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Hastings geared for super BC Derby weekend: bobbleheads, $600K in purses, Mario, guaranteed Pick-4

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

It starts with Mario Gutierrez Bobblehead Day on Saturday and carries on with the 67th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 British Columbia Derby Sunday afternoon. Without a doubt, Hastings Racecourse will be “the place to be & the place to be seen” during the biggest and richest weekend celebration of the local thoroughbred season.

With his spectacular riding victories in this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on I’ll Have Another, Mario Gutierrez has become the focal point of what The Province newspaper refers to as “the greatest local sports story of the year”.

Super Mario will be playing a major role on Super Weekend at Hastings with three mounts on Saturday’s card and nine on BC Derby Day Sunday, including rides in all six stakes races.

First post on Saturday is 1:50 p.m. First post on Sunday is at 12:50 p.m.

First order of business: the bobbleheads

Fans who purchase a live racing program for Saturday’s nine-race card are invited to gather outside the Hastings winner’s circle on the tarmac beginning at 12:45 p.m. to receive a free Mario Gutierrez Bobblehead, while supplies last.

There will be ample speed in Saturday’s featured $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds with Stormy Bob, owned by Dave Milburn and ridden by Enrique Gonzalez, listed as the morning line favourite at 4-to-1. Last time out Stormy Bob won a similar race by coming well off the pace and paid $33.90.

Plenty of action on BC Derby Day

With six stakes races and $600,000 in purse money, Hastings Racecourse will be offering the highest purse distribution in North America on Sunday. A full field of 12 three-year-olds will compete in the 67th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 BC Derby that goes as the 9th race Sunday at 5:10 p.m.

Here’s the breakdown of the six stakes and start times:

Race 2: $50,000 SW Randall Plate – 1:20 p.m.
Race 4: $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity – 2:24 p.m.
Race 5: $100,000 BC Oaks – 2:56 p.m.
Race 8: $50,000 Delta Colleen – 4:30 p.m.
Race 9: $200,000 BC Derby – 5:10 p.m.
Race 10: $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity – 5:40 p.m.

Taylors Deal, Hoist, and Devil In Disguise form a powerful BC Derby entry

Owned by Glen Todd and trained by Troy Taylor, the imposing trio of Taylors Deal, Hoist, and Devil In Disguise will go as an entry in Sunday’s 67th running of the BC Derby at Hastings Racecourse.

Thirteen 3-year-olds were entered in the Grade 3 $200,000 feature on a 10-race card that includes five other stakes races on the richest day of the year at Hastings with a total of $600,000 in purse money on the line.

A full field of 12 is entered in the mile and an eighth BC Derby with trainer Barb Heads’ Mysterious Soul listed as an also eligible.

The early morning line on the Todd trio is 8-to-5, with Taylors Deal being touted by local handicappers as the horse to beat. Taylors Deal drew the #10 post and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes fame.

Trainer Pete Gregory has this year’s leading rider Amadeo Perez on High End Man from post #5 at odds of 9-to-2. High End Man won the 1-1/16-mile Richmond Derby in 1:42.86, less than a second off the track record of 1:42.20 set by Coral Isle in 1973.

Undefeated Second City with Richard Hamel up for trainer Craig MacPherson and owner Peter Redekop drew post #7 (7-to-2). A couple of Emerald Downs hopefuls – Italian Boy and D’honorable One (both at 6-to-1) – drew posts #3 and #9, respectively. Canadian Derby runner-up Dougs Buddy (12-to-1) joins the BC Derby lineup from Edmonton for trainer Joan Petrowski with jockey Stephan Heiler from post #6.

Gutierrez, who will be honoured on Saturday with his own Bobblehead Day at Hastings, chose to ride Taylors Deal over Hoist and Devil In Disguise. Enrique Gonzalez will ride Hoist from the outside #12 post while veteran jockey Rico Walcott from Northlands Park in Edmonton will be aboard Devil In Disguise from post #2.

Gutierrez has gone on record to say his mission Sunday will be to win the BC Derby as payback to Todd, the leading owner at Hastings for the past five years. Throughout all of his success, Todd has never laid claim to a BC Derby victory.

“Glen has done so much for me I cannot thank him enough,” Gutierrez said. “I know what winning the BC Derby before a hometown crowd means to him.”

Todd took Mario under his wing shortly after he arrived in Vancouver from Veracruz, Mexico, in 2006. It was Todd who mentored and guided Gutierrez through his storybook journey while riding I’ll Have Another to victories this year in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness prior to the horse being scratched from the Belmont Stakes because of a swollen tendon.

Guaranteed $25,000 Pick-4

There will be a Guaranteed $25,000 Pick-4 on races 7, 8, 9, and 10 on Sunday, as well as two Pick-5 wagering options, early (races 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and late (races 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Fans are invited to dress in their “BC Derby Best” to become eligible to win a shopping spree at Metropolis at Metrotown. Celebrity judges will be picking the winners from both the ladies and men’s categories at 4:20 p.m.