Vancouver, B.C. â€“ It was a successful homecoming for Ookashada at Hastings Racecourse Sunday in the inaugural Chris Loseth Handicap.
The champion 2-year-old in B.C. last year held off a gallant charge by longshot Bad Sneakers to win by a half-length and earn $33,268 for his owner Mike Boylan and T.D. Stables.
Ooksshada, trained by Toni Cloutier, is a probable starter in the B.C. Cup Stellarâ€™s Jay on August 6 at Hastings. Ooksshada finished third over a muddy track in the $125,000 Alberta Derby in mid-June.
Ridden by Pedro Alvarado, Ooksashada broke sharply, pressed the pace from the inside and gained the lead on the final turn. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:45.06.
In Saturdayâ€™s Supernatural, Napa made a big move in the stretch to catch Calendar Girl for her second stakes win of the Hastings meet.
Chris Loseth had an illustrious career as a jockey that spanned more than three decades, finishing with an amazing 3,567 lifetime wins and 277 stakes victories. He won the riding title at Hastings an unprecedented eight times and in 2001 was named winner of the coveted Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to thoroughbred racing in Canada.