07/12/2013 12:30PM

Hastings: Boulevard Casino matches Hey Didjanotis, Architecture


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Hey Didjanotis looks like the one they will have to run down in Sunday’s $50,000 Boulevard Casino for 2-year-old fillies at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew seven horses, goes as the fourth race, and will share the spotlight with the $50,000 New Westminster for 2-year-old colts and geldings, which goes as the sixth race.

Trained by Phil Hall, Hey Didjanotis beat the highly regarded Deviance when she debuted in a maiden special weight race going 3 1/2 furlongs May 20. Deviance came back to win a maiden special weight race going six furlongs June 21 and will likely be favored in the New Westminster. The horse that finished second to Deviance is Architecture, who looks like the main threat to Hey Didjanotis.

With a strong race going a two-turn six furlongs, Architecture could have a slight advantage over Hey Didjanotis. Hall thinks Hey Didjanotis won’t have any trouble handling the extra distance, however. He pointed to her breeding and her solid string of five-furlong works leading up to the race.

She is by Stephanotis, a Grade 3 winner who won the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales.

“Her sire could run all day, and most of his progeny don’t have any problem going a distance, so six and one-half furlongs shouldn’t be a problem,” Hall said. “She’s been training well and she’s had a few good five-eighths. I think she’ll be fine, but we’ll find out soon enough.”

Richard Hamel retains the mount.

Trainer Dino Condilenios likes the way Architecture ran in her debut and is happy with the way she is coming into the race.

“I thought she ran a bang-up race,” Condilenios said. “She finished second to the horse that is going to be favored in the boys race, and she was well clear of the third horse. She’s eating up, bright eyed, and training okay. All my other 2-year-olds are sick, so I’m holding my breath.”

Architecture ran like a seasoned pro in her debut. She broke sharply but wasn’t fast enough to clear and would have gone three wide if Enrique Gonzalez hadn’t taken a slight hold and angled her toward the rail. She seemed very comfortable with Gonzalez’s maneuvering.

“She’s not very big, but she’s tough as nails and is a real professional,” Condilenios said.

Ole’s Miss showed a lot of determination to finish third after being forced to steady soon after the start in her debut going 3 1/2 furlongs.

Flatter You ran better than it looks on paper in Architecture’s race and is playable at what should be a decent price.