05/20/2012 10:38AM

Hastings: Our Eleanor capitalizes on speed duel to take Ross McLeod


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Our Eleanor benefitted from a hotly contested duel between heavily favored Claresmiezie and longshot Vinoterra to win the Ross McLeod for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings on Saturday.  She paid $13.80 as the third choice in the eight-horse field.

With Amadeo Perez aboard, Our Eleanor was sitting comfortably in mid pack while Claresmiezie and Vinoterra battled it out through extremely fast fractions of 21.60 and 44.48 seconds. Perez started moving Our Eleanor into contention on the stretch turn and she took command of the race in midstretch.

Trainer Craig MacPherson said he was surprised Our Eleanor wasn’t closer to the pace in the 6 ½- furlong sprint.

“I thought she was going to be near the leaders but when I saw the fractions I realized Amadeo knew what he was doing,” said MacPherson. “It was a great ride.”

Evelyn’s Dancer, who stalked the pace, finished second. Dance the Wind came from off the pace to pick up third. Claresmieze finished fifth.

The final time was 1:16.53.

Big turnout watches hometown hero win Preakness

The large crowd that turned out to cheer for Mario Gutierrez in the Preakness wasn’t disappointed when Gutierrez gave another flawless ride aboard I’ll Have Another to win the second jewel in the Triple Crown.  Gutierrez began his North American riding career at Hastings in 2006 and was the leading rider here in 2007 and 2008. The largest crowd in years is expected when Gutierrez and I’ll Have Another go for the Triple Crown in the Belmont on June 9.