08/25/2012 8:38PM

Northlands: Toccetive runs down stablemate in Canadian Derby

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Ryan Hayes
Toccetive, ridden by Jorge Carreno, makes a late move to capture the Canadian Derby.

EDMONTON, Alberta –  Under a perfectly time ride by Jorge Carreno, Toccetive rallied from well back to edge his front-running stablemate Dougs Buddy by a half-length in a thrilling finish to the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Saturday. It was another half-length back to heavily favored Devil in Disguise ,who didn’t appear to have any  noticeable excuses. Toccetive paid $12.70 as the third choice in the wagering

Before the race, trainer Joan Petrowski said she was going to be watching Dougs Buddy until he tired in the 1 3/8-mile race and then focus on Toccetive when he started to make his move. With Stephan Heiler aboard, Dougs Buddy set honest fractions of 23 seconds, 47.20, and 1:13 for six furlongs and never stopped running, though. He held a 1 1/2-length  lead over Up Jumps a Monster after a mile in 1:40.80 and held on gamely after being collared by Devil in Disguise on the inside and Toccetive on his outside at the top of the stretch. Carreno wasn’t sure Toccetive was ever going to get past Dougs Buddy.

“I could see the other horse stopping going down the backstretch and I thought Dougs Buddy would come back to me, too,” said Carreno. “But the last sixteenth I said uh, oh. My horse really dug in and just got him, though. I really want to thank Joan for sticking with me because she was under a lot of pressure to go with someone else.”

Petrowski, who won the 2007 Canadian Derby with Footprint, was obviously thrilled by the result.

“It was very exciting and wonderful,” said Petrowski. “The only thing that could have been better is a dead heat.”

Toccetive is owned by Southview Ag Ltd.

Hastings shippers dominate undercard

Led by Commander in the $50,000 Westerner Handicap for 3-year-olds and up, Hastings-based horses dominated the three supporting stakes on the 13-race card. It was Commander’s fourth stakes win in a row at Northlands and he paid $2.90 as the prohibitive favorite.

With Mario Gutierrez aboard, Commander was involved right from the start and after disposing of No Hesitation following a half-mile in 47.40 in the 1 1/16-mile  race, the race was over. Commander went into the stretch with a seven-length lead and without any urging from Gutierrez he increased his margin to eight lengths over City Trooper. Real Dingo finished third.

The final time was 1.45.60.

Trainer Dennis Terry summed up the dominating performance.

“Hulk Hogan could have ridden him but I was glad it was Mario,” said Terry.

Trainer Dave Forster and jockey Richard Hamel teamed up to win the $75,000 City of Edmonton Distaff for fillies and mares with Heidi Maria and the $50,000 Sonoma for 3-year-old fillies with Madeira Park.

Heidi Maria ($4.70) forced the issue early while going three-wide around the first turn and after dueling with Smart Roar through a half-mile in a rapid  46.20 seconds she started to assert control of the 1 1/16-mile race. She posted a final time of 1:46.40 while easily beating Miss Victoriana by 7 1/4 seven lengths. Fleet Mama finished third.

Madeira Park paid $4 for her front-running win in the Sonoma. The complexion of the 1 1/16-mi race for 3-year-old fillies changed dramatically when the second choice in the wagering, Tempered Sapphire, got off to a slow start.

Madeira Park set moderate fractions of 24 and 48.40 before drawing off to win by 8 ¼ eight lengths over Sweet Laurette and Blue Baby.

The final time was 1:47.20.

Madeira Park is bred and owned by Exclusive Stable and Raymond Hanson. They also bred and owned Madeira Park’s half-sisters Overact and Langara  Lass, who won the 2004 and 2006 Sonoma for Forster.