NEW STRIDE ANNOUNCEMENT

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society Jumper Challenge off to a great start!

The 2015 New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society Jumper Challenge Series debuted this past Saturday at Thunderbird Show Park.

Fifteen competitors vied for $1,500 in prize money graciously sponsored by Hastings Racecourse.  Katz Piller took home first place with her horse Benjamin Button.  Emma Darvill rounded out second and third place with her mounts, Uschi & Tuffy.

New Stride is proud to recognize, promote, and reward Thoroughbred owners and riders with our third annual Thoroughbred Competition Series.  The first two years were run in a Hunter Classic format and this year we’ve opted to run it as a Jumper Challenge to further showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds.  We aim to show the public the best side of the Thoroughbred horse and the industry built around it.  Our unique series will raise the profile of Thoroughbreds in sport and will ultimately help find more homes for these magnificent animals.

Check out the next classes in the Series:

$1,500 New Stride Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Austeville Properties Ltd July 15-19, 2015 Milner Downs Equestrian Center

$1,500 New Stride Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Great Canadian Gaming Corp July 22-26, 2015 Milner Downs Equestrian Center

$3,000 New Stride Jumper Challenge Finale sponsored by North American TB Horse Co & Shannon Stables September 17-20, 2015 Thunderbird Show Park

Many thanks to our fabulous sponsors: Austeville Properties, Chiefswood Stables, Great Canadian Gaming Corp, Hastings Racecourse, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, and Shannon Stables Ltd.

Mike’s and Drew’s picks for Canada Day

Race 1 1 – Game Seven
6 – Lornefivehundred
5 – Wine Stock
6 – Lornefivehundred
5 – Wine Stock
2 – Launder’d Money
Race 2 4 – Uncle Willard
1 – Similkameen Joey
6 – Ganbei
4 – Uncle Willard
5 – London
6 – Ganbei
Race 3 3 – Ebony Warrior
7 – Valid Vow
1 – C U At Eau Claire
7 – Valid Vow
3 – Ebony Warrior
4 – Miss Napoli
Race 4 6 – Modern
4 – Brass and Gold
5 – Mr. Bowling
6 – Modern
5 – Mr Bowling
3 – Dontmesswithkitten
Race 5 5 – Catz On Fire
12 – Bluegrass Angus
6 – Crius
6 – Crius
12 – Bluegrass Angus
1 – Sedin
Race 6 8 – Majestic Presence
7 – Morning Coffee
3 – Quatre Cat
8 – Majestic Presence
10 – Susan’s Day
3 – Quatre Cat
Race 7 7 – Closing Intentions
5 – Clarisse B
3 – Rachael Run
1 – Via Bendita
4 – I’m a Diva Too
8 – C.A. Miss
Race 8 3 – Touching Promise
1 – Arabella’s Muse
5 – Locket
1 – Arabella’s Muse
3 – Touching Promise
6 – Dear Lily
Race 9 1 – Its Finally Friday
4 – Iscar
2 – Bearrock N Roll
1 – It’s Finally Friday
4 – Iscar
5 – Fransor’s Finest
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

Casse Eyes Second Straight Queen’s Plate Win

Trainer Mark Casse, a seven-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s top conditioner, will try for a second consecutive Queen’s Plate win July 5 at Woodbine.
The last trainer to win back-to-back Plates—for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds—was Mark Frostad (Scatter the Gold, 2000; Dancethruthedawn, 2001).
Last year, Casse celebrated his first win in Canada’s most famous horse race when filly Lexie Lou parlayed her Woodbine Oaks triumph into a resounding Plate score, en route to three Sovereign Awards, including Horse of the Year
Read more at:  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92796/casse-eyes-second-straight-queens-plate-win?&utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150630

Churchill Downs Spring Meet Handle Increases

Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) card, Churchill Downs registered a 2.46% increase in pari-mutuel handle during its 38-day spring meet, reversing an 11.5% decline a year ago.

According to statistics obtained upon request from the Kentucky Horse Racing CommissionChurchill Downs Inc. does not disclose handle numbers for any of its tracks except on major racing dayspari-mutuel handle

Read more at :  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92792/churchill-downs-spring-meet-handle-increases?&utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150630

Crown Champ American Pharoah Returns to Work

After three weeks off following his Triple Crown sweep, Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah returned to work June 29 with a three-furlong drill in :36 2/5, according to clockers at Santa Anita Park.

Read More at :  http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/92786/crown-champ-american-pharoah-returns-to-work? utm_source=DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20150630

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR MONDAY

Monday, June 29, 2015
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Lord Vancouver :48.20 H 1
Senor Rojo :48.60 H 3
Silent Native :48.20 H 1
This Is the Moment :50.60 H 4
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Burrard Breeze 1:01.20 H 1
Cover Band 1:04.40 H 3
Premium Blend 1:02.80 H 2