08/06/2012 7:51PM

Hastings: Taylors Deal caps B.C.-bred Day with easy victory in Stellar's Jay


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Heavily favored Taylors Deal stamped himself as the early local favorite for the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby with a 5 1/4-length win over Wilo Kat in the $50,000 Stellar’s Jay at Hastings Monday. High End Man, who dueled with Unquiet for the early lead, held on to finish third in the 1 1/16-mile race.  

Fernando Perez had Taylors Deal in a stalking position for the first six furlongs, and when he asked him to pick it up approaching the quarter pole it was obvious he was going to win the race.  Taylors Deal held a 1 1/2-ength lead at the top of the stretch before drawing off to win impressively. He paid $3.60 and ran the distance in 1:43.72.

“This is a very nice horse,” said Perez. “When I asked him to run, he ran fast.”

Taylors Deal is trained by Troy Taylor and owned by Glen Todd, who are pointing him for the Sept. 9 B.C. Derby. He is a half-brother to Taylor Said, who won the B.C. Cup Classic for Taylor and Todd earlier in the day. They were both bred by Clive and Linda Lytle and Can-A-Mex Farms. 

The Stellar’s Jay was the last of six stakes restricted to B.C.-breds on the B.C. Cup Day card.

Proud Victor scored a 2 3/4-length front-running win over Step Up in the $50,000 Nursery for 2-year-old colts and geldings going 6 1/2 furlongs.  Proud Victor paid $3.40. He was ridden by Pedro Alvarado.

It was win No. 1,001 for trainer Greg Tracy. Earlier in the day Tracy reached the 1,000-win mark when Claresmiezie won the $50,000 Assiniboia Oaks at Assiniboia Downs.

With Frank Fuentes aboard, Gosailgo set moderate fractions while cruising to a 3 1/2-length upset win over favored Racing for Gold in the 1 1/16-mile Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies. Sent off as the longest price in the seven-horse field, Gosailgo paid $54.20. She is trained by Robbie Anderson.

Bamboo Dream was last early, but Amadeo Perez had her in full flight late as she rallied to beat Lil Miss Bean by 1 3/4 lengths in $50,000 Debutante for 2-year-old fillies. She paid $20.60. Willamette finished third in the 6 1/2-furlong race. Heavily favored Officer’s Charm set extremely fast fractions of 21.49 and 44.12 before tiring to finish fourth. 

Bamboo Dream is trained by Patty Leaney.

P. S. Touch Down ($27.20) provided another upset in the 1 1/8-mile Distaff for fillies and mares. With Jeff Burningham aboard, P. S. Touch Down sat just off an honest pace set by Tierra Del Feugo. She took the lead at the top of the stretch and easily held off Orchid’s Silver, who rallied to finish second. Tierra Del Feugo held on for third.

Burningham picked up the mount from Enrique Gonzalez who was injured in the last race Sunday.

P. S. Touch Down is trained by Cindy Krasner. Krasner also trains Wando Woman, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the 10-horse field.