08/10/2012 1:45PM

Hastings notes: Bamboo Dream didn't let speed bias stop her in B.C. Cup Debutante

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There was a definite speed bias at Hastings over the holiday weekend, but that didn’t stop Bamboo Dream from winning the $50,000 B.C. Cup Debutante on Monday, B.C. Cup Day. Bamboo Dream was last after the first quarter-mile, and while part of the reason she was able to get up in time was the extremely fast fractions set by Officer’s Charm, it was still an impressive performance.

Bamboo Dream is trained by Patty Leaney, who was expecting her to run a big race.

“I was pretty confident going into the race other than the track was favoring speed so much,” Leaney said. “I know Officer’s Charm was going pretty fast, but she was in a race by herself, so I don’t think it should take away from her strong performance.”

Bamboo Dream paid $20.60, and considering how she had won a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race in her previous race, it was a bit of an overlay. Once again, she was well back early, and when she started to make her move at the three-eighths pole she had to check sharply. When they hit the quarter pole she was last by 12 lengths, but she rallied to get up in time to edge Willamette by a neck.

Leaney is a bit surprised by her lack of speed.

“Her dam was fast, so I don’t know why she doesn’t have any early speed,” Leaney said. “There’s nothing wrong with the way she finishes her races, though.”

Bamboo Dream is out of Flom’s Tizzy, who led from start to finish in all three of her wins sprinting.

Technically, the Debutante was Leaney’s second stakes win. She was credited with winning the Jack Diamond Futurity with Dancing John in 2000.

“I was really more of a paper trainer,” Leaney said. “Frank Boyas, who owned her, was really her trainer. I count this as my first stakes win, and it is very rewarding.”

Leaney said Bamboo Dream came out of the race in great shape and would be pointed to the CTHS Sales Stakes on Aug. 24. She was purchased out of last year’s local yearling and mixed sale for $21,000 by U M A Racing Stables Ltd.

“She is such a professional,” Leaney said. “She couldn’t be doing better, and we’re all looking forward to running her in the Sales Stakes.”

Leaney also is looking for another strong effort from Three Wood in a 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000 optional claiming race Sunday. He is cutting back to a sprint after losing by a nose to Crew Leader in a 1 1/16-mile, $40,000 optional claimer on July 29. In his previous race, he finished second to arguably the best horse in Western Canada, Taylor Said, in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors’ on July 2. His only win this year came sprinting in a $50,000 optional claimer on May 13.

“He’s been a bit unlucky,” Leaney said. “He finished seventh in the George Royal, but he only got beat by a couple of lengths and there is nothing to be ashamed about losing to Taylor Said. He tries every time, and I just wish they were all like him.”

Proud Victor headed to Jack Diamond Futurity

According to trainer Greg Tracy, Proud Victor came out of his win in the B.C. Cup Nursery in good shape and will be pointed to the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity on Sept. 9. The Futurity will be one of the five supporting stakes for the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby.

Proud Victor used his good speed to win the Nursery. He broke sharply, set fast fractions under pressure, and easily held Step Up clear by 2 3/4 lengths. It was his first start for Tracy, who claimed him for $20,000 out of a win in his second start. He was acting on behalf of Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.

“He showed me a lot in his first race, so we took a shot,” Tracy said. “He isn’t eligible for the Sales Stakes, so he’ll make his next start in the Futurity.”

Gutierrez gets choice for Longacres Mile

Owner Glen Todd reported that Taylor Said and St Liams Halo are at Emerald Downs preparing for the Grade 3 Longacres Mile next Sunday. Taylor Said’s usual jockey, Fernando Perez, doesn’t have the needed credentials to ride in the United States. Either Mario Gutierrez or Leslie Mawing will pick up the mount. Gutierrez is famous for winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another. Mawing is the second-leading rider at Emerald and won the 2,000th race of his career there Thursday.

“Mario is going to work St Liams Halo this weekend and decide which horse he wants to ride,” Todd said.

Taylor Said couldn’t have been more impressive winning the B.C. Cup Classic last Monday. St Liams Halo had a rough trip when he finished second to Hudson Landing by a head in the $50,000 Mount Rainier at Emerald on July 22.

◗ The total handle for the 10-race B.C. Cup Day card was $983,100, which was down by 16 percent compared to last year’s total of $1,172,104. The live handle for the meet is up by 6 percent.