Popular Mark Walker Scores 100th Career Stakes Victory
May 9, 2006There’s something about stakes races and jockey Mark Walker that seem to click at the right time. And once again that timing was bang-on Saturday at Hastings Racecourse in the $50,000 Klondike Stakes, the opening of this year’s six-race series for three-year-olds leading up to the B.C. Derby in September.
Walker was aboard Potrero Station at 10-1 to win his fifth career Klondike and 100th career stakes win. Claimed for $32,000 a month ago at Golden Gate by Syd Belzberg for his Budget Stable, Potrero Station finished one length ahead of Mighty Cahill in Saturday’s 10-horse field.
Walker told Vancouver Sun racing writer Dennis Feser: “I had a wonderful trip because it went the way I felt it might. There was lots of speed and I thought we’d be able to settle in and we did.”
Walker won his first Klondike Stakes with Bolt The Hatch in 1990. Ironically, that victory was also for Belzberg’s Budget Stable.
The Vancouver Sun Stakes will highlight Saturday’s card at Hastings with a couple of standouts expected to be in the field: Monashee, Horse of the Year in 2005 and Regal Red, who’s won seven of nine lifetime starts.
Sunday, May 14 is Mother’s Day with a special ‘Pamper Mom at Hastings’ party that will include a greeting gift, manicures, makeovers and palm readings for the ladies. There are still Mother’s Day tables available in the beautiful glassed-in Silks Restaurant, where the food is legendary and the view is captivating.