09/07/2012 1:52PM

Hastings: Stormin for Becka will have to catch Proud Victor


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Craig MacPherson isn’t sure what Stormin for Becka is going to do when he runs in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity at Hastings on Sunday. The 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds drew eight horses and is one of the five stakes races supporting the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby. Post time for the first of 10 races is 12:50 p.m. Pacific.

Stormin for Becka was an impressive debut winner and went into the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes as the odds-on favorite. He got bounced around leaving the starting gate, and after he took a few awkward steps, leading rider Amadeo Perez pulled him up and then jumped off on the backstretch.

“He may have cross-fired, and Amadeo thought he was in jeopardy, so he was trying to protect him,” said MacPherson. “He was fine when he came back to the barn, though. I was pretty happy with the way he worked five furlongs last week.”

Richard Hamel, who was aboard for the five-furlong move in 59.60 seconds Aug. 31, will ride Stormin for Becka.

Proud Victor is the one they will have to catch. Trained by Greg Tracy, Proud Victor posted fast fractions and kept rolling in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery on Aug. 6.

Go for Guinness also has good speed, but trainer Dave Forster is taking the blinkers off with the hope he will settle early. If he doesn’t go with Proud Victor, the race could be over early.

Closing out the card is the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies, the last leg of a $25,000-guaranteed pick four.

The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew 10 horses and appears to be a wide-open event.

Tempered Steel broke a step slowly under Frank Fuentes and then rallied to win the CTHS Sales Stakes in her third start Aug. 24. Trained by Brian O’Connell, Tempered Steel was on her toes when she breezed three furlongs in 37.40 seconds before galloping out four furlongs in 50.20 seconds with Fuentes aboard Sept. 3.

“She felt great,” said Fuentes. “She can run a bit, and hopefully she’ll break a little better this time.”

Trainer Tak Inouye is high on Lil Miss Bean, who rallied to finish second in the B.C. Cup Debutante on Aug. 6.

I Want to Dust Her had to wait for room before unleashing a bid that came up three-quarters of a length short of Tempered Steel in the Sales Stakes.

Quit Yer Wineing could be the one they have to catch and will pay a decent price if she can take them all the way.

Class Included looks tough

Class Included will be tough to handle in the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Jim Penny, Class Included was an easy five-length winner of the $63,000 Emerald Distaff on Aug. 19, and she ran well in both of her races at Hastings last year, winning the B.C. Oaks and finishing second by a neck in the Grade 3 Ballerina.

Heidi Maria looks like the main threat off her 7 1/2-length romp in the $75,000 City of Edmonton Distaff at Northlands Park on Aug. 25.

Three-way toss-up in Randall Plate

Take your pick between Commander, Crew Leader, and St Liams Halo in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up. The 1 1/8-mile race drew five horses and goes as the second race.

Commander has dominated the older handicap division at Northlands Park.

St Liams Halo had a wide trip while finishing fourth in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

Both horses are owned by Glen Todd and trained by Troy Taylor.

Crew Leader, trained by Dino Dondilenios, beat St Liams Halo in the Randall last year and is coming off an easy win in a $40,000 optional claiming race Aug. 24.