08/27/2016 10:15AM

Strate Remark, Yukon Belle win CTHS Sales Stakes divisions

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Strate Remark wins the males' division of the CTHS Sales Stakes on Friday night.

A slight equipment change helped Strate Remark win the colts-and-geldings division of the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes for trainer Cindy Krasner at Hastings on Friday night. He paid $10.80 for his win over Kermode in the 6 1/2-furlong dash.

Officially, he was running with blinkers for the first time.

“He wasn’t wearing full blinkers,” said Krasner. “They are actually pretty small. We call them cheaters, but they keep him from looking at the rider.”

With Silvino Morales aboard, Strate Remark broke sharply from post 2. Kermode also broke alertly from the rail, and they raced as a team through a half-mile in 46.83 seconds. They were still battling it out at the top of the stretch before Strate Remark edged clear in the late stretch to win by three-quarters of a length. Silent Eagle finished third but was never a real threat while chasing them the whole way.

The final time was 1:19.42.

Strate Remark is owned by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd., which is based at Northlands Park. Speaking on behalf of the stable, Norm Castiglione said, “We will be back again, again, again, and again.”

Riversedge paid $35,000 for the son of Sungold at the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling and mixed sale held in Langley, British Columbia.

First-time starter Yukon Belle paid $27 for her win over Spirit Bay in the fillies’ division.

Ridden by Antonio Reyes, Yukon Belle had one horse beat while the heavily favored Something Better was dueling with Ware’s My Jennie through the first quarter-mile in 23.12 seconds. She started to move into contention while rallying along the rail on the stretch turn.

Reyes wheeled her out at the top of the stretch, and she wore down Spirit Bay, who had taken over the lead in midstretch. Anstrum, who steadied going into the stretch turn, rallied to finish third. Something Better finished fourth. The rider aboard Anstrum, Amadeo Perez, lodged a claim of foul against the winner for causing Anstrum to steady. The stewards rejected the claim of foul, however, and let the result stand.

The final time was 1:19.84.

Yukon Belle is trained by Barbara Heads. The daughter of Drosselmeyer was purchased by Ryan Nugent- Hopkins for $51,000 out of the aforementioned CTHS sale.

The first overall pick in the 2011 National Hockey League draft, Nugent-Hopkins plays center for the Edmonton Oilers.

The Sea to Sky Pick 6 was hit, and the winning ticket, purchased through Twinspires.com, paid $138,317.