08/06/2009 11:00PM

Hastings card turns out worth the wait


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - After three days Hastings finally came up with a card for Sunday. When entries were originally taken on Wednesday, there weren't enough horses entered and management at Hastings agreed to continue taking entries on Thursday. Thursday morning, director of racing Paul Ryneveld wasn't keen on the idea of running a card that averaged 6 1/2 horses per race, so he held the entries over again until Friday morning.

"We were very close to cancelling, but felt it was important for those horse owners who had horses for Sunday to get the opportunity to compete, which is what we are all here for," said Ryneveld. "With the cooperation of some key supporters, we mustered up an eight-race card."

Actually the card turned out to be decent, especially considering that it has always been difficult to come up with quality cards following B.C. Cup Day, which was held last Monday. In total, 56 horses have been entered for the eight races.

The three best races are a $50,000 optional race for fillies and mares that goes as the third race; a $17,500 claiming race for older horses going 1 1/16 miles, the sixth; and a 1 1/16-mile claiming race for older horses running for a top claiming price of $35,000, the seventh.

Restless Lady should be a short-priced favorite in the third race. Trained by Cindy Krasner, Restless Lady has won three of her five starts at the meet and she is coming off of a second-place finish behind Wind Storm in a $75,000 optional race on July 11. Wind Storm came back to finish third when she ran against males in the $55,668 B.C. Cup Sprint last Monday.

Chad Hoverson rides Restless Lady.

Krasner will also saddle Royal Hudson and Ps I Be Better in the sixth race, which drew seven horses. Royal Hudson, a stakes winner, has the better chance. Royal Hudson made a late move to finish second in a $12,500 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on July 1. He was claimed out of the race by Krasner, acting on behalf Mike Jawl.

Lord Vic will be looking to win his third straight race and should be the favorite in the sixth race. Lord Vic, trained by Frank Barroby, came from off the pace to dead heat for the win with Newton John in a 1 1/8-mile race at this level on July 19.

Huffman, trained by Avi Houta, is the one they will have to catch in the seventh race. If he runs back to his second-place finish behind Trick of the North in a $50,000 optional race on July 4, they won't.