Vancouver’s Hastings Racecourse trio of Gutierrez, Todd, Taylor teaming up at Breeders’ Cup World Championships
ARCADIA, Calif. — It’s a racing festival that attracts the best horses, trainers, jockeys and owners from around the world with 15 classic stakes races worth $26 million in purse money.
And for the first time, the highly touted Vancouver connections of owner Glen Todd, trainer Troy Taylor and jockey Mario Gutierrez will be carrying the colours of Hastings Racecourse in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Friday and Saturday.
Commander, winner of six consecutive stakes including the BC Premiers on Thanksgiving Monday at Hastings, has drawn post position 11 in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon. At 1 ¾ miles, it is the longest race of the two-day Championships and goes at approximately 1:46 p.m. Friday.
“I never thought I would have a horse in the Breeders’ Cup,” says Todd, the leading owner at Hastings Racecourse the past six years. “Commander loves to run and loves to win. I don’t think the distance will be a problem. He can run all day.”
Racing analysts at Santa Anita have Commander listed as a 10-1 long shot with the favourite being California trainer Michael Machowsky’s Worth Repeating at 4-1.
Todd-owned Hoist will also have Gutierrez aboard in the $150,000 Twilight Derby, a non-stakes event that goes as the 10th race Friday.
Gutierrez, of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes fame, rides in four Breeders’ Cup stakes on Saturday, all of them for Canadian owner Paul (I’ll Have Another) Reddam.
Mario’s mounts include Handsome Mike (30-1) in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic; Boxeur des Rules (50-1) in the Xpressbet Sprint; He’s Had Enough (20-1) in the Grey Goose Juvenile and BC Derby winner Second City (30-1) in the Dirt Mile.
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