Randy Goulding: Jockey Perez and coach Condilenios having nice seasons

Opinion: High jockey Amadeo Perez and main coach Dino Condilenios are having nice seasons on the Hastings Racecourse horse-racing monitor.

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The dwell racing season at Hastings Racecourse feels prefer it simply began, nevertheless it doesn’t appear too early handy over the trophy for main jockey to Amadeo Perez.

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In spite of everything, he’s had his image taken within the winner’s enclosure 36 instances and has a commanding lead over Silvino Morales who sits second within the standings with 16 wins.

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The coach’s race is rather a lot nearer with Dino Condilenios main the way in which with 12 victories. Tied for second with eight wins apiece are final yr’s main coach Edgar Mendoza, and Steve Henson and Barbara Heads.

Condilenios was the main coach at Hastings in 2003 and 2005, and since 1995 has gained 534 races on the monitor. Since then, solely Canadian Corridor-of-Famer Harold Barroby, 598, and Heads, 560, have gained extra races on the Vancouver oval.

“It’s been a very good begin,” stated Condilenios, who gained 9 races at Hastings final yr. “It helps to have horses with the best situations. Our horses have been working nicely final yr, however simply not getting there. We ended up with a number of seconds and thirds. The seconds and thirds are turning into wins this yr. It’s much more enjoyable when that occurs.”

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Journeyman rides by Dane Nelson, proper, pulls forward of Explode ridden by Amadeo Perez for the win on the Canadian Derby on the Century Mile in Edmonton on Aug, 18, 2019. Picture by JASON FRANSON Jason Franson /00088233A

To be precise, the veteran coach completed the 2022 meet with 22 runner-up finishes and 28 thirds.

Condilenios isn’t too involved about profitable the coach’s title for the third time. Nevertheless, he does assume he has the proper of horses to complete the meet sturdy.

“I believe we are able to maintain it rolling,” he stated. “I’ve a number of good house owners that wish to declare horses so there will likely be a number of turnover within the barn.

“Actually, being main coach just isn’t that vital to me. Successful races is vital. It retains the house owners and the employees glad, and that’s what actually issues.”

Clocker’s Nook returns Saturday

I’ve all the time been a fan of Clocker’s Nook, which returns Saturday.

It’s an opportunity for racing followers to spend the morning watching horses figuring out whereas having fun with complimentary espresso and pastries.

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This yr there may also be a draw for a $50 betting voucher courtesy of B.C. Racebook.

The festivities start at 8 a.m. Parking is free as is entry to the monitor.

Monitor announcer Dan Jukich will host with enter from head-clocker Lisa Russell, and varied jockeys and trainers.

Saturday’s Picks

Race 4: Azov Sea has had a few strong works main as much as his first begin at Hastings for Heads, and attracts the main rider. He might be lengthy gone if he breaks alertly from his outdoors put up. In line with Each day Racing Kind’s Formulator, the previous couple of years Perez has gained with 53 per cent of his mounts from Heads with a $3.47 ROI. Azov Sea is not going to be a lot of a value although.

Race 5: Queen of Angle will likely be rolling late in a race chock stuffed with pace. The fashionable six-year-old B.C.-bred ought to rise up in time with Perez driving for coach Steve Henson.

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Race 7: Gwen ought to be an honest value, labored a pointy half-mile June 10, and will make some noise in her first begin for Condilenios.

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