08/01/2014 12:59PM

Wando Woman due for B.C. Cup win

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Wando Woman has not won since taking down the Strawberry Morn Handicap in 2011.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The time has come for Wando Woman to win a B.C. Cup race. Beginning in 2010, when she finished second in the B.C. Cup Dogwood as a 3-year-old, Wando Woman has been favored in three of her four starts in B.C. Cup races. She has finished second three times and fourth once. Last year, she was dismissed at 8-1 in the B.C. Cup Distaff but ran a big race to finish second behind Dashing Daisy.

She is coming off a strong performance in the $50,000 Monashee Handicap, where, as usual, she trailed the field early. Despite moderate fractions being set up front, she rallied from 13 lengths back to miss by a neck behind Madeira Park.

There is no doubt that she will be favored when she runs Monday in the B.C. Cup Distaff. The 1 1/8-mile Distaff is one of six B.C.-bred stakes races that make up the bulk of the 10-race card.

Actually, it is about time for her to win any race. The 7-year-old mare hasn’t won since 2011, when she rallied from last to beat Classic Alley Cat in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn.

It’s not that she hasn’t been trying, though. She has finished in the top three nine times and has been part of the superfecta in 13 of her races since then, all but one in stakes. In her career, she has earned $258,767 for owner Dennis Spence.

It just may be that her running style works against her. A deep closer, Wando Woman does not want to be rushed, and she usually is at the mercy of whatever is happening in front of her. She was aggressively ridden by Rico Walcott in the Vancouver Sun on June 8, but she didn’t want any part of it.

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With Fernando Perez aboard in the Monashee, she ran her usual race, and the 84 Beyer Speed Figure she was given is the second-best figure of her career. She received an 85 for her win in the Strawberry Morn. She looks like a standout running against B.C.-breds on Monday. Trainer Cindy Krasner isn’t taking anything for granted, though.

“We are very proud of the way she ran in the Monashee, and she probably would have won if she didn’t have to go around Castinette Dancer,” said Krasner. “But that’s what happens with a horse with her running style. On paper, she looks like the winner in the Distaff, but she needs a pace to work with, and the only real speed in the field is Touching Promise.”

Wando Woman also had to deal with adversity when she lost an eye two years ago.

“It set her back, but she has learned to deal with it,” said Krasner. “It would be nice if we could get her to change her style, but there is no sense in trying. She trains the same, runs the same, and she isn’t a happy camper if you take her out of her routine. Hopefully, the racing gods will be with her.”

Photo sales benefit jockey fund

In support of the Hastings Jockey Benefit Fund, photographer Ralph Bower is putting on display more than 150 of his original horse-racing photos in the original casino room at Hastings beginning Monday. Prints of the photos will be available for purchase, and all proceeds will go to the jockey fund.

Bower, who recently turned 80, has been a regular at Hastings since 1955. He won many awards as a photographer for the Vancouver Sun newspaper and has captured local horse-racing history. There are shots of Spectacular Bid, John Henry, and other superstars in the racing world as well as an original photograph of legends John Longden, Bill Shoemaker, and Laffit Pincay Jr. that was autographed by the three Hall of Fame jockeys.

“I am thrilled to be able to give something back to a sport that has been a passion of mine for most of my life,” said Bower. “The part that makes racing so special is that it feels like you are part of one big family.”