06/28/2013 2:30PM

Hastings notes: Kendall Hansen hooks up with local horsemen


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer John Snow is looking for a good effort from Daydream and Havasu Falls in the $50,000 Supernaturel Handicap at Hastings on Monday. The 1 1/16-mile Supernaturel is one of four stakes on the 10-race Canada Day card.

It is hard to say where the two fit at Hastings. Daydreamer is coming off a win on turf in a one-mile, $30,000 maiden-claiming race at Churchill Downs June 2. Havasu Falls forced the pace before fading to finish last in a first-level allowance race at Presque Isle Downs June 11. In her previous race, she won a $6,000 claiming race at Indiana Downs.

Both are owned by Brad Auger, Ron Bacon, and Kendall Hansen. Hansen is well known as the owner and breeder of champion juvenile male Hansen, who upset Union Rags in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Hansen also won the Grade 3 Gotham and Grade 3 Iowa Derby as a 3-year-old. Hastings seems like an odd place for Hansen, who lives in Kentucky, to be racing horses.

“John [Snow] and I met him at a Fasig-Tipton sale in Kentucky and we really connected,” Auger said. “We have the same ideas about breeding and right now I have Victory With Class at his farm in Kentucky in foal to Hansen. I claimed her for $5,000 and he did the same with the dam of Hansen. Kendall was also very impressed with John and we plan on bringing more horses to Hastings in the future.”

Due to shipping problems, Daydreamer and Havasu City got stuck last weekend at Emerald Downs, where they were cared for by trainer Blaine Wright.

Snow made the trip on Monday to Emerald, where he oversaw Daydream’s half-mile move in :50 seconds on a sloppy track. Snow’s wife and assistant trainer, Tammy Snow, was aboard for the work.

“Tammy loved the way she worked,” Snow said. “We brought them up to Hastings after they trained on Monday and despite all the travelling they seem to be doing extremely well. I’m looking forward to seeing how they run here.

Horse shortage causes cancellations

The horse shortage at Hastings reared its ugly head when not enough horses were entered Wednesday morning to put together cards for Saturday and Sunday. In order to guarantee solid cards for Sunday and Canada Day, the Saturday card was canceled. Next Friday was also called off.

It was a bit surprising to some that the Saturday card was canceled as early as it was and that a stronger attempt was not made to fill the races. Entries were called off just after 10:00 a.m. On previous days when entries trickled in, the racing office scrambled to fill races as late as noon.

Glen Todd, who is on the British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee, explained how and why the decision was made. Todd serves as the liaison between management at Hastings and the three horsemen’s groups: the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.

“Entries are supposed to close at 10:00 a.m. and I think we had three races filled between Saturday and Sunday,” Todd said. “We wanted to make sure we had enough horses for Monday, which figures to be one of our biggest days of the year. After I consulted with TOBA and the CTHS, I recommended that Hastings cancel the days. It was the right decision.”

There was no consultation with HBPA president David Milburn, who objects with the way the issue was handled and the cancellation of the two cards.

“It was too much of a rush to judgment,” Milburn said. “There was no notice given and we disagree with this seemingly unilateral decision. The track also didn’t live up to its responsibility to use its best efforts to fill despite what the industry groups recommend.”

Milburn maintained a positive tone, however.

“We can get past this,” Milburn said. “We have a lot of good purse money still available and there a lot of races left to run until the middle of October. I’m still optimistic about racing here in the future. ”

The last official count showed 677 horses stabled on the grounds. There are no plans to make up the lost days.

Not surprisingly local trainers were pretty glum about the cancellations. Nonetheless, after all the smoke had cleared there were 19 races carded for Sunday and Monday, three fewer than were originally scheduled for the three-day weekend.

Apprentice Dunn retires

Apprentice jockey Marlo Dunn has decided to call it a career. Dunn, 25, said she was planning to continue galloping horses in the mornings and go to school in the afternoons to finish high school before moving on to college. She began her riding career in 2010 and was the leading apprentice at Hastings in 2011 and 2012. Dunn retires with 75 wins and mounts earnings of $1,130,012. She was going to lose her bug next week.

“I just kind of lost my mojo and thought it would be better to go back to school now instead of waiting until I’m 35,” Dunn said. “I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, so it wasn’t a snap decision.”

◗ Jockey Fernando Perez was reinstated after being suspended for two weeks while the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch conducted an investigation. GPEB did not say what it was investigating and the stewards at Hastings would not comment. In the reinstatement ruling, there were “two conditions of registration,” which were not elaborated on.

Perez is in sixth place in the jockey standings with 17 wins.