09/14/2014 7:34PM

Ole's Miss up by a head in British Columbia Oaks

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Mr. Bowling scores by a length under Mario Gutierrez in the S.W. Randall Plate.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Ole’s Miss wrapped up the local 3-year-old filly title with a thrilling win over longshot Irish Lyric in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings on Sunday. She paid $6.30 as a slight favorite over Dawselina,  who contested the quick early pace and held on well to finish third in the 1 1/8-mile race.

With Dawselina, Irish Lyric,  and Fire Beauty battling  through interior fractions of 23.00 and 46.54 seconds, Ole’s Miss had one horse beat in the eight-horse field. Leading rider Amadeo Perez started to move her into contention at the quarter pole, and had  her in full flight on the stretch turn.  Instead of going wide around the turn, Perez  moved his filly inside while he waited for an opening.  When Arabella’s Muse, who joined the leaders on the final turn,  drifted out, he guided Ole’s Miss through a narrow opening at the top of the stretch. Under strong urging,  she wore down a determined Irish Lyric to win by a head.

Ole’s Miss was coming off a loss as the 4-5 favorite in the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club,  where she was closer to the pace than usual.

“She was much more relaxed today,” said Perez. “I had a lot of horse on the turn but I didn’t want to go eight-wide. When the opening came she didn’t hesitate to go. I felt pretty good about her chances when we reached the stretch but she had to work for it.”

The final time was 1:50.27

Ole’s Miss is trained by Tracy McCarthy, who said she would be pointed to the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina at Hastings on Oct. 13 to will face older fillies and mares for the first time.

Mr. Bowling captures S.W. Randall Plate

Mario Gutierrez guided Mr. Bowling to a one-length win over 21-1 longshot Mysterious Soul in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up. He paid $8.40 as the second choice in the1 1/8-mile race that drew eight horses.

Gutierrez had Mr. Bowling sitting midpack  early, moved him into contention  entering the final turn, and Mr. Bowling took command while slipping through along the rail entering the stretch.  Mysterious Soul held on to finish a nose in front of Wilo Kat after setting honest fractions of 23.32 and 47.21 while under pressure from Commander and Dontmesswithkitten.

Mr. Bowling also won the Lieutenant Governors at Hasting with Gutierrez aboard before going unplaced in the Mt. Rainier and Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

“He’s a big horse but he seems to like the smaller track at Hastings,” said Gutierrez. “He handles the turns beautifully, and he really gets a hold of the track. He’s the kind of horse that you have to leave alone and let him do what he wants.”

Trained by Troy Taylor, Mr. Bowling posted a final time of 1:50.06.

The 2-1 favorite Title Contender was in a stalking position early, but faded to finish sixth.

Locket springs 9-1 upset in Delta Colleen

In the first stakes on the 10-race card Locket paid $20.60 for her upset win in the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares.

With Keishan Balgobin aboard, Locket came from a stalking position to win by 3 3/4 lengths over the late-closing Wando Woman. Heavily favored Madeira Park forced a moderate pace in the 1 1/8-mile race before tiring to finish third.

The final time was 1:49.54.

Locket is trained by Frank Barroby.

Jockey Ryan Pacheco was reportedly in good shape after being taken to Vancouver General Hospital following a spill in the first race aboard It’s Gold Baby,  who went down after breaking a leg on the stretch turn.

“He was a bit sore in his neck and shoulders but he was sitting up and joking around,” said his agent,  Ryan Deyotte.