09/03/2008 11:00PM

Boxcars the speediest of Sales Stakes fillies


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The fillies division of the $60,000 CTHS Sales Stakes sets the scene for the annual yearling and mixed sale that will be held by the British Columbia division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society this Tuesday. The 6 1/2-furlong feature for 2-year-old fillies attracted six horses, and it appears to be a wide-open event.

None of the horses entered has won at the distance, and four of the six horses are maidens.

Boxcars was no match for heavily favored What R the Odds in the quickly run Lassie Stakes on Aug. 23, but she might have enough early speed to clear early and could be tough to catch. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Boxcars won a $15,000 maiden race going 3 1/2 furlongs in her second start and then finished fourth in two straight stakes races.

She will be ridden by Dave Wilson.

Ookster, trained by Toni Cloutier, will be making her debut off of a strong set of works, and she is a well-bred filly. She is a half-sister to Ookashada, a multiple stakes winner of $335,998. Ookster was bought out of the 2007 sale by Mike Boylan and T D Stable for $21,000. They also own Ookashada.

Optimism based on recent results

Dixie Jacobson, the president of the provincial division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, is very optimistic about the sale, which will be held at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver.

Jacobson has good cause to be upbeat.

"Just look at how well the B.C.-breds are doing at Hastings," she said. "El Sinaloense, Krazy Koffee, and Spaghetti Mouse are leading in their respective divisions, and they are all B.C.-breds. Who knows, there could be another Spaghetti Mouse in the sale."

Spaghetti Mouse, who won the S.W. Randall Plate last Sunday, is the all-time leading British Columbia-bred money earner with $845,560. He was bought by Nick and Pauline Felicella out of the 2003 sale for $21,000.

The recent purse increase at Hastings and the strong probability of another increase next year could also inspire local owners to be active at the sale.

"Any time there has been something positive we've had a very strong sale," said Jacobson. "The slots are finally in, the purses just went up, and they should go up again next spring. The future looks very bright and I couldn't be more excited."

Young brother should be big draw

Hip No. 14 at the sale will certainly attract a lot of attention. A yearling colt by the hot young sire Storm Victory, he is a half-brother to El Sinaloense. El Sinaloense, who is by Mud Route, has easily won all of the stakes races for 2-year-olds at Hastings this year and he will be heavily favored to win the colts division of the CTHS Sales Stakes on Sunday. He also owns the best Beyer Speed Figure ever posted by a 2-year-old at Hastings, a 92 for winning the Ladnesian in July.

The dam of El Sinaloense, Ayne Z, was in foal when she was bought by Mike Anderson out of the Barretts fall sale in 2005. Anderson bought her for $4,000 sight unseen over the internet.

"I was able to bid on her online, and although I had never seen her, I knew one of her foals, Northern Ayne," said Anderson. "It was pretty cool. They had a live video stream. I just punched my bid into the computer and someone at the sale would input it. Northern Ayne was just a little thing, but she had a big heart, and she won five races running between here and in Alberta."

Glen Todd, who along with Patrick Kinsella is the leading owner at Hastings, had some words of advice for Anderson.

"There are going to be so many people looking at your horse that you're probably going to lose 40 pounds bringing him in and out of his stall," said Todd. "You may as well keep him outside."

Potential buyers can get a look at all of the horses up for auction at the yearling parade on Monday, beginning at 2 p.m.

Krazy Koffee looking cream of crop

Jockey Dave Wilson is coming off of very good weekend. He won two stakes races and finished second with Rosberg in the Randall Plate on Monday. Wilson won the Richmond Derby Trial with Krazy Koffee on Sunday and the Hong Kong Jockey Club with Lecturing Lynn on Saturday.

It was the first time Wilson had been aboard Krazy Koffee, and he was very impressed with the strong performance. Krazy Koffee, who is trained by Cindy Krasner, has won all of the middle-distance stakes races for 3-year-olds at Hastings, and he figures to be one of the favorites in the Grade 3, $250,000 B.C. Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race on Sept. 21.

"He's a real racehorse," said Wilson. "He finished full of run, and a mile and an eighth won't bother him one bit."

Krasner likes the way Krazy Koffee came out of the race, and she was pleased that Wilson got along so well with him. Wilson picked up the mount when Krazy Koffee's usual rider, Chad Hoverson, chose to stick with Texas Wildcatter for the derby.

"It worked out perfectly," said Krasner. "He ran the best race of his life, and he couldn't be coming up to the derby any better. Davie also learned a lot about the horse."

Wilson chooses to disagree

Unless someone ships in, Lecturing Lynn, who is trained by Tracy McCarthy, will likely be favored in the $125,000 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks on Sept. 20.

Wilson was pleased with Lecturing Lynn's front-running win and was looking forward to riding her in the Oaks. He wasn't happy with the stewards' decision to leave Spaghetti Mouse's number up in the Randall Plate, however. Spaghetti Mouse, who was ridden by Pedro Alvarado, bumped Rosberg in midstretch. It appeared the incident did not affect the outcome of the race, and the stewards let the result stand.

"He threw my horse right off stride," said Wilson.

Rosberg is trained by Dino Condilenios, who was also disappointed with the decision.

Condilenios said that Rosberg would be pointed to the $50,000 Sir Winston Churchill on Sept. 21.

Spaghetti Mouse a Churchill possible

According to trainer Lenore DaPonte, Spaghetti Mouse could also make his next start in the Churchill.

"He's feeling great," she said. "we'll see what kind of weight he gets and how he is doing at the time."

Spaghetti Mouse carried 126 pounds in the Randall.