Randy Goulding: B.C. Derby contenders run Saturday

Horse racing picks for BC’s greatest day of racing at Hastings Racecourse with 9 races on faucet for BC Derby

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The Grade-3, $125,000 B.C. Derby headlines a stellar nine-race card that features a few $100,000 races for 2-year-olds, the Jack Diamond and Sadie Diamond Futurity, and the $75,000 B.C. Oaks.

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The six-horse Derby is vast open with no clear favorite. Probably Sunbird, who didn’t have an awesome journey within the Canadian Derby the place he completed fifth. The winner, Abeliefinthislivin and runner-up, American Blaze, are usually not within the area. Abeliefinthislivin would have been favoured, however after working a half-mile on Sunday he got here again lower than good.

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“I used to be proud of the work and he cooled out wonderful,” stated coach Barbara Heads. “However after I checked on him later, a foot was bothering him.”

Coach Terry Jordan thinks Sunbird is the horse to beat. The Kentucky-bred son of Orb was undefeated going into the Canadian Derby.

“He had a brutal journey and working in the course of the evening combating off mosquitos was not optimum,” stated Jordan. “He ought to have a bonus working at dwelling and he couldn’t be coaching any higher.”

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Sunbird can be ridden for the primary time by Antonio Reyes.

Coach Larry Grieve likes his probabilities with Unintended Hero, who’s coming off a third-place end within the Canadian Derby.

The Kentucky-bred son of Mo City is probably the most skilled horse within the race with 12 begins, and is the highest cash earner with $100,010 in earnings. Unintended Hero is owned by WYN Racing Stables Corp., who claimed him for $40,000 out of a successful race at Oaklawn Park on Might 5.

“He’s getting higher and higher every single day,” stated Grieve. “He’s getting stronger behind and I’m anticipating him to run an enormous race.”

Alberta is properly represented with Kystone, Riverside, and It’s A Truth.

Kystone completed in entrance of Riverside within the $50,000 Rely Latham at Century Mile, however Riverside is extra enticing due to a few of his performances towards more durable firm in Southern California.

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Although a maiden, he owns the very best Beyer Velocity Determine within the area, 85.

Coach Gonzolo Anderson is on the lookout for an enormous effort from the Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini, who could possibly be the sleeper.

“He labored very well with an older horse, Race House, and he was the higher horse galloping out,” stated Anderson.

Following the work Race House beat an honest area of older horses in an open allowance race at Century Mile with a 77 Beyer.

Leaving no stone unturned, Anderson gave Riverside a sluggish exercise at Century Downs to see how he dealt with the tight turns there.

“He dealt with the turns properly so he must be okay at Hastings,” stated Anderson.

House, a $310,000 buy on the Ocala Breeders Sale in 2022, was spectacular working five-furlongs Sunday and could possibly be coming as much as an enormous race in his third begin at Hastings for coach Mel Snow.

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James Inheritance must be favored within the Oaks. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Carpe Diem was a powerful three-length winner over Air Drive within the $100,000 Century Mile On line casino Oaks Aug. 26 and she or he romped by seven lengths within the $50,000 Washington Oaks in her earlier begin.

Coach Charles Essex likes the best way James Inheritance is coaching and is assured she received’t have any bother working on a bull ring for the primary time.

“She shouldn’t be a velocity horse so she is going to be capable of calm down into the turns,” he stated. “She handles every thing fairly properly anyway.”

Proprietor/coach Dave Milburn stated he was “Past happy to have a horse with an excellent likelihood at successful a $100,000 race.”

He was referring to Lizzie’s Rayne who romped within the BC Cup Debutante and CTHS Gross sales stakes.

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The B.C. bred-daughter of Lent figures to be a brief worth within the Sadie Diamond.

Milburn provides a number of credit score for the success of Lizzie’s Rayne to coach Mark Cloutier and his spouse Toni Cloutier.

“They broke Lizzie and put a wonderful basis into the precocious filly and have continued to offer her with attentive care, for which I’m very grateful. It’s been a profitable collaboration.”

The principle menace to Lizzie’s Rayne might come from first-time starter Viva La Diva.

Educated by Heads, Viva La Diva has been spectacular within the mornings and is a full-sister to 2-year-old stakes winner Sangria and debut winner Viva La Vino.

Take your decide between Vector, Diocles and August Rain within the Jack Diamond Futurity.


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DERBY: Sunbird

OAKS: James Inheritance

SADIE DIAMOND: Lizzie’s Rayne


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