Fa­mil­iar foes may try dif­fer­ent tac­tics

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Randy Gould­ing

VAN­COU­VER, Bri­tish Columbia – Papa Papa Papa and Hansen’s Vic­tory du­eled each other into de­feat when they met in a $35,000 op­tional-claim­ing race on Sept. 5, with Richard Hamel and Aaron Gry­der aboard as two of the top rid­ers at Hast­ings. Will wiser heads pre­vail when they meet again in a $25,000 waiver claim­ing race that will serve as the fea­ture on the clos­ing-day card Sun­day?

Prob­a­bly. Papa Papa Papa, trained by Steve Bryant, has just one way of go­ing and he will have to use his con­sid­er­able speed break­ing from the rail. Hansen’s Vic­tory’s best race sprint­ing may have been his win in a con­di­tional al­lowance race when he sat just off the speed in his sec­ond start at the meet for trainer Glen Todd on May 13. Gry­der didn’t have many op­tions when he broke from the rail on Hansen’s Vic­tory last time.

The prob­lem Gry­der faces with Hansen’s Vic­tory is that if he does try to stalk, Papa Papa Papa could be gone as there doesn’t ap­pear to be an­other horse that can put pres­sure on him. If they do hook up again it could set up nicely for Ker­mode, who should be rolling late.

The 6 1/2-fur­long dash goes as race 3 on a nine-race card that be­gins at 1:50 p.m. Pa­cific.

Horse of year din­ner set

The lo­cal horse of the year will be named at the an­nual awards din­ner Nov. 29 at the New­ton Golf and Coun­try Club.

The lead­ing can­di­dates are Here’s Han­nah, Cal­gary Ca­per, and Sum­mer­land.

Here’s Han­nah, who dom­i­nated the 3-year-old filly stakes di­vi­sion, is the fa­vorite, but Cal­gary Ca­per may be more de­serv­ing.

Here’s Han­nah beat up on a weak di­vi­sion, and af­ter she won the Bri­tish Columbia Oaks trainer John Mor­ri­son elected to turn her out for the year in­stead of try­ing older fil­lies and mares in the Grade 3 Bal­le­rina. A win there would have sealed the deal.

On the other hand Cal­gary Ca­per, trained by Phil Hall, danced ev­ery dance and won three of the last four open stakes, which in­cluded the Grade 3 Pre­mier’s.

The 2-year-old filly Sum­mer­land, also trained by Hall, is a long­shot, but she was the most ex­cit­ing horse to run at Hast­ings this year. She won four races at Hast­ings by a com­bined 27 1/4 lengths, with her only blem­ish com­ing when she ran in the Grade 2 Sor­rento at Del Mar.

◗ There is no de­bate re­gard­ing the Dit­t­loff Fam­ily and Leif Nor­dahl, who will be in­ducted into the B.C. Horse Rac­ing Hall of Fame at the din­ner.

Ed and Gla­dys Dit­t­loff and their daugh­ter Karen go in as breed­ers. Nor­dahl, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Cana­dian Thor­ough­bred Horse So­ci­ety, goes in as a builder.

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