HUGE CANADA DAY HOLIDAY RACING CROWD WATCHES THE END OF A STREAK FOR CONCERT MUSIC
July 2, 2010Vancouver, B.C. (July 1/10) -Concert Music failed to hit the right notes in her bid to make it six straight wins at Hastings Racecourse in Thursday’s 45th running of the Vancouver Sun Handicap on a Canada Day holiday card that attracted the largest crowd of the 2010 thoroughbred season.
Instead, it was Summer Song singing the winning tune with a late charge after trailing for the first three quarters. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Summer Song finished one and a half lengths in front of Kaweah Priincess over the one and one-sixteenth miles in 1:44.63.
Summer Song paid $6.90, $3.60 and $3.10. Concert Music, the odds-on favourite, settled fo fourth in her first loss after five impressive victories, all at six and half furlongs
Teide, 2009 Horse of the Year, won the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors with relative ease after a brief challenge from Spaghetti Mouse. With Chad Hoverson in the irons, Teide drew away to win by one and one-quarter lengths in a final time of 1:49.50. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Teide paid $3.10 in re-establishing himself as the top handicap horse on the grounds. Spaghetti Mouse finished a clear second.
In the final $50,000 stakes on Thursday’s card, Dearest Princess with Fernando Perez aboard staged a dramatic rally on the rail to beat arch-rival Otero by a neck in the Supernaturel. Trained by Mel Snow, Dearest Princess covered the one and one-sixteenth miles in 1:45.54, paying $11.60, $4.10 and $3.50.
Racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse Saturday and Sunday with 1:40 starts. Tonight’s Friday Night Live card was moved to September to avoid racing on four consecutive dates.