06/28/2005 11:00PM

Blowin in the Wind brings stakes win streak


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It took Blowin in the Wind 26 races before he won a stakes race. He's got the hang of it now, though. In his last three starts, he won the Grade 3 Premiers at 1 3/8 miles and the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal Stakes here at Hastings, and the 1 1/16-mile Teeworth Gold Plate at Stampede Park.

And Blowin in the Wind figures to be among the favorites in the $125,000 Lieutenant Governors' at Hastings Friday.

"Not many horses are that versatile," said David Forster, who bred, trains, and - along with his wife, Teri - owns Blowin in the Wind. "He's matured into a very nice horse."

"Dylan," as Blowin in the Wind is referred to at the Forster barn, didn't run as a 2-year-old and the only race he won at 3 was his first start, in a maiden special weight race. He was a solid 3-year-old though, picking up checks in 8 of his 9 starts. Blowin in the Wind also came extremely close to upsetting the Grade 2 B.C. Derby at almost 60-1, finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Cruising Kat.

Until his recent win streak, that seemed to be the pattern for the 6-year-old gelding. As a 4-year-old he lost by a head in the Grade 3 Premiers, and last year he lost by a head to Lord Nelson in the S.W. Randall Plate before winning the Premiers to close out his season.

"Luck had a lot to do with it," said Forster. "Plus, we didn't really push him as a young horse. It just seemed like he needed time to develop, and waiting on him has certainly paid off."

Blowin in the Wind likes to make it interesting as well. His 2 3/4-length win in the Teeworth Plate is the largest winning margin of his career. He got up just in time to win by a neck in both the Premiers and George Royal.

Forster gave Blowin in the Wind time off following the Teeworth on May 21 but he is happy with the way his runner is training.

"I could have run him in the Longden but that might have been pushing it, and he's my horse so I don't need to be greedy with him," Forster said. "He's fit enough and he knows what to do."

Forster was pleased with Blowin in the Wind's five-furlong work in 59:40 seconds Monday morning. According to the Hastings clockers, Blowin in the Wind ran the last eighth of a mile in 11.40 seconds.

"He's had three good works since he ran in Alberta," Forster said. "He's as good as he's going to be, and if we get lucky he should be right there."

Then, his voice laced with sarcasm, Forster said, "I just hope it doesn't rain."

Truth is, Blowin in the Wind loves an off track. He ran been first or second in 5 of his 6 starts on wet tracks, winning both the Premiers and George Royal on sloppy surfaces.

Quiet Cash fit and ready

Trainer Terry Jordan is also happy with the way his horse, Quiet Cash, is coming up to Friday's race. Quiet Cash has had two starts this year, both impressive wins in optional sprints. But his last start was on May 29 and he will be stretching out for the first time since going unplaced in the B.C. Derby last September.

"I'm not worried about the distance," said Jordan. "He's fit enough."

Quiet Cash was claimed out of a $32,000 claiming race at Del Mar last August by owner Bob Cheema. He shipped him to Hastings for the B.C. Derby but ran into a buzzsaw named Flamethrowintexan.

"He also wasn't right at the time," said Jordan. "He has very brittle feet and besides his feet, a few other things were bothering him at the time. Actually, if he had good feet I think he would be competing with the top horses in North America. He's a very nice horse and I have to think he was a pretty good buy for $32,000."

Jordan should know a good horse when he sees one. He worked for David Cross when Cross trained Sunny's Halo the year he won the Kentucky Derby.

Quarter cracks sideline champ

The shape of the Lieutenant Governors' changed dramatically when Lord Nelson wasn't entered. Lord Nelson has been first or second in the last four editions of the race, and he has been the top handicap horse in British Columbia for the past four years. He also has hoof problems, and according to his trainer, Dino Condilenios, recurring quarter cracks are the reason Lord Nelson will miss the Governors'.

"It's very minor and I probably could have run him," said Condilenios. "But it's a tough race and he missed some training so we're going to pass. I'll put him back in training in a couple of days and we'll try to have him ready for B.C. Cup."