Elite Racing Club gets 2020 stakes season off with the Galileo

British Columbia-CAN (BC) Saturday, January 11, 2020 — 2:50 PM EST | Race ID : 2280867


Stakes – Sponsored – Purse : $100,000 – 4 Yrs & Older – Owner Restricted
10 Furlongs | ~2000 Meters | One Mile and One Quarter Firm Turf

From Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Elite Racing Club starts off a new year of monthly stakes competitions with the Galileo. A compact field of five older club routers from four different continents will battle it out over 10 furlongs (or ~ 2000 meters for those favoring the metric system), on what will be a the firm turf course, thanks to the magic of simulated racing. Newly crowned club champ jbcri09 looks to get off to a winning start in defending his crown. He sends out stretch running BREAKDOWNTHEWALLS to carry the stable banners. Dethroned club champ harrylan saddles lightly raced six year old FREE ZIG off a series of solid stakes efforts, and heads up the morning line at 6/5 odds. The shrewdies from the dontbetonme group will send the fleet KRIS S. KAMEHAMEHA to the starting gate, looking to hold off the late runners. The downs boys, dunnville and newfy, will try to upset the top three, with newfy’s fleet RAMBLING ROSIE trying to steal it on the lead and dunnville’s CASTLE CHARGE, who could have been had for $125,000 in his first effort off the “cut” completing the field.

Let’s take a closer look at them in post position order and see what the figures may reveal.

FREE ZIG AUS 6G harrylanlow15 H McCarthy 6/5

Burly bay six year old horse comes off a fast closing 2nd in the Cry Of The Fox listed stakes at 9.5 furlongs, smacking an impressive 116 SP# in a mid pack trip. Free Eagle fella, out of the stakes winning sim mare Mambo Danzig (by Kingmambo), was an OK 3rd one back of that in the Think Twice listed, also at 9.5 panels, sticking a 108 SP# with the same racing tactics. His previous start was a gaining 3rd in the Bimshire listed on a yielding surface, again at 9.5 furlongs, stashing a 108 SP# from way back in the pack. Harrylan protege was off the board in his only try at a mile and a quarter; solid favorite on the SP#’s, looks like the one to beat.

RAMBLING ROSIE CAN 5G nearysponddowns C Winter 3/1

Speedster from the nearyspondowns barn seeks his third straight win but makes his first stakes appearance since his freshman campaign. Brash bay five year old gelding wired a local bred allowance at 11 furlongs in latest, popping a 113 SP# in a four horse affair over this oval. Bold N’ Flashy bounder, out of the sim mare Raven’s Girl (by Statue Of Liberty), survived an early pace duel one before that to take an open allowance at 10.5 panels, pasting a 105 SP#. In his prior outing he backed up to 3rd in a local bred allowance at 9.5 furlongs, producing a 99 SP# while setting all the early fractions. Handicapper respects his early lick, pegging him as the 3/1 second choice on the morning line.


Newly installed club champ jbcri09 starts his 2020 season with this stretch running miler, who got under way too late when 6th in the Fly For Buda listed stakes at a mile on the dirt last out, catching a 107 SP# while no real threat. Boisterous bay five year old stormed down the straight to get the decision one back of that in a NW3x allowance, also at a mile on dirt, crushing a 110 SP# from the back of the pack. One before that this Dr Devious dude, based on the stakes placed sim he-mare Ryz Chachin (by Danerich) loomed large in the lane before flattening out to 5th in his last turf try at 8 furlongs, cashing a 105 SP#. He won his only run at this distance just before his auctioning, can be along late if he gets a contested pace to close into.

KRIS S. KAMEHAMEHA JPN 4M dontbetonme15 D Brownridge 5/1

Bruising bay four year old colt won his last time over with a nice stalking victory at a mile in a restricted allowance, zapping a 104 SP#. Scratch bred King Kamehameha kid (by Danehill) held 2nd after getting the lead into the lane one before that in the Door Crack listed stakes at 9 furlongs, zinging a 111 SP# after contesting the early pace. His prior start was a fair 5th in the Aces Wild listed at 6.5 panels, zipping a 101 SP# at what probably too short of a trip for his best effort. Runner from the always dangerous dontbetonme racing group should be tracking the front runner, will try to get the jump on the late runners and hold them off in the run to the wire. Has never been this far on the weeds, may explain handicapper’s low opinion of this guy.

CASTLE CHARGE AUS 6G doradowns S Jones 7/2

Watching them all leave the saddling area is this bucking bay six year old horse, who was 2nd best in a $125,000 claimer at this distance on the dirt last out, tossing a 101 SP# in his first try off “the cut”. Direct Charge dancer, out of the graded placed sim mare Miramar Castle (by Symboli Kris S) was 6th around the track in a Local Championship Stakes at 9.5 furlongs on the grass one back of that, tabbing a 105 SP# while never in the race. He won his previous effort on the synthetic surface at this distance in an open allowance, throwing a 102 SP# with a solid stretch run. Runner from the dunnvilledowns racing group has a number of wins at this distance; the handicapper thinks he has a shot, listing him as the 3rd choice on the tote board.

Good luck everybody, and may they all come home fast, safe and sound.


Retired from telephone company 2003, was partner in claiming outfits on New York circuit from 1995-2001.

11 thoughts on “Elite Racing Club gets 2020 stakes season off with the Galileo

  • January 10, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Great write Ric!! Should be an exciting start to the season! Good luck all and Happy New Year!

  • January 11, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    WOW!!! I did not see that happening……going wire to wire. When he shot out of there like a cannon I thought he would run out of gas later on.

    Nice as a Canadian to win a race in Canada. 🙂

  • January 11, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Congrats newfy for the win! It looks like your horse likes the grass.

  • January 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Great Race!! Congrats to Newf!!

    I guess “grass” being legal in Canada made a difference in that one 🙂

  • January 12, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Sorry Mates….. this one slipped right past me

    Congrats Newfy

  • January 12, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations to newfydowns and connections on an impressive performance. Speed kills !!!

    I believe that was newfy’s first ERC triumph – way to go !

    See y’all next month in Texas.

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