Jockey Predicted Cederberg Victory in Jim Coleman Province

Vancouver, B.C. (May 3/15)

With a well-timed move by jockey Ryan Pacheco, Quatre Cat took control of things at the half-mile call and drew clear to win the $50,000 Ross McLeod Stakes by 8 ½ lengths Sunday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse.

Quatre Cat returned $15.60, $5.70 and $3.50 and finished the six and a half furlongs for 3-year-old fillies in a final time of 1:16.88. Favoured Finalty’s Charmer raced to the lead from along the rail entering the first turn but faded the in the stretch drive and finished a disappointing fifth.

The 4th running of the Ross McLeod was in honour of the founder of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, parent company of Hastings Racecourse.

Great Canadian executive vice-presidents Terrance Doyle, Peter Goudron and Chuck Keeling were on hand in the winner’s circle to congratulate Pacheco and co-owners Sylvea and David Gregory and May and Stuart Carmichael.

Sunday’s co-feature – the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province for 3-year-olds – developed into a showdown between Cederberg and Bluegrass Angus with a very game Cederberg catching Bluegrass Angus in the stretch drive for a 1 ¾ length win in a final time of 1:16.32 over six and a half furlongs.

Undefeated for trainer Troy Taylor in two front-running efforts last year, Cederberg paid $12.80, $4.90 and $4.20. Jockey David Lopez told owner Glen Todd that Cederberg would win the race. “He’s bred to run all day,” Todd said.

Live racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse Saturday and Sunday with 1:50 p.m. starts. The new Sea to Sky Pick 6 will go into Saturday with a carryover of more than $10,000.

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Darren MacDonald