09/30/2009 11:00PM

B.C. Derby 1-3 finishers getting winter off

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Winning Machine takes the British Columbia Derby, with stablemate Noosa Beach in third.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - According to trainer Doris Harwood, Winning Machine and Noosa Beach, the first- and third-place finishers in the Grade 3, $275,000 British Columbia Derby last Sunday, will be given the winter off.

Winning Machine, owned by Fleur De Lis Stables, had won the Emerald Downs Derby in his previous start, and he closed out the year with 4 wins from 6 starts for earnings of $247,151. Harwood's husband, Jeff, owns Noosa Beach, who won a couple of sprint stakes at Emerald and banked $88,000 for the year.

"They both earned a well-deserved rest," said Harwood. "They are already turned out, and they will enjoy just being horses and getting dirty for a while. They both went home sound, and I look forward to bringing back a couple of nice horses next year."

It is a strong possibility that Harwood will make a return trip to Hastings with at least one of them in 2010.

"We really enjoyed our time at Hastings, and I was surprised how well they both handled the tight turns with very little conditioning there, especially Noosa Beach, who is a pretty big horse," she said. "They took turns beating each other at Emerald this year, so it's nice to know we have another option."

Harwood was also looking forward to a little R and R herself.

"I need to be turned out as well," she said. "We have about 70 horses on the go, and we like to run them, so it's been a pretty busy year."

It has also been a productive season for Harwood. She finished second behind Tim McCanna in the trainer standings at Emerald with 59 wins, and she easily topped the money list with $931,916 in earnings.

Heads likes recent arrival

Trainer Barbara Heads is looking forward to running Jersey Town again. Jersey Town, second in the B.C. Derby, shipped in from Monmouth Park, where he was trained by Barclay Tagg. With Alan Cuthbertson aboard, Jersey Town set an honest pace in the derby and then held on well but couldn't hold off Winning Machine in the late stretch. Jersey Town is owned by his breeder, Chuck Fipke.

"He ran a huge race, and Alan did a good job on him," said Heads. "He hasn't been back to the track, but it looks like he came back great, and Chuck said he can stay here for another race. The Premiers is a thought, but there are other possibilities for him."

Heads was referring to the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers on Oct. 18.

Trainer Rob Gilker wasn't sure where Tommy Danzigger would run next. Gilker was still a bit down on Wednesday morning after Tommy Danzigger finished seventh as the even-money favorite in the derby.

"It was a disappointing race, but welcome to horse racing," he said. "I know the Premiers is there, but do we really want to run against Teide?"

Tommy Danzigger would seem to be a perfect fit for the 1 3/8-mile Premiers. He won the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby going that distance in his start before the B.C. Derby.

Teide inspires Cup thoughts

It isn't surprising nobody wants to run against Teide in the Premiers. He ran the most impressive race seen here in a long time when he romped by over nine lengths in the $51,000 Sir Winston Churchill. With Chad Hoverson aboard, he was up close to wicked fractions before pulling away from his opponents when he made the lead on the stretch turn. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100, and that is just the second triple-digit Beyer Figure given to a horse at Hastings this century. Quiet Cash earned the same figure for his win in a $50,000 optional sprint in 2005.

Anyone who saw the race was impressed, including his connections, who are now contemplating a trip to the Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

"If he can get into the Mile, we're probably going to go," said his trainer, Dino Condilenios. "He is just starting to peak, and that's what dreams are made of, and we wouldn't mind swinging for the fences."

Teide came up three-quarters of a length short in the Longacres Mile, which was a Win and You're In race.

If Teide can't get into the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Condilenios said that Teide would start in either the Premiers or one of the supporting stakes on the Breeders' Cup card.

La Rocca on to Ballerina

For the second race in a row, La Rocca easily handled Ochoa in the $122,000 British Oaks last Saturday. According to her owner, Peter Redekop, La Rocca will be staying here to run in the Grade 3, $125,000 Ballerina on Oct. 17. La Rocca won the $75,000 Sonoma Stakes at Northlands Park in her previous start.

"Winning races like this is what it's all about," said Redekop.

Her trainer, Terry Jordan, said she came out of the race in excellent shape.

Trainer Floyd Arthur shipped Ochoa back to Northlands the day after the race and wasn't sure where she would run next.

Also likely heading to the Ballerina are Blue Sky Holiday and Summer Song. Blue Sky Holiday edged Summer Song in the $50,000 Delta Colleen on Saturday.