09/27/2009 11:00PM

Harwood horses finish one-three in B.C. Derby


Trainer Doris Harwood shipped up from Emerald Downs to finish first and third with Winning Machine and Noosa Beach in the Grade 3, $275,000 at Hastings Sunday.

With Gallyn Mitchell aboard for the first time, Winning Machine broke alertly from the rail, stalked the early pace set by Jersey Town, and then wore down Jersey Town in the late stretch to win the one and one-eighth miles race by a length. Winning Machine's usual rider, Rickey Frazier, wasn't available for the race.

"We had a good trip," said Mitchell. "He's just a tremendous colt. Rickey told me that he'll fight when they bang him around and he showed me he has a heart of gold."

The happiest person following the race seemed to be Tony Gutierrez, who rode Noosa Beach. Gutierrez is full-time exercise rider for Harwood and was forced into riding duties when Jake Barton was injured in a race on Saturday.

"I knew one of them was going to win," said Gutierrez. "My horse ran a big race and when Winning Machine came inside of me and it looked like he could get in trouble so I opened it up a little for him. I'm just happy for all of us."

"Tony did an outstanding job," said Harwood. "He got the horses ready and he's a good rider. If he didn't have to fight weight he would ride a lot more horses."

Despite setting fast fractions of 22.45, 46.49 and 1.11.14, Jersey Town held on well to finish three quarters of a length in front of Noosa Beach. Final time for the race was 1:49.57.

Winning Machine earned $165,000 for his owner, Fleur De Lis Stables, and paid $19.60.

Even-money favorite Tommy Danzigger had a wide trip and finished seventh.

Teide romps in Churchill Stakes

Teide ($3) couldn't have been more impressive winning the $51,733 Sir Winston Churchill. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up was one of two supporting stakes on the British Columbia Derby card.

Ridden by Chad Hoverson, Teide stalked a fast pace of 22.91 and 45.92 seconds in the Churchill. He took the lead going down the backstretch and opened up a five-length lead at the top of the stretch. Under mild urging from Hoverson, he widened his margin to 9 1/4 lengths over Krazy Koffee. Krazy Koffee made a late run to pass Spaghetti Mouse for second. Spaghetti Mouse was part of a pace duel with Gallon, who finished fifth.

Final time for the race was an excellent 1:48.37.

Trained by Dino Condilenios, Teide earned $30,000 for his owners Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

* Bank Emblem came from off the pace to win the $50,334 Derby Bar $ Grill Express over Distorted Glamour for Rob Gilker.

Bank Emblem, ridden by Frank Fuentes was also favored and paid $4.40. Final time for the six-furlongs was 1:10.54.