Hastings Racing Wrap-up for Monday, July 26th by the Man with No Name

The Champions of 2020 are Crowned

It was an absolutely fantastic evening of racing under the brilliant sunshine with warm temperatures from 26°C to 22°C throughout the card with a slight breeze cooling our equine and human athletes.

The racing surface was tight and very fast, seemingly playing fair for all with an even mixture of pace setting and come from behind winners.

As to the Pick 5 and Pick 6, they both carried over in the amounts of $167,999.52 and $15,292.42 and are up for the taking at the next racing day, which is tomorrow, July 27th. See you there!

The Best in the Class of 2020 received their awards in the paddock during the first several races in a scaled down pandemic friendly event with the hope that next year things will return to normal and the usual gala awards ceremony will be held.

Our 2020 Champions are listed below:

Leading Jockey:

Amadeo Perez



Leading Trainers:


Mark Cloutier

Glen Todd


Leading Owner:


North American Thoroughbred Horse Company


Breeder of the Winner of the Sadie Diamond Futurity:


Christine Elena Ammann, breeder of Rea Mea


Breeder of the winner of the Jack Diamond Futurity:


Tamara Baker, breeder of Foot Soldier


Champion Juvenile Sire:

Lent (Jim & Sandra Loseth owners)


Champion Sire:

Bakken (Bakken Syndicate owner)


Broodmare of the Year:


Strangelove (Christine Ammann owner)


Leading Breeder:


Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett


Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Open Division:

Rea Mea

Owner: Christine Ammann

Trainer: Christine Ammann

Breeder: Christine Elena Ammann

Champion 2-Year-Old Male Open Division:


Foot Soldier

Owner: Tamara Baker

Trainer: Milton Palma

Breeder: Tamara Baker


Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Open Division


Miss Prospector

Owner: North American Thoroughbred Horse Company

Trainer: Glen Todd

Breeder: Bret Christopherson


Champion 3-Year-Old Male Open Division:



Owner: Russell J. and Lois Bennett

Trainer: Barbara Heads

Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett


Champion Older Filly/Mare Open Division:


Here’s Hannah

Owner: B C Stables

Trainer: John D. Morrison

Breeder: B.C. Stables


Claimer of the Year:


Stay Fantastic

Owner: Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Christine Ammann

Breeder: Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds


Champion Older Male Open Division:


Stay Fantastic

Owner: Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Christine Ammann

Breeder: Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds


Open Horse of the Year:


Stay Fantastic

Owner: Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Christine Ammann

Breeder: Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds



    • Second Leading rider Antonio Reyes scores a triple.
    • Leading Jockey Efrain Hernandez gets a double.
  • Sir Bregovic wins the Feature and 4th race in a row.
  • The mutuel handle was a respectable $573,785.63.
  • The Pick 5 and Pick 6 both carried over to the tune of $167,999.52 and $15,292.42, respectively.

Run Lola Run Can Really Run


The first on the program, a maiden allowance optional claiming event went in the direction of the lightly raced, good looking, well named three-year-old filly Run Lola Run (3.00, 2.10, 2.10).

Jockey Antonio Reyes was content to let Run Lola Run move away from the gate at her own speed with a minimum amount of urging. Reyes thereafter held the rail position just back of the leaders, which was working very well until the top of the backstretch where things appeared to get a little tight causing Reyes to sharply take back on his filly, losing several lengths of position in the process. Run Lola Run recovered nicely and continued stalking the pace until the final turn where she took up chase in earnest, finally catching the leading Arikara just before the wire and pulling away to win by two lengths. The pace setting Countess Cat held on for third to complete the triactor.

Run Lola Run, who is owned by the partnership of George and Donna Gilbert, Larry Potozny and Maria Godart, is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Barb Heads. The dazzling shine on the filly’s coat was supplied courtesy of groom Diana Conception.

Run Lola Run is by Tapizar out of Chainsmoknsuprmodl by Super Saver and was bred in Kentucky by Charles P. Merrick III.

The running time for the 6.5 furlongs was a decent 1:17.73.


Princess Soiree is No Longer a Maiden


Yes, it was graduation day for Terry Clyde’s handsome three-year-old bay filly Princess Soiree (12.60, 3.70, 2.30) who led the field of 4/5K maiden fillies and mares from wire to wire winning by a 1 ¾ length margin.

Hastings current leading rider Efrain Hernandez hustled Princess Soiree right to the lead from the gate turning back the early challenge of Wild Woman and the later challenge of No Tan Lines to establish a clear lead entering the home stretch, which proved to be enough to hold off the charging crowd favourite Humboldtstrong (.50 to 1).

Princess Soiree is trained by the hard-working veteran conditioner Cindy Krasner, who receives able training assistance from Tracy McNeil. Cindy Krasner doubles as Princess Soiree’s groom.

Princess Soiree is by Paynter out of Crazy Party by A.P. Indy and was bred in Kentucky by Baumann Stables & Mark Bivins.

The time for the 1 1/16th journey was a quick (considering the division) 1:46.73, which proved to be 1/5th of a second faster than the maiden boys who ran in the race to follow.

 Johnny B Goode Tonight


Yes indeed, Johnny was good tonight and so was his pilot Silvino Morales. Silvino and Johnny sat a patient trip for the first six furlongs allowing the pace setters Northern Kid and Debatable to battle for the race leadership. On the far turn Johnny made a bold move to the outside of the leaders and quickly put the race away leaving too much for second place finisher Uptown Funky Cat to do. At the wire Johnny won by 1½ lengths in a time of 1:46.96.

Johnny is a bay three-year-old Kentucky bred by Animal Kingdom out of Humor Me Molly. He is trained by the effective Dino Condilenios and is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc.

Johnny looked great in the summer evening thanks to Stewart Fisher who provides grooming services.

As the favourite he returned 5.10, 3.30 and 2.20 across the board.

Big Win for Little Groot


In horse racing there is an old expression “pace makes the race”, however, in this case despite setting a fairly quick pace (45 3/5) Little Groot never looked vulnerable and the back markers had no chance.

Antonio Reyes took Little Groot to a short lead out of the gate and gradually extended that lead down the back stretch and far turn before exerting authority down the lane to win by a solid 3 ½ lengths in a quick time of 1:17.22. Clearly letting the whole field know “I am Groot”.

Little Groot is conditioned by the very sharp Patty Leaney, who is one of the very few trainers at Hastings Park who brings in a flat bet profit if you just bet on all her horses and all their starts over the past five years.

Little Groot’s dark bay coat shone like a mirror in the paddock complements of his groom and personal stylist Jaymie Pearman.

Little Groot is a five-year-old gelding by Harbor the Gold and is out of Arlington Getaway by Speightstown.

He is owned by Joe and Gloria Russo and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by Peter Redekop BC Ltd.

Fairly popular at the mutuels, he returned 7.00, 4.20, and 2.80 across the board.

Runs As Required for a Good Win


In life and horse racing if you are going to be successful, you have to dig deep and do As Required. Both the rider Efrain Hernandez and As Required demonstrated that in Monday’s fifth race.

As Required was away alertly and tracked the leaders from a couple of lengths back through the first turn and down the back stretch. On the far turn she crept closer and was within a length at the head of the lane.

Both she and Efrain realized that the leaders weren’t stopping and to get a win needed a special effort. That effort was provided “as required” for a hard earned ½ length victory in a time of 1:18.56.

As Required is a three-year-old bay Kentucky bred filly by First Samurai out of Walton Place and was bred by T/C Stable, LLC. She is owned by Hastings Racecourse’s leading owner, The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and trained by the highly successful Hall of Fame member Glen Todd.

She was superbly turned out on the track compliments of top groom Mallory Edgar.

At the windows she returned a surprisingly high payout of 18.90, 4.30, 3.20 across the board, considering the connections.

 Sir Bregovic is One Tough Horse


The penultimate and feature of the evening, an open allowance optional 35/43.5K claiming event was won by the superb running, grand looking five-year-old gelding with a perfect 2021 record, Sir Bregovic (5.90, 3.30, 2.50).

Rider Jose Sanchez was able to get Sir Bregovic off to a great beginning, taking the lead and in the process laying down very rapid fractions of 22.18, 45.00, and 1:08.70, all the while being pursued by a tenacious Cascade Billy. At the head of the lane Cascade Billy got his head in front of Sir Bregovic and appeared to have the best of him, however, in and amazing turn of events, both Sanchez and his mount found more, fighting back and retaking the lead just before the wire, then holding off the late charge of Porter Gent to nail down the victory by a 1/2 length at the finish. Porter Gent was a head in front of Cascade Billy who also ran a tremendous race in defeat.

Sir Bregovic, who won his fourth in a row, is owned by Shawn Strachan and Karen Strachan and is trained by the veteran conditioner James (Jim) Strachan, who also doubles as his groom.

Sir Bregovic is by Sir Gallovic out of Trippi Bree by Trippi and was bred in Beautiful British Columbia by his owners Shawn & Karen Strachan.

The running time for the 6.5 furlongs was an extremely rapid and fastest of the year 1:15.65, only 3/5th of a second off the track record for the distance.

Richards Command Takes the Night Cap


The final contest of the evening, a 4/5K claimer for fillies and mares non-winner of two races lifetime was won in a dramatic come from behind fashion by the Hastings Racing Club’s gallant, determined, hard trying three-year-old filly Richards Command (4.50, 2.70, 2.20).

Antonio Reyes wisely and skillfully rated Richards Command well off the quick early pace (22.23), taking a position near the back of the pack until the far turn when he asked for more. As the field rounded the final turn, it was clear that Reyes had a ton of horse in reserve but nowhere to go as a wall of horses impeded his path forward. What happened next came down to the nerve and determination of both Reyes and Richards Command with maybe a little bit of help from namesake the dearly departed original Club manager Richard Yates, as the pair weaved their way through the pack, splitting the front runners by using the narrowest of openings and finally prevailing by an ever-increasing head at the finish line over Bakfire Baby, The Kat’s Back and Heart of Texas, who all ran great races and were within 1 ¼ lengths of one another at the finish.

Richards Command is trained by the capable veteran conditioner Keith Pedersen. For rider Antonio Reyes, the win yielded a hat trick, leaving Reyes only six victories off the hot pace of leading rider Efrain Hernandez.

The brilliant sheen on Richards Command’s coat was provided by ace groom Kim Etok.

Richards Command is by Second in Command out of Miss Juicey by Trajectory and was bred in Super Fabulous British Columbia by Jim Alendal.

It should be noted that the winner’s circle saw approximately 100 Club members in attendance to have their photo taken alongside their fantastic filly Richards Command. A very refreshing and welcome sight to see during these difficult pandemic times, perhaps we will soon see an end to it all.



After 21 days of racing, the Leaderboard looks like this:



North American Thoroughbred Horse Company continues in first place with 14 scores, followed next by Russell J. and Lois Bennett with 9 victories and Willow Creek Farms is third with 6 wins.


Efrain Hernandez is on top with 33 wins, Antonio Reyes is second with 27 trips to the winner’s circle, followed by Amadeo Perez with 25 victories.



Barbara Heads leads with 17 wins. Glen Todd is next with 15 victories, and Steve Henson is in third place with 12 wins.


Race 1 1 – Bold as Brass
4 – Guns N Ammo
3 – We’re in Command
1 – Bold as Brass
4 – Guns N Ammo
2 – Mud Poet
Race 2 4 – Smart Lad
2 – Finding Ways
3 – Bobs Buddy
4 – Smart Lad
3 – Bobs Buddy
2 – Finding Ways
Race 3 6 – Three Day Bender
2 – Vancouver’s Hunter
3 – Country Cowboy
2 – Vancouver’s Hunter
6 – Three Day Bender
4 – Mt Seymour
Race 4 7 – Set to Shine
4 – Slew’s Da Boss
3 – Under Par
3 – Under Par
4 – Slew’s Da Boss
7 – Set to Shine
Race 5 4 – Foot Soldier
2 – Pay My Way
5 – One Fifty One
4 – Foot Soldier
2 – Pay My Way
5 – One Fifty One
Race 6 3 – Queen of Attitude
8 – Definite Pleasure
4 – Fly Away
7 – Hollywood Mistress
3 – Queen of Attitude
8 – Definite Pleasure
Race 7 3 – Alway’s a Knight
1 – Make’n Tracks
6 – Ave’s in Command
1 – Make’n Tracks
3 – Alway’s a Knight
5 – Golden Tiger
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

England’s ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Meeting Begins Tuesday

Tuesday, the remarkable Stradivarius attempts a fifth consecutive Goodwood Cup (G1) at 2 miles; Wednesday features the Sussex Stakes (G1).

A plethora of Group races, including three Group 1s, await fans who will descend on Goodwood Racecourse in England for the Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 27-31.

Tuesday’s opening feature is the two-mile Goodwood Cup and the ageless seven-year-old stallion STRADIVARIUS is the star runner.

Five-time Champion Trainer John Gosden described Stradivarius to be “very much part of the family” as he prepares to try and win an historic fifth Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Tuesday.

The horse will not get a rematch with Subjectivist, his conqueror in last month’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, as that rival has been retired due to injury.

He said, “He didn’t have much of a race at Ascot so that race didn’t seem to knock him back too far physically. He’s won four Goodwood Cups in a row which takes some doing. It’s going to be a fascinating race with some very nice horses turning up and you’re always going to need some luck in running around Goodwood given it’s not exactly a big, open galloping track. It’s quintessentially different, rolling in and out, left, right and has cambers. It should make for an exciting day on Tuesday.”

Having arrived at Clarehaven Stables in 2016, Stradivarius has been a key part of the Gosden team for six years and his trainer paid tribute to his longevity and toughness.

Gosden said: “He’s been a pleasure and a lot of fun to train through the years but as a 7-year-old full horse, he probably knows a great deal more about the game than I do! He’s very much part of the family here – we had Enable with us until she was a 6-year-old and him until he is seven. It doesn’t normally happen with full horses like him. Everyone enjoys his company, and he checks everything in and out from his box and he knows Clarehaven inside and out. He enjoys going out on the Heath and shouting at the other strings!”

Wednesday is the prestigious SUSSEX STAKES (G1) at one mile. POETIC FLARE, trained by Jim Bolger, is a heavy favourite off his wins in the 2,000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

On Thursday, the Group 1 Nassau Stakes on ‘Ladies’ Day’ is a 1 1/4 mile event for fillies and mares and the leading contenders are Mother Earth and Lady Bowthorpe.

Races will be offered for watching and wagering in Canada on HPIBet.com.

*At ASCOT on July 24, Cazoo (Epsom) Derby (G1) winner ADAYAR doubled up with an impressive victory in the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1). The three-year-old son of Frankel defeated Saudi Cup (G1) winner Mishriff and top filly Love.

Jockey William Buick commented immediately after the race, “I’m speechless to be honest. He gives you the feel of endless power and it’s a privilege to ride a horse like this because they don’t come around very often.

“(Trainer) Charlie (Appleby) wasn’t worried about the ground and good horses can adapt and that’s exactly what this horse did. It was a very simple race to ride once he dropped his head. When I picked him up he was instant and relentless until the line.”

Adayar will now be pointed to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

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The Thoroughbred Ladies Club of British Columbia would like to remind
interested applicants for the 2021 Higher Education Scholarships that
all applications must be postmarked by July 31 and received no later
than Monday, August 2, 2021.

Call Barbara Williams 604-542-8951 or Linda Sentes 604-318-7949 for more information. We look forward to your submissions.

Smell Can Affect Horses’ Feeding Preferences

Using anise-scented oats, researchers found a significant relationship between olfactory stimuli and feeding preference in horses.

Have you ever had a horse refuse to eat a certain feed, treat, or supplement? If so, he might not like the way it smells. 

While plenty of studies exist on horses’ flavor preferences, little consideration has been given to horses’ preferences for smell. For example, researchers have shown that anise increases the palatability of equine feed products but have not tested its olfactory impact. So in a recent study, Erin Perry, MS, PhD, associate professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her fellow researchers looked at the impact of anise as an olfactory stimulant on feed preference and feeding behavior. She presented their findings at the Equine Science Society’s 2021 virtual symposium.

The researchers compared the olfactory effect of anise oil or corn oil (as a control) on study horses’ preference to consume oats. Horses had access to two feeding bunks. Each bunk contained feeding pans with preweighed amounts of crimped oats. The pans were placed atop gauze squares that contained either corn oil or anise oil. These gauze squares emitted odor into the feed bunk.

The researchers tracked how long it took horses to finish (consume at least 75% of the feed in one bunk) the oats. They also monitored preference and interest in the different treatments. The team described preference as a higher number of sniffing episodes or greater consumption. In particular, they looked at which feed bunk horses sniffed and consumed, first action, aversive behaviors, and excessive salivation (saliva coating the outer lips or dripping from the corners of the mouth while chewing). Extreme head extension, retracted lips, gaping mouth, full tongue protrusion, backward rotation of the ears, and feed rejection were examples of aversive behaviors.

The researchers found that the horses in the trial sniffed the anise first and consumed the anise first significantly more frequently than the controls. They also finished the oats with the anise aroma before the corn-oil-scented oats and ate a significantly greater quantity of anise-scented oats. Perry said one observation of interest was that the horses were significantly more likely to sniff the diets upon receiving them rather than consume them immediately without sniffing first.

The researchers concluded that a highly significant relationship exists between olfactory stimuli and feeding preference in horses. While more work is needed to determine thresholds and sensitivities to novel aromas, knowing that aroma can have a significant effect on feed acceptance has implications for feed and supplement manufacturers as well as owners dealing with picky eaters. It might also be of importance to veterinarians when working with horses that have conditions leading to inappetence.

If you’re interested in viewing presentations from the 2021 Equine Science Society Virtual Symposium, you can register for the Symposium until Aug. 2, 2021, and recordings are available for viewing until Sept. 3, 2021.

About The Author


Clair Thunes, PhD, is an equine nutritionist who owns Summit Equine Nutrition, based in Gilbert, Arizona. She works as a consultant with owners/trainers and veterinarians across the United States and globally to take the guesswork out of feeding horses and provides services to select companies. As a nutritionist she works with all equids, from WEG competitors to Miniature donkeys and everything in between. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Edinburgh University, in Scotland, and her master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Growing up, she competed in a wide array of disciplines and was an active member of the U.K. Pony Club. Today, she serves as the district commissioner for the Salt River Pony Club.