B.C. Derby TODAY at Hastings Racecourse!

8 Sep

Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, B.C. will host SIX stakes races today, including the 67th running of the British Columbia Derby. The biggest 3-year-old race in the Northwest!

The B.C. Oaks, Jack Diamond Futurity, Delta Colleen, S.W. Randall Plate, Sadie Diamond Futurity and the Derby (Grade III) will be contested at the PNE oval!

Here are some noteworthy historical facts about the Big race at Exhibition Park, now called Hastings.

Most wins by a jockey:

Sam Krasner 5 (1980-Ensign Earnem, 1990-Ever Steady, 1993-Humpty’s Hoedown, 1997-Bobbin for Stars, 1999-Wandering)

Basil Frazier 3 (1966-Bright Monarch, 1971-Command Module, 1974-Norland)

R. Williams 3 (1954-Quality Quest, 1956-Ali Miss, 1957-Donn Baykey)

Winning back-to-back:

B. Giacomelli (1952-1953)

R. Williams (1956-1957)

William Antongeorgi  III (2011-???)

Jockeys to win the Longacres Mile and the British Columbia Derby in the same year:

Basil Frazier 1974 (Times Rush – Norland)

Gary Baze 1981 (Trooper Seven – Tempo’s Tiger)

Gallyn Mitchell 2009 (Assessment – Winning Machine)

Mario Gutierrez (Taylor Said – Taylors Deal???)

Longshots rule in the Derby!

 2010 – Majesticality 40-1……… 2005Spaghetti Mouse 41-1……… 2002 Cruising Kat 40-1……… 1996 – Newdigs 35-1…………. 1992 – Jellystone Park 36-1.

Biggest dominance int he past 20 years: Flamethrowintexan by 8 1/2 lengths in 2004. The Emerald Downs shipper ridden by Ricky Frazier (trained by Kay Cooper) was owned by Grasshopper Stable.

20 years ago – It was a shocker plain and simple.  Jellystone Park shipped in from Longacres after finishing fifth at 32-1 in the final Longacres Derby. New rider Dan Brock put the Northwest Farms-bred runner on the engine and they shockingly led throughout at 36-1. A much different strategy then the race in Renton where he was positioned last of 9 through 6 furlongs for owner Heather Dedomenico. Overtime Victory (10-1) made a late dash in the final few jumps to miss by a NOSE. Jellystone Park had finished fifth in the LGA Derby. The heavy favorite that day was the even-money choice Scorned Timber ridden by Tim Doocy and trained by Kathy Walsh for the Budget Stable.

25 years agoIrish Bear toyed with rivals running the 1 1/8th miles in a B.C. Derby record time of 1:48 2/5. He was owned by Paskey Dedomenico and ridden to victory by Chad Hoverson. He beat Steady Power by 2 1/2 lengths that day. He’d won the Longacres Derby two starts back.

Dedomenico was a food manufacturer whose best-known product was Rice-a-Roni, With his parents, Mr. Dedomenico turned a neighborhood enterprise in San Francisco, the Golden Grain Macaroni Company, into an international food conglomerate He became president of Golden Grain in 1932 and moved the company to Seattle in 1941. In 1956 he bought the Mission Macaroni Company and in 1959 introduced Rice-a-Roni, one of the first convenience food products in the United States. In 1960, Mr. Dedomenico bought the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in San Francisco. He added the Vernell Candy Company of Seattle in 1976 and the Society Candy Company of Bellevue, Wash., in 1979. Quaker Oats Company bought the food operations in 1986.

50 years agoThe Miss Walter-owned Enchalade (bred in Canada) won the fourth running of the Derby. The race distance was an unique 1 5/16th miles.

THE 50TH BRITISH COLUMBIA OAKS

CHAMPAGNEANDCAVIAR makes her first appearance at Hastings in the B.C. Oaks. She’s fresh off a hard-earned victory in the Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs. She’ll try to become just the sixth runner to sweep both races.

1991 – Cadette Stevens

1992 – Senate Appointee

1996 – Ever Lasting

2010 – Zenovit

2011 – Class Included

Most wins by a jockey:

Chris Loseth 9

Sam Krasner 4

Brian Johnson 3

Check back at this blog site for a Tribute on the amazing race mare Delta Colleen.  She won her first race 25 years ago and her final one 20 years ago in 1992. This post will appear on Monday Oct. 8.

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