|Sunday, September 20|
Contenders That Have Worked Out
|Collusion Illusion||*Sprint||Santa Anita Park||Four Furlongs||47:60||View Workouts|
|Fast Boat||Turf Sprint||Churchill Training||Four Furlongs||47:60||View Workouts|
|Flagstaff||Dirt Mile||Santa Anita Park||Five Furlongs||1.01:00||View Workouts|
|Ollie’s Candy||Distaff||Santa Anita Park||Five Furlongs||59:80||View Workouts|
|Raging Bull (FR)||*Mile||Belmont Park||Five Furlongs||1.02:25||View Workouts|
|Red King||*Turf||Santa Anita Park||Four Furlongs||52:60||View Workouts|
Contenders That Have Raced
|Woodbine||September 20||Race 7||Summer S.|
|Gretzky the Great finished 1st by 3 1/4 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Ready to Repeat finished 2nd beaten 3 1/4 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Dolder Grand finished 3rd beaten 4 1/4 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|American Monarch finished 4th beaten 4 3/4 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Heat of the Night finished 5th beaten 5 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Secret Potion finished 6th beaten 5 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Download finished 7th beaten 6 lengths||Juvenile Turf|
|Woodbine||September 20||Race 9||Natalma S.|
|Lady Speightspeare finished 1st by 3/4 length||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Alda finished 2nd beaten 3/4 length||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Seasons finished 3rd beaten 3 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Dreaming of Drew finished 4th beaten 3 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Sleek Lynx (GB) finished 5th beaten 4 1/4 lengths||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Stunning Princess finished 6th beaten 5 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Big Big Plans finished 7th beaten 7 1/2 lengths||Juvenile Fillies Turf|
|Applegate S. – Race 7, $11,000 Added|
|Freedom of the City S. – Race 2, $60,000 Guaranteed|
|Birdcatcher S. – Race 8, $60,000 Guaranteed|
|Red Earth S. – Race 2, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|Remington Park Turf Sprint S. – Race 5, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|Bob Barry Memorial S. – Race 8, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|Chillingworth S. – Grade 3, Race 6, $100,000 Guaranteed|
|Eddie D S. – Grade 2, Race 7, $200,000 Guaranteed|
|Dan Johnson Sprint S. – Race 6, $70,000 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Breeders’ Oaks – Race 7, $87,375 Guaranteed|
|Governor Terry E. Branstad S. – Race 8, $85,000 Guaranteed|
|Donna Reed S. – Race 9, $85,000 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Sorority S. – Race 10, $77,250 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Breeders’ Derby – Race 11, $87,375 Guaranteed|
|Iowa Cradle S. – Race 12, $77,250 Guaranteed|
|New Mexico State Fair Thoroughbred Futurity – Race 4, $278,873 Added|
|Con Jackson S. – Race 11, $39,550 Guaranteed|
|Salvator Mile S. – Grade 3, Race 10, $155,000 Added|
|Hasta La Vista S. – Race 9, $17,000 Added|
|Summer S. – Grade 1, Race 7, $250,000 Guaranteed|
|Natalma S. – Grade 1, Race 9, $250,000 Guaranteed|
By: Randy Goulding
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – With rain in the forecast there is a good chance Hastings will finally get to run a few races this weekend. Due to the smoke from the wildfires in Oregon and Washington, the air quality in Vancouver was so poor that last Sunday’s card was canceled and moved to Thursday. The smoke was still lingering on Thursday, though, so the card was rescheduled for Saturday. Friday morning the air was still thick with smoke, so there are no guarantees for the weekend.
Due to restrictions placed on how trainers are allowed to operate, the fitness level of horses has been somewhat compromised. Clockers have not been on site, because workouts have not been allowed. There has only been jogging and light training for the past week.
Trainer Glen Todd is confident that Northern Graystar is fit enough to run well in an allowance for 3- and 4-year-old fillies that headlines Sunday’s nine-race card, which begins at 3 p.m. Pacific. The 1 1/16-mile race drew six horses and goes as the sixth race.
“She’s fine,” said Todd. “She’s been jogging every day and is jumping out of her skin.”
Northern Graystar ran a huge race to win the $50,000 Sales Stakes on Sept. 5. With Efrain Hernandez riding, Northern Graystar broke sharply, then settled into a stalking position behind Irish Luna and Butterscotch Blend, who dueled through quick fractions. She made a three-wide move going down the backstretch, took the lead at the quarter pole, and was all out to win the mile and a sixteenth race by 1 3/4 lengths over Irish Luna.
By Graydar out of Fancy Vintage, Northern Graystar went into the race with just one sprint behind her this year.
“She won but she did get a bit late,” said Todd. “She seems to have moved forward, so I am expecting her to run a big race.”
Northern Graystar drew post 2 and could get a similar trip with Hernandez riding.
Warrior’s Promise will find these easier than facing Here’s Hannah, whom she almost beat sprinting two back and finished fourth to going a mile and sixteenth in an open allowance race on Sept. 6. Here’s Hannah won the Sovereign Award for being the top older filly or mare in Canada last year.
Trained by Patty Leaney, Warrior’s Promise has yet to win going three turns, but she was a neck behind runner-up Northern Graystar when she finished third in the $29,000 Autumn Leaves on Oct. 20. The 78 Beyer they received is the top figure in the field for the distance.
A 4-year-old daughter of Warrior’s Reward, Warrior’s Promise does her best running late and there should be speed coming back to her.
She drew post 3 with Sylvino Morales retaining the mount.
Butterscotch Blend, who won last year’s CTHS Sales Stakes for 3- and 4-year-old fillies, could be dangerous with the blinkers coming off for the first time this year.
Trained by Robert Gilker, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Mission Impazible dueled with Irish Luna before finishing third in the Sales Stakes in her last outing. She was not wearing blinkers when she came from a stalking position in her victory last year
|Race 1||3 – He’s Relentless
5 – Robbie Mac
2 – Day Trek
|3 – He’s Relentless
5 – Robbie Mac
2 – Day Trek
|Race 2||5 – Ace Deuce
4 – Square Dancer
2 – Chef
|6 – Little Groot
4 – Square Dancer
2 – Chef
|Race 3||5 – Toriador
4 – Cascade Billy
3 – Slew’s Bak
|4 – Cascade Billy
5 – Toriador
2 – Ranger Up
|Race 4||4 – Dancin Shoes
6 – Suzy Mascara
1 – Heart of Texas
|6 – Suzy Mascara
2 – Devil of a Deal
4 – Dancin Shoes
|Race 5||5 – Sanawar
3 – Jack’s Reign
2 – Wise Market
|5 – Sanawar
2 – Wise Market
3 – Jack’s Reign
|Race 6||5 – Solarity
2 – Northern Graystar
1 – Butterscotch Blend
|2 – Northern Graystar
5 – Solarity
3 – Warrior’s Promise
|Race 7||2 – Puddles
8 – La Belle Fleur
9 – Lizzies Girl
|2 – Puddles
8 – La Belle Fluer
5 – Adaptable
|Race 8||7 – Boundary Bay
2 – European
8 – Bills Smokn Bullet
|7 – Boundary Bay
2 – European
8 – Bills Smokin Bullet
|Race 9||5 – Stoneridge Amber
3 – Day Pass
2 – Pippa
|3 – Day Pass
4 – Ombre’ Rose
5 – Stoneridge Amber
|Mike’s Picks||Drew’s Picks|
Well racing finally resumed at Hastings after being smoked out for the past two potential race days but the much needed rains came throughout the day which cleared the skies and the air quality improved so we were able to get the card underway.
The opener was for two year olds going three and half furlongs and living up to his name was the White Hall Farms BE QUICK ($21.80) who blasted out of his number four gate at 9-1 and easily led the field from gate to wire. Efrain Hernandez was aboard for trainer Keith Pedersen who purchased the son of 2012 Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister at the Hastings Paddock Sale earlier this spring and their buy proved to be a bargain as he looks like one with a promising future and completed the distance in a rapid 39.64. Don Danard’s FINDING WAYS was impressive in his debut rallying three on the final turn after a slow beginning to the runner-up spot. He won’t be a maiden for long. Tamara Baker’s RAILWAY encountered some trouble at the far turn and had to settle for third.
Next up was race two which saw a brilliant performance for Shawn and Karen Strachan’s SIR BREGOVIC who easily took the field wire-to-wire in his first attempt at a mile and a sixteenth. The son of Sir Gallovic carved out ambitious early fractions of 23.42, 47.16 but always seemed comfortable under rider Jose Sanchez and it showed as he easily drew off and maintained a comfortable margin to the wire for veteran conditioner Jim Strachan. The Horse n Around Stables HARRY’S HAMMER made a sharp move up the rail on the backstretch to get in contention and was a clear second at the finish.
The third went the favoured SPROG ($4.90) who broke very sharply under Amadeo Perez taking command early and led through moderate splits of 22.54 and 46.30 and she had lots left in the lane to win her third race from only four starts this year in 1:19.19 for the Sandown Racing Club and the unsung trainer of the year Maryanne Baumgartner. She captured her 7th win from just 11 trips to the post, impressive indeed. The second choice DORYS DARLIN put in a good run on the inside on the stretch turn although was no match for the winner but was a comfortable second. The formful Exactor returned a decent $9.50 which wasn’t bad in a six horse field.
Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s SWEET SIXTEEN ($5.70) was always well placed and persevered in the stretch to win with authority. The homebred daughter of Finality broke on top and was asked to settle behind the speed by Amadeo Perez and midway on the final turn came off the rail to challenge and then drew off for the victory for trainer Mark Cloutier. The pace setting HILARIOUSLYNAUGHTY led the field (22.88, 46.61) to the stretch but could not hold off the sharp SWEET SIXTEEN who completed the six and a half furlongs journey in 1:19.43. The early Pick 4 paid $325.75 for a $1 wager.
Speed continued to dominate as the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s FIRST AND TEN ($3.70) broke well and sped through a contested first quarter of 22.18 and then a relaxed half mile in 46.08 which allowed the Glen Todd trainee to have plenty left in the tank to win comfortably with Efrain Hernandez in the irons in 1:19.56. HONKY TONK WOMAN settled nicely behind the speed and rallied gamely to gain the second prize.
Rob and Sheena Maybin’s APPELLANT ($5.60) rode the rail to victory earning his meet-leading fourth win of the year. The son of 2007 Breeders Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute watched the pace duel develop between ADITYA and CAPTAIN JONES who battled through quick splits of 22.38 and 45.78 and then seized a rail opportunity at the top of the stretch and cruised on to a big score in 1:17.23. CAPTAIN JONES won the fight for the PLACE spot and ADITYA held on for third.
Dennis Tucker’s G M T BABY ($11.10) broke alertly and led the field early was joined by CURIOUS RUMOR heading into the first turn and they traveled in unison in 22.23 and a sensible 46.32 but at the quarter-pole G M T BABY started to break clear of her rivals and maintained a safe advantage through the stretch to the wire in 1:19.17. Longshot BABYLON WILL FALL battled between horses on the final turn and snatched second money away from RAISE A DANCER who had to settle for third.
June Sutherland, G Ross Switzer, Warren Wilson, Neil Stajkowski and Lesley Small’s FREE FOR SURE ($6.80) did not disappoint his numerous backers as he won as the 2-1 favourite. The son of Mass Market broke nicely and was sent to the front he hen settled comfortably outside of the speedy BABY GRAND and those two raced as a team through 22.50 and 46.60 early fractions and the Charlene Miller trained FREE FOR SURE managed to get the better of his main opponent in deep stretch and stopped the timer in 1:19.45 for the six and a half furlongs. Don Danard and Mel Snow’s ALWAYS A KNIGHT had some traffic issues and once finally clear came running late to snare second from a very game BABY GRAND at the wire.
The last race of the day saw Vanessa Pedersen and the Estate of Ken Johnson’s WE GOT IT COVERED ($11.30) rally from well off the pace to get the win. The pace was very fast early as AVE’S IN COMMAND AND FINALY CLASSY were embroiled in a spirited pace duel (22.39 and 46.13) AVE’S IN COMMAND then shook free on the final bend and had a two length lead into the lane but Keith Pedersen’s WE GOT IT COVERED swallowed up the tired pacesetter at the sixteenth pole to win in 1:18.91 to give Keith Pedersen a training double and Amadeo Perez a riding triple. Willow Creek Farms BOWCHICKAWOWWOW rallied strongly through the lane to just nip AVE’S IN COMMAND out of the runner-up spot.
The Owners standings has the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company remaining on top with 13 wins and Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds are second with 10 triumphs. Rob and Sheena Maybin are in third with 7 victories.
The Jockeys standings continues to see Amadeo Perez leading with 39, Scott Williams is next with 30 and Efrain Hernandez is in third with 23 and Silvino Morales is fourth with 22.
The Trainers standings has Glen Todd with 14 victories followed by Christine Ammann and Barbara Heads who are tied with 13 and Mark Cloutier moved into fourth 12 wins.
The handle for the day came in at $540,155.
Racing resumes Sunday with another nine race program that gets underway at 3:00 pm.