Blue Law a $37.70 Winner in Swift Inaugural
After Favoured Alliford Bay Wins Brighouse Belles
Vancouver, B.C. (April 22/18) – The Fab Four behind Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. – owners Horatio & Jacqueline Kemeny along with Mark and Naudia Mache – weren’t complaining about being in the winner’s circle twice Sunday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse.
It was just that a third victory celebration would have made their day even sweeter had they managed to win their namesake $50,000 Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural with venerable 8-year-old campaigner Modern.
With trainer Dino Condilenios doing what he does best, the Swift group won with first-time starters Tiptoe in Race 2 and Ezekiel in Race 7
But as things turned out in the Swift Inaugural, longshot Blue Law ($37.70) came charging home under the urging of Amadeo Perez to win it by 3 ½ lengths over favoured Quick and Silver in the co-feature for three years old and up. Modern threatened early but faded in the stretch drive.
Things weren’t nearly as dramatic in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles when 1-5 favourite Alliford Bay ($2.50) drew clear and won by 3 ½ lengths for fillies and mares three years old and up. “She broke well and I got her to relax early,” said jockey Rico Walcott, who was wheeled in from Northlands Park by owner Peter Redekop and trainer Blaine Wright.
Mr. Redekop’s hopes of making a sweep of the season’s first two stake races at Hastings were dashed when Quick and Silver, also ridden by Walcott, had to settle for second behind Blue Law in an 11-horse field. It was Blue Law’s first start at Hastings and first start under local trainer Cindy Krasner for owner Tim Bankers, who had claimed the 6-year-old for $15,000 at Emerald Downs last July 15.
Perez finished the day with three wins, matching Aaron Gryder’s riding hat-trick Saturday. They share the early lead in the jockey standings with four wins each.
Live racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse next Saturday and Sunday with 1:50 p.m. starts.
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