08/02/2014 11:10AM

Wilo Kat looks to make amends in B.C. Cup Classic


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer John Snow is hoping that Wilo Kat can make amends for losing as the favorite in the 2013 B.C. Cup Classic when he runs in this year’s renewal of the $75,000 Classic at Hastings on Monday.

The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew five horses and headlines the 10-race B.C. Cup card that includes six stakes races restricted to British Columbia-breds. DRF.com will have live streaming of the entire card, which begins with the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery at 12:50 p.m. Pacific. There is a $25,000-guaranteed pick four that starts with race 7.

Snow was thrilled when Wilo Kat worked a sharp five furlongs in 59.60 seconds with Snow’s wife, Tammy Snow, aboard July 27. Tammy Snow was injured a couple of months ago and is just starting to get back into her usual routine as the barn’s main exercise rider.

“I’ve got my rider back,” John Snow said. “She makes a big difference to the barn, and Wilo Kat worked perfectly for her. We found out after last year’s Classic that he was full of mucus. I don’t think he could be doing any better right now.”

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Wilo Cat (Last 3 Beyers: 84-83-88)

* He’s the only horse in the field with a stakes win in open company, and he easily has the best Beyer Speed Figure at the distance.

* He does his best running late, and there should be an honest pace to set him up with leading rider Amadeo Perez riding.

Go for Guinness (Last 3 Beyers: 78-67-80)

* Trained by Dave Forster, he had to work harder than expected when he won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race July 6. Nonetheless, it was a good prep for this, and he figures to move forward with a three-turn race behind him. Perez bails to ride Wilo Kat, but Northland Park’s leading rider, Rico Walcott, is more than suitable as a replacement.

Formulator Fact: Over the past two years, Walcott has won with 44 percent of his mounts riding in stakes races for Forster.

The Gov (Last 3 Beyers: 75-74-74)

* Second in the Classic last year, he comes into this off a solid effort going 1 1/16 miles in a race he clearly needed. Vancouver’s favorite adopted son, Mario Gutierrez, rides The Gov for trainer Troy Taylor, who claimed him out of his last race for $35,000.