08/27/2003 11:00PM

Auction punctuated by sale and stakes


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (B.C. Division) will hold its annual yearling and mixed sale Tuesday at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C. The sale begins at 2 p.m. There is a yearling parade scheduled for Monday, also at 2 p.m. There's a total of 181 horses up for sale and 165 are yearlings.

A couple of yearlings that should attract some attention are Hips No. 31 and 158. Hip No. 31 is a half-brother to Handy N Bold, a multiple stakes winner who also finished second in the 2001 Longacres Mile. Handy N Bold is now 8, but recently won the Governors' Handicap at Emerald Downs.

Hip No. 158 is a Regal Intention filly out of Always a Star, and her first three foals are all winners. Her best runner is last year's Ballerina winner, Grace for You, but her two other foals, Pendolino and the recently stakes placed Always Annie's, are also good horses.

Maiden favored in stakes

Horses that run through the sale are eligible to the $60,000 Sales Stakes, and in order to bring attention to the sale, both divisions of the Sales Stakes have been scheduled for this Saturday.

Trainer Daryl Snow could be saddling the favorite in the fillies division. Along with Jayson Spevakow, he's listed as the owner of both Ruthie's Dance and Kris's Valentine, who will run coupled. While Kris's Valentine is coming off of a win, Ruthie's Dance, who is still a maiden, will attract most of the attention. She's started only twice, and in her second start on July 19 she battled every step of the way before losing by three-quarters of a length to subsequent stakes winner Proud Son. The third horse finished another 10 lengths behind. Ruthie's Dance also has the best Beyer Speed Figure in the field, but she's not coming into Saturday's race the way Snow would like.

"She came out of her race a little 'shinny,' " he said. "I've only been able to work her once and I'm not sure if that will be enough. She wasn't tired or anything like that after her work, but it would have been a lot better if I could have given her at least another work before she runs."

Perfect Illusion looks like the main obstacle to Ruthie's Dance in the Sales Stakes. She had a wide trip when finishing second to Frozen in Time in the B.C. Cup Debutante, and according to her trainer, Terry Clyde, she appears to be peaking for Saturday's race. "She just keeps getting better and better," Clyde said. "She's really worked strongly since the Debutante and she was under wraps for her last work."

Perfect Illusion worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 seconds on Aug. 23.

Clyde also said that the Sales Stakes would likely be Perfect Illusion's last start of the year as she isn't eligible to the Sadie Diamond Futurity.

Another Cruising Cat?

Another potential 2-year-old stakes horse in Snow's barn is Future Flash. He's a brother to 2003 B.C. Derby winner Cruising Cat and he scored a very impressive win over maiden special weight company in his debut last Sunday.

"What I liked about his race is that he ran so greenly for the first part and then he really kicked it in when he figured it out," Snow said. "He'll run back in the Jack Diamond Futurity and then the Ascot Graduation before we turn him out for the winter."

Snow said that Cruising Cat will likely show up in an optional race for his next start. He ran a very dull race in the Randall Plate and Snow thinks the easier company will help get him focused on racing again.

Back in the saddle

If Snow's pants look a little large for him it's because he's shed some weight in order to get back to galloping most of the horses he trains.

"I hadn't done it for a while but I got on a couple of horses a few weeks ago to see how they were doing and I really enjoyed it," he said. "I'm not sure how long I'll keep galloping but so far it's been great."