07/24/2008 11:00PM

Coachman, Rosberg two live longshots


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Dino Condilenios is hoping to pull off a couple of upsets in the $50,000 Stellar's Jay and the $100,000 British Columbia Cup Classic. Both races are among seven stakes that make up B.C. Cup Day on Aug. 4 at Hastings.

Condilenios really likes his chances with Coachman in the Stellar's Jay, which is restricted to B.C.-bred 3-year-olds. Krazy Koffee figures to be a strong favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race.

The 1 1/8-mile Classic is open to horses bred or owned in British Columbia, and a B.C.-bred, Spaghetti Mouse, will certainly be favored. Rosberg, who was bred in Kentucky and was recently purchased by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc., could give him a run for his money - if he goes. Rosberg is easily the most interesting of the 91 horses nominated to the seven stakes.

Rosberg just arrived at Hastings and has seen a lot of the world before showing up in Vancouver. A 7-year-old son of A.P Indy, Rosberg showed a lot of promise at 2. In his second start at Del Mar for trainer Eoin Harty, he earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure for his five-length win in a maiden special weight race.

Rosberg, who was then owned by the Darley Stable, didn't surface again, however, until November 2006, when he finished third in the Al Karama Handicap at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai. For the next three years he raced at either Nad Al Sheba or Jebel Ali race courses and was good enough to win three races. In his final start at Nad Al Sheba, he finished a close fifth in the Group 2, $1 million Godolphin Mile won by Diamond Stripes. It was an impressive performance against top company, and it's worth going to www.drcnewswire.com to watch the replay.

Rosberg had a pretty wide trip and put on a nice burst of speed to take a clear lead midstretch. He got a little tired, though, and ended up finishing a close fifth.

"I really don't know much about him," said Condilenios. "I do know he's well-bred and that he has run a few very good races. I have no idea why he was off for all that time, though. I watched his last race in Dubai and I was pretty impressed."

As well as being by one of the top sires in the world, Rosberg's mother, Bosra Sha, was a champion in England.

Condilenios isn't sure if Rosberg will be ready in time to run in the Classic. If not, he will be pointed to the Longacres Mile on Aug. 17.

"He has pretty tender feet," said Condilenios. "We put new shoes on him the other day and he was a little sore after that. Nothing serious, and hopefully we'll be able to work him this weekend."

Another horse with tender feet trained by Condilenios was Lord Nelson. Under Condilenios's patient care, Lord Nelson amassed earnings of $673,099. Rosberg has obviously landed in the right barn.

"If all goes well and he gets to work, probably on Sunday, then we'll know more about where he is in regards to fitness," said Condilenios. "He's a real nice horse to work with, and from what I've seen he appears to be a runner."

Rosberg hasn't raced since he finished sixth in the Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 31 in his first try on turf. He won the 1 1/8-mile Skyward Plate at Jebel Ali, the same distance as the Classic.

Condilenios isn't sure where he stands with Rosberg, but he is very confident regarding Coachman's chances in the Stellar's Jay. Coachman is coming off a fourth-place finish in the 6 1/2-furlong CTHS Sales Stakes and will be stretching out for the first time in the Stellar's Jay.

"They went the first quarter-mile in 23 in the Sales Stakes and he still only got beat by 2 1/2 lengths," said Condilenios. "He is training sensationally right now, and I think he's going to love stretching out. If there's an honest pace I think he'll be right there."

Condilenios was especially pleased with Coachman's six-furlong bullet move on July 20. His half-mile split for the work was 47.40 seconds.

"It was a great move for him," said Condilenios. "He did it well within himself and he galloped out strongly. He couldn't be doing any better right now."

The favorite for the Stellar's Jay, Krazy Koffee, also worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on July 20.

Spaghetti Mouse in peak form

Spaghetti Mouse was upset in the B.C. Cup Classic last year, but from the way he has won his last two races, he's going to be tough to beat this time.

According to his trainer, Lenore DaPonte, Spaghetti Mouse is a very sharp horse right now.

"He had been in training since early February, so we gave him about 10 days off following his win in the Lieutenant Governors," she said. "He's been very eager since he's been back on the track, and we'll pick things up with him a little bit now. He's a pretty happy horse right now and he should be ready to go."