Boomtown Bratled for much of the 37th running of the $50,000 Sun Sprint Championship, but Ready Racer had the lead when it mattered most as he won the event for the second straight year. Boomtown Brat went out and battled early on for the lead along with Kingoftherockies, who was riding a six race winning streak coming into the Sun Sprint. They clipped off an opening quarter in a quick :22.60 seconds and Boomtown Brat took the lead outright as they ran onto the backstretch. Kingoftherockies and favored Dougs Buddy chased as they went into the final turn and got a half mile in :46.20. Ready Racer and Fernando Perez meanwhile started their rally and inhaled many of their rivals on the turn, and then blew past Boomtown Brat to open up at will in the final sixteenth to win as he pleased.
Ready Racer stopped the clock in 1:18.20 for the six and one half furlongs. Boomtown Brat finished up in second, ahead of 25/1 longshot Back Alley Rally who finished third. Ready Racer returned $8.70 for a $2 win ticket.
Fernando Perez donned a muddy smile in the winner’s circle and loved the setup he and Ready Racer got on Saturday.
“I knew there were other speed horses than Kingoftherockies today,” said Perez. “So I knew it would set up nice for me and it did.”
Ready Racer was trained to the win by Dale Saunders and it was the 14th win of Ready Racer’s career. He has now amassed $257,59 in career earnings for owners M & P Equipment and Met Set Consulting Ltd
Distance is the key for Longboat Key
Longboat Keyseems to have a knack for running long distances. Last year’s winner of the Northlands
Weekend Wrap Up 9/4-9/8
Marathon Series final found his way to the winner’s circle on Saturday when he won the mile and five eighths Second Leg of the Marathon Series.
Longboat Key was far back early on, as is his modus operandi, and Fernando Perez had him about sixteen lengths behind a half mile into the race. With Council, who was second in Leg 1 of the Marathon Series found his way back to the early lead once again. Grand Request, who won Leg 1, made a bold move after the lead as the field ran into the final turn as did Longboat Key. It looked for a little while like Longboat Key wasn’t going to go on with it, as Perez was urging him and he wasn’t gaining on the top two. But as they straightened away into that thirteenth and final furlong, Longboat Key just kept grinding away, finally passing the leaders and winning off by a length and a quarter in the end. With Council was once again second with Grand Request third.
Fernando Perez has a huge week
Fernando Perezwas winning races in bunches all week long. He took the late double on Wednesday night, when he guided Dancin For Dellana to a win in the seventh event and followed it up with a score on Pretty Wonder in the finale. The Fernando Perez Daily Double got bettors back $23.50 for every $2 wagered.
Perez had another couple of winners on Friday night, first with Gold Winner for Joan Petrowski in the second race and then for Twylla Bensmiller in race 4 with Amaryllis Beach.
But Saturday was the big day as Perez swept through the final three races on the card, including the two biggest races of the week. He and Longboat Key got up in time to win the 2nd Leg of the Northlands Marathon Series in Race 7. Then he and Ready Racer rallied from off the pace to dominate the Sun Sprint Championship in Race 8. And finally in Race 9, Perez and Miss Minnie Me sat a garden trip early on and pounced on the leaders late to get up and win with ease by three.
Familiar Northlands names have big day at Hastings
Northlands leading Jockey Rico Walcott hopped on a plane after Saturday’s races and had a big day in Vancouver as he guided Title Contender to a win in the $150,000 BC Derby. Title Contender was 11th in the Canadian Derby but came back strong Sunday to win the biggest event of the year at Hastings. Walcott also won the Delta Colleen Handicap with Madeira Park, who is a multiple stakes winner at Northlands for trainer David Forster. Last year’s top apprentice Scott Williams took the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity with Andallthatitmeans. Commander, who has been one of the top older horses at Northlands in recent years finished second in the SW Randall Plate.
Biggest Payoffs of the Week at Northlands Park 9/4-9/8
Biggest $2 Win Payout:
Race 7, 9/6/13 Aces Again paid $55.60 to win
Biggest $2 Exactor:
Race 7, 9/6/13 Aces Again/Cafeine Cowboy Sky paid $274.60
Biggest $2 Triactor:
Race 3, 9/4/13 Nomanisanisland/No Mo Bambino/Shans Victor paid $2,150.50
Biggest $1 Superfecta:
Race 8, 9/4/13 Pretty Wonder/Early News/JP Barley/Sunalta $25,671.45!
Biggest $1 Pick 4:
9/6/13 races 4 thru 7 paid $1,573.75!!!
North American Racing News
Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs
Jockey: Robby Albarado
$2 Win pays: $2.60
Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
$2 Win pays $13.60
Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
$2 Win pays: $70.20
Grade 3 Ack Ack at Churchill Downs
Winner: Pants on Fire
Jockey: Paco Lopez
$2 Win pays: $7.00
Grade 3 BC Derby at Hastings
Winner: Title Contender
Jockey: Rico Walcott
$2 Win pays: $22.00
Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington
Winner: Solitary Ranger
Jockey: Florent Geroux
$2 Win pays: $9.00
BC Oaks at Hastings
Winner: Tempered Steel
Jockey: Mario Gutierrez
$2 Win pays $9.60
La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine
Winner: Professor’s Ride
Jockey: Michelle Rainford
$2 Win pays $32.70