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Updated on 09/09/2012 9:51PM
Hastings undercard: Evelyn’s Dancer speeds to victory in British Columbia Oaks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Troy Taylor was a little concerned after Evelyn’s Dancer posted a quick first quarter-mile time of 22.70 seconds in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings on Sunday. Mario Gutierrez, who rode the 3-year-old filly to a 5 1/4-length win in the 1 1/8-mile race, was very confident he had plenty of horse underneath him, however.
“The track was favoring speed, and a good horse can set fractions like that and keep running,” Guiterrez said. “I’ve known her since I rode her at Santa Anita last year, and I knew she was a good horse. I knew she was going fast, but I wasn’t going to give the race away.”
Evelyn’s Dancer was under pressure from Champagneandcaviar through a half-mile in 47.18, but she started to draw away from the field after six furlongs in 1:12.22. She was in complete control of the race at the top of the stretch and was ridden out through the final eighth-mile.
Dance the Wind rallied to finish second. Racing for Gold was third.
The final time was 1:50.68. Evelyn’s Dancer paid $3.10 for the win.
Evelyn’s Dancer is owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and Glen Todd who races under North American Thoroughbred Horse Company.
Proud Victor wires Jack Diamond Futurity
Odds-on favorite Proud Victor broke on top with Pedro Alvarado aboard and never looked back in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity. He paid $3.50 for his emphatic 4 1/4-length win over Step Up. Longshot Regal Legacy rallied to finish third.
The final time for the 6 1/2-furlong sprint was 1:17.93.
Taylor and Todd also won the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate with Commander, who paid $7.20 for his easy 6 3/4-length win over Crew Leader. Ridden by Enrique Gonzalez, Commander controlled the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up from start to finish while posting a final time of 1:49.17. His stablemate, St Liams Halo, finished third as the heavy favorite.
Commander came into the race off four straight stakes wins at Northlands Park.
Class Included scores in Delta Colleen
William Antongeorgi brought Emerald Downs-based Class Included from a stalking position to win the $50,000 Delta Colleen. She paid $3.70 as the heavy favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares. Heidi Maria held off a late charge by Wando Woman to finish second.
Trained by Jim Penney, Class Included has never finished worse than second in her 15-race career. She earned $30,000 for owners Michael and Amy Feuerborn and increased her earnings to $323,325.
The final time was 1:50.47.
I Want to Dust Her takes Sadie Diamond Futurity
Jockey Richard Hamel closed out the 10-race card with a win aboard I Want to Dust Her in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies.
Trained by Lenore Dubois, I Want to Dust Her paid $13.70.
Tempered Steel took the lead at the top of the stretch and held on to finish second. Favored Willamette finished third.
The final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:19.11.
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