07/02/2016 8:31AM

Don't Hold Me Back scores upset in Lieutenant Governors’ Handicap

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Snuggles and jockey Rico Walcott win the Supernaturel Handicap by two lengths Friday.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Favorites won the first two stakes at Hastings on Friday, but longshots prevailed in the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors’ and $50,000 Chris Loseth.

Don’t Hold Me Back provided the biggest upset in the Lieutenant Governors’ Handicap. He was the longest price in the 10-horse field and paid $61.50 for his half-length win over another longshot, Highway Boss. The $2 exacta paid $670.90.

Ridden by Silvino Morales, Don’t Hold Me Back stalked the favored Modern, who dueled with Crackdown through an extremely fast half-mile of 45.81 seconds in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up. Don’t Hold Me Back started to move into serious contention on the stretch turn and took the lead in midstretch. Highway Boss rallied from well back to edge Modern by a half-length for second.  

Don’t Hold Me Back drifted in and caused Modern to check slightly approaching the finish line, but following a stewards’ inquiry, the result was left unchanged.

It was the first stakes win for Don’t Hold Me Back, trained by Steve Henson and owned by J and G Racing Stable. The final time was 1:44.21.

In the Loseth, Opportunistic paid $16 for his surprising win over Lord Vancouver. What was surprising about Opportunistic’s win in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds was that he had one horse beat while Lord Vancouver was posting moderate interior fractions of 24.27 and 49.11 seconds. With David Lopez aboard, Opportunistic started to pick up horses at the quarter pole and finished full of run while gong five wide to edge Lord Vancouver by a half-length.

Silvertown, the 3-2 favorite in the eight-horse field, finished third after stalking the pace while going three wide.

“I knew the pace was slow, but he was comfortable, and I had confidence in him,” said Lopez.

Opportunistic is owned by Mark Dedomenico and Glen Todd.

“When I saw the fractions, I didn’t think he had any chance of winning,” said Todd.

The final time was 1:45.56.

Rico Walcott guided Snuggles to a two-length win over C U At Eau Claire in the $50,000 Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies that drew five horses. She paid $2.90. The final time in the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:45.31.

It was the fourth straight stakes win at Hastings for the homebred daughter of Rosberg, who is trained by Dino Condilenios and owned by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

Arabella’s Muse ($3.80) was impressive in winning the $75,000 Monashee Handicap for fillies and mares.

Arabella’s Muse is usually involved early, but with Richard Hamel aboard, she broke a step slowly in the 1 1/16-mile race. Hamel moved her into a stalking position going into the second turn, and she took over the race on the final turn. She drew off in the stretch to easily beat last year’s local champion filly or mare, Touching Promise, by 2 1/2 lengths. Majestic Presence rallied to finish a distant third.

The final time was 1:44.76

It was the fifth win from six starts at the distance for the daughter of Finality, who is trained by Mike Anderson. She earned $44,250 for owners Karen Nordahl and Bernie and Teresa Gallagher.