Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 1/14) – Jockey Richard Hamel won the first three CTHS (BC) $50,000 stakes races at Hastings Racecourse Monday afternoon and came within a whisker of making it a clean sweep of all four. Not by a nose, as it will be registered on the official form chart, but by a whisker … or as one veteran observer described it: “A nose hair!”
“I thought I had won it,” Hamel said later. “But it was a great day.”
Hamel was aboard Goliath in the fourth stakes of the day for 3-year-old colts and geldings over a mile and sixteenth and despite a dramatic charge in the deep stretch, they were unable to catch Wonder World at the wire.
For the longest while it appeared the finish might have been a dead heat but Wonder World with Keishan Balgobin in the irons got the nod by the slimmest of margins in a final time of 1:45.78. Wonder World, trained by Carl Lausten for owners Clive and Linda Lytle, paid $10.70, $5.00 and $3.80.
Hamel got off to a rousing start by winning the first two races on the Labour Day card with back-to-back stakes victories on favourites Lord Rosberg and Irish Lyric. It was a rare daily double in the sense both horses were from the same mare, Irish Delta and bred by long-time breeders, the Ditloff family.
Hamel struck again on Finality’s Charmer in the sixth race and had a large closing-day PNE Fair crowd buzzing at the prospect of him winning all four stakes.
Lord Rosberg scored an impressive three and a half length win for trainer Pat Jarvis over Forestry’s Devil in the 2-year-old colts and geldings division. Lord Rosberg traveled the six and one half furlongs in a final time of 1:18:51. Hamel’s win on Irish Lyric for trainer Patty Leaney came in a mile and sixteenth test for 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:45.77.
Finality’s Charmer trained by Craig MacPherson, was in cruise control in a seven-horse field of 2-year-old fillies over six and one half furlongs. Finality’s Charmer won it by three lengths in a final time of 1:17.85.
MacPherson, leading trainer at Hastings Racecourse with 29 wins this year, said later: “It’s fun to train 2-year-olds but you have to be patient. She took the lead early today and did everything that was asked of her.”
FINISH LINES: Leading rider Amadeo Perez won on He’s Big Time in the third and maintains a comfortable lead (73-56) over Hamel in the jockey standings … Apprentice jockey Corrine Andros suffered an injury prior to the eighth race when she was thrown by Luvmocha at the starting gate. Andros was taken by ambulance to hospital with undetermined injuries … The CTHS (BC) Yearling & Mixed Sale is set for Thunderbird Show Park in Langley on Tuesday, Sept. 9 with a 2:00 p.m. start … Live racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse Saturday and Sunday at 1:50 p.m. The excitement continues to build for the biggest and richest racing event of the local thoroughbred season: BC Derby Day on Sunday, Sept. 14 (12:50 p.m. start).