Due to a lack of entries Saturday's card at Hastings Racecourse has been cancelled but eight races are set to go Sunday with the regular 1:50 p.m. start.
Amadeo Perez and Aaron Gryder share the early lead in the jockey standings with four wins apiece after Perez scored a riding hat-trick last Sunday including winning the $50,000 Swift Inaugural with longshot Blue Law paying $37.70. Gryder had won three the previous day for leading trainer Glen Todd.
Next up on the Hastings stakes calendar is the Saturday, May 5 $50,000 Jim Coleman Province. This is also Kentucky Derby Day and the 144th running of the first leg of racing's Triple Crown. The race will be shown live at Hastings Racecourse on the jumbo screen at 3:50 p.m.
The Grade 1 Kentucky Derby is for 3-year-olds and commonly referred to as “the fastest two minutes in sports.”
There was a sensational 3-year-old filly dominating the charts at Hastings last year, now training at Golden Gate in California, who may or may not be returning to Vancouver at some point this season.
Daz Lin Dawn dazzled the Hastings scene in 2017 by winning seven consecutive stake races to boost her career earnings to more than $280,000. Purchased for $15,000 at the 2015 CTHS Yearling Sale in Langley, Daz Lin Dawn went on a once-a-month stakes streak with victories in the Ross McLeod (May 22), Emerald Downs (June 2), Supernaturel (July 15), Hong Kong Jockey Club (Aug. 7), CTHS Sales (Aug. 5) and BC Oaks (Sept. 9).
Paul Caravetta of Daz Lin Dawn's ownership group says she was shipped south for two reasons: “First, we want to see if she has what it takes to race on the bigger circuit and secondly, because she is California-sired (Popular) and we would be able to start her in protected allowance races. If things don't work out we will most definitely be bringing her home to Hastings.”
Hoping that lightning might strike twice, Caravetta now has in his stable Dapper Don, a 2-year-old half brother to Daz Lin Dawn sired by Second in Command. The purchase price: $15,000.
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