Hastings: Jack and Sadie Diamond futurities top card
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Herescomelucky and Sunnyside Gal figure to be solid favorites in a pair of $100,000 stakes races for 2-year-olds at Hastings Friday night. Undefeated Herescomelucky stands out in the Jack Diamond Futurity, which drew nine colts and geldings, and Sunnyside Gal looks formidable in the 11-horse Sadie Diamond Futurity for fillies. Both races are restricted to horses foaled in Canada and will be contested at 6 1/2 furlongs.
Trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg is confident Herescomelucky is going to run another solid race in the Jack Diamond Futurity, which goes as the third race. She is impressed by his attitude and the versatility he has displayed in his three wins. After easily winning a $20,000 maiden claiming race going 3 1/2 furlongs, Herescomelucky stalked a fast pace before beating open company in the 6 1/2-furlong New Westminster. He forced a moderate pace before drawing off to win the the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery by five lengths Aug. 1.
“He is an uncomplicated horse,” said Stolzenberg. “He never puts a lot into anything, but when you ask him to do something, he does it. He seems to be doing just fine right now.”
Leading rider Mario Gutierrez rides Herescomelucky.
Sartorialist scored an impressive win when he debuted in a $30,000 optional maiden race Aug. 7 and figures to move forward for trainer Dino Condilenios in his second start. Sartorialist’s half-brother Silly Fella won the Jack Diamond Futurity in 2009.
Trainer Craig MacPherson has entered Joint Choice, second to Herescomelucky in the B.C. Cup Nursery, and first-time starter Alberta Breeze. The sleeper could be Alberta Breeze, who was much the best when he worked five furlongs with Joint Choice last Friday.
The Sadie Diamond Futurity goes as the second race and it could boil down to a battle between Sunnyside Gal and the likely pace-setter Gabigotherway.
Sunnyside Gal, trained by Troy Taylor, figures to be a very short price due to her eight-length win over Undo It in the B.C. Cup Debutante. With Mario Gutierrez aboard, she stalked the quick pace set by Gabigotherway before taking control of the race at the top of the stretch. Gutierrez retains the mount.
Trainer John Morrison is looking for his first win in the Sadie Diamond Futurity with Gabigotherway. Morrisson has won the Jack Diamond Futurity three times. His first win came in 1976 with Keremeos Kid. He won it in 1987 and 1988 with Salt of the Sea and Fleet Reserve.
Morrison is hoping Gabigotherway is good enough to overcome breaking from the outside post in a full field.
“She drew a tough post, but it might work in her favor if she breaks on top,” Morrison said.
Gabigotherway won her debut in a maiden special weight race before setting the pace and tiring to finish third in the Debutante. Richard Hamel picks up the mount from Pedro Alvarado who will be riding Satellite Debris for trainer Terry Clyde.
Undo It made a late move to finish second in the B.C. Cup Debutante and could be a threat from off the pace.
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