10/09/2010 10:40AM

Baze's mounts look strong in futurities


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The $100,000 Jack and Sadie Diamond futurities highlight the closing-day, nine-race card at Hastings on Monday. Adding class to the closing ceremonies is the return of Russell Baze, who will ride both races.

Baze rode Too Much Dirt to a win in the 1 1/16-mile Ascot Graduation when he came to Hastings to ride Cherokee Notion in the British Columbia Derby on Sept. 26. He retains the mount in the Jack Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings and may have picked up the winner in the Sadie Diamond for 2-year-old fillies with Love Logic. Trained by Barbara Heads, Love Logic should appreciate the move back to a sprint after setting a torrid pace in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy with apprentice Ryan Pacheco aboard.

Both 6 1/2-furlong races are restricted to horses foaled in Canada.

Stormy Canuck will probably be favored over Too Much Dirt in the Jack Diamond, which drew an overflow field of 12 horses. Path to Home sits on the also-eligible list.

Trained by Toni Cloutier, Stormy Canuck has only raced twice and forced the early pace before tiring late to finish second behind Too Much Dirt in the Ascot. He figures to take a big step forward in just his third start and won’t mind the move back to a sprint. In his debut, he beat CTHS Sales Stakes winner Outoftheclouds.

Lookout Dubai, fifth as the favorite in the Ascot, could be dangerous with the move back to a sprint. Trained by Terry Clyde, Lookout Dubai finished second in the New Westminster Stakes prior to his failed effort in the Ascot.

Clyde has a good shot at winning both races and could have the favorite with Victory With Class in the Sadie Diamond Futurity.

“Lookout Dubai might not have been ready to go a distance,” assistant trainer Mike Anderson said. “Victory With Class came out of her six-furlong work last Sunday in great shape and should be ready to go.”

Victory With Class won the B.C. Cup Debutante by more than five lengths and then finished second to Overvalued in the Lassie.

Pigtails took advantage of the fast pace to win the Fantasy, and it looks like she’ll have plenty of speed to run at in the 11-horse Sadie Diamond. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Pigtails went into the Fantasy off of two third-place finishes in the Debutante and the CTHS Sales Stakes.