Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 21/14) – It was back in the days of the Canucks’ electrifying march to the 1982 Stanley Cup final against the New York Islanders when goaltender Richard Brodeur was heralded as ‘King Richard’ throughout Vancouver.
After back-to-back victories in the Jack and Sadie Diamond $100,000 Futurities Sunday afternoon, Richard Hamel was being fitted for the crown by patrons at Hastings Racecourse.
Hamel was on fire with eight riding wins on the weekend, five of which he recorded Sunday including the two featured stakes. He took favoured Lord Rosberg to a three-length victory in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old males foaled in Canada and followed up by urging favoured Finality’s Charmer to a half-length win in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies foaled in Canada.
Trained by Pat Jarvis and co-owned by her sister Lilian Jarvis Meehan, emotions were running high in the winner’s circle as Lord Rosberg ran his winning streak to three in a row by beating a charging Merlot in a final time of 1:17.28 over 6 ½ furlongs.
“I had a lot of horse the entire way,” Hamel said. “He was relaxed most the way and has a nice cruising speed.”
Hamel left the talking to Hastings’ leading trainer Craig MacPherson after Finality Charmer’s win in the Sadie Diamond . “She has natural speed,” MacPherson said. Another MacPherson-trained horse – Splendid Scat – finished second. The winning time was 1:18.09 over 6 ½ furlongs.
Hamel also won on Uncle Willard in the second race; I Believe in Angel in the fourth; and Game Seven in the eighth. Hamel now trails leading jockey Amadeo Perez 87-73 in the win column this season.
Live racing resumes at Hastings Saturday and Sunday with 1:50 starting times.