Hastings Entertainment Incorporated

Hastings Entertainment Incorporated

July 28, 2009 19:21 ET

Hastings Entertainment Incorporated: Spaghetti Mouse Hungry for Third

Redekop BC Cup Classic Victory

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 28, 2009) - "A win by a neck is still a win," says jockey Pedro Alvarado. "They all look the same on the form chart."

Alvarado made the comment a year ago after guiding Spaghetti Mouse to a spectacular photo finish victory over a charging Texas Wildcatter in the Redekop BC Cup Classic. It was his second Classic win, having also won it aboard Spaghetti Mouse in 2006.

Now their mission is to win the $100,000 handicap for 3-year-olds and up for a third time with the 15th running of the Redekop BC Cup Classic on the holiday Monday, Aug. 3 - BC Cup Day at Hastings.

It is one of seven stakes races on the matinee card (1:25 p.m. start) that offers more than $400,000 in purse money. The six other stakes - all with $50,000 purses - include the Debutante, Nursery, Dogwood, Stellar's Jay, Sprint and Distaff.

The Classic, Sprint and Distaff are open to horses bred in Washington State and British Columbia as part of the inaugural Pacific Challenge to create a rivalry between Hastings Racecourse and Emerald Downs.

Emancipated, a 4-year-old gelding and winner of the one-mile Trooper Seven Stakes last year at Emerald Downs, will be running in the 1 1/8-mile BC Cup Classic. Trainer Robert Baze said one reason he's excited about having Emancipated entered is because of the availability of Hastings jockey Frank Fuentes.

"We have a lot of respect for Frank," Baze says. "I think he'll get the best out of our horse over the added distance." Fuentes currently ranks third in the jockey standings at Hastings behind Fernando Perez and Dave Wilson.

Perez will ride the Terry Clyde-trained Till The Storm in Monday's Classic; Wilson and trainer Cindy Krasner will try to repeat their BC Derby magic of a year ago with Krazy Koffee; Mario Gutierrez rides Ookashada for trainer Toni Cloutier; Road Risk will have the rider/trainer combination of Garry Cruise and Robert VanOverschot, respectively; and veteran jockey Robert Skelly will be aboard the Barb Heads-trained Trick of the North.

BC Cup Day will mark the third of three consecutive race dates at Hastings with each of the Saturday, Sunday and Monday cards starting at 1:25 p.m. As a result, Friday Night Live racing will resume on August 7.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The post position draws for the BC Cup stakes races will take place at 11 a.m. Friday in the Paddock at Hastings, followed by an outdoor buffet lunch. Popular jockey Stephanie Fedora, sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury, will be our special guest for the post position draws.

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