Emerald Downs-based trainer Doris Harwood shipped two horses into Hastings Racecourse for the Sept. 27 British Columbia Derby and left with first and third money.
Fleur de Lis Stables Winning Machine, ridden by Emerald Downs-based jockey Gallyn Mitchell, gained the lead in the late stretch and beat Jersey Town by a length in a final time of 1:49.57 for 1 1/8 miles. The winner’s stablemate, Noosa Beach, stalked the pace throughout before finishing third in the nine-horse field of 3-year-olds.
Locally-based Tommy Danzigger, the even-money favorite, chased the leaders while three wide early before fading to finish seventh.
The winner, sent off at 8-1 odds, returned $19.60, $9.10, and $5.80. Jersey Town was worth $5.40 and $4.40, and longshot Noosa Beach paid $6.70.
"I am so proud of our entire team," Harwood said from the winner’s circle. "It was a wonderful race to watch and a wonderful race to win. Everyone was so gracious … we’ll be back next year without a doubt."
"Doris just told me to ride the Machine like I owned him," Mitchell said. "There wasn’t any holding back today."
Bred in Kentucky by Paul Goldberg and Raymond Kwik, Winning Machine has lived up to his name this year, with four wins from six starts, one second, and one third. The Toccet gelding has a career record of five wins from 13 starts, with four placings, and earnings of $274,151.