Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Sunday, August 2nd by the Man With No Name

Some Enchanted Evening

For some, definitely, for others, not so much so. It was without a doubt special for the connections of the dark horse in the featured Monashee Stake, Under Par, who while mainly racing in upper level claimers for most of her career, turned back a challenge from Canada’s Sovereign Award winning top mare Here’s Hannah, and in the process claimed victory. The Monashee Stake is named after Canmor Farms’ Champion race mare, Monashee, who won 18 out 24 races and earned almost $700K.

This evening’s racing surface held no detectable bias and appeared to play fair for all. Times were perhaps a tick or two slower than usual, but the track seemed tight and well prepared by the Hastings Track Crew.

The weather was warm, but not too hot, as scattered clouds provided cover from the brilliant rays of the sun.

Betting was up and the payoffs were good, and racing continued without patrons and spectators for the ninth day of the 2020 season.


    • Jockey Amadeo Perez gets a triple.
    • Trainers Barb Heads and Glen Todd score doubles.
  • Riders Jose Gomez and Efrain Hernandez each win two on the day.
  • BC breds take victories in 4 out of 8 races.
  • Trainer Mary-Anne Baumgartner earns her 5th victory in only 6 starts (83%-win average).
  • Mutuel handle was $680,253.

Kindergartengrader Takes Them to School


Today’s lesson in the first, a maiden 4K/5K event, was that the shortest distance around the final turn is always, always the rail. Silvino Morales aboard the four-year-old roan gelding Kindergartengrader (16.90, 6.00, 2.90) made a bold move from behind along the rail with enough room to squeeze by the front running Uptown Funky Cat. By the head of the lane, Kindergartengrader had the lead to himself and was able to fend off the 6/5 favourite We Got It Covered (who had a wide trip) to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths at the wire.

Kindergartengrader is trained by Rob Maybin and is owned by Sheena and Rob Maybin. He is by Hunters Bay out of Sister Ponche by Ponche and was bred in Florida by Judy Karlin. The winning groom is Stafford Bracey.

Lucky Ending Writes the Script


The second event on the program, an 8K/10K claimer for non-winners of 2/3 races went to Russell J. and Lois Bennett’s six-year-old dark bay gelding Lucky Ending (10.20, 5.70, 4.00). After a decent break, Jose Gomez followed right behind Amadeo Perez’s Reprimand for the first two turns, taking the lead at the far turn and appearing that he would just power on to victory from that point. Perez, however, still had horse in reserve and was able to get Reprimand to re-rally and make a race of it to the wire. The two battled down the lane and were both close to spent with a 1/16th to go. In the end, it was Lucky Ending by a short neck over the very determined Reprimand. The final 1/16th went in a pedestrian 8:03, almost allowing the hard charging He’s Got Ego (who finished third only a head back) to swoop by both of the leaders. Had it not been for He’s Got Ego’s refusal to run a straight course down the lane, the ending possibly would have been differently written.

Lucky Ending is trained by Barb Heads, assisted by Madison Zielke and groomed by Leona Bourque. He is by Finality out of Wish Me Luck by Alphabet Soup and was bred in vibrant and growing Kelowna, British Columbia by his owners Russ and Lois Bennett.

Porter Gent Wins His Second in a Row


The third race on the card, an allowance for non-winners of 2/3 lifetime, was won in fine style by the Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ three-year-old gelding Porter Gent (6.00, 4.20, 2.90). Winning jockey Amadeo Perez got a sharp break from his mount and he was able to take the rail and the advantage into the club house turn with Cascade Billy joining right alongside. From there it was a two-horse head to head battle to the top of the home stretch, when Porter Gent was able to get a head in front and gradually inched away to win by a little more than 1 length over a very tenacious Cascade Billy. The race was run in 1:17.79.

Porter Gent is trained by Christine Ammann, who marked up her 6th win after only 9 days of racing. The winning assistant trainer is Alison Dube and Michael Pounder is the groom. Porter Gent is by Second in Command out of Faidra by Elusive Quality and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by his owner Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds.

Dakati Wins Again


While it was a lot tougher than his last romp to the winner’s circle, and for a moment it looked like he wouldn’t do it, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc.’s four-year-old dark bay gelding Dakati (4.50, 3.00, 2.20) was able to score his second consecutive win in the fourth race for 4K/5K claimers. Efrain Hernandez stalked the leading Jay Lost Control until the far turn when he moved his mount with authority, forging into a narrow advantage by the head of the lane. From there Dakati ran with determination, fighting it out with the deep closing Chef in the final strides to come out on top by a neck at the finish.

Dakati is trained by Glen Todd, who is also the breeder. He is by Tale of Ekati out of NATHC’s multiple stakes winning mare Castinette Dancer, by Ministers Wild Cat. Dakati was foaled in Kentucky. The winning groom is Sherri Smith.

Curious Rumor Goes Gate to Wire


The fifth race, a non-winner of the year 4K/5K claimer for fillies and mares, went to North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. Inc.’s five-year-old dark bay mare Curious Rumor (10.10, 10.00, 7.20). Efrain Hernandez, breaking on top with Curious Rumor, hustled his mount to the lead where she remained throughout. Along the way the mare turned back several challenges from numerous competitors and was able to hold onto a 1-length advantage down the stretch and to the wire over Raise a Dancer. While the winner was collectively considered by punters as a contender, the next three in line definitely were not. This set the stage for a fabulous $1 superfecta payout of $12,718.05.

Curious Rumor is trained by Glen Todd and groomed by Larissa Zagorsky. She is by Jimmy Creed out of Bespoke and was bred in Kentucky by T/C Stable, LLC. Curious Rumor’s victory gave both her jockey and trainer their second wins on the day and put both of them into first place in their respective standings.

Big Time Louie Does the Quick Step


The sixth race on the day, a 4K/5K claiming event for non-winners of two races lifetime, went to Sandown Racing Club’s good-looking dark bay three-year-old gelding Big Time Louie (24.10, 12.80, 6.40). Jose Gomez wisely placed his mount back of the leaders in the early going, making his bid at the far turn, vaulting into the lead, passing the tiring pace setters. Down the lane there was no denying Big Time Louie his second consecutive win of the season as he powered on to a 2 ¼-length victory in the very rapid for this class final time of 1:17.95. Taking the runner up position was another longshot Spokane’s Gem. Big Time Louie certainly gave his Vancouver Island based multi-member Sandown Racing Club a lot to cheer about and future races to look forward to. For his trainer, veteran conditioner Mary-Anne Baumgartner, who doubles as his groom, it was her 5th winner at the meet after only 6 starts, an unbelievable 83%-win average. Well done!

Big Time Louie is by Second in Command out of Danny’s Chant by Western Trick and was bred by her trainer and White House Stables in Beautiful British Columbia.

Under Par Birdies the Monashee


The penultimate and feature attraction of the day was the Monashee, a $50,000 guaranteed black type stake for fillies and mares. The field of five brought together the 2019 Champion B.C. and Canadian older filly/mare Here’s Hannah ($502K earnings) and the B.C. bred three-year-old Champion and winner of this year’s RedTail Landing Handicap at Century Mile, Sunburst, as well as the multiple stakes winning Notis the Jewell, the Hastings Racing Club’s hard trying multiple stakes placed Warrior’s Promise, and the stakes placed Under Par.

The race according to the handicappers and the betting public appeared to be a two-horse contest between the slightly favoured Here’s Hannah (even money) and the well bet Sunburst (6/5). In the end, it was Canmor Farms and Maureen Goss’s courageous five-year-old dark bay mare Under Par (13.20, 4.00, 2.60) who took home the trophy and winner’s $30,500 share of the purse.

Expertly ridden by Amadeo Perez, Under Par broke on top and was guided to the front by her rider who was able to slow the pace down to a very sensible 23.05. After another quarter in 23:01 and the half coming up in 46.06, Scott Williams on Sunburst drew alongside of Under Par, engaging in battle for the entire final turn. Thanks to a soft early quarter and a lot of heart, Under Par was getting the best of Sunburst, and had established a half length lead by the head of the lane, when, all at once, the reigning Queen of Hastings, Here’s Hannah, emerged ready to fight it out. In the end, Here’s Hannah, while running courageously, was not able to cut into the ½-length disadvantage she faced at the head of the lane. It was Under Par victorious at the finish by a ¾-length margin over Here’s Hannah, with Sunburst several lengths back comfortably taking the show position. The final time for the 6.5 furlongs was an extraordinarily quick 1:16.93, the fastest of the day.

Under Par is trained by Mark Cloutier and is by Stephanotis out of Big Bertha by Tertullian and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by Glen Todd.

Ace Deuce Proves Age Is Just a Number


The final contest on the evening card went to Barb Heads’ senior citizen, the nine-year-old big chestnut gelding Ace Deuce (3.40, 2.40, 2.10). Ridden by Amadeo Perez who claimed a hat trick with the victory, Ace Deuce, although not quick out of gate, was slotted into the second spot several lengths back of the pace setting ten-year-old Payton’s Best. By the midway point of the final run down the backstretch, Perez engaged and went right by the front runner, extending his leading margin at every point of call. The wire saw Ace Deuce 3 1/4 lengths clear over Trupon Online, with Neveradoubt several lengths back rounding out the top three finishers.

Ace Deuce is trained by Barb Heads, assisted by Madison Zielke. He is by Lewis Michael out of Secret Sonnet and was bred in California by Milt A. Policzer.


After nine days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:


North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. leads the way with 6 trips to the winner’s circle, with Russell J. and Lois Bennett holding up second place with 5 wins. In third position with 4 wins is Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds.


Efrain Hernandez leads with 13 wins, closely followed by Amadeo Perez with 12 wins. Tied for third are Silvino Morales and Scott Williams each with 11 wins.


Barbara Heads and Glen Todd continue to tie for first in the trainers’ standings with 8 wins each. Christine Ammann and Steve Henson are tied for second with 6 victories each and tied for third are Mary-Anne Baumgartner and Robert Gilker with 5 wins each.


HASTINGS Racecourse Tuesday, July 28th recap

The Tuesday afternoon program saw the high clouds return leaving us under muggy conditions after a blazing hot Monday. The track ,as usual, was fast and the eight race card kicked off at 2:30 for the final time this year. We are now moving to a Sunday-Thursday schedule with the first post at 4:30 pm.

The opener saw the Copper Water Thoroughbreds POWER OF INTENTION shoot off to the lead through comfortable (22.71, 46.87) early fractions under Amadeo Perez but was feeling the effects in the stretch as the Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds RIO ALEX ($10.00) with Enrique Gonzalez came barreling down the outside to breeze by the pacesetter nearing the line in 1:19.32. The Christine Ammann runner took advantage of a group that was bunched up near the front end and rallied to win at 4-1 odds. POWER OF INTENTION held second and the favourite BAKKEN AND EGGS never seemed comfortable and was always under pressure in between runners and had to settle for fourth money which resulted in some very nice SHOW prices.

Next up was an $8,000 maiden claiming event in which the tote board lit up as 62-1 SIR BREGOVIC ($127.00) was well prepared by trainer Jim Strachan and drew off to the easiest of wins by four lengths in a rapid 1:17.91 with Jose Sanchez in the irons. The homebred son of Sir Gallovic proved that sometimes when you wait on a horse with ability good things can happen down the road and that definitely occurred today with him making his first at the age of four. The runner-up MACHINE was seven lengths clear of the third horse for owner Bob Merschbank completing an $818.30 Exactor. The favoured JUST MAKE BELIEVE was never a factor after acting up in the gate and being bounced around early. The “tough luck award” goes once again to COWBOY CREEK who lost the rider after being bumped soundly passing the stands in her first start and then this afternoon was pinballed around  leaving the gate then was checked and clipped the heels of DISCRETIONARY passing the six furlong start who eventually was disqualified from 4th and place last. Hopefully better fortunes ahead for COWBOY CREEK.

A competitive group of $6,250 fillies and mares lined up in the third and the MJD Stables STEVIE’S SONG ($9.70) made it look early as she sat three wide on a sensible early pace (22.91, 46.61) and then proceeded to draw away under Lenny Seecharan and hit the finish line three lengths in front in 1:18.20. MOUSEY MOUSEY was always prominent and stayed on well to be second considering this was her third race of the year and second in the past seven days. Larry Potozny’s OUREVELADY closed up late and just missed second and has to settle for third.

The fourth race featured $4,000 maidens going a mile and a sixteenth and taking advantage of a moderate early tempo was BAKKEN THE U S S R ($6.50) under Alex Marti travelled smartly in the second spot through fractions of 24.56, 48.71, 1:15.06 and then put away a stubborn STORM BEACH and had enough left to barely last over a fast closing JACK DON’T DRINK in 1:49.23. The 6-5 favourite JACK DON’T DRINK got going too late and had to grudgingly settle for second honours. Tamara Baker and Milton Palma’s STORM BEACH was very game in defeat and will be tough next time.

The start of the Late Pick 4 saw $6,250 older claimers going a mile and a sixteenth and trainer Steve Henson had the big guns in this one as his entrants WISE MARKET and SQUARE DANCER had combined career earnings of $550,000. The wily veterans did not disappoint running one-two. The Willow Creek Farms WISE MARKET ($10.00) took full advantage of a race that didn’t have much speed in it and Scott Williams encouraged him to the early lead and was never really threatened cruising under the line clear of stable mate SQUARE DANCER. The latter was making his first of the season so it was a big ask to run long off of the lengthy layoff and he did well to be second. The Steve Henson exactor paid a healthy $38.00 and took 1:46.61 to complete the mile and a sixteenth.

Century Plaza Stables HOME RUN GUY ($12.00) relaxed nicely off of honest (22.23, 45.74) fractions that were being set by sharp first time starter ROBBIE MAC it took until deep stretch to finally shake free of his game opponent to win by a length and quarter under Scott Williams for trainer Carl Lausten. Gord Christoff and Jim Galbraith’s ROBBIE MAC was well prepared by trainer  John Snow and just held second after battling on the pace throughout holding SET TO SHINE off for the PLACE spot. The final time was 1:18.05.

Robin Sadler and John and Kim Morrison’s BOLD ARCH ($20.30) was impressive in his first start without blinkers winning off by a little more than two lengths. The son of Archarcharch broke well under Efrain Hernandez sat comfortably outside of the speedy TORIADOR and those two raced in unison until the stretch when BOLD ARCH asserted his superiority to win in 1:17.91. TORIADOR stayed on the second which resulted in a $160.30 Exactor. WICKED FORTITUDE rounded out the top three for an $862.50 Triactor.

The finale brought together a group of eight $4,000 conditioned claimers going a mile and a sixteenth. The favoured PADDY D’ORO closed out the day with a win for owner Gabriele Mathussek. Trainer Carl Lausten had a training double today and three for the weekend which led all trainers. The son of the late Shrug was always well placed by rider Alex Marti and at the far turn attacked the pace setting SUNDAY DANCER after a brief duel on the turn he got the better of his rival and drew off for a three length victory. The game SUNDAY DANCER ran a much improved race but did get touched out of second by a fast closing BOOKIE. The final time was 1:48.33.

Racing resumes next Sunday, August 2nd at 4:30 pm and the feature event is the $40,000 Monashee for fillies and mares at six and a half furlongs and the race will see the return of champion mare in Canada HERE’S HANNAH. She will against race stakes winners AMAZONIAN, SUNBURST, UNDER PAR, NOTIS THE JEWELL and balance of nominees are WARRIOR’S PROMISE and NORTHERN GRAYSTAR.

Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Monday, July 27th by the Man With No Name

Scotty Williams Steals the Show

The popular, hard trying, smoking hot Scotty Williams won half of the races on the card and in doing so, shared the top billing with Hastings other top performer, the Super Hot Summer Sun. Both shone brightly and made the day special indeed.

The racing surface was expertly prepared by the Hastings Track Crew and played fair to all with no detectable bias. Pace setters, stalkers and come from behinders all scored victories on the day.

Hasting starter Charlie McDonald and his tough crew of assistant starters got all of the equine athletes out of the gate in perfect order.

Neither the Pick 5 nor the new Pick 6 were hit, resulting in carryovers.

After tomorrow’s card, Hastings shifts to Thursdays and Sundays with a 4:30 PM post time both days. In addition, Saturday, Sept 5th (Kentucky Derby) will be a race day, starting at 4:30 PM.

The next race day is tomorrow, Tuesday at 2:30 PM, followed by Sunday, Aug 2nd with a 4:30 PM post.

While patrons and fans cannot at this time attend live racing, all are welcome to watch and wager on the internet via www.hpibet.com.


  • Scotty Williams wins half the races on the card (4 scores).
  • BC breds take victories in 5 out of 8 races.
  • Jockeys Amadeo Perez and Efrain Hernandez both get doubles.
  • Frankie Machine powers to his second triumph in a row.
  • The wife and husband team of Vicky and Rob Gilker chalk up two wins as owners, assistant trainer and trainer.
  • Local sire Shrug has two winners on the day.
  • Mutuel handle is $437,304.



Butterscotch Blend Mixes It Up


Employing new tactics today proved successful in the first race, an allowance optional claiming (45K/50K) event, for the good-looking four-year-old chestnut filly Butterscotch Blend (7.70, 3.00, 2.20). Taking advantage of an excellent start, rider Amadeo Perez sent Butterscotch Blend off to an early lead for the first time in her 9-race career. Quickly joining her on the outside was Solarity who continued to press the pace through fractions of 22.31, 45.77. 1:10.52. By the head of the lane, it was clear that Butterscotch Blend was getting the better of the duel, as she continued to gradually inch clear, eventually extending her margin of separation to 3 ¼ lengths by the wire. Solarity hung on for second over her stable mate, the betting favourite Cha Ching, who trailed the field throughout, rallying somewhat to pick up the third placing. The final time of 1:17.31 was the fastest of the day.

Trained by Rob Gilker (Vicky Gilker assistant), Butterscotch Blend is owned by the partnership of Lana Brindley, Joy Cameron and wife/husband duo of Vicky and Rob Gilker. Bred in Kentucky by Amy Boulton & Brad Auger, Butterscotch Blend is by Mission Impazible out of Splendid Honor. The winning groom is Lucy Brunel.

Simply Golden Gets the Magic Ingredient


Racing for the first time in her 14-race career with bottom level maiden claimers (4K/5K) was all it took to send the five-year-old chestnut mare Simply Golden (4.30, 2.20, 2.10) into the winner’s circle. Of course, she had a lot of help in the form of a skillful, well-timed ride from Scotty Williams who had the mare well off the pace trailing the field of six for the better part of the 1 1/16-mile journey. At the head of the lane, Simply Golden was still well back of the long-time leading Bonita B, but thanks to having energy in reserve, coupled with a very slow last 1/16th (7:56), she had enough to nail down the victory by a short head at the finish line.

Simply Golden is trained by Brent Bremner and is owned by the partnership of Bob Ginter and Brent Bremner who form the Last Call Racing Stable, and Cathy Bornn. She is by Sungold out of Tilly K by Katahaula County and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by Bruce Unwin. The winning groom is co-owner Bob Ginter.

Princess of Cairo Claims the Crown


High-priced maiden fillies (50K/62.5K) took the stage in the third race on today’s card and by the end, the grand-looking Princess of Cairo (6.60, 4.90, 3.60) was a maiden no more. Piloted by newcomer Efrain Hernandez, Princess of Cairo was placed in a ground-saving stalking trip in the early going and commenced her move from the outside midway into the final turn, catching the leading Fly Away by the head of the lane. From there, the big dark bay three-year-old filly powered to the lead, drawing clear by over 2 lengths at the finish line.

Princess of Cairo is owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and NATHC and trained by Glen Todd. Princess of Cairo was bred in Kentucky by Bret Jones and is by Cairo Prince out of Lovely Cool by Indian Charlie. The winning groom is Jennifer Reichling.

G M T Baby Steals Home


The fourth race today, a 4K/5K claiming event for fillies and mares non-winners of three races lifetime, was won by Dennis Tucker’s hard-trying four-year-old dark bay filly G M T Baby (8.40, 4.20, 3.90). Leaving the latch on top allowed Scotty Williams (who won his second on the day) to settle his mount alongside the front-running Mis Viola. After fractions of 22.33, 46.00 and with energy in reserve, Williams was able to draw away down the lane, guiding the determined filly to a 2-length margin of victory. Mis Viola managed to just hang on to second, although sharing that placing via a dead heat with Kensington Market.

G M T Baby is conditioned by veteran trainer Cindy Krasner, who is assisted in the training duties by the hard-working Tracy McNeil who also doubles as the tough filly’s groom. G M T Baby is by Shrug out of Greenwich by Forestry and was bred in the best place on earth, Beautiful British Columbia, by Maureen Goss.


Fancy Fraulein Gewinnt das Rennen

In the fifth, a maiden 8K/10K claimer for fillies and mares, it was the good-looking, grey three-year-old B.C. bred filly with the German name coasting to an impressive victory. Fancy Fraulein (3.80, 2.50, 2.20), who left the gate on top, closely stalked the leading Dew Tell into the first turn, drawing alongside in the run down the backstretch and assumed command with a clear lead by the half (46.75). From there, jockey Scotty Williams put a lot of daylight between his mount and the rest of the field, guiding the big filly to a 3 1/4-length margin of victory and claiming a hat trick of wins for himself in the process.

Fancy Fraulein is owned by Marion Ryan and is trained by veteran conditioner Carl Lausten. Grooming duties are handled by Gabriele Mathussek (no one spells her name correctly), who had her grey girl absolutely shining today. Fancy Fraulein is by Texas Wildcatter out of the German import Big Bertha and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by Loire Patricia Miller.

Jack’s Reign Rules the Sixth


The next race on the day’s program, a 6,250/8,000 claimer, was taken down by Rob and Vicky Gilker’s four-year-old dark bay gelding Jack’s Reign (14.40, 8.60, 5.40). Ridden to victory by Efrain Hernandez for his second win on the card, Jack’s Reign was wisely positioned several lengths back of the smoking hot pace set by Crackdown and Little Groot (21.70, 44.99), who clearly should have been reminded that there were other competitors in the race. By the midway point of the final turn, the duelling duo jointly decided that an exit was in order, opening up the way for a hard-charging Bills Smokn Bullet to power into the lead with Jack’s Reign in hot pursuit. The battle down the lane was evenly contested until the last several strides, when Jack’s Reign was able to inch in front, achieving the hard-fought win by a ½-length margin in front of Bills Smokn Bullet who ran way too good to lose.

Jack’s Reign, who is trained by Rob Gilker, assisted by his wife Vicky and groomed by their son Shane Gilker, is by Cyclotron out of Scream Queen by Any Given Saturday and was bred in California by his trainer, co-owner Rob Gilker.

Frankie Machine Wins Again


The penultimate contest on the program, an open 16K/20K claimer, went to Willow Creek Farms’ and Fabio Chiesa’s five-year-old gelding Frankie Machine (3.90, 2.50, 2.10). Scott Williams, claiming his fourth win on the card, spent most of the race chasing the leading Bluegrass Angus until the midway point of the final turn, when Alexander Marti asked his mount for more and in response the horse drew out to a 3-length lead and appeared to have victory in hand. Approaching the wire, Bluegrass Angus began to weaken and Williams who never stopped riding his mount, was able to dramatically cut into the margin of separation, managing to get a head in front by the time the wire came up. The time was a very rapid 1:17.35.

Frankie Machine, who scored his second Hastings victory in a row, is owned by Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa, who acquired their fine equine athlete via the claim box at Turf Paradise this past winter. He is by Wilburn out of Letthepartybegin by Bertrando and was bred by John and Diane Fradkin in Kentucky. Frankie Machine is trained by Steve Henson and assisted by Brian O’Riordan. Frankie Machine is obviously an important horse, having two grooms, Kiara Thompson and Michelle Henson, who both are responsible for his care.

Sprog Runs Away from Them


In the finale for 4K/5K maiden fillies and mares, it was from gate to wire all about one horse, the Sandown Racing Club’s filly Sprog (15.80, 6.40, 3.40). Away well, Amadeo Perez placed his second winner for the day right into the lead, while setting sensible early fractions of 22.92 and 46.96. By the far turn, Perez who had his mount comfortably in front by a length, let the filly out a notch and she began to pull away from the rest of the field. Down the lane it was all Sprog, who seemingly won as she pleased. The clock stopped in a very rapid time for these types in 1:18.63, with the official margin of victory being 4 ¾ lengths (longest of the day).

Sprog, who is trained/groomed by Mary-Anne Baumgartner, is owned by the Vancouver Island based multi-member Sandown Racing Club (Congratulations to all). Sprog is by Shrug out of Danny’s Chant by Western Trick and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by White House Stables of the Saanich Peninsula and her trainer.

For Mary-Anne Baumgartner, the win marked her fourth victory this season after only 5 starts (80% win average). Well done!


After seven days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:


North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. leads the way with 5 wins, closely followed by Russell J. and Lois Bennett, who have had 4 trips to the winner’s circle. Taking up third position with 3 wins is the partnership of Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa.


Tied for first are Efrain Hernandez and Silvino Morales each with 10 wins. Breathing down their necks one win back are Amadeo Perez and Scott Williams each with a total of 9 wins.


Glen Todd’s win today placed him in a tie with Barbara Heads for first in the trainers’ standings with 6 wins each. Closely following are Robert Gilker and Steve Henson, who both have achieved 5 victories this season. One behind in fourth is a tie between Christine Ammann and Mary-Anne Baumgartner with 4 scores each.



The Tuesday afternoon program at Hastings Racecourse was an absolute scorcher for all involved as our current heat wave continued without the aid of the usual westerly breeze off of the Burrard Inlet. Horses and handlers were brave to battle through the elements to put on another exciting eight race card.


The first race did not go off as smoothly as most when FOXY BRUNETTE backed out of the gate just as they were opened. This resulted in refunds for both ANIMA and FOXY BRUNETTE. While the scratches changed payoffs the outcome was always going to be between SUZY MASCARA and KRISSY. The White House Stables SUZY MASCARA ($5.00) tracked the speed and then after constant persuasion she was able to outrun the heavily favoured KRISSY. The latter was ridden confidently throughout by Amadeo Perez and allowed SUZY MASCARA under Silvino Morales to draw alongside while under wraps and did not rebreak when asked in deep stretch and had to settle for second. The Maryanne Baumgartner trainee earned her second win of the young season finishing in a rapid 1:17.96.


Next up was the $40,000 Supernaturel for three year fillies which featured a competitive group of five to go six and a half furlongs. The race did not have much early speed in it and Alex Marti aboard Michel Jilek, Craig Winnick and the Canyon Farms FLORAL ($14.50) took full advantage of an opportunity and set dawdling early fractions of 23.30 and 47.39 which pretty much handed her the victory as she cruised to a length and three-quarter win in 1:17.87. The Craig MacPherson pupil was strong in the stretch to earn the victory while FULLY LENT was game in defeat and considering it was her first start of the year she ran very well.


The first time starter BACK ALLEY CAT ($11.30) did everything right for trainer Barbara Heads in his debut and rallied from far back after a tardy beginning to get the win under Jose Gomez. The gelded son of Sungold was a little awkward leaving the gate but settled nicely and rallied three wide at the far turn before shifting to he rail in the stretch to barely outrun a stubborn and well prepared  AVES IN COMMAND.


Tamara Baker’s RED RAPTOR was rated beautifully and able to break his maiden today for trainer Milton Palma which gave him his first win in 2020. He outbroke the field and shot off to the lead while being well held by Enrique Gonzalez racing just off the flank of his stable mate DONTCRYFORSINDI through an opening half in 46.92. The favoured first time starter OPA turned in a solid effort while racing very wide to get the Place spot. He wont be long in breaking his maiden.



After a lengthy delay waiting for the repair of a shoe for the #4 LARGO the balance of the field were content in the paddock. Hats off to all trainers in race five who had their horses prepared to overcome such an annoying delay. When the dust settled the #7 FOURTOWIN ($5.00) was given another clever ride by Silvino Morales which enabled her to get her second win of the season here at Hastings. The runner-up spot went to a game PROUD WOMAN who led early couldn’t quite stay the trip but ran well to save the PLACE spot.


Teddy Smith’s favoured filly MOUSEY MOUSEY ($4.30) fought on for the win for trainer Rob Gilker. She was always close to the pace for rider Efrain Hernandez and eventually wore down a stubborn MORI GIRL in the stretch. SWEET SIXTEEN settled in behind the speed and closed up smartly for second.

Don Danard and Mel Snow’s SMART DEAL ($9.90) raced well in his 2020 debut which set him up for a big race today. He did not disappoint as Silvino Morales got him into a great spot on the first turn overcoming his outside draw and then proceeded to run by the leaders in the stretch. Patty Leaney had her own horse MCMURPHY set for battle and he improved noticeably checking in a game second. The favoured MOLESLEY rounded out a $220 Triactor.


The finale saw nine conditional claiming fillies and mares going six and a half furlongs. The lukewarm favourite BAMBOO ELEVEN ($6.70) got the job done rallying up the rail to earn a narrow victory. Scott Williams did everything right and simply waited for the rail to open and he guided her through for the win. As if there wasn’t enough going on today. The runner-up BACKSEAT RIDER was disqualified for interfering with ICELAND in deep stretch. After the stewards ruling BLONDIE was promoted to second while ICELAND received the SHOW spot.

The handle was just north $640k and the Pick 5 was hit to the tune of $1,013.40.

The riders standings goes as follows…Silvino Morales leads he way with 10 wins, Efrain Hernandez is next with 8 and Amadeo Perez is third with 7.

The trainers standings sees Barbara Heads on the lead after her training double on Tuesday with 6 wins, Glen Todd was idle on Tuesday and has 5, Christine Ammann and Steve Henson remain tied for third with 4 victories.

The owners standings is still being led by the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s 5 trips to the winners circle and Russ and Lois Bennett are second with 4 wins.

Racing resumes next Monday, July 27th at 2:30pm.

Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Monday, July 20th by the Man With No Name

Good Times Can Still Happen Even During a Pandemic

With the sun brightly shining down and producing near scorching temperatures, it was perhaps easy to forget that we are all in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Even with everyone wearing masks and social distancing, it was a great day to be at Hastings Racecourse.

While the track appeared to favour front-end speed, there was an even mixture of winning favourites, mid-price horses and longshots. The day saw some excellent payoffs with a $3,757.55 superfecta, a $673.00 triactor, and a fantastic $12,216.00 early pick 4 payoff.

Synergy won the Chris Loseth, but not by much, and Christine Ammann and her crew won three races, mostly with longshots.

So it was a wonderful day at probably the nicest little racecourse with the best view maybe in North America, conducting racing unfortunately without spectators, patrons, and even without horse owners.

The few in attendance today, no doubt, look forward to a time when this pandemic is brought under control and the track gates re-open inviting all back to Hastings. Until that day, all the action can be followed at www.hpibet.com.

And finally, Five Star General, a winner from last Monday, did not have his groom mentioned in the race recap. The winning groom was Jenn Reichling. Congratulations on your charge’s fine victory performance.



  • Trainer Christine Ammann, assistant trainer Alison Dube and groom Michael Pounder all get hat tricks with three winners on the day.
  • Synergy captures the Chris Loseth Stake.
  • BC breds win 6 out of 8 races.
  • Christine Ammann scores an owner/breeder double, with her broodmare Strangelove sending two foals to the winner’s circle.
  • Jockeys Amadeo Perez and Silvino Morales get a double with two wins each.
  • Front running horses win 6 out of 8.
  • Mutuel handle was $541,789.50


Rea Mea Surprises


Well, you couldn’t tell from the Daily Racing Form work tab and you couldn’t tell from the Dam’s (Mother’s) race record (one win lifetime), but you sure could tell when the gate opened that Rea Mea (37.80, 12.50, 4.70) was one very fast racehorse. The first on the card, an open two-year-old maiden claiming 25K/35K at 3.5 furlongs went to Christine Ammann’s homebred chestnut two-year-old, the very quick, but very overlooked filly Rea Mea.

Gunsight broke on top, but was soon joined by Silvino Morales aboard Rea Mea, and from there the two gave battle throughout the turn with Rea Mea gaining a short advantage by the head of the lane, which she expanded to a 1 ¾ length victory over the second place finisher Atlin Bay, who while putting on a decent effort, never threatened the winner.

Trained by her owner Christine Ammann (Alison Dube assistant), Rea Mea rewarded her backers with a $37.80 win payoff and set up a $673.10 triactor and a fantastic $1 superfecta payoff of $3,757.55. Rea Mea, by Lent out of Stangelove by Tiznow, was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by her owner/trainer. The winning groom was Michael Pounder.

Irish Luna Rockets Home


The second race on the card, a three and up fillies and mares 16K/20K claiming event, was won easily by Willow Creek Farms’ three-year-old bay filly Irish Luna (25.20, 11.80, 2.80). Scott Williams got the filly away from the gate running, going straight to the lead and thereafter widening the distance between Irish Luna and the other challengers at every point of call. The margin of victory was 6 lengths, the clock stopped showing the journey had been completed in an extremely rapid for this class of horses time of 1:18.06 (only 3 lengths back of the stakes race final 1:17.48). Today Irish Luna was a 11 to 1 longshot and for good reason, having lost ground in each of her prior races at each point of call, finishing double digit lengths behind the winners. Today, however, for whatever reason, was a time for form reversal as Irish Luna cruised to victory outclassing her competition and completing the final 1/16th in a very quick 6:50 (fastest of the day).

Irish Luna is by Bakken out of Irish Lyric by Stephanotis and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by Dairen Edwards and Tia Edwards. Steve Henson is the trainer (assistant trainer Brian O’Riordan) and the groom is Hassan Ali.

Genoa Bay Shows Them All the Way


Pat Jarvis’s four-year-old bay gelding Genoa Bay (7.90, 3.50, 2.70) led from wire to wire to win the third race, a 4K/5K claimer for NW3/4, outlasting a very persistent Jay Lost Control by half a length at the finish. Alexander Marti had to contend with Efrain Hernandez and the even money favourite Jay Lost Control pretty much every step of the way. It certainly assisted Genoa Bay’s chances today that Marti was able to keep that “shortest distance around” coveted rail position for the entire journey. All in all, it was a good, spirited effort for Genoa Bay, who was making his first start of the year. The final time of 1:19.11 was about right for the division.

Genoa Bay is by Cause to Believe out of Tressica by Holy Bull and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by James Eccott. Genoa Bay is trained by his owner Pat Jarvis and grooming duties are shared by Brynn McAcatasney and Adam Goodale.

The Rematch Goes to Synergy


The Fourth race on the program, the $40,000 Chris Loseth Stake for three-year-olds contested at a distance of 6.5 furlongs, featured a rematch between last year’s Jack Diamond Futurity (100K) winner Synergy and Ascot Graduation (75K) winner Capilano Canyon (2019 Champion two-year-old). The last time these two hooked up was two weeks ago where it was Synergy prevailing by the shortest of noses over Capilano Canyon, following an all out stretch long duel. Today it was again Russell and Lois Bennett’s chestnut three-year-old gelding Synergy, ridden by Efrain Hernandez, taking the victory, again after an all out stretch long battle, and again in a dramatic photo finish by the smallest of margins (less than a nose). But this time it was over longshot and one very stubborn “I’m not going to give up under any circumstances” Yo Zackly.

Alexander Marti had Yo Zackly on top right out of the gate and was joined by Synergy who lapped on from the outside half a length back by the club house turn. The 4/5 favourite Capilano Canyon was saving ground at the rail just behind the leaders. From thereon it was basically Yo Zackly and Synergy fighting it out for the lead and with Amadeo Perez taking a stalking position on Capilano Canyon a little over a length back from the leaders. By the head of the lane Synergy and Hernandez had taken the lead, and when Perez found a clear path and asked Capilano Canyon for more, he was unable to make up any ground on the top two. As the trio moved down the lane, it appeared that Synergy was going to power on to a clear lead and victory, when all of a sudden Yo Zackly and Marti cut back into Synergy’s lead, drawing even and then regaining the lead by a nose with the wire fast approaching. The last several strides saw Synergy get back even with Yo Zackly with the two horses appearing to hit the wire together in a dead heat fashion. In the end it was Synergy claiming his second win in the young season and taking the first stake of the year in a rapid time of 1:17.48.

Synergy (11.80, 5.00, 2.70) is conditioned by Barb Heads and ably aided in the assistant training duties by Madison Zielke. Synergy was bred in Super Fabulous Kelowna, British Columbia by his owners the Bennett’s. He is by Sungold out of Princesses Rule by Finality. The winning groom is Alyssa Derksen.

Appellant Goes Over the Top


The fifth race, a very tough 11 horse field of 4K/5K claiming non-winners of the year, went to Rob and Sheena Maybin’s good looking five-year-old dark bay gelding Appellant (5.90, 3.30, 2.90). Ridden by Silvino Morales, who marked up his second win on the day, Appellant was allowed to relax early, running in a mid-pack position well back off the leading duo of It’s in Command and Ace Deuce. Benefitting from a ground saving rail trip, Appellant was asked for his run midway around the final turn and was able to rally into contention by the head of the stretch. From there it was just a matter of outlasting the pace setters who had no doubt been softened up considerably after their duelling took them to half in 45.53, by far the fastest of the day. The margin was ¾ of a length at the wire, which was enough to send the Rob Maybin trained victor into the winner’s circle.

Appellant is by Midnight Lute out of Caged Mistress by Ministers Wild Cat and was bred in Kentucky by Glen Todd. Appellant’s caretaker is the veteran long-time groom Stafford Bracey.

Chef Delivers


The sixth race on the program was a 4K/5K claiming event for NW2/3 lifetime that went to Marty Miller’s five-year-old bay gelding Chef (10.40, 5.80, 4.50). Amadeo Perez, in keeping with his mount’s usual running style, had Chef mid-pack in this bulging field of 11, well back of the battling front runners in the early going. By the midway point of the backstretch, Perez had allowed his charge to creep within several lengths of the leaders, maintaining a perfect striking position. Forced to take the distant three path for the entirety of the final turn, Chef kept on coming with grit and determination. By the head of the stretch, Chef had all but caught the leading Quagmire and the two fought it out down the lane with the wire seeing Chef clear by a short neck. It was a first class effort from the normally win shy Chef (1 for 19 going into the race), and one which saw him buck the trend of pace setters racing into victory over a somewhat speed biased track surface.

Chef is by Congrats out of Irish Dixie by Giants Causeway and was bred in Kentucky by KatieRich Farms. Mark Cloutier is the trainer and the winning groom is Taylor Jeszenszky.

Stay Fantastic Stays the Distance


The penultimate contest of the day, a three and up NW2 16K/20K claiming event, was won by Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ four-year-old bay gelding, the hard-trying and well-named Stay Fantastic (8.00, 4.70, 3.50). Ridden by Amadeo Perez, who won his second on the day, Stay Fantastic broke sharply and was sent right to the front where he hooked up to the outside of The Chances R. From there it was a two- horse, stride for strides head to head battle for the rest of the journey. Perez and Silvino Morales did an excellent job of slowing down the pace to a 47.44 half, causing the entire field to bunch up behind the leading two, who were at this time joined on the outside by Gottcha Cowboy. As they got to the half, only one length covered the spacing of the first eight horses. With a half that slow, it was understandable that Perez and Morales each had a lot of horse left and they began to use it in earnest. The pair covered the remaining distance from the half to the finish in a very rapid 30:53 (fastest of the day). The Chances R, who ran too good to lose, began to weaken several strides before the wire, allowing Stay Fantastic to claim the win by a 1 length margin.

Stay Fantastic is trained by Christine Ammann, assisted by Alison Dube, and this fine equine is groomed by Michael Pounder, with all three of these individuals picking up their second win on the program. Stay Fantastic is by Stay Thirsty out of Fantastic City by Carson City and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by her owners Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds.

Shrugs Love Gives It All


The final race of the day for maiden fillies and mares at the 4K/5K claiming level was won by Carl and Christine Ammann’s four-year-old dark bay filly Shrugs Love (27.70, 6.80, 3.50). The victory gave both trainer Christine Ammann and assistant trainer Alison Dube their third winner on the day and groom Michael Pounder a solid hat trick. Christine Ammann is off to a strong, solid start with 4 wins from 12 outings (33%) after just five days of racing.

Shrugs Love, who was definitely not fancied by the betting public, and sent off at odds of 12-1, was hustled to the lead by jockey Jose Asencio, maintaining a comfortable lead of several lengths until midway around the final turn, when the odds on favourite Honky Tonk Woman began to quickly cut into the leading margin. By the head of the lane it was clear that the favourite would run right on by Shrugs Love and the Ammann crew would be denied the prized, sought-after accomplishment of three wins on a card, when suddenly a small miracle began to take shape. It appeared that Honky Tonk Woman’s big charge had taken perhaps too much out of her and she began to drift out and hang in a big way at the head of the stretch. Asencio, seeing the weakness in Scotty Williams’ mount, was able to rally Shrugs Love for one last move and re-took the lead from Honky Tonk Woman, surging on to a 2-length score. The final time of 1:19.81 was unremarkable and the 1 1/16th went in a pedestrian 7:35 (slowest of the day), but the victory was special indeed and gave Christine Ammann and her crew a day to remember.

Shrugs Love is by Shrug out of Strangelove by Tiznow and was bred in Super Special British Columbia by her trainer/owner Christine Ammann, giving her a breeder/owner double for the day. For Strangelove, it was the second win of her foals for the day with her daughter Rea Mea having won the first race on the card.



After five days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:


  1. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. 5 wins
  2. Russell J. and Lois Bennett 3 wins

Two-way tie for third:

  1. Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds 2 wins
  1. Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa 2 wins


Three-way tie for first:

  1. Efrain Hernandez 7 wins
  1. Amadeo Perez 7 wins
  1. Silvino Morales 7 wins
  1. Enrique Gonzalez 4 wins


  1. Glen Todd 5 wins

Three-way tie for second:

  1. Christine Ammann 4 wins
  1. Barb Heads 4 wins
  2. 2.  Steve Henson 4 wins


Tuesday July 14th Hastings recap

Racing continued without an audience this afternoon on another beauty day at our East End oval. The seven race Tuesday program did see a few loyal racing supporters sitting in lawn chairs with coolers outside the gates near the paddock creating a bit of atmosphere showing eagerness for when the green light is given for fans to return to the races.


Two year olds were in the spotlight in the opener as seven well turned out youngsters were set to go three and a half furlongs to kick off the day. The toteboard was heavily tilted to the left as GREAT GASBY was hammered early and often in both the WIN and SHOW positions. When the gate was sprung he hopped a bit at the start from the dreaded inside post which really compromised his chances and had to watch the very alert ANOTHERSUNNYDAY (13.40) scoot off to a quick three length lead approaching the far turn and always looked a winner for owner Peter Redekop and conditioner Keith Pedersen. GREAT GASBY outgamed his filly stablemate HOLLYWOOD MISTRESS for the runner-up spot. The final time was a rapid 39.27.


Gord Christoff’s HEFTY RANSOM relaxed nicely off of the speed through the opening stages then proceeded to challenge the pacesetting PIPPA nearing the three-eighths pole under Lenny Seecharan and those two dueled down to the line with HEFTY RANSOM just lasting over a stubborn PIPPA with a fast closing SIMPLY GOLDEN checking in for third. The John Snow trainee paid $6.70 for the win.


The Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds PORTER GENT (3.10) was by far the most impressive winner on the day as he cruised to a 6 ¼ length win under Amadeo Perez. The son of Second in Command tugged Amadeo to the lead going through easy opening fractions (22.61, 46.29) and when ASTRONOMICAL came to make things interesting on the stretch turn PORTER GENT simply went from being on idle to top gear in a matter of strides and drew away easily for the victory for trainer Christine Ammann. ASTRONOMICAL fought on gamely to save second money.


The Sandown Racing Club’s BIG TIME LOUIE (8.90) was a popular winner and showed amazing resiliency in battling between horses for much of the first half-mile then fending off BAKKEN AND EGGS to get his first career  visit to the winners circle. BAKKEN AND EGGS looked a winner on the final bend as he made the lead in between calls but BIG TIME LOUIE had another gear and gained the lead and held everyone at bay. Silvino Morales was in the saddle for trainer Maryanne Baumgartner.


As a handicapper you can’t delve too deep into a race to find something that simply isn’t there. Sometimes you have to respect the obvious and simply go with jt and that was the case in the fifth. BLUEGRASS ANGUS ($5.00) is a premier race horse and he showed his class winning off by 3 lengths. The former BC Derby runner-up was all business from the start. He settled beautifully just off of the speed while racing wide but that didn’t matter as he built up a comfortable advantage on the final turn and crossed the line well clear of his rivals. BILLS SMOKN BULLET and SANAWAR rounded out a $194 Triactor.


Don Danard and Mel Snow’s CASCADE BILLY (23.60) stayed clear of trouble and raced out in the three path throughout and cruised to a 3 3/4 length win. He was away well and settled in behind the contested fractions (21.62, 45.19 ) being set by FLYUNDERTHEGRAYDAR and TORIADOR rallied past them all on the turn and was never threatened in the stretch. HE’S RELENTLESS, SET TO SHINE and ALONGTHEWATCHTOWER were in a heated duel for the runner-up spot.


Gary Johnson, Zeta Hannah, the Sharlea and Pumpking Stables ZETAMARIE (9.90) broke on top but allowed BAD AND BOUGIE to race on her inside heading into the first turn and those two raced together throughout the backstretch run. BAD AND BOUGIE seemed to be sneaking away but Perez started shaking the lines at ZETAMARIE and she asserted her superiority to win by a length and a half. OUREVELADY rallied late to get the second place cheque. BAD AND BOUGIE looked like a winner on the turn but flattened out late and had to settle for third.

The only tough one to get in the Pick 5 sequence was CASCADE BILLY so it was hit today and there were 13 winners that took home the $2,410.25 payoff.

Silvino Morales and Amadeo Perez both had riding doubles.

The stallion Second in Command had two wins.

Racing resumes next Monday and Tuesday with two stakes as headliners , the $40,000 Chris Loseth for three year old Colts and geldings and the $40,000 Supernaturel stakes for three year fillies.

Of note, the RACING associations presidents are fighting hard to try and get owners onto the track to watch their races. Please continue to be patient as they work with GCGC and Public Health on this subject.

First race on Monday is at 1:15pm.

Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Monday, July 13th by the Man with No Name

Summer Makes a Cameo

Today summer returned in all her glory. Clear skies, warm temperatures and wonderful, bountiful, bright sunshine was the way of the day with spring, who has absolutely overstayed his welcome, shuffled off to the side. Just how long summer will stay, is of course unknown, but the long-range forecast is calling for a lot more of the same, so maybe, just maybe summer is here to stay.

The hard-working Track Crew produced a racing surface which was even, consistent and fair.

While it was a day in which even money or close to it favourites were established in all of the seven races, only three of them actually won. The card even produced a 15 to 1 longshot (Allstar Boy), which set up a very nice 754.40 triactor payoff.

It was certainly a day of doubles, in which 11 different owners, trainers, grooms, breeders, and assistant trainer and a groom all counted two victories each on the card.


  • Trainers Barb Heads (assisted by Madison Zielke), Rob Gilker (assisted by Vicky Gilker) and Glen Todd all score doubles.
  • Jockeys Efrain Hernandez and Amadeo Perez each win two.
  • BC breds prevail in 4 out of 7 races.
  • Sire Mass Market gets a pair.
  • Owners Rob and Vicky Gilker and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. both mark up two winners for the day.
  • Breeder Glen Todd gets a double with two of his Kentucky breds.
  • Groom Chandra Rumley (Gilker barn) sends two of her charges to victory.
  • Mutuel handle was $546,000.


Not Yet Gets There in Time

The first race on the card, an open 25k/32k claimer, contained the shortest field (5) of the day, but produced the closest finish, which saw the top three horses separated by approximately 3 inches. In the end, the Rob Gilker trained hard-trying five-year-old dark bay gelding Not Yet (10.30. 3.50, 2.70) prevailed in a dramatic photo finish. Amadeo Perez in the early going placed Not Yet in a slightly wide stalking position right behind the pace setting duo of Boundary Bay and Slew’s Da Boss. The quarter pole saw Perez make his move, passing the top two, looking every bit the part of a comfortable winner. However, Boundary Bay, no doubt benefiting from Efrain Hernandez’s superb rating (23.04, 46.94), still had plenty left and re-engaged from the inside. By the head of the lane, Boundary Bay had regained a short lead with the hard-charging Calgary Caper now joining the combatants to make a line of three. The trio fought it out down the lane noses apart in a truly spectacular fashion. While the race could have gone to any one of the three, it was Not Yet by a short nose at the wire, with Boundary Bay and Calgary Caper dead heating for second. The last 1/16th went in an unbelievably rapid 6:07 (fastest of the day), with the final time of 1:17.11, the second fastest of the day.

Not Yet, by Colonel John out of Heaven on Hold bred in Kentucky by Glen Todd, is owned by the partnership of George Robbins, Lana Brindley and Rob and Vicky Gilker. The assistant trainer is Vicky Gilker and Not Yet’s groom, Chandra Rumley, got her first of two wins on the day.

Dakati Steals the Second

Taking full advantage of laying back off a pace which featured the fastest (by far) first quarter of the day (21.93), Dakati (3.20, 2.20, 2.10), ridden by Efrain Hernandez, blew by the front-running duo of Klondike Gentleman and Brandon’s Legacy at the end of the final turn, coasting to a 5 ¾ length easy victory. Dakati in Hindi means “to commit a robbery”, and today the Glen Todd trained four-year-old dark bay gelding certainly lived up to his name. Klondike Gentleman soldiered on for a distant second with Brandon’s Legacy another 7 lengths back hanging on for the show. The final time of 1:17.86 was fast for these 4k/5k NW2/3 claimers.

Dakati, by Tale of Ekati out of Castinette Dancer, was bred in Kentucky by Glen Todd, who was also the breeder of the winner of the first race. Dakati is owned by Todd’s North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. Hard-working Sherry Smith is the groom for Dakati.

Allstar Boy Shines Today


The third race on the card, 8k/10k maidens, saw Scotty Williams take Allstar Boy (32.30, 10.90, 8.00) right to the front out of the gate in accordance with the horse’s preferred running style, however, with an added twist of going in sensible, comfortable early fractions (23.05, 47.08). The well-timed ride left just enough in the tank to hold off the determined and persistent Jose Gomez and Just Make Believe by a fast diminishing neck. The victory was very sweet indeed as it marked two firsts. Those being graduation day for the previous maiden Allstar Boy and the first ever training win for newcomer Lisa Anderson. Welcome to Hastings, Ms. Anderson, and good luck in the years ahead.

Allstar Boy, a four-year-old dark bay gelding owned by John Anderson, is by Fury’s Allstar out of Spectacular Orchid and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by Valerie Hiebert. The winning groom is George Carter.

Five Star General Takes Command


The fourth was the featured event on the program, an open allowance optional claimer, which was won in fine fashion by last year’s BC Derby Champion and Open Division Champion three-year-old Male, the four-year-old bay colt Five Star General (5.10, 2.50, 2.10). Efrain Hernandez adopted an early stalking position behind his stable mate and race favourite He’s the Reason (1.15), last year’s Open Division Champion Older Male. Alexander Marti was able to assume the lead with He’s the Reason, while dawdling the first quarter in a pedestrian 23.25 (slowest of the day). Hernandez sitting just off the pace setter, probably realizing the fractions were too slow, let out just enough horse to force the second quarter along in 23:08 (46.33 half), thereafter continuing his assault on the leader, taking control on the back end of the final turn. By the head of the lane, it was clear to all that Five Star General would not be denied victory today as he drew off to win by a 1 ¾ length margin, stopping the clock at the wire in an extremely fast time of 1:16.47 (best of the day). He’s the Reason ran on gamely down the lane to take second 1 ¾ lengths in front of the determined R W Stanley, who while never threatening the top two, nevertheless, put in a great effort in taking the show.

Five Star General is owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trained by Glen Todd, both of whom chalked up their second win for the day. He is by Distorted Humor out of Party of Interest by Bernardini.

Aditya Can’t Wait


Patricia Marini and Charles Harris’s eight-year-old chestnut gelding Aditya (14.70, 5.40, 3.30) was so ready to run today that he misinterpreted Little Groot’s rude thrashing about at the gate as a signal that the race was on and somehow he burst through his stall’s opening along with Trupon Online and started down the track. Jose Gomes was skillfully and thankfully able to get Aditya under control after only a few strides and after a vet check both of the renegade horses were found no worse for wear and accordingly cleared to race. The field reassembled in the gate and this time starter Charlie McDonald was able to see them all off to a perfect beginning. Gomez settled Aditya off the pace set by “the bad acting making a fuss at the gate” Little Groot taking a mid pack ground saving position along the rail. The pair remained there until the head of the lane where Aditya dug in and took up the challenge wearing down the front running Little Groot, inching clear in a determined fashion seizing victory at the wire by a ¾ length margin.

For the Barb Heads trained Aditya it was his 11th score in 38 career starts for a 29% win average and in the money 75% of the time. With stats like those, his 14.70 win payoff against this field of open 8k/10k claimers was somewhat surprising.

Aditya is by Mass Market out of Remarkable Miss and was bred in Supernatural British Columbia by Leif and Karen Nordahl. His assistant trainer is Madison Zielke, who also doubles as his groom.

Solarity Lights it Up


The penultimate offering on today’s program was a maiden special weight allowance for three and up fillies and mares with a purse of 16,000 with another 10,000 bonus paid out on a 63/25/12 basis to the breeders and owners of the first three horses provided they were bred in British Columbia. In the end and by a narrow margin, the race went to Russel J. and Lois Bennett’s four-year-old chestnut filly Solarity (4.20, 2.70, 2.20). After a good start, Alexander Marti got Solarity to relax on the rail, sitting just back of the front running Miss Earl and Devil of a Deal. After completing the half in a rapid 45.58, Devil of a Deal decided the pace was too hot to handle and she exited the kitchen, leaving Miss Earl as the clear leader. At this point, Marti asked his filly for her challenge and she responded accordingly, drawing on even terms with the leader by the head of the stretch. From thereon it was a two-horse contest with Solarity claiming the win at the finish over a hard-trying Enrique Gonzalez and a determined Miss Earl by a very short head.

Barb Heads and assistant Madison Zielke both achieved a training double on the day as well as sire Mass Market. Solarity is out of Sunny Soloro who is by Sungold and was bred by her owners the Bennett’s in Fabulous Kelowna, British Columbia. Solarity, who looked fantastic today, is groomed by Ashley Lawrence.

Makin It Up Gets Real


The final race on the card, a maiden 4k/5k claimer for three and up fillies and mares went to Rob and Vicky Gilker’s three-year-old dark bay filly Makin It Up (5.40, 3.30, 2.20). In trouble early due to a stumble or heel clip, Makin It Up was shuffled back to sixth, although only several lengths off the leader. There she sat under the patient handling of rider Amadeo Perez until the midway part of the final turn, when Perez took up chase in earnest. By the head of the stretch it was a two-horse battle with Makin It Up gradually cutting into the leading margin of Ilhabela who had led from the outset, and eventually inching clear to prevail by a ½ length at the wire.

Makin It Up is trained by Rob Gilker and assisted by Vicky Gilker and groomed by Chandra Rumley. She is by Shakin It Up out of Golden Roar and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by Phoenix Rising Farms. Makin It Up’s win gave her rider, owners, trainer, assistant trainer and groom all doubles for the day.


After three days of racing, the Leader Board looks like this:


North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. 5 wins

Russell J. and Lois Bennett 2 wins

Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa 2 wins


Efrain Hernandez 5 wins

Enrique Gonzalez 3 wins

Scott Williams 3 wins

Amadeo Perez 3 wins


Glen Todd 5 wins

Barb Heads 3 wins

Steve Henson 3 wins



Tuesday, July 7th Hastings

The second day of the Hastings season was eerily similar to the first as horses on post parade were once again greeted by only a couple of loyal barn supporters to root them on. A few faint echoes of cheering in the large grandstand could be heard as the horses entered the homestretch which is far cry from usual chaos on a regular race day with patrons attending. It is definitely different times right now but we are still delighted to be part of it all.

The handle was excellent on day two as the $784,297 total was about $280,000 better than the Monday program. The momentum is building and is a good thing.


The day began with the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s ZEN BABY grabbing the early lead then was cleverly handled by Efrain Hernandez through comfortable fractions and just managed to hold off a late charge from HONKY TONK WOMAN to win at a tiny 3/5 price which gave the chalk players a great start to the afternoon. The win gave trainer Glen Todd his third visit to the winners circle in the first eight races of the year.


The second race, well….to be kind… was quite an interesting show. In all fairness, many of our horses are over-ready due to the lengthy wait until we were permitted to race so it isn’t a surprise to see numerous horses being anxious and super sharp which can lead to what we saw in the second. For those that missed it, the #1 RED RAPTOR sat down in the gate and was scratched , shortly thereafter #4 RODE TO GALIANO got loose behind the gate and ran around the track three times before being picked up by the outrider. After a short delay, a start seemed imminent…but….as the #10 RACING RIVER was being loaded he then decided to unseat the jockey and also run around the track creating a third delay in the start of the second race but 54 minutes after race one was completed DJANGO UNREINED crossed the finish line first to finally get race 2 into the books. The Canmor Farms and Mark Cloutier runner did everything right in his debut to win at 3-1 odds under Enrique Gonzalez.


The balance of the card was run without incident and Hastings newcomer JAY LOST CONTROL took the third event in wire-to-wire fashion with Efrain Hernandez up for owner Mark Ivy and trainer Steve Henson. The son of Mineshaft closed at 11-1 and put an end to most Pick 5 tickets defeating Jodie Rawson and Edgar Mendoza’s K K GOLD in a very tight photo.


The most exciting performance of the day came from the G.O. Stables AMORCITO who rallied six wide at the head of the lane to run down a very game pacesetter MOUSEY MOUSEY. The Erick Gutierrez student was never in the picture until producing a lethal late kick under Silvino Morales to easily get up in time for the win. Not many were avid supporters of AMORCITO as he paid a healthy $49.40. The early Pick 4 paid an impressive $4,117.95.


The fifth race went to FRANKIE MACHINE as he sat a comfy trip just in behind the speed of CAPTAIN JONES and EZEKIEL then cruised up three deep on the final bend and breezed on by the leaders to win by almost three lengths. He stopped the teletimer in a rapid 1:11.65 which is the fastest time of meet to date for rider Scott Williams and trainer Steve Henson. The $8,000 claim in Phoenix last winter seems to be a great investment for the new owners Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa. The Sharlea and Pumpkin Stables, Rocking Bar B Outfit and Gary Johnson’s CAPTAIN JONES was a game runner-up after battling on the pace throughout.


The feature race of the day was in race six and eight talented fillies put on a great show. When the gates sprung both FLORAL and MISS PROSPECTOR went on a mission to get the early lead through fractions of 22.26 and 45.34 and this played out perfectly for the back runners. The tempo was slowing noticeably approaching the stretch and it was still anyones race to win and that is when the Hastings Racing Club ll’s WARRIOR’S PROMISE (10.70 to win) weaved her way through the field under a brilliant ride by Enrique Gonzalez to get up and claim victory for conditioner Patty Leaney. Russ and Lois Bennett’s CHA CHING also rallied smartly but fell victim to a wide final turn which likely cost her any chance of winning. Both BUTTERSCOTCH BLEND and DANCING SHOES turned in admirable performances but were compromised by tough trips. The final time was 1:11.88.


Jim Galbraith, Gord Christoff, Ryan and Ron Basran’s FOURTOWIN (11.60) took full advantage of a pace- less race and scooted out of the gate on top and never looked back. The daughter of Cause to Believe got a slow opening half in 47.61 and the John Snow trainee drew off for the victory giving Silvino Morales his second win on the day. Praven Sorensen’s BAMBOO ELEVEN was a good second after encountering troubles in a few different spots during the race. The late Pick 4 was a difficult one but if you were one of the fortunate ones it returned $4,360 for a 20 cent ticket.

Three riders had doubles Efrain Hernandez, Silvino Morales and Enrique Gonzalez and all are tied with three wins in the jock’s standings. Scott Williams took down the other race. Steve Henson had a training double which gives him a tie with Glen Todd for leading trainer honours with three apiece.

Racing resumes on Monday afternoon with a seven race card that will begin at 1:15 pm and of note there is a $3,594 carryover in the Pick 5.

Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Monday, July 6th by the Man with No Name

It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

While it was a long time coming, and for a bit it seemed that it never would, Hastings Racecourse 2020 Racing Season finally got underway. The day featured brilliant sunshine, warm temperatures and 60 well conditioned equine athletes who contested the card’s seven races. The average of 8.5 horses per race was well up over last year and although the first several races on the card were thinly bet, the wagering increased as the day went on with the last two races accounting for over 50% of the final $501,000 betting tally.

While it was certainly strange seeing the races run without patrons, fans and the absence of the wall of noise which comes from the crowd as the horses approach the finish line, it was a great day nevertheless.

The opening day, masks and all, and even without spectators represented a welcomed return to normality and a sense that we will see the end of this pandemic which currently encircles all of us.

While at present only essential personnel actually conducting and participating in the races are permitted on the grounds of Hastings Racecourse, anyone and everyone can join the racing online. The Hastings Racecourse website offers broadcasts of the live races (and replays) free by connecting at www.hastingsracecourse.com. Additionally, Horse Player Interactive www.hpibet.com has all the action live online, including internet wagering.

Good luck to all this racing season!


  • Synergy takes the feature in a close contest over Capilano Canyon.
  • Seven different riders take down the seven races.
  • BC breds win 4 of 7.
  • Glen Todd and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. score doubles.
  • Mutuel handle exceeds $500,000



Molesley Opens It Up


The launching contest of the 2020 Hastings Racing Season went to Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.’s roan four-year-old gelding Molesley (4.60, 2.90, 2.30). Confidently ridden by Hastings 2019 co-leading jockey Enrique Gonzalez, Molesley broke on top and was sent right to the lead. Pressing the pace on his outside was McMurphy who forced quick fractions of 23.12 and 46.08 only to decide at the half that a retread was in order, leaving Molesley with an uncontested lead which he never gave up. The margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths at the wire with Paddy d’Oro, who never challenged the winner, getting up for a solid second place finish.

Molesley is trained by Dino Condilenios and Edgar Mendoza is the assistant trainer. Bred in Beautiful British Columbia by his owners Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc., Molesley is sired by Pop Artist, who also was owned by Swift and trained by Condilenios during his successful racing career, and he is out of Storm Forcast. Molesley is named for his groom, the veteran horseman Maurice (Moe) Laing, who obviously contributed greatly to today’s winning effort. The final time was a rapid 1:11.89, the fastest of the day.

Stevie’s Song Makes Number One


The second race on the card, an 8,000/10,000 BC bred claiming event for NW3/NW4 BC bred fillies and mares was won by MJD Stables’ determined, hard-running four-year-old dark bay filly Stevie’s Song (11.30, 6.30, 3.90). Breaking alertly, Silvino Morales successfully made the lead with the filly obtaining the coveted rail position by the first turn. Joining from the outside right from the beginning was Scott Williams aboard G M T Baby, who forced the pace for the entire journey. The two fillies gave head to head battle, stopping the clock at the 5-furlong marker in a quick 59.01. The duel went right to the wire where with several jumps remaining, G M T Baby weakened slightly, giving the win by one length to the game Stevie’s Song.

Stevie’s Song is trained by the hard working Demetris Topouzis, who also serves as the filly’s groom. Bred in Supernatural British Columbia by the late Doug Clyde, Stevie’s Song is by Storm Victory out of Tender Teen.

Suzy Mascara Ready for the Photo


All dressed up and showing her stuff was White House Stables’ four-year-old dark bay filly Suzy Mascara (7.20, 4.10, 3.00). For Suzy, the eighth time was the charm as she broke her maiden in a 16k/20k claiming event restricted to fillies and mares with a spirited, determined performance. Veteran rider Amadeo Perez stalked the early pace setters, saving ground along the rail and making a move along the inside in the final turn, passing the leaders on the outside by the head of the stretch. From that point to the wire, it was a two-horse battle between the winner and the hard charging Heart of Texas (21-1) piloted by Silvino Morales. After a stretch-long fight which saw the two fillies draw out over seven lengths in front of the third finishing Kick Up the Dust, Perez was able to get his mount to the wire first a short neck in front of the determined first-time starter Heart of Texas, who will no doubt not be a maiden much longer.

Suzy Mascara, by Second in Command out of Mascaretta, was bred in British Columbia by her owners, White House Stables, whose farm is located in the beautiful Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. She is trained by Mary-Anne Baumgartner, who also grooms the filly. The final clocking at 1:12.67 was a decent time on the day for these maidens.

Tiz Meow Claws His Way Back


The fourth on the card, an open 4k/5k BC non-winners race went to the hard-knocking “no one is going to beat me today” five-year-old bay gelding Tiz Meow (3.70, 2.90, 2.60). Scott Williams sent Tiz Meow away from the gate joining the leading Texas Kid from the outside into the first turn. From there Williams expertly rated his 4/5 betting favourite to early quarters of 23.45 and 23:09, getting up to the 5-furlong marker in 59.24 when he was passed on the rail by Amadeo Perez’s hard-charging Ace Deuce. At that point, the race appeared to be over with Perez waltzing to victory. Tiz Meow, however, had other ideas on how the script should end and no doubt benefitting from Williams’ energy saving ride was able to affect another challenge to the leader. The gritty, determined all out effort was enough to see Tiz Meow and Williams 1 ¼ lengths clear by the end.

Tiz Meow, who was acquired this year at Turf Paradise, is owned in partnership by Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa. He is trained by veteran conditioner Steve Henson. The assistant trainer is the popular exercise rider Brian O’Riordan (Rio). Tiz Meow’s daily care was provided by groom Kayla Dubois, who had her boy absolutely sparkling today.

Fort Langley Overtakes


The fifth on the card, an open NW2/NW3 BC bred 16k/20k claiming event was won in fine fashion by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s good looking four-year-old dark bay gelding Fort Langley (9.40, 5.50, 3.50). Expertly ridden by newcomer Efrain Hernandez, Fort Langley was well placed just back of the leaders for most of the race. At the top of the lane and several positions off the rail, Hernandez asked his mount, who immediately responded taking the lead and drawing clear by the wire, travelling the last eighth in a rapid 12:94 (best of the day). Trained by Glen Todd, Fort Langley, who looked great today, is cared for by his hard-working groom Julio Lopez.

Fort Langley was bred in Kentucky by his trainer and is by Majestic Warrior out of Caged Mistress. For jockey Efrain Hernandez, the victory marked his first Hastings Racecourse victory. Hernandez, who is riding first call for North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc., has been recently tackling the tough Southern California circuit.

Synergy Ignites


The feature race on today’s program was an open Allowance race restricted to three-and-four- year- old non-winners of two races or BC bred non-winners of three races lifetime, which was serving as a prep for the three-year-old Chris Loseth stake to be held on July 20th. The contest attracted some of the best three-year-old’s on the grounds, including Jack Diamond Futurity (100K) winner Synergy and Ascot Graduation (75K) victor, Capilano Canyon, who was also the BC bred and open Champion two-year-old in 2019. In the end, it came down to a stretch drive Battle Royale between these two top stake winners.

The thrilling photo finish saw Synergy take the victory by the smallest of margins. While long-time Hastings announcer Dan Jukich called the final order right, the camera followed Capilano Canyon after the wire with the lens fixed in the customary “keep your eye on the winner” manner. It wasn’t until the photo finish results were announced that the camera operator realized the error and quickly moved the lens away from Capilano Canyon onto the winning Synergy.

Antonio Reyes, last year’s co-leading jockey, guided Synergy to a mid-pack, well-positioned rail trip for most of the journey, stalking the pace setting trio of Erlich, Gottcha Cowboy and Baktura (DQ winner of 2019 Futurity). On the final turn, Perez asked for more and quickly gained ground on the leaders. By the head of the stretch, Scotty Williams and Baktura had put away the other pace setters and taken the lead. However, the advantage would prove to be short lived, as Synergy forged to the front. At that moment, Jose Asencio quickly moved into the picture with Capilano Canyon, who had been shuffled back early and was forced to take the overland wide route around the final turn. From there, it was a two horse two rider battle to the wire. Easily the best race of the day. Less than two lengths back came Torino Grand and jockey Lenny Seecharan, who definitely, had it not been for a very rough trip, would have been much closer.

Synergy (14.40, 5.40, 3.40), a three-year-old chestnut gelding by Sungold out of Princesses Rule, was bred at Flying Horse Farm, West Kelowna in Fabulous British Columbia by her owners Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Bennett. Barb Heads trains and is aided by assistant trainer Madison Zielke. Synergy was fantastically turned out for action today by her attentive groom Alyssa Derksen.

Mo Nation is a Maiden No More


The final race of the sundrenched, warm, gorgeous afternoon was a contest for three and up maidens offered at the $4,000 to $5,000 BC bred claiming level. It turned out to be a very scary event when jockey Antonio Reyes was unseated from Cowboy Creek in the drive away from the gate just before the first turn. It was a miracle that the trailing horse coming up to where Reyes was lying on the track decided to jump over the prone rider, missing him completely. It was definitely a close call and brings home all the challenges faced by professional jockeys on a daily basis. In the end, Antonio walked off under his own steam seemingly and thankfully uninjured.

The race itself featured a loose Cowboy Creek, who while obligingly running along in the right direction with the field would from time to time alter speed and position and in doing so produced many difficulties for most of the competing riders.

In the end, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc.’s four-year-old bay gelding Mo Nation (3.90, 2.50, 2.10) prevailed by over two lengths. Alexander Marti moved Mo Nation smartly away from the gate into the lead and never looked back, except for a moment in the stretch at the riderless and approaching Cowboy Creek. Long shot Laugh With Me (36-1) tried to make a race of it drawing even with Mo Nation at the head of the home stretch, but his somewhat tardy start coupled with a mostly wide trip and the attention grabbing loose horse racing alongside proved too much to overcome, causing Laugh With Me to slip back to third.

Mo Nation, by Uncle Mo out of Kick’em Jenny, was bred in Ontario and is trained by Glen Todd. For the owner and trainer the win represented a double on the day.

Mo Nation is attended by groom Shawn Lawson, who had his equine charge looking absolutely fabulous for the race and winner’s circle.

Following the customary photo with his connections, Mo Nation and second place finisher Machine both were claimed and went on to new barns.