08/07/2017 10:42PM

Modern wins by a nose in chaotic Pacific Customs Brokers Classic

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Modern, with Richard Hamel up, wins the Pacific Customs Brokers Classic at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Despite Richard Hamel looking around and not really asking Modern to go all out from the half-mile pole to the wire, the classy 7-year-old gelding was able to win the $50,000 Pacific Customs Brokers Classic on Monday at Hastings. Sent off as the favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, he paid $6.30 for his nose win over Neveradoubt.

Modern dueled with Sabado Alegre through a half-mile in 46.64 seconds. With Enrique Gonzalez aboard, Sabado Alegre broke down and fell approaching the half-mile pole. Shooting Jacket and Calgary Caper couldn’t avoid the fallen horse and lost their riders, Romerio Saunders and Amadeo Perez.

Modern ended up alone on the lead, with Hamel looking around to see what was going on behind him.

“With everything going on behind me, I thought the race would be declared a no-contest,” Hamel said. “I heard Sabado Alegre’s leg go pop and saw the rider lying on the dirt and was concerned about outriders pulling us up at the wire because the turn comes up pretty quick. After it happened, the rest of the way I was just looking behind me to see what was going on. Luckily, Modern kept running and won the race.”

Antonio Reyes showed a lot of courage riding Neveradoubt who was beside Shooting Jacket when he lost his rider. Reyes moved Neveradoubt between horses, including a riderless Shooting Jacket on the stretch turn, and probably would have won the race if he didn’t have to wait for room on the turn.

Venetian Mask finished third, despite almost losing jockey David Lopez when he went over Sabado Alegre.

“That was scary,” Lopez said.

Highway Boss hooked up with Modern at the quarter pole and looked like he might be a threat in midstretch. However, Mario Gutierrez, following Hamel’s lead, eased up on him.

The final time was 1:51.74.

Modern is trained by Dino Condilenios and is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

The same connections own Snuggles who was heavily favored to win the $50,000 Pacific Customs Distaff. However, approaching the starting gate she flipped and was scratched.

“It was a strange day,” Condilenios said. “Snuggles was a bit off when she got back to the barn but hopefully it was nothing serious. It was nice to win the Classic, but you don’t get the same joy with what happened.”

Notis the Jewell took advantage of the scratch to win the Distaff. She paid $24.60 for her win over Sailingforthesun in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

She was ridden by Kerron Khelawan for owner-trainer Bill McLaren.

Hunters Appeal shocks in Churchill Derby Trial

There were five $50,000 stakes that were featured on the B.C. Festival of Racing card.

The biggest price was the $74.30 Hunters Appeal paid for his win over heavily favored A. P. Zona in the Sir Winston Churchill Derby Trial. The son of Successful Appeal is trained by Jim Brown.

Carrying high weight of 126 pounds, Daz Lin Dawn ($2.60) dominated her rivals in the Hong Kong Jockey Club for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Nancy Betts and ridden by Hamel, she will be a handful at equal weights in the $100,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 9.

With Mario Gutierrez riding for owner-trainer Glenn Todd, My Aunt Mo paid $3.10 for her easy win in the Hard Rock Casino for 2-year-old fillies.

Todd also won the first race, an exhibition race for 2-year-olds in which he owned all three horses.

He donated half of the $21,250 purse to the New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society and the other half to the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. The three jockeys involved donated their earnings to the B.C. disabled jockey fund.