07/01/2013 8:42PM

Hastings: Shooting Jacket rallies wide to win Chris Loseth Handicap


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Under a perfectly timed ride by Scott Williams, Shooting Jacket made a strong three-wide move to edge Bluegrass Pride by 1 1/4 lengths in Monday’s $50,000 Chris Loseth Handicap for 3-year-olds at Hastings. He paid $19.80 for his come-from-behind win in the 1 1/16-mile race that drew eight horses.

Shooting Jacket had just one horse beat after Ruby’s Victory posted a moderate half-mile of 48.13 seconds, but Williams was confident he was going to get up in time.

“I felt like I had a lot of horse the whole way and I just loved it when he started picking up horses on his own,” he said. “He really took off when I asked him for his best.”

Bluegrass Pride got shut off and shuffled back just after leaving the starting gate. He made a strong move to get on even terms with Shooting Jacket in the stretch but hung late.  Bluegrass Pride was ridden by Antonio Reyes who picked up the mount when Richard Hamel booked off his mounts after injuring his leg coming out of the starting gate aboard Stratify in the Lieutenant Governors’.  Major Dundee, a slight favorite over Bluegrass Pride, rallied to finish third.

The final time was 1:44.89.

Shooting Jacket is trained by Dino Condilenios and owned by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

The all-sources mutuel handle of $1,168,481 for the 10-race card was easily the best of the meet.