10/10/2010 7:28PM

Senor Rojo hugs rail all the way in BC Premier's

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Senor Rojo, under Richard Hamel, captures the Grade 3 BC Premier's Stakes.

Senor Rojo left the starting gate from the rail and he stayed there the whole way to win the Grade 3, $100,000 BC Premier's Stakes at Hastings on Sunday.

Leading rider Richard Hamel eased Senor Rojo off of an honest early pace set by Tommy Danzigger before moving him into a striking position at the quarter pole. When Beale Street, who took over the lead on the stretch turn, drifted out turning for home, Senor Rojo ($11.10)quickly moved into the lead from along the rail. He opened up a clear lead mid-stretch and never looked threatened as he held off a late run by Ganbei to win by three-quarters of a length. Beale Street held on to finish third. Assessment, the 2-1 favorite, forced the early pace before tiring to finish fifth.

“He loves the rail so that’s where I wanted to be with him,” said Hamel. “He fought me early, but then he just dropped the bit completely so I was really happy about that. At about the three-eighths pole I shook the reins at him and he picked up the bit again. I wasn’t concerned after that and he just slipped through when the hole opened up.”

The final time over a track rated good was 2:17.30.

Trained by Dave Forster, Senor Rojo earned $60,000 for his owners Tres Hombres.