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Friday night live, weiner dogs, weekend stakes, Mario moves

July 13, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Stories by Greg Douglas, Hastings Racecourse

Friday night live kicks off weekend

There are several contenders in the Friday Night Live feature race for 3-year-olds and up running in a $15,000 claimer over 1-1/16 miles. Bearrock N Roll, owned by Bob Leffler and trained by Craig MacPherson is in against tough company with Swift Thoroughbreds’ Modest trained by Dino Condilenois, as well as Trick of the North with leading rider Amadeo Perez for trainer Barb Heads.

The Friday Night Live card starts at 7:00 p.m.

Wiener dog warden makes a stand

A total of 64 wiener dogs will be on the grounds at Hastings Racecourse this weekend (July 14-15) for the 4th annual championship stakes race but one of them will NOT be from Frankfurt, Germany.

There was a move afoot by a European sausage firm to fly in a ringer from Frankfurt. Wiener Dog Warden Joe Gray quickly stepped in and ruled that the Saturday and Sunday heats for total prize money of $2,500 were restricted to B.C.-bred dachshunds only.

There will be five wiener dog racing heats on Saturday and three more on Sunday, leading up to the championship Top Dog Final later Sunday afternoon. Each qualifying winner receives $100 with the eventual champion getting $1,000, the runner-up $500 and third-place finisher $200.

Live Thoroughbred racing starts at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and, as always, there is no admission charge at Hastings Racecourse.

Back-to-back $50,000 stakes Saturday and Sunday

His Worship Wayne Wright will be the Guest Decorator for Saturday’s $50,000 New Westminster stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings that goes as Race 3 on an eight-race card. Trainer Troy Taylor has three horses entered that will run as separate interests with the probable favourite being Prohibiting.

Should Prohibiting win, we will be hearing substantial reports about it on Team 1040 Radio, since broadcaster Bob (The Moj) Marjanovich is the owner of the horse.

Sunday’s feature is the $50,000 Strawberry Morn Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old & up. The field of six includes morning line favourite Overvalued, a second-place finisher in the Vancouver Sun Handicap on June 17.

Mario a man on the move

After winning the ESPY Award as Top Jockey at this year’s ESPN/TSN presentations on Wednesday in Los Angeles, it’s back to work for Mario Gutierrez. He will be riding Regal Betty for trainer John Sadler in Sunday’s $50,000 Kent Handicap at Emerald Downs, a 1-1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies. It will be one of five mounts for Mario on the afternoon card.

Next weekend, he’s at Northlands Park in Edmonton on Saturday, then returns to Emerald Downs on Sunday before heading out for Saratoga and Mountaineer.

Glen Todd has confirmed that Mario will be back “home” at Hastings Racecourse for BC Cup Day, the holiday Monday, August 6.