09/04/2010 12:21PM

Ain a maiden with a stakes shot at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Is a maiden making just the fourth start of his career good enough to propel himself to the top of the 3-year-old class at Hastings with one race remaining before the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby Sept. 26? We’ll find out when Ain runs in the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial Monday.

The 1 1/16-mile feature drew 10 horses and heads a strong nine-race card that includes the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club for 3-year-old fillies and the PNE President’s Speed Handicap, featuring Burj Dubai.

There is no established leader of the local 3-year-old division, and Ain owns the best career Beyer Speed Figure in the Richmond Derby Trial field, an 84 that he earned in his second-place finish behind Saratoga Boot in the $75,000 Emerald Downs Derby Aug. 15.

Trained by Dino Condilenios, Ain showed a lot of promise when he made a strong late move to finish second to Don’twaitforme in his debut in a $30,000 optional maiden race going 6 1/2 furlongs July 4. He came right back to finish second in a similar race July 17 before shipping to Emerald, where he made up a lot of ground to edge Posse Power for second.

“We thought he wanted more distance and there just haven’t been any races for him here, so we gave him a shot with the big boys,” said Condilenios. “He missed the break at Emerald, so I don’t think he’ll be that far behind on Monday.”

Isaias Cardenas rides Ain.

Cherokee Notion will try and regain momentum after shipping to Northlands Park to run in the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby only to pass on the race due to a mild case of colic. In his last start, he won the $50,000 B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay over Don’twaitforme Aug. 2. He is trained by Troy Taylor.

Trainer Rob VanOverschot will have Don’twaitforme involved early on Monday, and he will have Texas Buccaneer trying to pick them up late. Don’waitforme held the lead at the top of the stretch in the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay but couldn’t hold off the late move from Cherokee Notion. Texas Buccaneer was 20 lengths behind early and ended up sixth, beaten by 6 3/4 lengths.

Silly Fella, trained by Terry Dubois, is coming off of a strong second-place finish in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes Aug. 25. He could get a perfect stalking trip from just off what should be an honest pace.