08/08/2002 11:00PM

B.C. Derby hopefuls leg up


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The $200,000 B.C. Derby is only six weeks away, and local contenders are taking different paths to get there.

Shacane, who wasn't eligible for last week's Stallion Stakes because he is by Jumron, who stands in Washington, will make his next start in the Richmond Derby Trial Sept. 1

Shacane leapt into the Derby picture with a sharp win in the Jim Coleman Province July 21, and has won three of his four starts, all this year. "He's not a very good shipper so we'll keep him here," said his trainer, Toni Jacobson-Cloutier. "I didn't mind that he missed the Stallion Stakes because he was pretty tired after the Coleman. He's bounced back now and is training eagerly."

Shacane will face a tough Silver Donn in the Derby Trial. A good-looking son of Silver Fox, Silver Donn won the Stallion Stakes by a diminishing three-quarters of a length over The Jones Boy, but looked comfortable and probably could have won by more.

"[Jockey] Pedro [Alvarado] said he had a lot of horse left but didn't want to overdo it," said Silver Donn's owner, Jim Morgan. "I don't want to leave town so we'll run him back in the trial and then the Derby."

Silver Donn will be a solid choice in the Derby Trial, looking for his fourth straight win. "I can't believe how much he's settled since we've stretched him out," said Morgan. "Pedro can really get him to relax."

The Jones Boy ran a big race to finish second and will also make his next start in the Trial.

"He's just not mature enough to ship right now," said his trainer, Cindy Krasner. "He's a handful and so we'll stay home and hopefully he'll continue to improve."

No Time Flat, trained by Terry Marshall, is headed to Alberta to take on Lord Shogun in the $150,000 Canadian Derby Aug. 24. He finished a distant third in the Stallion Stakes, but the slow interior fractions didn't help.

"Sometimes races go that way and there's not much you can do about it," said assistant trainer Ron Jewell. "Hopefully, Thundering Herd will run with Lord Shogun for a little while and help our cause in the Canadian Derby."

Nobody has been able to keep up with Lord Shogun in the prairies. He won his last three starts there, and his win in the Manitoba Derby Aug. 5 was little more than a public workout.

"That was perfect," said his trainer, Rob VanOverschot. "He's a pretty confident horse right now and he's still fresh. He's only ran four times this year and he's feeling pretty good about himself."

VanOverschot is also hoping to have Bold'n Keen ready for the B.C. Derby.

Bold'n Keen looked like he would be one of the leaders of the local 3-year-old division when he won his maiden impressively sprinting June 1, but then was eased in the three-turn Burnaby and tried to pull himself up in a subsequent race.

"I sent him home after his last race and started over with him when he came back," VanOverschot said. "I've basically treated him like a 2-year-old again and he seems to be responding. He has the talent and, hopefully, we can get him focused on what he has to do."

VanOverschot hopes to run him in a $50,000 optional sprint next weekend and then the Derby Trial if things pan out.

Surprisingly, none of the local Derby hopefuls seem interested in the Emerald Breeders' Cup Derby, which goes Sept. 2.

Horseman avoids local fair

The Pacific National Exhibition begins next weekend and that's convinced Tom Longstaff to ship both Nursery winner Don't Pali Me and Dancewithavixen, who won the Debutante, home until the fair is over Sept. 2. The fair has annually been a negative distraction for local horsemen, and Longstaff, who is stabled at the east end of the barn area, which is adjacent to the PNE site, said the noise from the fair is very intrusive.

"It's gotten so bad," he said. "I had to scratch Rainbows Forever out of the Debutante because she hurt herself when she reacted to the loud rock and roll music that was accompanying a three-on-three basketball tournament they held last weekend. With the demolition derby and who knows what else they'll have for the PNE, I'm not taking any chances with the big races coming up."