04/30/2017 6:54PM

Rock Victor goes wire to wire in B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay

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Rock Victor scores by 2 3/4 lengths under Rico Walcott in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Rock Victor broke on top and never looked back in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay at Hastings on Sunday. He paid $9.60 for his 2 3/4-length win over Driller in the 6 1/4-furlong dash for B.C.-bred 3-year-olds.

With Rico Walcott riding, Rock Victor was under no real pressure while posting a quarter-mile time of 22.14 seconds, but he was under attack from Driller after a snappy half-mile in 44.93. He held a half-length lead over Driller at the top of the stretch before drawing off to score a decisive victory. Igor rallied late to get up for third.

The final time was 1:16.53.

“Once he was on the lead I tried to get him to relax,” said Walcott. “I didn’t want to go too fast, but he did. He really took off when he heard the other horses coming to him at the quarter pole.”

Rock Victor is trained by Greg Tracy.

“We knew he could run but he had some breathing problems as a 2-year-old and he didn’t finish in either of his races” said Tracy. “We worked on him over the winter and it seemed to work as he ran a big race in Phoenix and he ran another good one today. “

Rock Victor was coming off a win in a $30,000 optional claiming race at Turf Paradise on April 3.

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Daz Lin Dawn takes B.C. Cup Dogwood

Daz Lin Dawn paid $8.20 and was very impressive winning the $50,000 B.C. Cup Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies bred in B.C. 

Breaking alertly with Richard Hamel aboard, Daz Lin Dawn dueled with Classic Statement through a moderate half-mile in 46.22. She started to assert herself on the stretch turn and then drew off to win by 8 3/4 lengths. Classic Statement held on to finish second.  Yukon Belle, who steadied on heels going into the first turn, finished third as the even-money favorite.

The final time was 1:15.97.

“I worked her a few times before the race but this was the first time I rode her on a fast track and she was very impressive,” said Hamel. “She really grabbed the bit at the quarter pole, and then she found another gear at the top of the stretch.”

Trainer Nancy Betts was expecting a strong performance from Daz Lin Dawn, a daughter of Popular.

“I’m not a gambler but I liked her so much bet $100 on her to win,” said Betts.