As the sun set on the Hastings racing season, Club II had one final chance to get into the winner’s circle with Fast Bid. Entered into a $6,250 Claiming race over a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth, the field was reduced to four as Playland Pixie was a morning scratch.
After showing some excitement in her previous start, Bidder took to the paddock well, displaying signs of being used to her new surroundings in Vancouver and was re-united with jockey Romario Saunders before taking to the track.
Breaking down the backstretch, Bidder slotted in third position during the early proceedings as Mousey Mousey and Mori Girl dueled for the lead. Seeing the action ahead, Bidder was very eager to get going, causing Romario to try to hold her back and settle her down down the grandstand stretch for the first time.
Following the Clubhouse turn, the hold on her was loosened and she started to engage with the front runners, pulling level at the head of the pack with Mousey Mousey. By time the turn for home came though, it appeared that her early keenness had burnt too much of her energy and she dropped back into last place as the other contestants battled down the stretch, with Ourevelady getting her nose over the line first.
With Club members seeing the shorter field, it obviously wasn’t the end for the season that we had hoped for. That said, she finishes the year in good condition and it has been good to see her settle into life at Hastings after previously enjoying the California sun for the last two years.
Our thanks continue to go out to trainer Pat Jarvis and her team who’ve made Club Members feel like family in her barn and have navigated some tricky condition book restrictions to get our mare to the track so many times.