09/08/2013 7:29PM

Hastings: Tempered Steel wins British Columbia Oaks

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Tempered Steel, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, wins the British Columbia Oaks by three lengths Sunday.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Tempered Steel ($9.60) came from well back to score a mild upset in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings on Sunday. The 1 1/8-mile Oaks was one of five stakes supporting the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Tempered Steel sat comfortably in midpack while Miss Derek posted a very fast half-mile time of 46.26 seconds. She started to move into contention on the stretch turn and was in full flight when she made a strong move along the rail to get within 1 1/2 lengths of Miss Derek at the top of the stretch.

Tempered Steel angled out to collar Miss Derek entering the stretch and drew off to win by three lengths over Locket. Miss Derek, the 9-5 favorite, held on to finish third.

Tempered Steel was coming off a win over British Columbia-breds in the B.C. Cup Dogwood.

“I think she proved she is a pretty nice horse, beating open company today,” Gutierrez said. “I was surprised at how fast the pace was, but it was a perfect race for her. I think she has improved since I rode her on B.C. Cup Day.”

Tempered Steel is trained by Brian O’Connell. The final time was 1:49.12.

Andallthatitmeans wins Jack Diamond Futurity

Andallthatitmeans held on to edge Neverabettercause by the narrowest of margins in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Sent off as the favorite in the 10-horse field, Andallthatitmeans paid $4.

Andallthatitmeans broke on top in the 6 1/2-furlong race, and Scott Williams immediately took a strong hold of him while he dueled with Neverabettercause through a half-mile in 46.12. It looked like he was home and cooled out when he opened up a clear lead at the top of the stretch, but Neverabettercause came back to just miss by a nose in a thrilling finish.

Son of Tiago looked like a threat in midstretch but hung late and finished third.

Andallthatitmeans avenged his defeat to Neverabettercause in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes in his previous race.

“This is the one we wanted,” owner Peter Redekop said. “I don’t care how much he won by, he got the money.”

Trained by Anita Bolton, Andallthatitmeans posted a final time of 1:17.98.

Arabella’s Muse takes Sadie Diamond Futurity

Putting on another impressive display of speed, the heavily favored Arabella’s Muse ($2.80) scored a front-running win in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies foaled in Canada.

Owned and bred by Leif Nordhal and his daughter, Karen, Arabella’s Muse was coming off a sensational debut in which she won by more than 13 lengths.

With Frank Fuentes aboard Sunday, Arabella’s Muse broke a bit awkwardly in the 6 1/2-furlong race but recovered quickly and held a one-length lead over Habida after a half-mile in 45.79. She started to pull away on the stretch turn and was in complete control while posting a final margin of 5 1/2 lengths over Architecture, who rallied to finish second. Habida held on for third.

“I felt very comfortable with her the whole way,” Fuentes said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been on a horse like this before.”

The final time was 1:16.07, almost two seconds faster than Andallthatitmeans posted in the Jack Diamond Futurity a race later.

Arabella’s Muse is trained by Toni Cloutier.

Madeira Park scores in Delta Colleen

Madeira Park paid a generous $27.80 for winning the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares. With Rico Walcott aboard, Madeira Park overtook 2-5 favorite Saturday Nite Ride in midstretch and held off the late move by Wando Woman to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Saturday Nite Ride set moderate fractions before giving way grudgingly to finish third in the 1 1/8-mile race.

The final time was 1:49.58.

Madeira Park couldn’t catch Saturday Nite Ride in back-to-back 1 1/16-mile stakes races at Northlands Park. Her trainer, Dave Forster, attributed the form reversal to the “great ride by Walcott and the added distance.”

Wilo Kat wins S. W. Randall Plate

Wilo Kat took advantage of a fast pace to upset the heavily favored Commander in the $50,000 S. W. Randall Plate. He paid $12.20.

Ridden by Amadeo Perez, Wilo Kat rallied from last to win the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up by two lengths. Commander, who forced the pace, held on to finish second over Brass and Gold. Shrug tired after setting the pace in the four-horse field.

Trained by John Snow, Wilo Kat posted an excellent final time of 1:47.98.

RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Yay for Spud & Joanne in the Oaks!
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
Yeah an exciting win for some nice people.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
Nice ride by Gutierrez in the Oaks.