07/17/2013 2:44PM

Hastings: Ole's Miss impresses in Boulevard Casino victory


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Ole’s Miss made the kind of sweeping move to win the $50,000 Boulevard Casino Stakes not seen very often at Hastings, especially by a 2-year-old filly.

Actually, the way the race unfolded on Sunday, it seemed like it was being run on turf. There were five horses in the field, and Ole’s Miss was biding her time at the back of the pack while the other four were bunched up in front of her. Hey Didjanotis and Architecture were never more than a head apart while posting extremely slow fractions of 23.97 and 47.94 seconds in the 6 1/2-furlong race. Battling Brook and Flatter You were sitting just behind them while trying not to run them over. Ole’s Miss looked like she had no chance when she was still almost four lengths behind after a half-mile.

When Scott Williams asked her to run, though, she took off. In just a few strides, she was in full flight while going four wide around the stretch turn. She collared Architecture soon after entering the stretch and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

“I thought she was a racehorse going into the race, and she exceeded my expectations,” trainer Tracy McCarthy said. “To come from dead last and to win drawing away like that was pretty impressive.”

Ole’s Miss was a maiden going into the Boulevard Casino, but she had shown McCarthy enough in her 3 1/2-furlong debut to give her a shot in the Boulevard Casino.

“She ran a big race, considering she finished third,” McCarthy said. “She got bothered early in the race, but she came back at them and finished full of run. We thought she would be better going a bit farther, and it turns out we were right.”

McCarthy liked the style in which Ole’s Miss ran the race.

“I think everyone is a bit speed crazy now, and they are always sending, sending, sending, and we are ending up with a lot of one-dimensional horses,” McCarthy said. “We told Scotty to just play the break. When she didn’t break that sharply, he rode her perfectly and let her settle in behind the other horses. Now, we know she can run from anywhere.”

Williams was impressed with Ole’s Miss. He picked up the mount when Enrique Gonzalez, who was aboard for her debut, opted to ride Architecture. The main reason for Gonzalez riding Architecture is that she is a British Columbia-bred and has a lot more opportunities in front of her at Hastings this year, including the $50,000 B.C. Cup Debutante on Aug. 5.

Williams was pretty impressive himself. At 23, he is still learning his trade and was very patient when Ole’s Miss didn’t show a lot of speed leaving the starting gate.

“After she didn’t break that sharply, I didn’t want to get into a panic,” Williams said. “I felt like I had lots of horse, and as soon as I moved my hands she starting rolling. She really pulled me up there on my own. A year ago, I might have chased them.”

It was the second stakes win in two weeks for Williams. He won the Chris Loseth for 3-year-olds aboard Shooting Jacket on July 1. The race was named for former local jockey Loseth, who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1997. Loseth is married to McCarthy and plays a major role in her barn. According to Williams, Loseth has been a positive influence in his life.

“Chris rode with my father [Danny Williams], and I’ve known him all my life,” Williams said. “He’s always been very supportive and has helped point me in the right directions. It was pretty special when I won the Loseth. Chris and Tracy have really welcomed me with open arms when I came here to ride full time this year.”

McCarthy not only likes the way Williams rides but also the way he conducts himself.

“He’s a great kid,” McCarthy said. “He loves racing, but even more so he loves horses. He knows all the horses he rides in my barn by their barn name, and he comes over every day and gives them hugs.”

McCarthy isn’t sure when Ole’s Miss is going to run next. There isn’t a race for her at Hastings until the $75,000 Fantasy on closing day Oct. 14, so McCarthy is considering shipping her to Northlands for the $50,000 Bird of Pay on Aug. 24.

“We’re going to wait and see how she is with the virus going around before we do anything,” McCarthy said. “We have had a lot of bad luck shipping to Northlands, so if we go to Edmonton we’ll just show up the day before the race, run her, and come home.”

Despite the slow interior fractions, Ole’s Miss posted a faster time for the 6 1/2 furlongs – 1:18.40 – than Deviance did in the $50,000 New Westminster (1:18.96) on the same day.

Deviance, a 2-year-old gelding Bob and John, edged Three Way Trade by a neck and reportedly came out of the race in good shape.

Both horses are trained by Troy Taylor, who said Deviance will be pointed to the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery on Aug. 5.

Three Way Trade, an Illinois-bred, is a maiden and will likely show up in a maiden special weight race soon.

Hastings management said it would attempt to make up Saturday’s lost day later in the meet.