07/04/2002 11:00PM

Bold'n Keen right back in a hurry


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It's hard to say what happened to Bold'n Keen in the Burnaby Stakes last Saturday, but he was put on the veterinarian's list following a troubled trip where he was eased down the backstretch by his rider. Bold'n Keen will try to get back on track when he faces six other 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles in a $50,000 optional nonwinners-other-than on Sunday.

"He just got confused," said his trainer, Rob VanOverschot. "It was his first time going long, and after he broke poorly, he rushed up and then must have thought the race was over."

VanOverschot maintains that Bold'n Keen is physically fine and was a bit put off that he was placed on the vet's list. A horse on the list, must work in front of a racing commission veterinarian in order to run again. Bold'n Keen breezed a half-mile over a sloppy track Thursday and will run Sunday.

"I really didn't want him to run back this quickly, but the race came up and if he doesn't go here he would have to face stakes horses." Bold'n Keen looked like a stakes horse following his 12 1/2-length maiden win in a very fast 1:16.66 and was sent off the 3-1 second choice in the Burnaby.

Colondelivery is the only horse in the race with stakes credentials, a second in the 6 1/2 New Westminster last August, and is coming off of a very good second to Crimson Mint in a $50,000 optional sprint June 22. He has gone around three turns only once in his career, a fifth-place finish to The Jones Boy on June 8. That race was a lot better than it looks on paper, as he was hung out three-wide the whole trip.