05/20/2013 7:34PM

Hastings: Herbie D returns at top of game in John Longden 6000


VANCOUVER, British Columbia- Herbie D, the champion sprinter in British Columbia last year, made a successful return to the races with a sharp win in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings Monday.

Herbie D paid $5.10 as the favorite in the six and one-half furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, which drew five horses.

Breaking sharply with Amadeo Perez aboard, Herbie D went a reasonable first quarter-mile in 22.27 but was pushed by Shrug through a quick half-mile in 44.99 seconds. He went into the stretch with a head advantage over Shrug and drew off to win by a length and three-quarters. Shrug held on to finish second with Senor Rojo making a late move to finish third.

He posted a near-track-record time of 1:15.21.

Trainer Rob Gilker was thrilled with the impressive performance.

“He’s just a wonderful horse,” said Gilker. “He really does his job well.”

A 5-year-old gelding by Orchid’s Devil,  Herbie D has won seven of his nine career starts, all for his owner and breeder, George Robbins.

Evelyn's Dancer does the expected

Earlier on the card Aaron Gryder rode heavily favored Evelyn’s Dancer to a front-running win over Overvalued in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn Stakes for fillies and mares. She paid $2.90 to win.

In a virtual replay of the Brighouse Belles April 27, Evelyn’s Dancer broke on top in the six and one-half furlong sprint, and with Overvalued in hot pursuit she posted interior fractions of 22.28 and 45.61. Overvalued made a run at her at the top of the stretch but couldn’t get past the classy 4-year-old filly. The final margin was a half-length. Castinette Dancer rallied to finish third.

The final time for the six and one-furlongs was 1:16.25.

Evelyn’s Dancer is trained by Troy Taylor.

* According to agent Chad Hoverson, Dave Wilson was being held for observation in Vancouver General Hospital on Monday. Wilson went down in a spill Sunday and reportedly separated his shoulder and suffered a concussion.