08/09/2013 4:12PM

Hastings notes: Local notables look elsewhere for stakes riches

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Shikegi Kikkawa
Shrug won two stakes at Hastings, including the Sir Winston Churchill on June 9.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – There will be live racing at Hastings next weekend, but a lot of the local stars will be out of town running in major stakes races at Northlands Park and Emerald Downs.

Trainer Dino Condilenios and Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. have changed their minds about running Shrug in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile next Sunday. Instead, he will accompany Shooting Jacket to Northlands, where he will run in the $50,000 Westerner on Saturday. Shooting Jacket will be part of what figures to be a strong field of 3-year-olds running in the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby.

Shrug won two stakes at Hastings, including a big effort to beat Wilo Kat and Herbie D in the Sir Winston Churchill on June 9. He came back with a dull effort in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governor’s on July 1, and Condilenios backed off his training to freshen him up for what he thought was going to be the Longacres Mile.

“We just walked him for a couple of weeks, and it’s done him a world of good,” Condilenios said. “He’s training great right now.”

After considering their options, Condilenios and Swift decided to avoid what is shaping up to be a tough field in the Longacres Mile.

“If there were just a couple of horses that he had to take on, we would have given him a shot,” Condilenios said. “But along with Herbie D it looks like there is a handful of good ones coming for the Mile, and I would rather be 2-1 instead of a 10 or 15-1.”

Shrug will either be the favorite or the second choice in the Westerner. It all depends on whether Commander stays at Northlands or heads to Emerald for the Longacres Mile. Owner Glen Todd was waiting to see the weights in both races and also how Mr. Bowling worked this weekend at Emerald. Mr. Bowling was recently purchased by Todd and is coming off a second-place finish in the $101,000 Golden Bear at Indiana Downs on July 20.

Shrug will have a new rider in the Westerner. Scott Williams will pick up the mount from Frank Fuentes. Williams was the leading apprentice at Northlands last year and is coming off a big day at Hastings, winning three races, including the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic with Brass and Gold and the $50,000 Nursery with Andallthatitmeans, on B.C. Cup Day last Monday.

Williams also is riding Shooting Jacket.

“Scotty knows the track well, and Frank’s okay with it,” Condilenios said. “It just makes sense to bring one rider out for the day instead of two.”

Weighing travel plans

Dashing Daisy and Wando Woman, first and second respectively in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Distaff, could be making the trip to Emerald to run in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff next Sunday. Dashing Daisy also is considering the $75,000 Edmonton Distaff at Northlands Park on Saturday.

Gosailgo, fifth as the favorite in the Distaff, also is nominated to both races, but trainer Robbie Anderson said he was leaning toward taking Gosailgo to Northlands.

“It’s a lot farther to go, but it’s worth more money,” Anderson said. “Plus, there are seven nominated, and I think only five are going to run.”

Wando Woman will be running out of town for the first time in her 25-race career. According to trainer Cindy Krasner, a variety of issues have kept Wando Woman from making the short trip to Emerald.

“It will be an experience,” trainer Cindy Krasner said. “I think she’s ready for it, though. She chipped an ankle at 3, and she wasn’t close to being mentally ready for it as a 4-year-old. Last year, she lost an eye.”

Krasner said Wando Woman will be stabled in Junior Coffee’s barn and run under his name.

MacPherson making commute

Trainer Craig MacPherson will be at Northlands on Saturday to saddle Reporting Star in the Canadian Derby, but he also is looking forward to being back at Hastings on Sunday to see how Bluegrass Pride and Miss Derek run in major preps for the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby and the $100,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 8

Bluegrass Pride finished a troubled second behind Shooting Jacket in the Chris Loseth on July 1 and will likely be favored in the Richmond Derby Trial.

Miss Derek won the $50,000 Supernaturel, despite being very rank during the early stages of the race.

Both races were July 1, and MacPherson is hopeful he made the right decision by keeping them at Hastings instead of shipping them out of town. They will be going into their races off of seven-week layoffs.

“It would have been nice to have gotten a race into them, and we could have gone somewhere,” MacPherson said. “But we made the decision to train them up to their races, and we have to live with it. They certainly have been training well.”

Reporting Star will be making his first start for MacPherson, and if he can handle the long ship from Monmouth Park, he could make a big impact in the Canadian Derby. Racing for trainer Kathleen O’Connell, he finished second behind Grade 1 Haskell winner Verrazano in the Grade 3 Pegasus on June 16, and he also ran well to finish second in the $63,000 New Jersey Derby going 1 1/16 miles on turf July 20.

He was recently purchased by Chad Joe, who also owns Miss Derek.

MacPherson said Reporting Star was to fly out of Toronto late Tuesday night and would arrive in Edmonton on Wednesday morning.