Wednesday September 15th Hastings Racecourse Recap
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After a hugely successful CTHS yearling sale on Tuesday we resumed racing at Hastings Racecourse under sunny skies with a six race program.
The opener went to Don Danard and Mel Snow’s ALWAY’S A KNIGHT ($6.20) who sat perfectly in behind the speed on the rail under rider Silvino Morales for opening six panels then on the final bend he popped out into the two path to challenge and eventually ran down a very stubborn PITCH COUNT at the wire in a solid 1:44.90. ALWAY’S A KNIGHT was claimed for $5,000 by Robbie Thacker and trainer Julie Wicks. The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s PITCH COUNT set all the fractions leading through quick splits of 23.88, 47.50 and 1:12.22 opened up on the stretch turn and battled gamely to the finish but just got nailed on the line. Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa’s BETATHANABOYFRIEND made a nice rally late to get third.
The second started off the Pick 5 with the carryover of over $530,000 and leading throughout was Harold and Sandra Barroby’s IT’S IN COMMAND ($15.60) who broke well and set sensible fractions of 22.59 and 45.98 over the lightning fast strip and took a clear lead to the stretch and had enough left to secure the victory winning by just over a length in 1:17.58. Rob and Sheena Maybin’s MASTER EWEN sat a nice trip in third and was making good headway in the stretch but ran out of real estate and ended up second under Romario Saunders. Sandra and Harold Barroby’s SIR BARCLAY ran a much improved race showing speed and laying second in behind his stablemate and stayed on well to be third.
The third of the day went to the MJD Stable’s STEVIE’S SONG ($7.40) who earned every bit of the victory as she battled through quick fractions 22.46 and 45.48 and grinded out a game win under Jose Sanchez for trainer Demetris Topouzis in a swift 1:18.02. The BFA Holdings CUSHMAN ROAD was away brilliantly took command under Efrain Hernandez but was under pressure throughout and raced gamely and just got caught nearing the wire and had to settle for second. George Gilbert’s TAKE CHARGE GWEN settled off of the early leaders but couldn’t quite gain enough late and ended up a close third.
The fourth was easily taken down by Katherine Anderson and Edgar Mendoza’s AVE’S IN COMMAND ($4.80) who used his excellent speed to build up a big lead early galloping through fractions of 24.29, 48.46 and 1:13.31 and when asked by Antonio Reyes he quickly drew away and cruised to a convincing win in 1:45.61. Patty Leaney’s HEARTSET sat a nice trip off of the early speed and tried to put a scare into the winner but couldn’t stay with him and easily held second. Thr Last Call Racing Stable and Cathy Bornn’s SIMPLY GOLDEN spent the entire trip on the rail and managed to get up for third money.
The fifth race was won by Russ and Lois Bennett’s BOLD AS BRASS ($9.60) who had a perfect trip sitting off the pace on the rail early and then on the backstretch Antonio Reyes snuck through on the fence to gain command approaching the far turn and held his advantage to the wire for trainer Barbara Heads in 1:18.17. The Blue Willow Dairy’s DAPHNE set the early tempo which was comfortable (22.77, 46.18) drifted out slightly down the backside and lost the lead but continued to run on gamely to the finish for trainer Dave Forster and Learie Seecharan. Brian Kozak’s WHISKEY TALK didn’t get the best of trips early which led to him being a little farther back but Efrain Hernandez dove to the rail in mid race and rallied up the inside to be third.
The last of the evening was won by Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s OMBRE ROSE ($4.80) who led the field on a merry chase through decent early splits of 24.07, 47.28 and 1:12.55 then drew off to win smartly in 1:47.10 under Learie Seecharan for trainer Mark Cloutier. Rob and Sheena Maybin’s DONE THAT sat well back off the early pace and closed up nicely to get the runner-up cheque under apprentice Angela Straight. Terry Clyde’s PRINCESS SOIREE attended the pace early and stayed on to be third.
BC breds won all six races.
The Pick 5 carried over again and sits at $542,152.
The Pick 6 was hit and the patron took home $34,830.
The handle was $205,769.
Jose Sanchez and Antonio Reyes had riding doubles.
OWNER’S STANDINGS :
North American Thoroughbred Horse Company : 15
Willow Creek Farms : 15
Russ and Lois Bennett : 14
Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds : 12
JOCKEY’S STANDINGS :
Antonio Reyes : 55
Efrain Hernandez : 49
Alex Marti : 37
TRAINER’S STANDINGS :
Barbara Heads : 29
Steve Henson : 24
Glen Todd : 16
Christine Ammann : 16
Racing resumes tomorrow Thursday, September 16th with a six race card that gets started at 3:45 p.m. local time.