Here’s a small preview of what to expect tomorrow, by Tommy Wolski’s Sport of Kings TV.

First race is at 12:20 noon.  Hastings has put together a 10 race card on what has become the signature day on the racing calendar here in Vancouver.  There’s even a possibility of a Pick 5 carryover, if no punter snags the $10,308 that was carried over from Saturday.  With most of the main US tracks dark on Monday, TVG will be airing all of the races live, giving Hastings some good exposure to horseplayers across the continent.

1st Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (12:20 pm) 

6 1/2 Furlongs Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Nursery S.. FOR TWO YEAR OLD, BC BRED COLTS AND GELDINGS

# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Simon Templar (BC) 6/1 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 113 2 C L Terry D. Clyde
2 Royal Victor (BC) 4/1 Richard Harvey Hamel 113 2 C L Robert VanOverschot
3 Joint Choice (BC) 7/2 Keveh Nicholls 113 2 G L Craig MacPherson
4 Banner Blossom (BC) 10/1 Amadeo Perez 113 2 C William La Vanway
5 Herescomelucky (BC) 1/1 Mario Gutierrez 120 2 G L Elizabeth E. Stolzenberg
6 Mr Jigsaw (BC) 10/1 Chad Hoverson 113 2 C L Brian J. O’Connell

In what seems to be an open stakes, #1 Simon Templar had a decent effort in his maiden race and looks to improve.  #2 Royal Victor should also be showing some improved form, and gets a jockey change with Richard Hamel.

2nd Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (12:50 pm)

6 1/2 Furlongs Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Sprint H.. FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD FOALED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Don’twaitforme (BC) 2/1 Amadeo Perez 118 4 G L Robert VanOverschot
2 Cherokee Notion (BC) 8/5 Mario Gutierrez 120 4 G L Troy Taylor
3 Sense Of Humor (BC) 8/1 Jorge Espitia 116 4 G L Mel Snow
4 Prince Intent (BC) 6/1 Richard Harvey Hamel 118 4 G L Troy Taylor
5 Classic Alley Kat (BC) 5/2 Mario Gutierrez 117 5 M L Elizabeth E. Stolzenberg

Although it’s a short field, this race is by no means a given for Cherokee Notion. #5 Classic Alley Kat will be taking on the boys in this one, and although she didn’t have much success vs open company last fall, trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg has been absolutely crushing this Hastings meet, winning at an incredible rate of 41%.


4th Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (1:52 pm)

STAKES. 1 1/8 Mile Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Distaff H.. FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD, FILLIES AND MARES FOALED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Rainbowsinthewood (BC) 15/1 Jorge Espitia 105 6 M L Sylvea Gregory
2 Dashing Daisy (BC) 5/2 Mario Gutierrez 116 5 M L Troy Taylor
3 Finality Philly (BC) 4/1 Isaias Cardenas 116 4 F L Elizabeth E. Stolzenberg
4 Wando Woman (BC) 4/5 Francisco Perez Fuentes 123 4 F L Cindy Krasner
5 P. S. Touch Down (BC) 8/1 David Wilson 115 5 M L Cindy Krasner
6 Dearest Princess (BC) 12/1 Marlo Dunn 112 4 F L Mel Snow

2011 has been quite the year for #4 Wando Woman so far.  She’s firmly established herself as one of the top female runners at Hastings, winning both sprints and routes in dramatic fashion.  Still, none of these horses have won at the distance of 1 1/8 mile yet, so we could well see  an upset.  The question is, who?


5th Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (2:24 pm)

STAKES. 6 1/2 Furlongs Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Debutante S.. FOR TWO YEAR OLD, BC BRED FILLIES

# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Hillingdon (BC) 6/1 Amadeo Perez 113 2 F L Dino K. Condilenios
2 Undo It (BC) 8/1 David Wilson 113 2 F L Terry D. Clyde
3 Eleadora (BC) 5/1 Richard Harvey Hamel 113 2 F L Steve Henson
4 What A Score (BC) 12/1 Marlo Dunn 113 2 F L Mel Snow
5 Waif (BC) 6/1 Francisco Perez Fuentes 113 2 F L Dino K. Condilenios
6 Gabigotherway (BC) 7/2 Pedro V. Alvarado 117 2 F L John D. Morrison
7 Classy Kiridashi (BC) 10/1 Isaias Cardenas 113 2 F L Troy Taylor
8 Sunnyside Gal (BC) 5/2 Mario Gutierrez 113 2 F L Troy Taylor
9 Cono Sur (BC) 15/1 Chad Hoverson 113 2 F L Robert J. Anderson

This is probably the most difficult race on the card, at least from a handicapping perspective.  Any ideas ?

 

7th Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (3:36 pm)

STAKES. 1 1/16 Mile Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Dogwood H.

# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Camino (BC) 4/1 Francisco Perez Fuentes 119 3 F L James R. Brown
2 La Bronca (BC) 15/1 Amadeo Perez 114 3 F L Claire Hills-Silva
3 Nicotiana (BC) 10/1 Marlo Dunn 116 3 F L Mel Snow
4 Aquatic (BC) 12/1 Chad Hoverson 113 3 F L Dino K. Condilenios
5 Luisina (BC) 15/1 David Wilson 115 3 F L Garry Saitz
6 Pigtails (BC) 6/1 Isaias Cardenas 117 3 F L Dino K. Condilenios
7 La Belle Rose (BC) 10/1 Keveh Nicholls 116 3 F L William La Vanway
8 Victory With Class (BC) 3/1 Richard Harvey Hamel 121 3 F L Terry D. Clyde
9 Tecolote (BC) 9/2 Mario Gutierrez 118 3 F L o David Forster
10 Dina Light (BC) 6/1 Pedro V. Alvarado 118 3 F L Terry D. Clyde
11 Princesses Rule (BC) 15/1 Jorge Espitia 109 3 F L Barbara Heads

A competitive race to kick off the late Pick 4.  It’s tough to narrow the field down here, as there are probably 4-5 runners that could take this race.  #1 Camino is exiting an allowance race where she showed tremendous turn of foot to win her first route, but may not like the rail spot here.  Morning line favourite #8 Victory with Class was sent off at odds of 21-1 in the Supernaturel, so it’s abit surprising to see her drop to 3-1 today.  To her credit, she did have a sharp workout on July 24th.  #9 Tecolote has been showing steady improvement in her last 4 races, and fired a bullet work on July 23rd.

8th Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (4:11 pm)STAKES. 1 1/16 Mile Dirt. Purse $50,000. British Columbia Cup Stellar’s Jay H.. FOR THREE YEAR OLD BC BRED COLTS AND GELDINGS.
# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Too Much Dirt (BC) 7/2 Richard Harvey Hamel 119 3 C L Craig MacPherson
2 Tarue Grit (BC) 15/1 Mario Gutierrez 116 3 G L Lenore Dubois
3 Funny Face (BC) 12/1 Amadeo Perez 115 3 G L James Ellickson
4 Profit’s Star (BC) 20/1 Jorge Espitia 112 3 G L Garry Saitz
5 Stormy Canuck (BC) 8/1 Isaias Cardenas 117 3 G L b Toni Cloutier
6 Matchabull (BC) 15/1 David Wilson 114 3 G L Craig MacPherson
7 Silver City Sam (BC) 12/1 Francisco Perez Fuentes 114 3 G Tak Inouye
8 Jump Up And Kissme (BC) 8/5 Keveh Nicholls 122 3 G L Philip Hall
9 Goldfire (BC) 15/1 Chad Hoverson 112 3 G L Barbara Heads
10 Gentle Joe (BC) 20/1 Marlo Dunn 110 3 G L John Snow
11 Herbie D (BC) 9/2 Pedro V. Alvarado 116 3 G L Robert Gilker

The favourite has taken this race 10 out the last 13 editions, with the average mutuel being an underwhelming $6.81.  I think we’re due for a bigger price, and this might be the year.  In what’s likely a preview for the BC Derby, I think there’s a fair chance of a contested pace.  Two longshots worth considering here might be #2 Tarue Grit and #9 Goldfire.  Leading rider Mario Gutierrez gets the call on #2 Tarue Grit, who was a game 3rd in his last race.  #9 Goldfire has not raced since June 5, but just might be one of those horses that hits the board at a massive price.

9th Race - Hastings – Monday, August 1st, 2011 (4:45 pm)STAKES. 1 1/8 Mile Dirt. Purse $50,000. Redekop British Columbia Cup Classic H.. FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD FOALED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
# Horse Odds Jockey Wgt A/S M/E Trainer
1 Ganbei (BC) 12/1 Jorge Espitia 114 5 G L Mel Snow
2 Trick Of The North (BC) 8/1 David Wilson 115 10 G L Barbara Heads
3 Lornefivehundred (BC) 15/1 Amadeo Perez 112 5 G L Robert Maybin
4 Victor’s Magic (BC) 12/1 Keveh Nicholls 114 4 G L Steve Henson
5 Tommy Danzigger (BC) 10/1 Marlo Dunn 114 5 G L Robert Gilker
6 Spaghetti Mouse (BC) 2/1 Pedro V. Alvarado 119 9 G L Lenore Dubois
7 Majesticality (BC) 6/1 Richard Harvey Hamel 116 4 G L Barbara Heads
8 Almost Time (BC) 7/5 Francisco Perez Fuentes 120 5 G L Dino K. Condilenios

Much has already been written about #6 Spaghetti Mouse’s drive to 1 million in earnings.  If he were to win, however, he’d be making BC Cup history also.  To date, there has not been a three time winner of the BC Cup Classic.  Arctic Son (98,99) and Lord Nelson (01, 03) have come close, with two victories each.  Age does not seem to be an issue here, with 8 and 9 year olds taking this race in recent years.  #1 Ganbei is another horse to keep an eye on here.  Although he hasn’t hit the board in 2011, he’s seems to be in good form and I would expect something from him.  #8 Almost Time deserves respect, but will be a difficult wager at even money or less.

3 comments

  1. greg
    August 1, 2011

    Eleadora in race 5 got bet early last time and came running late behind a standout winner. Any improvement today would make her tough.

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  2. greg
    August 1, 2011

    Got scratched but watch for this horse next time out.

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  3. Kevin Liang
    August 1, 2011

    thanks..will keep an eye out for this horse… looks like BC Cup was a success for the track, rare to see handle go over a million dollars (certainly nice to see)

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