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Issue # 42

B it s & Bi kes Looking for Photos HorseRacingBC is looking for old photos of people or horses from the past. Jockeys, trainers and backstretch personnel from BC’s racing history are welcome and will be used in future issues. Each photo will be scanned and returned to it’s owner in the condition it is received. No win-photos please

June 2012

Uno Más

Jockey Richard Hamel Done For the Season Jockey agent Gordon Rumble announced yesterday Richard Hamel has hung up his tack for at least the remainder of the 2012 season. Hamel was third in the jockeys standing with 14 wins as of May 23. There are unconfirmed rumors he may retire permanently. Standardbred Broodmares HRBC would appreciate it if you could send them your confirmed in-foal-mares for 2012. This information is important in determining plans and budgets for the future of breeding in B.C. Send information to info@ HBPA Election Voting Closes May 28, 2012 There is a ballot box in the Race Office on the GPEB counter that will be available to receive your vote until the end of racing on Sunday, May 27. Mail in ballots must be received by noon on May 28 at the GPEB office. Ballots placed in the ballot box on the GPEB counter in the Race Office will definitely be received in time. New Stride Event A BBQ lunch will be offered Sunday, June 3rd at 1PM in the trackside Marquee Tent at Hastings Racecourse. Enjoy the races from the best seats in the house. Full bar and private mutuels on-site. Tickets are $20 and seating is limited. Contact to purchase tickets in advance or use the PayPal connection at www. to pay by credit card for will-call tickets, just mention ‘Community Day willcall’ in the comments.

Mario Gutierrez And I’ll Have Another Go For The History Books

Uno Más. One more. The hardest one of all. They call the mile and a half Belmont Stakes the “Graveyard of Champions” and rightly so. It is a race where so many dreams of achieving racing history have died. Of the 88 times this race has run as part of the Triple Crown 21 horses have won the first two legs (11 since Affirmed in 1978) only to have those dreams crushed at the big New York track. Only 11 horses have won all three races since the Canadian owned Sir Barton first recorded the feat in 1919. That said, there is a precedent here. Each triple crown winner was pushed to the achievement by other good horses; Secretariat had Sham, Seattle Slew had Run Dusty Run, and Affirmed had Alysheba. In fact many great horses had a ‘bridesmaid’ that pushed them to better, faster races. I’ll Have Another had Bodemeister. But the Belmont is an exception. Secretariat didn’t need Sham in his greatest race. Sham had already done his part in making the great horse greater. Bodemeister, who is not starting in the Belmont, won’t be needed. There will be a pace, no doubt, for I’ll Have Another to run at but this horse is now, as Don Cherry calls it, battle-hardened. He is as ready as any horse ever was to win the triple crown. And Mario, confident in his mount, is ready for the history books as well.

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Issue # 42

Ann Elder Retires

Since 1976 Ann Elder has been instrumental in the development of the Mutuels team at Fraser Downs. She started her career at Fraser Downs as a teller and shortly after developed the first TAB system in B.C. Since then she has been leading her team as the Mutuels Manager. Her hard work and dedication has been fundamental in the development of her staff and department over the years. Over the past 36 years, she has exemplified great service while creating great memories for her staff and customers and will be missed by all. Ann plans on enjoying her retirement by doing NOTHING and then enjoying time with her horses and some golf. for all your horse insurance needs

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Issue # 42

Standardbred Stakes Winners

June 2012

Sired Stakes #1 3 y.o. C&G Final

Sired Stakes #1 3 y.o. f Final

Hector Protector — b,g,3 - Usher Hanover-Raging Granny-Scruffy Hanover Driver Rick White, Owner: David J & Freda C Woolley. Time: 1:54.3

Yarhos — b,f,3 - Seven Seas Cruiser-Dealmeahos-Make A Deal Driver J F Gagne , Owner: Ray N Soh. Time: 1:55.4

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Stallion Stakes #24, 4 y.o. Mares Final

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…The Human Factor: Trainers and Jockeys The jockey plays a major role in determining the chances of success for his mount. A rider that is successful generally has two distinguishing characteristics: 1. He is a master tactician, maneuvering his horse into favourable positioning at all points of the race; 2. He has “hands,” or the ability to communicate through the reins to the horse, asking for a bit more speed that a tired horse may not really have, but somehow manufactures just enough to get him across the finish line first. The top riders at any given track are listed in the racing program. A word of caution, though: check to see if the jockey is ranked by total number of wins, or by winning percentage. This corner believes that win percentage is the more important factor, and that riders winning with 15% of their mounts deserve the respect of any prudent handicapper. Often overlooked, but no less important to success in racing, is the trainer. Most tracks these days provide trainer statistics, and these should be used in the same manner as jockey figures. One of the best keys to success in racing is

noting the first time a top trainer or rider hooks up with a horse. Even if the animal is in dull form, he may be rejuvenated by the new pair of hands in his corner. In the game of horseracing, the rider plays a major role in determining the outcome of the race. Good handicappers are aware of this fact, and they look for switches to the top jockeys at the meeting as a major factor in handicapping. Certain riders establish a “chemistry” with certain horses, and are able to get maximum performance from them. The alert bettor looks for horses who stepped up when united with a particular reins man, and wagers accordingly. Rider changes that are announced for the first time at the track require handicappers to make last-minute adjustments in their evaluations of the race. The fan who can recognize the rider change that will greatly help a previously marginal performer will often be rewarded at the mutuel windows. Sometimes a horse just needs some kind of change to get back in the winning groove again. Sometimes it’s a change of racetrack, other times, the catalyst is a switch in jockeys. Occasionally, the two factors can get together for a positive effect. A horse that changes hands via

the claiming route is always a horse to watch, as the act of claiming shows that a trainer sees potential in that horse. When a horse is reclaimed by his original connections subsequent to a claim, the prudent handicapper gives this animal extra points, as the original owners and trainer must think a lot of this animal to go back and get him, especially since most of these horses have been jumped in price.

Issue # 42

June 2012

Mario Gutierrez Day at Hastings May 13th, 2012

Photos by Trevor Reynolds Four Footed Fotos

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Issue # 42

Mario’s Derby…By Richard Yates

At some point in their life, if someone is fortunate, a moment arrives that offers them the chance to become more than they have been, or ever imagined they could be. And if they are really fortunate, they will find within themselves the things that will allow them to meet that moment and forge a greater destiny. For Mario Gutierrez that destiny came a calling at 6:21 p.m. east coast time on Saturday, May 5, 2012 and he found what was necessary within him. Mario met his moment and he was up to it. He was more than up to it, he grabbed it with those two real good hands of his and wrung out every thing it had to offer. There was nothing left on the table, no should haves or could haves or would haves, no might of beens. He did it. It was a brilliant ride. He started closer to the refreshment stands than the rail, but gradually, patiently, calmly he had only one horse between him and the rail going into the first turn. He had the judgment to stay away from the fast pace in front of him and make no mistake, I’ll Have Another has enough speed to have been much closer. It was a tactical decision by a rider who, at the same time, had enough of a sense of urgency to not drift too far back. Too close, too far out of it, either and Mario Gutierrez misses his moment. Neither one happened. At the halfway point Mario began to meter out a gradual close on the leader that would get I’ll Have Another to the front a hundred yards out with enough left to get home. It was dead center perfect. Of course, when you are riding to meet your destiny, it is helpful to be sitting on a lot of horse, and Mario was. But a scant few months ago what Mario was sitting on in Southern California was Glen Todd and Troy Taylor horses and the occasional 50-1 shot from another barn. That was on a good day. There were not many mounts and fewer live ones. Nevertheless, he got some run out of what came his way and you could see him figuring out what he had to do to win. “Middle of the Track Mario” became the “Railmeister”, he looked good on a horse and he caught the right eyes. J. Paul Reddam, a significant Southern California based owner, decided he liked what he saw and Glen Todd was instrumental in hooking Mario up with an 85 year-old retired agent named Ivan Puhich who had done enough favors for people over a long career to call in some chits. The mounts got better and then along came the 43-1 miracle in the Robert B. Lewis that was, in retrospect, no miracle, it was the best bet of the year. Having the Todd barn was obviously a huge help for Mario, but others believed in him. Agent Wayne Snow took him on trainer Terry Jordan’s recommendation and broke him into a place that does not offer easy footholds. Hastings is tough territory. Most of us have been here a while and we know what and who we like and newcomers earn their way in. Wayne got him in and eventually Drew Forster took his book and went on with it, but in the final analysis, it was the three amigos, Mario, Troy and Glen. We are probably not going to see a lot of Mario on horseback at Hastings again, although it seems likely that he will come to ride horses for Glen and Troy from time to time in big races. Their relationship extends far beyond business, and in a way Mario grew up here. In the meantime, aside from the thrill of the race, what Mario has given us is this: the light that was shining on him on Derby Day was bright enough to reflect back on this place and those of us still here. It brightened up our corner of the world and we feel better about where we are and ourselves. We are proud of Mario and in many ways we were riding with him.

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June 2012

Return Of Kentucky Derby Winning Jockey Mario Gutierrez Delights Fans At Hasting On his way from California to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez took a slight detour and landed in Vancouver for a couple of days. His first wish was to re-visit Hastings Racecourse where he’d been riding horses for the past six years since arriving in Canada from his native Mexico as an unproven and unknown 19-year-old. He quickly established himself by winning the leading apprentice jockey award at Hastings in 2006 and back-to-back leading rider titles in 2007 and 2008. Not in his wildest dreams could Gutierrez have imagined what a reaction awaited his return Sunday on a race day at Hastings. It began with a noon hour news conference that attracted media numbers normally reserved for a Canucks’ hockey scrum. It became emotional when CTV BC reporter Julia Foy asked if Mario was thinking of his mom at home in Mexico on Mother’s Day. He shared how his sudden success by winning the Kentucky Derby had resulted in helping his family purchase a new home and how he has spoken with his parents on a regular basis over the past week. Once the media conference ended, Mario proceeded to a familiar location on the tarmac at Hastings Racecourse — the winner’s circle. He greeted a long line of fans who’d been waiting for hours to pose for pictures and receive an autographed Kentucky Derby victory card. Even when security guards called a halt to the proceedings because the first live race was about to begin, Gutierrez invited those folks who’d been shut out to join him in an unofficial signing session off to the side. When that was over he said, with a twinkle in his eye. “Now the real fun begins. I’m going back to the jock’s room to see my old riding buddies.” Mario said later he was taken aback by the friendship and respect that he felt from his peers of six years. It was behind closed doors, but Mario did relate later that he sat with some of the younger riders and told them never to give up the dream, that if it happened to him, it could happen to anyone. Thousands of fans signed a huge banner wishing him luck in racing’s Triple Crown. Mario packaged it up and said the banner would hang in the barn of I’ll Have Another. Local racing enthusiasts will be able to watch Mario’s Triple Crown quest on a 40 foot jumbo screen located in the infield alongside the tote board at Hastings Racecourse, as well as hundreds of television screens throughout the grounds and on the 17’ screens at the Fraser Downs clubhouse.

Issue # 42

Something in the Air…by EvenSteven

Triple Crown fever has overtaken Hastings Park. Everyone’s abuzz, from horses to hotwalkers, handicappers to hotdog vendors. Even before the Preakness you could feel something alive in the air; thick, palpable, like the pulse of electricity under high tension power lines. The horses can sense it too, though mine tend to reserve their worst antics for behind the starting gate. These past six weeks I’ve had more horses come unglued in the gate than the last six years combined. Lately it feels like all my horses want to go over backwards. Three times now I’ve found myself wedged between the back door of the starting gate and a horse flailing like a fish trying to flop from the dock back into the water. As much as I’ve begun to dread going to the gate--who else but an exercise rider, or a jockey, goes to work knowing there is as good a chance as not you may find yourself stuck beneath the churning limbs of a thousand pound animal?-I’m certain the gate crew is not the least bit excited to see me coming. At this point my less than graceful dismounts have managed to land a

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the filly goes up on her hind legs and over backwards. This time I don’t wait for the gate crew or anyone else to save me. I push off as hard as I can, launch myself backwards into space. There’s a mid-air collision but at least I’m clear of the wreck, even if I’m not winning myself any friends on the gate crew. “Jesus Christ,” Sam yells. “What the hell are you doing throwing yourself backwards like that? You nearly took my head off!” “Well, I’m sorry, but I’m not hanging around anymore waiting for you guys to pull me out-I’ve got mouths to feed.” Searching for understanding, I turn around to find my trainer sitting on his pony, head down, hands cupping his face. At first I think he’s trying to compose himself after witnessing yet another close call involving his unlucky gallopboy. I soon ascertain there’s no consolation to be found by the way his shoulders are shaking with the force of his barely suppressed laughter. “Don’t think I don’t see you back there giggling to yourself!” I yell at him. A moment later I’m back in the saddle. The starting gate clangs open and the filly breaks like a dream. The racetrack has a way of haunting your dreams. The night before the Preakness I awaken to the sounds of digging and the murmur of voices outside my window. I open the front door to find the gate crew excavating a hole in my front lawn. More specifically, Sam is the one doing the actual digging; Charlie leans on his shovel and supervises. “What are you guys doing?” I stand pajama-clad on the front step blinking sleep from my eyes. “Hey, Stevie. We’re just putting up this here sign.” Charlie points to a giant white billboard emblazoned with purple letters: GO MARIO GO! “You can’t put that sign there, that’s my front lawn.” “Hey, what’s the matter?” Charlie looks annoyed. “You don’t support the kid?” “Of course I support the kid, but that doesn’t mean I want a billboard on my front yard. What will the landlord say?” “He’ll have to take that up with the boss,” Charlie shrugs and goes back to leaning on his shovel. Sam returns to his digging. Directly overhead a loud buzz emanates from a thick swatch of high voltage power lines. It’s a force of energy you can sense vibrating right through your being, even if you can’t fully understand or articulate the feeling, something bigger than all of us.


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Thoroughbred Stakes Winners Jim Coleman Province AlwS

Clear the Runway — b g, 3 Broken Vow - Smokey Diplomacy - Dynaformer Owner Riverside Racing Stable, Jockey Pedro Alvarado. Time: 1:18.1

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King Of The Bushes…

June 2012

King was nursing a beer at the bar in the Coldwater Hotel when Benny Trains walked in. “Jeez King, Why the long face? Ya lost yer best friend?” Trains asked. King looked at his glass and raised his hand for Molly. “Nope, just my best horse,” He replied. “Ya mean yer only horse. What happened to Rocky? I just got back in town, been on the coast.” “That son-of-a-bitch Sheridan claimed him,” answered Molly as she set down two draft beers. “That’ll be two dollars, hon,” she said to King in a consoling voice. “No baloney!” said Trains. “Ya don’t claim a man’s only horse. Anybody knows ‘at. Even Sheridan. Don’t mind if I do,” he said, reaching for one of the glasses and talking in one long breath as he usually did. “Bragged about how he could improve on him, move him up,” answered Molly, eyeballing the little man as he drained the glass. “Move him up? Hell, ‘at horse don’t run for nobody but King. He got ‘is secret, besides ‘at Sheridan ain’t half a horseman, he’ll just fill the old horse up wit’ drugs and break him down, want another?” said Trains, again in one long breath. King nodded at Molly again, knowing he’d have to buy the old jockey’s beer as payment for his sympathy. “That’s what I’m miserable about,” said King. “That old horse has been good to me. He might have his problems but he runs on hay, oats, and water and when you tell him late at night that you need the money he always finds the wire first.” “Sheridan just done it out of spite ‘cause ya beat him in ‘at cheap claimer last week when he told his pals to bet his horse,” said Trains. Everyone in the barn area knew Sheridan had it in for King. Sheridan trained for a local car dealer. He talked big but for all his bluster and bragging he was still training in the ‘bushes’ as the ‘B’ circuit was called. His one ambition was to train on the ‘A’ track, and the reason he wasn’t was under a cloud of suspicion and a subject of constant gossip. The claim wasn’t popular on the backstretch either. To claim a horse from a veteran like King with a one-horse stable, went against the unwritten rules of racing. Rocky (the barn name for Rocket’s Red Glare) was an eight year old gelding who had once been a promising two year old. He had bad feet and a bowed tendon but he had been King’s meal ticket for the past three years—an honest old campaigner who kept oats in the barn, beer in the fridge, and King in the game he loved—the only game he had ever known. “Hell with it,” said King. “Let’s get drunk.” The next morning King was leaning on the shedrow railing when Old Doc Parsons came by. Old Doc was old school. A horseman who, like King, believed the old ways ‘had much value’, as he liked to put it’. “They want a quick fix for everything these days,” he was fond of saying. “and too many drugs spoil the breed.” “Heard Sheridan took your horse,” said Old Doc. “What you going to do?” “Don’t know,” replied King. “Like to claim another one, or even claim Rocky back but after paying the feed man and my tack bill there ain’t much left in the account.” “Might have a solution for you, King,” Old Doc replied slowly. There was, it seemed to King, a certain hesitation in Old Doc’s voice. “Like to hear it Old Doc. If you’ve got time.” He knew not to hurry the old vet. The wisdom came slowly and often only if the cantankerousness allowed. “Well, there’s a woman I know has a two year old,” Old Doc said slowly. “He’s green broke and a wild little bugger but he’s put together right and the breeding’s there. He’s by that stud Sheridan’s sponsor bought a few years back. The one run in the Derby. He covered a few mares around here and then turned up dead—colic they say. Anyway, this woman’s husband sent a pretty good mare to him before he died, the husband I mean, and the widow is no horsewoman. She wants to hire herself a trainer” “No thanks Old Doc. That sounds just too much like work.” “Well, if you change your mind let me know. The mare could run and the youngster looks like he’s built for speed.” “I don’t know King,” said Trains as they sat in the cookshack. “Old Doc’s got a eye for talent, for sure. Why don’t we go take a look. Can’t hurt. Remember Count the Green. Come off ‘at ranch on the prairies a greenbroke three year old and set a track record lasted twenty years.” “Horse like that’s a lot of work,” replied King. “Maybe for nothing if he can’t run.” “What the hell, King, same can be said of every horse ever foaled. Why we in the game for and what we got to lose? Let’s go look at ‘im” King’s large eyebrows raised at the old jockey’s use of the inclusive ‘we’. .…continued next month He sighed. “Why not.”

Issue # 42

June 2012


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