05/04/2011 1:07PM

Hastings: Tlaquepaque returns with Rawson as trainer


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Jodie Rawson is hoping to capture her first stakes win when she runs Tlaquepaque in the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hastings on Saturday.

Tlaquepaque was undefeated in two starts for owner-trainer Juan Olmos as a 2-year-old and will be making his first start for Rawson. Olmos reportedly moved to Barcelona, Spain, and has divested his horse racing operation in British Columbia. Tlaquepaque was a romping 7 3/4-length winner when he debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race last June, and he looked like a seasoned older horse when he came from a stalking position to win the $51,000 New Westminster on Aug. 26.

Rawson is happy with the way he is training as he heads into his first start as a 3-year-old. She was especially pleased with his four-furlong move in 47.60 seconds last Sunday.

“It really picked his head up big time,” she said, referring to the work. “He seems real classy, and we haven’t really pushed him. Hopefully, he’ll run big.”

Rawson took over Tlaquepaque’s training at the beginning of March, and she said he had plenty of miles under him before he arrived at Hastings.

“He spent January and February at Pegasus, so he had tons of bottom when we got him,” she said. “It is a great facility, and he did a lot of swimming as well as work on the treadmill.”

Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center is located in Redmond Wash.

The horse they will all have to beat is Bond James Bond. Trained by Greg Tracy, Bond James Bond has won all six of his starts. He dominated the 2-year-old division at Northlands Park last year and was a sharp winner over Mr. Collaborator when he made his 3-year-old debut in a $75,000 optional claimer at Hastings.

Tracy, who is creeping up on 1,000 career wins, with 945, has most of his horses stabled at Northlands Park. Keeping an eye on the horses based at Hastings is assistant trainer Preston Ferris.

“He’s coming into the race good shape,” said Ferris, referring to Bond James Bond. “Like all of the horses in the barn, he’s very honest.”

Ferris grew up at the racetrack. His father, jockey Alex Ferris, won more than 800 races while riding mostly in Alberta. His mother, Frances Adams, trained horses in Kentucky.

“I may as well have been born in a tack room,” Ferris said. “Actually, I was born in Calgary but grew up in Kentucky, where I learned most of what I know about horses.”

According to Ferris, Tracy is planning on having horses stabled at Hastings all summer.

“At least I hope so,” Ferris said. “I really like it here.”

Hastings holds Friday night card

Hastings will hold its first evening card this Friday and as part of a promotion dubbed “Friday Night Live,” T-shirts will be given away to the first 1,000 patrons that show up for the live racing.

A $25,000 claiming race for older fillies and mares headlines the eight-race card that begins at 7 p.m.

With all of the speed signed on in the 6 1/2-furlong feature, it could set up nicely for deep closers We Are One and Daymaker. A total of 11 horses have been entered, but not all are expected to run.

Trained by Terry Clyde, We Are One took advantage of a hotly contested pace to pull off a $44 upset in a $25,000 claimer April 16. She was well back while Lost Prophet and Recounted were carving out quick early fractions. She started moving into contention going around the stretch turn and then squeezed through a tight hole along the rail to edge Mizz Shakin by a length. We Are One won four races for Clyde at Turf Paradise last winter. Clyde claimed We Are One back for $10,000 on Feb. 21 after she lost her for $12,500 on Feb. 4.

When We Are One was saving ground while making her strong move, Daymaker was hung out in the middle of the track. Daymaker ended up going widest of all in the stretch and despite it all, she only got beat by 1 3/4 lengths. She could easily turn the tables with a better trip and also figures to move forward in her second start of the year for trainer Dino Condilenios.

Vying Ty Grr is the top money earner in the field with $140,914. A double stakes winner as a 2-year-old, Vying Ty Grr had a hard time keeping up with stakes company last year. After she finished eighth in the Hong Kong Jockey Club, trainer Barbara Heads elected to drop her into a claiming race for the first time. Taking advantage of the easier company, Vying Ty Grr led every step of the way in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds on Sept. 19. This will be her first start since then.