09/06/2002 12:00AM

Bullseye on 'Bill' in Hastings colt division


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Two-year-olds headline the 12-race card at Hastings Park Sunday afternoon as both divisions of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sales Stakes are on tap. Bullseye Bill should go favored over seven other colts and geldings, but it's hard to say who will be favored in the fillies' division. Both races are worth $60,000 and are at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Bullseye Bill, who is owned by Lorne MacDougall, is the only stakes winner in the field, and the addition of blinkers in the New Westminster Stakes on Aug. 24 had a lot to do with the victory. "They seemed to help him quite a bit," said his trainer, Jim Brown. "He just wasn't focused in the Nursery, and he ran much better last time. He came out of his race in great shape, and I sent him out for a maintenance move the other day, which he handled well."

Steady Smiler could be the sleeper. He's still a maiden, but after breaking slowly he finished just 1 3/4 lengths behind Bullseye Bill in the New Westminster Stakes. If he breaks better, he could provide an upset. He's owned and trained by Rob Maybin.

Proactive is also a maiden, but she will receive a lot of attention in the fillies' division. She was third in the Time to Leave Stakes at Bay Meadows June 15 and has worked smartly since arriving at Hastings midsummer. Steve Bryant trains, and David Wilson has the call.

Searchin South scored an impressive win over Vegas Folly in a no-tag maiden race Aug. 18 but hasn't worked since, and that's unusual for a Harold Barroby-trained horse. "She's fighting shins a little bit so I skipped a work last weekend, but she should run all right," said Barroby.

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