Hall Of Fame Trainer Troy Taylor Makes It a New Westminster Hat-Trick
July 14, 2013
Vancouver, B.C. (July 14/13) – For a third consecutive year trainer Troy Taylor was in the winner’s circle celebrating a victory in the $50,000 New Westminster stakes at Hastings Racecourse Sunday afternoon.
Heavily-favoured Deviance answered the call of leading rider Aaron Gryder by winning the 6 ½ furlongs test for 2-year-olds in a final time of 1:18.96. Deviance rallied three wide entering the final turn and beat Three Way Trade by a neck, paying $3.50, $2.60 and $2.10.
“I just had to encourage him a little bit,” Gryder said. “He responded like I hoped he would.” It was the 39th running of the New Westminster, a race Taylor won with Bridge Jumper last year and Herecomelucky in 2011.
Two-year-olds were also in the spotlight earlier when Ole’s Miss won the $50,000 Boulevard Casino over 6 ½ furlongs for fillies. With Scott Williams up for trainer Tracy McCarthy, Ole’s Miss trailed the five-horse field entering the first turn but finished 1 ¼ lengths in front Architecture in a final time of 1:18.40. Ole’s Miss paid $10.40, $5.00 and $2.80.
A huge Sunday afternoon crowd enjoyed the 5th annual Wiener Dog races with Vancouver-owned “Roger” surviving the eight heats over two days to win the Top Dog championship. “He loves running,” said a jubilant owner Nancy Spikula. “We’ll be back next year to defend the title.”