MIKE HEADS RACING PREVIEW FOR SATURDAY

SATURDAY HASTINGS PREVIEW

Thoroughbred racing action returns today at beautiful Hastings Racecourse. There is a seven race program that features $35,000 optional claiming mares sprinting six and a half furlongs in race number three (2:50 p.m.). The Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 players will be greeted with a $2,900 carryover which begins in race two (2:20 p.m).

 

On the rail in the main event is Don Danard’s brilliant filly C U AT EAU CLAIRE. She has descended down from the stakes ranks and was victorious in a similar race three weeks ago and is definitely the one to beat. This race on paper has come up easier than her last and winning pilot Richard Hamel will rejoin her for trainer Greg Tracy.

Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ BONUS SPIN is an interesting runner in this one. She had a brutal trip in her last at Emerald Downs last month but prior to that race she was a game runner-up at this level at Hastings. Antonio Reyes has been a great partner for her in the past and is back in the tack for trainer Rosie Anderson .

Cameron Hill’s SUSAN’S DAY was a solid fourth in her last race against C U AT EAU CLAIRE. She is always dangerous sprinting and should be respected. Amadeo Perez gets the call from Hall-of-Fame conditioner Dave Forster.

Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ also have PRINCESS O’PRADO (along with BONUS SPIN) to cheer for in this race. This six and half furlong trip is not her best distance but she does own a win sprinting. She may get some pace help which would enhance her chances. David Lopez gets the call from trainer Mike Anderson.

Dave and Sylvea Gregory and Stuart and May Carmichael’s stakes winning mare QUATRE CAT will be looking to get on track in this easier spot. She has been a mid-pack performer in her stakes sprints this spring but this a much easier assignment. Sahin Civaci will be at the helm for trainer Sylvea Gregory.

Mark Pakulak and Allison Fournogerakis’ COLLEEN’S DIAMOND is making her second start of the season after a no-threat run with conditional fillies and mares. This is a big step up in class and she will need to regain her 2016 form to be a top candidate this afternoon. She sports a couple of sharp works and will get Jeff Burningham for Pat Jarvis.

First post is 1:50 p.m.and a reminder that racing resumes on Sunday with an eight race card.

Good luck to all.

ATTENTION HORSEMEN – ANNOUNCEMENT FROM HASTINGS RACING OFFICE

Entering two or more horses in a race to make the race go, followed by the scratching of one or more of those horses from a field of 7 horses or less, is not an acceptable practice.   It is unfair to owners, other trainers and to our fans and the wagering public.  Therefore, effective July 10, 2017, a horse that is scratched from a field of 7 horses or less, when it is one of two or more horses entered by the same trainer may, at the discretion of the Racing Secretary, not be eligible to re-enter for a race to be run within 14 clear days of the date of the race it was scratched from.

MIKE AND DREWS DERBY BAR AND GRILL PICKS FOR SATURDAY

Race 1 1 – Rock Concert
3 – Mighty Mesa
2 – Ebony Warrior
1 – Rock Concert
2 – Ebony Warrior
3 – Mighty Mesa
Race 2 1 – P G Star
4 – Storm Cruiser
7 – Bonnie Kristine
7 – Bonnie Kristine
1 – P G Star
6 – We’regoodasgold
Race 3 2 – Bonus Spin
1 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Susan’s Day
1 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Susan’s Day
2 – Bonus Spin
Race 4 2 – Silent Native
5 – Stepupforthemoney
4 – Nana’s Buddy
4 – Nana’s Buddy
7 – Power Corrupt
8 – What Goes Around
Race 5 7 – Such a Bargin
6 – Mystic Belief
8 – Miss Napoli
7 – Such a Bargain
10 – Halloween Queen
9 – Grayross Gracie
Race 6 4 – Western Heritage
6 – Devil in Disguise
2 – Ambidextrous Duke
6 – Devil in Disguise
3 – Cowboy Phil
4 – Western Heritage
Race 7 3 – Indy Racer
4 – Rosies Notis
6 – Toccet’s Charm
6 – Toccet’s Charm
3 – Indy Racer
9 – Flemings Beach
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

HASTINGS ENTRIES FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Final Entries

Saturday, July 8
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $8,000 $12,000
Race 2 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $27,000
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $12,000
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 6 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000
Race 7 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000

 

Sunday, July 9
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $12,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $17,500
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $4,000 $11,000
Race 5 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000
Race 6 Claiming – $4,000 $12,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $27,000
Race 8 Claiming – $16,000 $16,000

HASTINGS NEWS

VET’S LIST

If you have a horse on the vet’s list and need to contact the vet, Dr. Sheryl Bourque to make an appointment to get your horse off the list.

Dr. Bourque is available after 9:00am on Race Days.

If you make an appointment on Wednesday, entry day you must contact Dr Bourque on Tuesday to confirm a time.

Dr. Sheryl Bourque can be reached on her cell phone at 604-818-2440

 

 

 

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR FRIDAY

HASTINGS WORKERS PHOTO BY LISA THOMPSON
Friday, July 7, 2017
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
3 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Next Otis :37.20 H 1
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Belli Girl 1:00.60 H 1
Brother Brian 1:02.80 H 2
Crafty Memory 1:04.20 H 3
Russian Thrill 1:04.20 H 3
Spanish Dancer 1:04.40 H 5
U S S Coral Sea 1:04.40 H 5

EMERALD DOWNS WRAP-UP FOR FRIDAY EVENING

Mike Man’s Gold

MIKE MAN’S GOLD DOMINATES FRIDAY FEATURE

AUBURN, Wash. (July 7, 2017) – Mike Man’s Gold continued his brilliant season Friday with an easy 1 ¾-length victory in the $15,600 Rotary Club of South Tacoma Purse at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Rocco Bowen at 124 lbs, Mike Man’s Gold ran the fastest mile of the meeting, 1:34.65, and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Joe Toye is the trainer and co-owner with Greg Conley and Chuck Conley.

Mike Man’s Gold is now three-for-three this season, and the 7-year-old gelding ranks No. 1 among active horses with 15 career wins at Emerald Downs. A Washington-bred by Liberty Gold, Mike Man’s Gold has an overall mark of 15-5-5 in 44 starts with earnings of $268,092.

Gunned to the lead from the No. 7 post, Mike Man’s Gold led through fractions of :23.62, :46.59, 1:10.44 and 1:22.26, shook off Oldtimers Vision into the lane, and powered home for the victory.

Remembertobreathe, ridden by Julien Couton, emerged from the pack to finish second and paid $3.80 and $2.80, while Archie Graham, with Javier Matias riding, closed from last to finish third and paid $3.40 to show.

Oldtimers Vision, Hoody and Commander Lute rounded out the order of finish; He’s Cagey was scratched earlier in the day.

In the $0.20 Pick 7, which featured a $5,065 carryover, tickets with all seven winners returned $15,653.

NOTES: Aqua Frio with a 1:34.82 in the Seattle Slew Stakes ran the previous fastest mile of the meet. . .Mike Man’s Gold is the eighth horse with three wins at the meet, joining Wine At Nine, Heroes for Ghosts, Hello Brown, Oh Marvelous Me, Rockport Birdie, Jerre to Carrie and Exit Sixty Slew. . . Mike Man’s Gold is tied for No. 6 in all-time wins at Emerald Downs. He’s six behind West Seattle Boy, who won 21 races before retiring in 2012. . .Trainer Sam Dronen enjoyed a two-for-two evening including a $62.60 upset by Captain Shaddock in the fourth race. . .Bowen and Juan Gutierrez each rode two winners on the seven-race program. . .5-year-old Party Pooper ($7.20) was back in form with a head victory over Ready Set Jet in race three for $15,000 claimers. Trained by Tim McCanna and ridden by Eswan Flores for Royal Victory Thoroughbreds, Party Pooper ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.84. . .Gold Rush Dancer looks to rebound Saturday in the $100,000 Bertrando Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos. With Evan Roman riding for the first time, Gold Rush Dancer is 8-1 on the morning line. . .Angelofmontgomery, the second most expensive horse sold at the March Pegasus Sale, debuts Saturday in a $26,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies at Pleasanton. A Kentucky-bred by Candy Ride-Sex Appeal, Angelofmontgomery (2-1) sold for $75,000 to owner Peter Redekop and trainer Blaine Wright. Wright and Redekop actually have two Pegasus purchases in the race; Assemble, by Bodemeister-Changing Plans, sold for $32,000 at the March Sale and is second choice at 3-1. . .Live racing continues Saturday with the first of four Saturday evening racing cards in July. First post is 6:30 p.m.