HorseRacing Central – June 21st, 2013



Not that they were aware of it but those horses working out at Hastings Racecourse early Thursday morning were doing so in front of a whole new audience.

An estimated 150 members of the B.C. Lions Waterboys Club were celebrating their 10th anniversary over a delightful breakfast in Silks Restaurant.  The brainchild of the late Bob Ackles, the Waterboys were formed in 2003 and represent a dynamic group of men and women business leaders in the corporate community.

Founding members Tom Malone, Moray Keith, Dennis Skulsky and Jamie Pitblado were all on hand Thursday and fittingly enough, Raj Mutti – Regional General Manager, BC Racing and Hastings General Manager – was handed the coveted Waterboys “game ball” in recognition of his and Hastings’ support of the Lions.


The popular Friday Night Live races kick off three days of live action at Hastings this weekend with a seven-race card Friday (7:00 p.m.), seven races Saturday (1:50 p.m.) and eight races Sunday (1:50 p.m.).

With four $50,000 stakes scheduled for Canada Day – Monday, July 1 – there will not be a Friday Night Live card on June 28. The Holiday Weekend includes racing Saturday, Sunday and Monday, all with 1:50 p.m. starts.

Nominations close this Saturday for the Canada Day features:  the Lt. Governors for 3-year-olds and up; the new Monashee Stakes for fillies and mares; the Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies and the Chris Loseth for 3-year-olds.  All four stakes races will feature some of the most talented horses on the grounds traveling the demanding distance of one and one-sixteenth miles.

NOTES AT THE WIRE:  There is quite a battle heating up in the leading rider category with Frank Fuentes the top jockey heading into the weekend with a 23-9-10 win/place/show record.  Tied for second with 21 wins are Aaron Gryder and Richard Hamel …  Out of Town Scoreboard: Atigun seeks his first stakes career win in the $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup Saturday at Colonial Downs.  Air Support and Swift Warrior are the morning line favourites … Fiftyshadesofhay, winner of thr 2013 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico, will miss Saturday’s $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park because of a foot abscess. Doinghardtime and Iotapa will be favoured in a field now down to five horses … The first doubleheader stakes of the Emerald Downs season goes Sunday with the $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings followed by the $50,000 Irish Day Handicap for 3-year-old fillies.  Hastings horse owner Peter Redkop has Worldventure entered in the Coca-Cola Handicap.