3rd Win of the Day Came in the Feature on Golden Triumph

Vancouver, B.C. (June 22/14) Owners Swift Thoroughbreds and trainer Dino Condilenios had two strong candidates entered in Sunday’s $35,000 optional claiming race for 3-year-olds & up, leaving veteran jockey Frank Fuentes with his choice of mounts.

Fuentes opted for Golden Triumph instead of two-time 2013 stakes winner Shrug, the morning line favourite. It turned out to be a clever call by Fuentes as he won handily on Golden Triumph with a comfortable four-length victory over Senor Rojo, finishing the six and one half furlongs in a final time of 1:15.87, less than a second off the track record.

Golden Triumph turned an early lead into a going-away victory that paid $7.50, $4.80, $3.90. It was a Hastings Hat Trick for Fuentes, who also had wins on Bubba Fizz ($6.40) and Madaya ($18.60).

With a huge and festive crowd on hand, one of the largest payoffs of the season took place when Pacific Crest (Alex Bisono) was declared a $19.80 winner in Race 5 after a rider’s claim of foul as well as a stewards inquiry was upheld against the rider (Alejandro Martinez) on Magic in Overtime.

Magic in Overtime, who went off at 50-1, was disqualified from first to second place while 60-1 long shot P.S. Crosby (Ruzaan Choksey) finished third. The infield tote board rocked with flashing numbers that finally subsided to expose these stunning figures: A winning $2.00 Exactor ticket (8-10) paid $758.10; a winning $2.00 Triactor ticket (8-10-5) paid $6,337.80 and a winning $1.00 Superfecta ticket (8-10-5-all) paid $11,952.35.

FINISH LINES: Dear Lilly, owned by Dr. Mark Dedomenico and NATHC, won Saturday’s $35,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares. With Alex Bisono up, Dear Lilly fought off Terlani (Keishan Balgobin) in the stretch and won by 1 ¾ lengths in a final time of 1:17.1 over six and one half furlongs … Richard Hamel won just once on the weekend while Amadeo Perez rode two winners, leaving Hamel leading with 27 wins on the season and Perez with 25 … With Canada Day falling on Tuesday July 1, there will be racing Saturday (June 28) and Sunday (June 29) with Monday remaining dark prior to the only Tuesday afternoon card on this year’s schedule with all of the regular start times of 1:50 p.m. Four $50,000 stakes are on the Canada Day card: the Monashee for fillies & mares 3-years-old & up; the Lt. Governors for colts & geldings 3-year-olds & up; the Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies; and the Chris Loseth for 3-year-old colts & geldings.

MARIO COMING HOME: Jockey Mario Gutierrez has agreed to return to Hastings Racecourse for the July 1 Canada Day card and according to his mentor Glen Todd he might stay for more local appearances while Santa Anita closes for the summer. Super Mario won Sunday’s $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile aboard Wake Up Nick ($10.80) for trainer Doug O’Neill. In 214 starts on the California circuit, ‘Super Mario’ has 25 wins with earnings of $1,246,729.