Weight||$45,000|
|Saturday, October 17|
|Race 4||Claiming – $6,250||$9,000|
|Race 5||Claiming – $3,000||$7,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Claiming – $5,000||$6,300|
|Race 7||Claiming – $6,250||$9,000|
|Race 8||Bienvenidos S.||$35,000|
|Race 9||Claiming – $6,250||$9,000|
Racing resumes this afternoon with an eight race program that will showcase four stakes races worth a combined $350,000 and as an added interest to the betting public there is a $100,301 carryover in the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6. The Pick 6 must be paid out today so even if no one picks six winners the entire pool will be paid out to the tickets with the most amount of winners.
The Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 starts in race 3 (2:55 p.m) which is the $75,000 Fantasy for two year old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth.
The heavy favourite will be Don Danard’s three-time stakes winner C U At Eau Claire. The daughter of Haynesfield is bred to love this longer trip and she will be reunited with regular pilot Richard Hamel for Greg Tracy.
The main danger will be the Swift Thoroughbreds Snuggles who was a closing second in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity behind C U At Eau Claire. She is also bred to handle extra ground, Rico Walcott returns to Hastings from his Edmonton base to ride for Dino Condilenios.
Steve McDonald’s McDove was an impressive debut winner for trainer Mark Cloutier. The Proud Citizen filly showed excellent speed and wired her male competition and will get Antonio Reyes at the helm today.
Wendy Kruger and Jim Smith’s Donttellmyhusband might be the longshot that can sit back early and make one run. She closed stylishly in the Futurity and will get Jeff Burningham again this afternoon.
The balance of the field include Phil Hall, Jim and Anne Alendal’s Cyclone Cindy (Sahin Civaci), JDP Holdings and Rick Hunter’s Lady Cash (Amadeo Perez) and Morris Peter, Charlie Cowan, Warren Wilson and the High Stakes Thoroughbreds and Deltin Stable’s Chestnut’s Gold (Keishan Balgobin).
The stakes action continues in race 5 with the two year old colts and geldings in the $75,000 Ascot Graduation.
The likely choice will be Riversedge Racing Stables Kristofferson who is a well bred son of Rock Hard Ten that has won his last two starts in Edmonton including the $50,000 Birdcatcher Stakes. He looks to have trained well since his last race and Rico Walcott returns gets the call from trainer Tim Rycroft.
Doug Clyde’s Power Corrupt looked good winning the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity and seems like one that will enjoy this longer trip. Jeff Burningham rides for Mike Anderson.
Rob Scott’s Stanz In Command had his stakes winning streak stopped at two but still managed to run a game second in the JD Futurity. He is another that shouldn’t mind the mile and a sixteenth distance so he deserves respect as well. David Lopez re-rides for Charlene Miller.
This is the toughest race on the card and the rest of the field has a good chance if they receive the right trip. The field includes L&S Farms, Bill Randall, 3480 Equine and John Snow’s Rock Concert (Keishan Balgobin), Shamrock Racing’s Crazy Prophet (Pedro Alvarado), Don Adams, JDP Holdings and Nancy Betts’ Dashing Don (Amadeo Perez), Jeff Sengara’s Groot (Antonio Reyes), Joanne McDonald and Terry Clyde’s We Found Gold, Keen and Jarvis-Meehan’s I ama Better Cause (Silvano Morales), Russ and Lois Bennett’s Sol Cat (Richard Hamel) and Phil Hall’s Lord Vancouver (Sahin Civaci).
Race 6 is the $100,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth.
Russ and Lois Bennett’s homebred Touching Promise has scored in back-to-back stakes races and did capture the Ballerina last year over a sloppy track. She looks like the one to beat especially if the forecasted rains come. Amadeo Perez pilots for Barbara Heads.
The Swift Thoroughbred’s Rather Beautiful is probably the best filly in the race but hasn’t has the best of schedules heading into this race. She has had significant time in between races to try and get past some physical issues but If her best race surfaces she won’t get beat. Rico Walcott jumps back aboard for Dino Condilenios.
Karl Krieg’s Lady Rosberg makes this years Ballerina a real Northwest championship race as she is the top mare at Emerald Downs. The daughter of Rosberg has won two of three stakes in Seattle this summer. Gallyn Mitchell has come north to accept the mount for Frank Barroby. Barroby will also saddle Braithwaite and Gorasht’s Locket who has been on the wrong side of two photos in the last two stakes races at Hastings. Antonio Reyes will be in the irons.
The balance of the field includes Ray Hanson and the Exclusive Stables Ambleside Park (Keishan Balgobin), Kamaaina Thoroughbreds Madame Pele (Richard Hamel), Russ and Lois Bennett’s Amber Moon (Pedro Alvarado) and Mark DeDomenico and NATHC’s Dear Lilly (David Lopez).
The final stakes race of the 2015 season is in race 7 as eight colts and geldings will do battle over a mile and three-eighths in the 69th running of the $100,000 B.C. Premiers.
The conversation has to start with the Hastings Racing Cub’s Square Dancer who has been brilliant since arriving on the scene earlier this summer. There appears to be enough early speed to aid his off-the-pace style and Richard Hamel will once again be at the helm for Steve Henson.
The race gets added interest with the top older horse in Alberta Killin Me Smalls showing up for todays race. Owned by the Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh the son Ontario stallion Marcavelly recently won the $82,000 Speed to Spare Stake at this same distance. Regular rider Ruben Lara comes west for the ride.
Henry Leong and Tom Easton’s Dontmesswithkitten (Amadeo Perez), Russ and Lois Bennett’s Brass and Gold (Pedfro Alvarado) and Swift Thoroughbred’s Shooting Jacket (Rico Walcott) were all separated by less than a length in the last stakes race the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate so all three with the right trip are good enough to be major threats.
Rounding out the field is Cameron Hill, George Gilbert and the Tres Hombres Senor Rojo (Jeff Burningham), J&G Racing Stable’s Don’t Hold Me Back (David Lopez) and Dave and Sylvea Gregory’s Remembertobreathe (Silvano Morales).
The excellent eight race card gets underway at 1:50 p.m.
|Race 1||7 – Hidden Harbor
4 – Bubbly On Ice
3 – Far Niente
|7 – Hidden Harbour
4 – Bubbly On Ice
3 – Far Niente
|Race 2||8 – Leo’s In The House
3 – After Court
4 – Chapel Boy
|7 – C.A. Miss
1 – Pricipe’s Herbie
6 – Briartic County
|Race 3||5 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Snuggles
1 – Donttellmyhusband
|5 – C U at Eau Claire
6 – McDove
3 – Snuggles
|Race 4||4 – What Goes Around
5 – Fransor’s Finest
8 – Aint Tellin’
|5 – Fransor’s Finest
2 – Toccet’s Charm
8 – Ain’t Tellin
|Race 5||1 – Kristofferson
5 – Power Corrupt
3 – Crazy Prophet
|7 – We Found Gold
5 – Power Corrupt
8 – Stanz In Command
|Race 6||7 – Rather Beautiful
8 – Touching Promise
6 – Lady Rosberg
|8 – Touching Promise
1 – Locket
6 – Lady Rosberg
|Race 7||1 – Square Dancer
6 – Killin Me Smalls
7 – Brass And Gold
|1 – Square Dancer
6 – Killin me Smalls
3 – Senor Rojo
|Race 8||4 – Laguna Blaze
6 – Off The Top
3 – Rosies Notis
|4 – Laguna Blaze
6 – Off the Top
3 – Rosies Notis
|Mike’s Picks||Drew’s Picks|
TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of the BC Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association will be held:
Date: Monday October 12, 2015
Time: Commencing at 12:30 PM
Place: Hastings Racecourse – Old Slots Floor Meeting Room
The main purpose of the meeting is for the following:
Dated this 20th day of September, 2015.
Note: Copies of the 2014 BC TOBA financial statements and minutes of the October 13, 2014 Annual General Meeting will be available at the meeting or upon request by contacting the BC TOBA office.
It Is What It Is
I am not above gilding the lily a little bit here and there, but you got to have a lily to work with in order to do it. The Sunday card that went from borderline to disastrous due to a virus invading the backstretch did not offer much gilding material. The virus resulted in a dozen scratches, and a couple of other snafus further reduced the available contestants. The seven-race card went with a total of 35 horses.
Now, having said that, let us say this: it is not the end of the world. Some good things did happen. The horses and riders all came back safe. Owners collected purse money and people with jobs on the frontside and backstretch worked. Amazingly, there was over $391,000 bet on the card. The last race went with 8 horses and it handled over $98,000 dollars. That demonstrates the power of the “get even” race (the last of the day) and our time slot advantage that comes from being at the western edge of the continent. It also shows that there is business out there for us if we can produce the racing product necessary to capture it.
So, it was not the end of the world and there was some bad luck involved. There were factors in play that no one could control. It can happen anywhere. Portland Meadows just went through a disease event that could have made our virus look like a sniffle in spring. Nevertheless, while we can hopefully agree that it was just a tough day at the races, we can also agree on this: It was something we do not want to make a habit of.
Thanksgiving Day will bring a card with four stakes races and a mandatory payout of the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6, making it a certainty that some lucky (or good) handicapper(s) will have something in excess of their other blessings to be thankful for.
Let’s just review Sunday’s races in order.
Proxyman Fills In At The Winner’s Circle
Proxyman ($7.10) ran off and left three other open 8K claimers in the first, a 6 ½ furlong sprint that took him only 1:16.39 to complete. That was more than 5 lengths faster than Teddy the Bear in second who was a couple in front of Halo’s Quest in third.
The winner, a five-year-old Ontario bred gelding, is owned by Mitch Sutherland and trained by Jim Brown. It was the first of two wins on the day for jockey Jeff Burningham.
Rock It Star By Pretty Far
The second, a 4K maiden claimer for fillies and mares, was won in wire-to-wire fashion by Rock It Star ($3.80) for owner/breeders Janis Phillips and Brian Phillips, he being the trainer as well. The 6 ½ furlongs went in 1:19.29 for the winner and her rider, Silvino Morales. Acceptigal was almost 6 lengths back in second and Got Scotch was that far again back in third.
Lord Gallovic Reigns In The Third
The only route race of the day was won by Lord Gallovic ($11.30) who needed 1:45.78 to negotiate the three-turn mile-and-a-sixteenth event. It was closely contested, with four horses coming to the wire together before Lord Gallovic prevailed by a nose over Promise Glory. Lucky Moly Miner was another half-length back in third and a neck ahead of Lord Harlow who was a close fourth.
Lord Gallovic was bred in British Columbia by Glen Todd. He is owned by Dan Lee and his trainer Phil Hall. Sahin Civaci rode.
Stormin Angel Wings It
Leading rider Richard Hamel won his only race of the day when he guided Stormin Angel ($3.70) to victory in the fourth, your basic 6 ½ furlong sprint for your basic 4k maiden fillies and mares in a final time of 1:19.39. Jo It All was two lengths back in second. Stormy Cross who completed the evangelical weather theme was third (and last).
Stormin Angel was bred in British Columbia by Alan and Marion MacHaffie. She is owned by the MacHaffies and Cask Syndicate. Robert VanOverschot trains.
I Believe in Angel Keeps The Faith
The fifth went to I Believe in Angel ($4.20) who beat 3 other $8,000 claimers in a non-winner of two (BC-breds 3) event for older fillies and mares. Pedro Alvarado rode the winner for owners Nick and Pauline Felicella and trainer Anita Bolton. I believe in Angel led all the way in the 6 ½ furlong sprint that finished in 1:17.81. Quiet Finality was second and Storm Stalker took third. Bryan and Carol Anderson bred the winner in British Columbia.
New Jersey Joe States His Case
Jockey Jeff Burningham racked up his second win on the day in the sixth with New Jersey Joe ($3.60) who survived by a half-length after making a massive move on the backstretch. The 24-1 longshot Cantcatchtherabbit finished second and Harrison Hope utilized the rail while running a close third. Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:18.58.
New Jersey Joe was bred in this province by Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds who co-own him with James Redekop. The winner gave leading trainer Mike Anderson his 32nd win on the season.
Today Is the Day Finally Has Her Day
Today Is the Day ($5.10) scored her first win since August of 2013 when she closed out the card with a come from behind win over the seven other horses that comprised the day’s biggest field. Amadeo Perez rode the winner who needed 1:18.60 to get home a length clear of Au Clair de Lune who finished second. Remarkable Lady was a head back in third and a nose ahead of Charming Silver in fourth.
The winner was bred in British Columbia by her owners Honesto Dino and Arnold Ocol. Taylor Anderson trains the winner who completed a father and son late double for the Andersons.
Candidly, not a lot.