06/14/2007 11:00PM

Alexandersrun looks for win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer John Snow is looking for a good effort from Alexandersrun in a no-condition allowance race at Hastings on Sunday.

Alexandersrun is coming off a third-place finish behind Forceful Intention and Spaghetti Mouse in the John Longden 6000, and Snow is hopeful that the easier spot will help Alexandersrun win for the first time since he captured the Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby in 2005.

Alexandersrun was purchased by Thomas Bell after he finished second in the Spend a Buck Stakes at Monmouth in July 2005. Bell was immediately rewarded with a win by Alexandersrun in the Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap at Emerald Downs in his next start. A Florida-bred gelding by Sweetsouthernsaint, Alexandersrun came right back to beat Norm's Nephew in the Emerald Downs Derby and then finished a disappointing seventh in the British Columbia Derby.

His best race since then was a second-place finish to Adreamisborn in a minor stakes race at Golden Gate in March 2006. His strong effort in the Longden is a good sign that he could be coming up to a winning race.

"That was a very good race for him," Snow said of the Longden. "He should move forward off of that, and this could be the easiest spot he's been in since he won the Emerald Derby."

According to Snow, Alexandersrun does his best running when he's outside of horses. What was encouraging to Snow about Alexandersrun's performance in the Longden was that he was pinned down on the rail for most of the trip and still came within a nose of finishing in front of Spaghetti Mouse. Nobody was going to catch the easy winner, Forceful Intention.

"I was glad to see he drew the five hole for the race Sunday," said Snow. "He should be able to avoid getting stuck inside of horses. He was bottled up most of the way in the Longden, and when the horses that were outside of him dropped back, he made a strong move in the stretch."

If all goes according to plan, Alexandersrun will make his next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1.

"That's the race we've been aiming for since he came back into training this spring," said Snow. "I think the time off over the winter did him a lot of good, and he's a very fresh horse right now."

Mel Snow fined, suspended

Snow's father, Mel Snow, has been suspended for 30 days and received fines totaling $7,250 from three separate rulings by the stewards. A horse he trains, Answer the Call, came back with a positive test for Phenylbutazone when he finished second in a $25,000 claiming race June 3. During the ensuing investigation, hypodermic syringes, needles, and injectable substances were found in Snow's vehicle. He was also fined for giving false information to the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch during the course of the investigation. It was Snow's third positive test for bute in the last four years.

Snow, who is the president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of British Columbia, has asked for the ruling to be reconsidered by Sam Hawkins, the director of racing for the province of British Columbia. According to the stewards, Snow is not disputing the charges but is asking for a reduction in the total sentence.

Snow will be allowed to conduct his business until Hawkins reviews the rulings.

Starlite Strike to challenge Monashee

Starlite Strike will try to stop Monashee's six-race win streak in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn Stakes next Saturday.

Starlite Strike, who is trained by Rob VanOverschot, looked good winning a no-condition allowance sprint over a sloppy track last Sunday. In her previous start, which was her first outing this year, she finished a fast-closing second to Monashee in the 6 1/2-furlong Senate Appointee. She should appreciate the chance to stretch out for the first time this year in the 1 1/16-mile Strawberry Morn.

"I think we can beat Monashee if the weight spread is large enough," said VanOverschot. "My filly is doing very well right now and she's really a better horse going long."

Starlite Strike has won $160,543, and with any luck that total would have been considerably higher. In what was to be her first start following a win in the $103,000 Northlands Park Oaks, she was made the 3-5 favorite in the $100,000 Sonoma Stakes at Northlands. Unfortunately she acted up in the starting gate and was scratched. VanOverschot thinks the incident cost her a good chance at winning the Grade 3 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks.

"She was cut up pretty badly and she missed a lot of training heading into the Oaks," he said. "She really wasn't ready to go a mile and an eighth, but she ran pretty well and she didn't get beat by much. Also in the Ballerina she just got beat, and if she wasn't stopped at the top of the stretch I'm pretty sure she would have won the race."

VanOverschot was happy that Starlite Strike came out of her race last Sunday in good shape and is looking forward to running her in the Strawberry Morn.

"That was a real rough track last weekend," he said. "But she couldn't be doing any better, and I think she's ready to run a big race. She'll have to in order to beat Monashee."