05/06/2012 8:28PM

Hastings: Taylor Said pulls away in John Longden 6000

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Taylor Said wins the John Longden 6000 Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia  –  Taylor Said came from just off the pace to win the 6 1/2-furlong John Longden 6000 in a very brisk time of 1:15.77 at Hastings on Sunday.

Sent off as the favorite in the $50,000 sprint for 3-year-olds and up, Taylor Said was expected to set the pace in the 11-horse field. He was outrun by Northern Causeway and St. Liams Halo early, however, and Fernando Perez was forced to steady Taylor Said when he was full of run going into the first turn.

Taylor Said engaged the leaders at the quarter pole while going three wide and opened up a two-length advantage at the top of the stretch. He never looked threatened while widening his margin to 4 1/2 lengths.  St Liams Halo held on for second and longshot Senor Rojo made a late run to get up to finish third.

Taylor Said paid $6.10 to win.

“I thought we were going to be on the lead, but the other two horses went pretty fast,” Perez said. “We had a little trouble early, but he really responded when I asked him to run.”

Taylor Said and St Liams Halo are owned by Glen Todd, (North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc.) and trained by Troy Taylor.

Jockey Wilson sent to hospital after spill

Jockey Dave Wilson was sent to the hospital for evaluation after going down in a spill that involved five horses in the fifth race. Wilson was aboard Deperate who broke down and fell just after taking the lead on the stretch turn. The spill caused four other horses to lose their riders, but Wilson was the only jockey injured. Desperate and Icecap, who couldn’t avoid the fallen horse, were injured severely and euthanized.

According to track officials, Wilson was being checked for possible broken ribs.