08/04/2014 6:23PM

B.C. Cup Classic: Wilo Kat pulls away in stretch


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Under a well-timed ride by leading rider Amadeo Perez, Wilo Kat came from last to win the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic at Hastings on Monday. He paid $3.60 as the solid choice over Go For Guinness who set a fast pace and held on well to finish second.

While Go For Guinness was carving out sprint-like fractions of 22.78 seconds and 45.84 in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, Perez was content to let Wilo Kat settle early. Wilo Kat started to get in touch with the field just past the three-eighths pole, and he looked like the winner when he was making a strong move along the rail on the stretch turn. He overtook a very game Go For Guinness  just after turning for home and then drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths. El Capone finished a non-threatening third.

“I wasn’t sure how fast they were going up front, but my horse was nice and relaxed,” Perez said. “I always felt like I had a lot of horse.”

Trainer John Snow felt very confident as he watched the race unfold.

“When I saw the 22 and change for the first quarter, I was feeling pretty good about his chances,” Snow said. “I’ll tell you what, Go For Guinness ran a hell of a race to be able to set those kind of fractions and hang around as long as he did. That is a real nice horse.”

The final time was 1:49.61.

Other results:

* Wando Woman paid $5.20 for her win in the $50,000 Distaff for fillies and mares. Last early with Perez aboard, she started her typical late move along the rail on the stretch turn, was in full flight when she turned for home, and edged Locket to win by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile race. Trained by Cindy Krasner, Wando Woman posted a final time of 1:50.62.

* Local favorite Mario Gutierrez rode Cederberg to a front-running win in the $50,000 Nursery for 2-year-old colts and geldings. He paid $3.10 as part of a three-horse Troy Taylor-trained entry. Forestry’s Devil finished second in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. Exclusively, also part of the entry, finished third.  The final time was 1:17.96.

* Perez added to his riches when he rode Dawselina to a front-running win in the $50,000 Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies. She paid $9.70 as the second choice in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. Odds-on favorite Arabella’s Muse had a wide trip while finishing second.  Irish Lyrica rallied to finish third. The final time was 1:43.98.

Dawselina gave former rider Pedro Alvarado his first stakes win as a trainer. Alvarado began training horses last year.