2017 winners Bred and raised by Stride Away Thoroughbreds by Gottcha Gold

    


Chilcotin Hill
The second was a 16K maiden claimer for two-year-olds that went to Chilcotin Hill ($25.70) who led all the way and drew off to win by almost 6 lengths despite having gone off as the longest shot in the race. Coupled with P B Bolt in the first, Chilcotin Hill produced a $746 early Daily Double. The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:17 That is pretty quick stepping for a two-year-old claiming gelding over a tough track, particularly considering that tough older horses went about a half-length slower in the next race. My Greyson chased all the way in second and finished there while Red Buffalo closed to be third. Randy Hudson owns and trains the gelded son of Gottcha Gold who was bred in BC by Brian Leight and Steen and Cathy Reggelsen

     


Seven Chances Gets a Second Chance
In the first race, a maiden 16K claiming event for two-year-old fillies, the Silvino Morales piloted Annotis lead every step of the way, prevailing by a span of only inches in front of the fast closing Seven Chances, with Lookout Taylor taking the show. The 3-2 favourite had denied the backers of the 20-1 longshot, Seven Chances, what would have been a very profitable return on their investment.  Or so it seemed. Suddenly, the enquiry sign flashed on the tote board, as Enrique Gonzalez, the rider on third place finishing Lookout Taylor, lodged a claim of foul on the first and second place horses.  After review, the stewards disqualified Annotis from first and placed her third for drifting in down the lane and interfering with the rail charging effort of Lookout Taylor.  The stewards, finding no fault with the ride on Seven Chances, promoted the Antonio Reyes ridden 2-year-old chestnut filly to the top position with her backers being rewarded with a 41.90, 18.80, 9.70 payoff.  Seven Chances, a 2017 Hastings Paddock Sale graduate, is trained by Steve Henson and owned by Pocket Aces Racing Stable.  She was bred in Armstrong, British Columbia by Steen & Cathy Reggelsen out of their mare Street Cost by Gottcha Gold. The running time for the about six furlongs was 1:13.34.