Hastings Wrap-up for April 26, 2015

 By Richard Yates

 The rain forecast for Sunday held off and Hastings Racecourse provided racing fans with a card that was chock full of quality and of sufficient quantity to stimulate the natural tendency towards speculation that is common to horseplayers.  Only two betting favorites won, five winners paid $10.00 or more, and the new Sea-to Sky Pick 6 did not get hit.  There is hope.



It was a day marked by individual achievements and dynamite performances.  Trainer Dino Condilenios, who did not win a stakes race in 2014 for the first time in thirteen years, won the first two contested this year.  And since Condilenios did not win one last year, Swift Thoroughbreds did not, even though they were leading owners in wins for 2014.  That is history now as they doubled in the stakes races and turned a filly loose that made as impressive a debut as has been seen in recent times within the city limits of Vancouver.

Jockey Marklee Buchanan hung up another riding double (“please allow me to introduce myself”, he says) and Richard Hamel and Pedro Alvarado did the same.

Trainer Anita Bolton sent out the winner of a Maiden Special Weight on Sunday to go with the one she won on Saturday.  Nick and Pauline Felicella own both those winners.

                           Rather Beautiful Catches The Eye

Rather Beautiful ($11.80) won the Brighouse Belles after she produced a spectacular run that began not long after she straightened out going down the backside and ended with her clearing the front-running Hollywood Miss midway down the lane and moving out to a two length win.  Rather Beautiful covered the 6 ½ furlongs in a very, say it again, very rapid 1:15.79 while carrying 117 pounds and jockey Rico Walcott.

Rather Beautiful winning the Brighouse Belles

Rather Beautiful winning the Brighouse Belles

Hollywood Miss did not break perfectly but she was soon in front with Arabella’s Muse in pursuit.  The ease with which they cleared the speedy Dawselina told you how fast they were going and the teletimer showing a first quarter in 21.88 and a half in 44.63 confirmed it.  The first two opened up 3 to 4 lengths on the rest going down the backstretch and were 6 or 7 lengths ahead of Rather Beautiful when she launched what was to be a near half-mile run that would take her to the lead and to the head of the Hastings filly and mare class.

Hollywood Miss, who won this race last year, ran a race that would have won the majority of filly and mare sprint stakes ever run at Hastings.  Even when passed by the winner she refused to give up and held off Arabella’s Muse for the place.  Arabella’s Muse herself ran far too well to finish third, but that was what happened, even though she was 6 lengths clear of the multiple stakes winner Ole’s Miss who was three for three at today’s distance coming into this race.

The winner was the only non-stakes winner in the field.  She was a non-winner of two other than coming into this race, having only routed while winning two on the US East Coast before she was purchased privately by her current owner, Swift Thoroughbreds.  Looking at her form it is obvious that her connections and trainer Chad Brown thought she was better going long.  If that proves to be the case, then good luck to the mares in the Pacific Northwest when the glamour races get run.

Dino Condilenios trains her for Swift Thoroughbreds and after the race he gave credit to Brown for sending her to him in good shape.  That may be, but Condilenios and his crew got her settled in and acclimated to Hastings and sent her out for an extraordinary effort.

Rather Beautiful is a Kentucky-bred daughter of the top class sire Malibu Moon.

Modern Is Right Up To Date With First Stakes Win



Modern ($16.20) turned in a very gritty performance in wiring the 6 ½ furlong George Royal against a deep and talented field that included Herbie D and Title Contender, winners of the Longacres Mile and BC Derby, as well as 12 time stakes winner Commander, among others.  Ridden by Richard Hamel, Modern covered the sprint distance in 1:16.19 after setting blazing fractions of 21.91 and 44.18 on his way to three-quarters in 1:09.15.

Modern went straight to the lead but he was dogged every step of the way, first by Herbie D, who was lapped on him from the break to the head of the lane, and then by Title Contender who may have actually gotten a head in front early in the lane.  In any case, Modern refused to crack and opened up a small working margin over Title Contender that he maintained to the wire.  Devil in Disguise had to wait behind horses coming out of the final turn and ran on well when clear to finish third.

Modern is by Tiznow out of an A.P.Indy mare.  Darley bred him in Kentucky, Dino Condilenios trains and Swift Thoroughbreds owns.

Modern winning the George Royal stakes race today at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up. FOUR FOOTED FOTO

Modern winning the George Royal stakes race today at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up.  FOUR FOOTED FOTO

                         Meg Giry Impresses In Maiden Win

Meg Giry ($3.30) ran away and hid from a three-and-up Maiden Special Weight field in Sunday’s third race.  She won by 7 lengths and it could have been more if jockey Pedro Alvarado had done anything other than deliver a perfunctory tap and then take in the view as they cruised down the lane on their way to 6 furlongs in 1:10.65.

The winner was always in control and appeared to be an altogether different kind of horse, but Rockport Dancer and Anasazi Lass get credit for not getting discouraged while chasing the winner through a half-mile in 45.29 and soldiering on to run second and third respectively while the winner disappeared into the distance.

Meg Giry is a Kentucky bred by way of Ontario where she appears to have been purchased privately by owners Nick and Pauline Felicella.  Anita Bolton trains her.

Also Noteworthy:

Jockey Marklee Buchanan’s second consecutive riding double came on Cowie Creek ($13.70) in the second race for owner/trainer Randy Hudson and in the last aboard Charming Silver ($29.70) for owners Cole Bradsen and Whitehouse Stable and trainer Jodie Rawson.

Pedro Alvarado won the third with the maiden Meg Giry, as previously mentioned, as well as the fourth on Mighty Fraser ($3.50) for owner/trainer Mike Anderson and owner Terry Clyde.

Jockey Richard Hamel racked up a double with Modern in the George Royal and Cowboy Commander ($5.80) in the fifth for trainer Phil Hall, who won two on the weekend, and Lindsay Racing Stables.

Trainer Dino Condilenios and Swift Thoroughbreds won three times on the weekend and jockey Marklee Buchanan won four.  They are your leaders after Week One.

Nine of the 15 races run on the weekend were won wire-to-wire.  Five races were won by horses that were second or third after the first quarter.  Only Rather Beautiful did any real closing to win and the fact that she came from well back against a speed bias makes her performance in the Brighouse Belles all the more worth noting.

Positive Forecast for Kentucky Derby, Oaks

After dreary skies and rainfall over the last couple of days in Louisville, Ky., the forecast is looking up for Kentucky Derby week.

According to AcuWeather.com, the May 2 forecast for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is for partly sunny skies, a high temperature of 77 degrees, and a low of 56.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91558/positive-forecast-for-kentucky-derby-oaks#ixzz3YVXdIei2

Dortmund, Other CA Shippers Arrive at CD

Undefeated Dortmund strode off the horse van April 26 at Churchill Downs and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was one step closer, with one less thing to worry about in the days counting down to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr .I).

The Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner flew in from California on a Tex Sutton charter and arrived on the Churchill backstretch shortly after 12:30 p.m. EDT along with Sunland Derby (gr. III) winner Firing Line and Eddie Logan Stakes winner Bolo, who comes off a third-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91565/dortmund-other-ca-shippers-arrive-at-cd#ixzz3YVXByC9k

American Pharoah Has Lone Churchill Breeze

American Pharoah, likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and impressive winner of the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) last time out, finally got the chance to stretch his legs April 26 at Churchill Downs.

In his lone work before the May 2 Run for the Roses, Zayat Stables’ homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile   went five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Martin Garcia at about 8:30 a.m. EDT under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who flew in from California to supervise the breeze. The move was fastest of 32 at the distance on the day.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/91552/american-pharoah-has-lone-churchill-breeze#ixzz3YVWzhe3o


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Hastings News by Greg Douglas



Vancouver, B.C. (April 26/15) – Veteran trainer Dino Condilenios came dressed for a party Sunday at Hastings Racecourse and wasn’t disappointed.

Wearing a trainer’s non-traditional suit, dress shirt and tie, Condilenios was in the winner’s circle not once but twice celebrating victories following the opening stakes races of the Hastings season:  the $50,000 George Royal and $50,000 Brighouse Belles.

“What a way to start the year,” he beamed with his Swift Thoroughbreds owners sharing the limelight.  “What a great day.  This doesn’t happen very often.”

The aptly named Rather Beautiful started the consecutive streak in the Brighouse Belles for fillies and mares with a two-length victory over favoured Hollywood Miss, paying $11.80, $5.20, $3.40.  Ridden by Rico Walcott, Rather Beautiful finished the six and one half furlongs in an impressive 1:15.79.

Condilenios was back in the winner’s circle after the very next race when 5-year-old Kentucky-bred Modern beat Title Contender by a neck in the George Royal for 3-year-olds & up.   With Richard Hamel in the irons, Modern was relentless in the holding off Title Contender in a final time of 1:16.19, paying $16.20, $9.20, $5.80.

“He’s one of the most talented horses I’ve ever trained,” Condilenios said. “Modern has finally learned to relax and today he put away some pretty good horses.”

Joining the winning connections was 86-year-old Robert W. (Bob) Hall, co-owner and trainer of the immortal George Royal who was the first B.C.-bred to win Canadian Horse of the Year honours in 1965 and inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1976. George Royal won nine consecutive stakes at Hastings as a 3-year-old and today his statue stands proudly in the paddock area.

Live racing resumes Saturday and Sunday at Hastings Racecourse with start times at 1:50 p.m.  The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs will be shown live Saturday on the giant screen in Hastings infield.

The new Sea to Sky Pick 6 has a carryover of $7,760 heading into next Saturday’s card.


Sunday, April 26, 2015
2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

A Million Ways :26.20 BG 17
Bridge Baron :25.40 H 10
Cowboy Phil :25.00 H 5
Cyclone Cindy :26.00 B 12
Dashing Don :26.20 BG 17
Get Aboard :25.20 HG 8
Gold Miner :25.00 H 5
Harbor the Storm :25.00 H 5
Lord Vancouver :25.80 H 11
McDove :23.80 HG 1
Notasimplegal :26.00 B 12
Oma :26.00 B 12
Rosesforgrace :26.00 B 12
Sal :24.60 H 3
Sanawar :26.80 B 19
Snuggles :24.60 H 3
Sol Cat :27.00 B 21
Stephanately :25.20 H 8
Tell Us a Tale :26.80 B 19
Valid Vow :23.80 HG 1
Whippoorwill Song :27.00 B 21
Winning Edge :26.00 B 12
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Cruise Dancer :38.00 H 4
Peace River :36.40 H 1
Princess Katie :38.60 H 6
Rocket Ralph :38.00 H 4
Steelehead :37.00 H 3
Triplewitchinghour :39.80 H 7
War On :36.40 H 1
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Acceptigal :49.40 H 24
Banderillero :47.00 H 1
Cadeo :48.20 H 11
Caljay :49.60 H 26
Capeaway :49.20 H 23
Catz On Fire :49.80 H 31
Cederberg :48.20 H 11
Chapel Boy :47.60 H 5
Chic Bird :48.40 H 14
Closing Intentions :50.00 H 34
Contact Man :47.40 H 3
Counterfiet L. K. :49.40 H 24
D S Siobhan :50.00 H 34
Dangerous Game :49.60 H 26
Daughter Derek :47.80 H 7
Fairmeade :49.80 H 31
Get Up and Try :47.40 H 3
Green Dude :49.60 H 26
He’s a Marvel :52.80 H 37
Heartset :48.00 H 10
Hollanita :48.60 H 15
Honey Skila :48.60 H 15
Kataliah :48.20 H 11
Notis Zen :49.60 H 26
One to Believe :47.60 HG 5
Payton’s Best :47.00 H 1
Peace Arch :49.00 H 20
Portray Ur Vision :48.60 H 15
Race the Wind :48.60 H 15
Right to Appeal :49.00 H 20
Solar Energy :52.80 H 37
Stormin Tizzy :49.80 H 31
Striding for Gold :47.80 H 7
Teiguan :49.60 H 26
Thanks a Million :49.00 H 20
Three Way Trade :48.80 H 19
Wild Rose of Texas :47.80 H 7
Ya Kula :51.00 B 36
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Ambidextrous Duke :59.80 H 3
Angel’s Victory 1:06.80 H 63
Ariki Princess 1:01.40 H 15
At the Ritz 1:04.60 H 60
Biscuit 1:00.40 H 5
Boots Gray 1:02.80 H 47
Burnaby Baron 1:01.20 H 13
Cantcatchtherabbit 1:02.60 H 38
Carson City Brown 1:02.80 H 47
Coloursoftheglen (IRE) 1:06.40 H 62
Cowboy in Command 1:02.60 HG 38
Crius 1:02.20 H 33
Dee Jay Snow :59.60 H 2
Famous Winner 1:03.40 H 52
Flare Miss 1:01.60 H 21
Forever Me 1:02.20 H 33
Goes Way Back 1:02.60 H 38
Got Scotch 1:01.60 H 21
Hail to Jack 1:02.20 H 33
Hesler 1:02.00 H 30
Hey Didjanotis 1:01.60 H 21
I Dig That 1:01.00 H 12
Jaxinn 1:02.60 H 38
Jockey Style 1:03.40 H 52
Kaching Cash 1:01.80 H 27
Killarney Kid 1:02.00 H 30
Lil Miss Bean 1:03.40 H 52
Lookout Dubai 1:00.40 H 5
Lord Gallovic 1:01.40 H 15
Magic Thunder 1:03.20 H 51
Marruk 1:03.00 H 50
Minstrel’s Time 1:02.20 H 33
Miss Rose Parade 1:01.60 H 21
Mokhandoit 1:00.00 H 4
Myah’s Bling 1:03.40 H 52
Occupy Vancouver 1:02.60 H 38
Oh Derek 1:00.60 H 8
Pas Believen 1:04.20 H 59
Power to Believe 1:02.60 H 38
Principe’s Herbie 1:01.40 H 15
Quatre Cat 1:01.60 H 21
Quiet Finality :59.20 H 1
Remembertobreathe 1:00.60 H 8
Richter Red 1:00.80 H 11
Rollingintheaisles 1:01.40 H 15
Roy’s Dream 1:02.60 H 38
Saffron 1:03.40 H 52
Say Fabulous 1:02.60 H 38
Shayla’s Rose 1:01.80 H 27
Similkameen Joey 1:01.80 H 27
So Legit 1:00.40 H 5
Stoneridge Raider 1:01.40 H 15
Stormin’ the Bay 1:05.20 H 61
Street Map 1:01.40 H 15
Taylureveloz 1:01.20 H 13
Truly Unusual 1:01.60 H 21
Tulipia 1:04.00 H 58
Uncle Willard 1:02.40 H 37
Victorious Spirit 1:02.60 H 38
Vying for Glory 1:03.40 H 52
Wilo Kat 1:00.60 H 8
Yogi Man 1:02.80 H 47
Zanita Rosae 1:02.00 H 30
6 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Sailingforthesun 1:12.40 H 1
6 1/2 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Bold N Lovely 1:22.60 HG 1
Ruffy Rose 1:25.40 HG 5
Too Much Johnson 1:24.20 HG 3
Turn My Crank 1:24.20 H 3
Uncle Clarence 1:23.80 HG 2

Hastings Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, April 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $10,500 Summary Chart
Race 2 Claiming – $25,000 $18,000 Summary Chart
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $23,000 Summary Chart
Race 4 Claiming – $16,000 $12,000 Summary Chart
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $10,000 Summary Chart
Race 6 Brighouse Belles S. $50,000 Summary Chart
Race 7 George Royal S. $50,000 Summary Chart
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $11,000 Summary Chart


Sunday, April 26

Stakes Nominations and Handicap Weights Posted Today

Race Date Stakes Name Nominations Handicap Weights
05/03/2015 Ross McLeod S. Nominations
05/03/2015 Jim Coleman Province S. Nominations

Emerald Downs Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, April 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $15,000 $11,900 Summary Chart
Race 2 Claiming – $7,500 $9,300 Summary Chart
Race 3 Waiver Claiming – $3,500 $6,800 Summary Chart
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $7,500 $9,300 Summary Chart
Race 5 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400 Summary Chart
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $2,500 $7,000 Summary Chart
Race 7 Claiming – $5,000 $8,600 Summary Chart
Race 8 Claiming – $12,500 $11,900 Summary Chart
Race 9 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $6,600 Summary Chart

Early Entries

Friday, May 1 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $6,900
Race 2 Claiming – $7,500 $9,300
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $7,500 $8,000
Race 4 Claiming – $2,500 $6,400
Race 5 Claiming – $7,500 $9,300
Race 6 Waiver Claiming – $12,500 $13,600
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $9,400