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Hastings heating up, Taylor-Todd, calendar adjustments, and Spaghetti Mouse retires

July 6, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

As summer heats up, so does Hastings calendar

This weekend of live racing – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – brings us to the halfway mark of the 2012 season at Hastings Racecourse.

Now, with meteorologists across the Lower Mainland finally predicting long-term sunny skies and warmer temperatures, the upcoming schedule of events at Hastings heats up as well.

Still ahead are the two major events of the racing season: BC Cup Day on Monday, August 6 and BC Derby Day on Sunday, September 9.

Including two $50,000 stakes this weekend – the Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday and the Boulevard Casino for 2-year-old filies on Sunday – there are 27 stakes races remaining on the schedule.

Also on the balance of the Hastings calendar are the popular Wiener Dog Races on July 14 & 15 and Mascot Derby Day on Sunday, July 29 when an all-star lineup of mascots takes part in the 4th annual novelty race in support of Variety – The Children’s Charity. The wiener dogs and mascots have become a family entertainment tradition on Vancouver’s events schedule.

Taylor-Todd combination continues to sizzle

With six stakes races already having been won this year by trainer Troy Taylor and owner Glen Todd, that number could grow by two this weekend. They have the morning line favourites in both Saturday’s Supernaturel and Sunday’s Boulevard Casino.

Evelyn’s Dancer scored an impressive victory in the Emerald Downs stakes at Hastings on June 10 and goes the same 1 1/16 miles distance Saturday in what Taylor calls “excellent shape”. On Sunday the Taylor/Todd combo has Marketway ready to go in the Boulevard Casino with the 2-year-old fillies running six furlongs. Fernando Perez, with 41 wins on the season, has both the Taylor mounts on the weekend. Fernando trails leading rider Aamdeo by five wins.

Tonight’s Friday Night Live feature has jockey Marni Williams riding the 8-5 morning line favourite Commandress, owned by Rozamund Barclay and trained by Len Kasmerski. Start time Fridays is 7:00 p.m. while the regular 1:50 p.m. starts prevail Saturday and Sunday

Note race date changes

Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, has announced three date cancellations on the 2012 Hastings calendar. In concert with the horsemen’s associations, the cancelled dates are Friday, August 3, Thursday, August 23, and Thursday, August 30.

Mutti also confirmed that last Monday’s Canada Day Celebration card resulted in a handle lof $952,249, more than a 50 per cent increase over last year’s Canada Day total.

‘The Mouse’ no longer in the house at Hastings

Owners Nick and Pauline Felicella have decided to retire 10-year-old fan favourite Spaghetti Mouse as the all-time leading B.C.-bred money earner with close to $950,000 in earnings. The Felicellas purchased Spaghetti Mouse in the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sale in 2003 for $18,000. He was the BC Derby winner in 2005.

“It really isn’t about the money,” Mrs. Felicella said. “We just thought as long as he enjoyed racing we would let him continue. But things were just getting too tough for him in his recent races.”

Spaghetti Mouse can look forward to a new career in show jumping and will remain under the care of Hastings trainer Lenore Dubois.