06/08/2011 12:40PM

Hastings: Connections confident Inhisglory can stretch out for Chris Loseth


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Inisglory launched himself to the top of the local 3-year-old division with a nose decision over Jump Up and Kissme in the $50,000 River Rock Casino last Sunday at Hastings. Inhisglory showed a new dimension in that he was a lot closer to the pace than he was when he came from last to finish second in the Jim Coleman Province in his first start locally. Both races were at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Inhisglory has now won 4 of 7 starts, including two stakes. His first stakes win came over Polytrack at Turway Park in the Turfway Prevue. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 82 in the River Rock. According to his trainer Craig MacPherson, Inhisglory came out of the race in excellent shape and will be pointed to the 1 1/16-mile Chris Loseth on July 1.

Inhisglory, who was ridden in both of his races at Hastings by Richard Hamel, has never gone beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Both MacPherson and Hamel said they think Inhisglory will easily make the adjustment when he stretches out in the Chris Loseth.

“I haven’t taken a close look at his pedigree but he seems like the kind of horse that will go long,” said MacPherson. “He certainly has the right disposition for longer races. You can put him anywhere you want and then let him go from there. I didn’t tell Richard what to do with him in the River Rock but I was happy to see him closer to the pace. And really, it does seem a bit shorter when you are going a mile and a sixteenth or a mile and an eighth around three turns.”

“I think he’ll be even better when he stretches out,” said Hamel. “He’s still learning how to run and it showed me a lot when he was pretty close early and then finished the way he did.”

Inhisglory should get a middle distance. His dam was unraced but her only other foal, Lucky to Be Me, won a one-mile maiden special weight race at Delaware Park in her second start and also a $7,500 starter race at Penn National at the same distance.

Inhisglory couldn’t have cut it any closer. Trainer Phil Hall said he thinks the outcome would have been different if he had but a hole in Jump Up and Kissme’s blinkers.

“I think if he would have seen Inhisglory coming he would have beat him,” said Hall. “I know he’s been winning with full blinkers but I think he’ll do better if we let him see a bit more now. Actually, I thought he won the race.”

Hall said he will be pointing Jump Up and Kissme to the Chris Loseth. Jump Up and Kissme is by Finality, who sired the 2010 B.C. Derby winner Majesticality.

Avulsion finished third as the heavy favorite in the River Rock and according to his trainer, Troy Taylor, sustained an injury that will keep him from running the remainder of the year.

Castinette Dancer made another eye-catching move to edge Burnin’ Britches in the $50,000 Emerald Downs on Saturday and, according to Taylor, she will be pointed to the July 3 Supernaturel, where she will be stretching out for the first time. Castinette Dancer has been very impressive in her three wins at Hastings, including a half-length score over Overvalued in the Boulevard Casino. In the Boulevard Casino and Emerald Downs, Castinette Dancer looked like she wasn’t going to catch the speed at the top of the stretch but each time she kicked it into another gear in midstretch and scored convincing wins. Mario Gutierrez has been her rider in all of her races at Hastings.

“She really has a nice turn of foot,” said Taylor. “She probably got the last sixteenth in six seconds or less.”

Acting on behalf of Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella, Taylor claimed Castinette Dancer for $20,000 out of her second start at Golden Gate Fields last November. She earned an 84 Beyer Speed Figure for her win over Burnin’ Britches in the Emerald Downs and if she stays healthy she should be a force in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 11. Her dam, Premo Copy, was based at Emerald Downs, where she won four races. Premo Copy was a sprint stakes winner and finished second in a couple of middle-distance stake races, including the $94,000 Washington Oaks. Premo Copy also won a one-mile optional $50,000 claiming race at Golden Gate.

Friday post time moved to 1:20 p.m.

With more than 100,000 people expected to go downtown to watch the Vancouver Canucks take on the Boston Bruins in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup on Friday night, management at Hastings has moved the traditional Friday post time from 7 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. The last of eight races carded is scheduled to go at 4:36 p.m. and should give local fans plenty of time to catch the opening faceoff at roughly 5:20 p.m.

* A rules change allowing horses that have common ownership to be uncoupled in any race has been approved by Sam Hawkins, the executive director of the racing for the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch. Prior to the change, horses with common ownership were allowed to run uncoupled in allowance, stakes, and optional claiming races where the claiming price was $25,000 or higher.