Vancouver, B.C. â€“ After winning her seventh straight stakes race by capturing the $50,000 Strawberry Morn at Hastings Racecourse Saturday, owner Ole Nielsen representing Canmor Farms indicated it might be time to explore other challenges.
“We will look at our options,” Nielsen said after Monashee broke sharply, gained the lead on the backstretch and drew off on the final turn to win by 5 Â½ lengths with Dave Wilson enjoying the trip.
“She just strides out and goes,” Wilson said. “She’s got so much confidence it makes my job easy.”
It was a difficult task to get Hastings management to find competition for Monashee, who carried a high weight of 125 pounds, 12 more than runner-up Starlite Strike.
“I don’t know what to say other than she seems to be filling out and getting stronger every day,” trainer Tracy McCarthy said after Saturday’s win. “She’s really becoming a robust 5-year-old mare.”
The next major attraction at Hastings Racecourse will be Canada Day â€“ July 1 â€“ with the running of the $100,000 Lieutenant Governors stakes when Spaghetti Mouse, B.C.-bred Horse of the Year in 2006 will be back to defend his title.