06/28/2010 11:00PM

Concert Music going long in Sun


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Undefeated Concert Music will face her sternest test to date when she tackles a tough field of older fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Vancouver Sun on Thursday at Hastings. The $50,000 Sun is one of three stakes on the holiday card, which includes the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors' for 3-year-olds and up and the $50,000 Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies.

Concert Music, trained by John Snow, has reeled off five straight wins sprinting and will be stretching out to a middle distance for the first time. With Fernando Perez aboard, she looked very comfortable stalking a slow pace in the 6 1/2-furlong Senate Appointee on June 12. Her connections are hoping for a similar trip Thursday.

Snow was unavailable for comment after getting hit in the mouth by a hockey stick earlier this week. His wife and assistant trainer, Tammy Snow, also is the exercise rider for the 4-year-old Concert Music.

"She is awesome right now," she said. "She just doesn't get tired when she gallops, so hopefully she'll run well. She showed us she is versatile, especially in her last race, and she should be able to sit off of the speed."

Perez retains the mount.

The speed Snow mentioned will be provided by Include the Grand, who is stretching out for the first time this year. Trained by Dave Milburn, Include the Grand is coming off of a second-place finish behind Smokin Danielle in a $50,000 optional claimer on May 16. She closed out 2009 with a win in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on Nov. 1.

Summer Song appears to be the main threat to Concert Music. Trained by Troy Taylor, Summer Song ran an even race to finish fourth behind Concert Music in the Senate Appointee and will appreciate stretching out to a distance at which she has compiled a record of 4-1-0 from 5 starts.

Kaweah Princess, second to Concert Music in the Brighouse Belles and Senate Appointee, is a stakes winner going around three turns.

* Otero and Dearest Princess look like the ones to beat in the 1 1/16-mile Supernaturel. Otero, trained by Dave Forster, will likely be favored off of her win over Dearest Princess in the $50,000 Emerald Downs at Hastings May 24. It was her third win in four starts, with her only loss coming at the hands of Dearest Princess in a $75,000 optional claimer on May 1.

Sheza Foxy Jackpot, the only multiple route winner in the field, ships in from Golden Gate where she has won 4 of her last 5 races. She was claimed out of her last race by trainer Charles Essex.