07/25/2002 11:00PM

Classic rematch: Kid vs. Nelson


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A total of 121 nominations have been received for the seven stakes races that make up B.C. Cup Day and most of the races are likely to have full and competitive fields. After spreading out the event over three days last year, Hastings Park will return to the Cup's original format and run all the races on a single day, Monday Aug. 5.

All of the races are restricted to British Columbia-breds, with six of the seven races carrying $50,000 purses. The B.C. Cup Classic is worth $65,000, featuring a rematch between Lord Nelson and Kid Katabatic.

According to their trainers, both horses are right on schedule and will start.

"I'll probably work Lord Nelson next Monday," said Dino Condilenios, who did a great job of having Lord Nelson ready to win the nine-furlong Lieutenant Governors' after being off for more than two months due to a minor foot problem.

"He's training just fine," said Shauna Ferguson, who bred, owns, and trains Kid Katabatic. The Kid turned 9 this year but seems as good as ever with two stakes wins at the meet. He finished third to Lord Nelson in his last start but appeared to be struggling over a drying-out track.

Trainer Robbie Anderson could saddle the favorites in both the 6 1/2-furlong Sprint with King Jeremy, and the 1 1/8-mile Distaff with Grey Tobe Free.

King Jeremy has been nominated to both the Sprint and Classic but will definitely start in the Sprint. His last win came in the PNE President's Speed Handicap last year. In his last start he finished a close second to Work Visa in the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Last year's top local 3-year-old, I'm Free, will also run in the Sprint. Salt Grinder and Dancers Magic are the only 3-year-olds nominated to the Sprint, and Salt Grinder would receive plenty of support off his sharp win in the June 2 Klondike Stakes. He finished second in two subsequent starts at Emerald Downs and his trainer, Kay Cooper, said she was uncommitted about running.

"We just haven't made up our minds," she said. "Talk to me after he works next week."

Grey Tobe Free won her last start at Hastings by six lengths, the 1 1/8-mile Brighouse Belles on July 6, and then finished fourth while going wide the whole way in the Boeing Handicap at Emerald Downs on July 21. Her most important win came in last year's Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup where she beat the best fillies and mares in the Northwest by eight widening lengths. Last year's upset winner, Princess Premier, has also been nominated.

Elana D'amour, who is the current leader of the 3-year-old filly division at Hastings, could tackle older mares in the Distaff, but she has also been nominated to the fillies division of the Stallion Stakes. Her trainer, Joe Apperloo, will take a close look at the weights before deciding which race to enter.

If she goes in the 1 1/16-mile Stallion Stakes her main challengers will be Grace for You and Lady Vye. Grace for You scored a brave victory over Lady Vye in the Nanaimo Stakes last Saturday. Lady Vye also finished second to Elana D'amour in the Liberation.

Silver Donn will likely be favored in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes. He was impressive winning the 1 1/16-mile Burnaby Stakes on June 29, and his connections decided to skip the Jim Coleman Province on July 21 in order to have a fresh horse for the Stallion Stakes.

"He ran very hard to win the Burnaby, and we wanted him at his best for B.C. Cup Day," owner Jim Morgan said.

No Time Flat looks like the one he will have to beat off of his fast-closing second to Shacane in the Province.

Owner-trainer Tom Longstaff will have strong contenders in the 2-year-old races, the Nursery for colts and geldings and the Debutante for fillies. Both races are at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Longstaff sent out Don't Pali Me to win the Ladnesian Stakes by five lengths, and he should be favored over Chase Creek, who beat $25,000 maidens by 11 1/4 lengths July 19. Bullseye Bill will also receive some support off his sharp win over straight maidens in his debut July 12.

Longstaff's coupling of Dancewithavixen and Rainbows Forever could go favored in the Debutante. Dancewithavixen finished a very close second to My Miss Emily in the 6 1/2-furlong Timber Music Stakes on July 13, but it was her first try going around two turns while My Miss Emily had already had two six-furlong races behind her. Rainbows Forever finished third after breaking a step slow.