Vancouver, B.C. (June 25/17) – There wasn’t much dazzling about Daz Lin Dawn’s $2.20 payoff for a winning ticket Sunday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse.
But it clearly didn’t bother part owner and trainer Nancy Betts to see the star of her stable score a seven-length victory in the $50,000 Emerald Downs Handicap.
“I have waited 30 years to have a horse like her,” Betts had said prior to Sunday’s third straight stakes win by the daunting three-year-old filly purchased in the 2015 CTHS Yearling & Mixed Sale for $15,000.
With Sunday’s win worth $32,500, her career earnings have hit $134,150.
Daz Lin Dawn’s performance in the Emerald Downs was typical, having won the BC Cup Dogwood and Ross McLeod earlier this year by 8 ¾ lengths and 6 ¾ lengths, respectively.
Sunday’s seven-length victory was a touch more dramatic when jockey Richard Hamel had to urge Daz Lin Dawn to pay attention after trailing the four-horse field early in the 6 ½ furlong dash. “You always get a little concerned because you never know if your horse is going to pick up the bit when you ask them to,” Hamel said in the winner’s circle. “ She sure did today … she’s something special.” Daz Lin Dawn finished he day’s work in 1:16.58.
It was Hamel’s third win on the card’s opening three races Sunday and with a fourth later in the day he overtook David Lopez for the lead in the jockey standings. The veteran riding rivals head into Canada Day Weekend at Hastings Saturday and Sunday with Hamel sporting 25 wins compared to 24 for Lopez.
A pair of $75,000 stakes highlight next weekend’s cards: the Lt. Governors for three-year-olds & up on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Monashee for fillies and mares three-years-old & up.

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Darren MacDonald
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