06/15/2010 11:00PM

Concert Music will stretch out in next


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Concert Music remained undefeated in five career starts with a convincing win over Kaweah Princess in last Saturday's $50,000 Senate Appointee at Hastings.

Similar to all of her races, she raced close to the pace and then kicked it into another gear at the quarter pole. The difference this time was that they were walking up front and Fernando Perez had a big hold of her while she was tracking the leaders through a 47.15-second half-mile. Her trainer, John Snow, was a little concerned about how the race was unfolding.

"She used to really fight the rider if he tried to rate her, so I wasn't sure how she was going to react with Fernando taking that big of a hold," Snow said. "She has come a long way, though, and it was nice to see how kindly she rated."

In the winner's enclosure following the race, one of her owners, Ross McLeod, was understandably exuberant and mentioned the possibility of Concert Music heading to Southern California to tackle graded sprinters there.

Snow wasn't adverse to the idea, but he wasn't in any hurry to ship her out of town just yet.

"She is a special filly and she might be good enough," he said. "But she takes a lot of work, and we aren't quite ready to ship her out of here. She is very intense and she needs to learn to relax a lot more, not only on the track but also around the barn. For now, we're going to keep her here."

Snow said Concert Music came out of the race in excellent condition and would make her next start in either the Vancouver Sun on July 1 or the Strawberry Morn on July 17. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles, and Concert Music will be stretching out for the first time. Snow is confident she'll get the distance.

"Ross always buys horses that have the pedigree to go long," Snow said. "All of her numbers say she should get a distance. The races are pretty close together, so we'll probably run in just one of them."

A Florida-bred, McLeod paid $12,000 for Concert Music at the Ocala Breeders' Sale in August 2008. Her win in the Senate Appointee brought her earnings to $96,720. She also is owned by Rob Giorvento.

Concert Music has a solid 378 Tomlinson Figure for 1 1/16 miles, and she is by Concerto, who was a graded stakes winner at 1 1/8 miles. Concerto also won the 1 1/4-mile Congressional Handicap at Laurel, so there is plenty of stamina on her sire's side of the family. Her dam, Soclassie, won going a mile, but neither of her two other foals to race have won a race beyond seven furlongs.

Perez has ridden Concert Music in all of her races and is confident regarding her ability to go a middle distance.

"Easy," he said. "She rates beautifully. I had a ton of horse the whole way and when I asked her to move, it was like, wow, she just took off on me. She is something else."

Concert Music will obviously be a heavy favorite when she makes her next start at Hastings. She will be a much bigger price if she goes to Del Mar to tackle Grade 3 horses in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 22.

"If all goes well, that's probably the race we'll be looking at," Snow said, referring to 6 1/2-furlong sprint. "She's not eligible for B.C. Cup, so we have to go somewhere."

Kaweah Princess points to Sun

Trainer Rob Gilker was pleased with Kaweah Princess's performance in the Senate Appointee. She made a strong late move but wasn't going to catch Concert Music who had opened up a clear lead at the top of the stretch. Kaweah Princess is a stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles and the good news for her connections is that she did it going around three turns at Fairplex Park in the $50,000 Palomares last September. Gilker said she would probably come back in the Sun.

"I haven't looked at her form that closely, but she is doing very well right now and I am looking forward to stretching her out in her next start," Gilker said.

Gilker should be happy to hear there will likely be an honest pace in the Sun as Include the Grand is also considering the race. Trained by Dave Milburn, Include the Grand is coming off of a second-place finish to Smokin Danielle in a $50,000 optional claiming sprint on May 16. She has excellent speed and in her only stakes race last year, she set the pace and then held on well to finish third in the 1 1/8-mile Delta Colleen.

"I can't get a race for her to fill, so we're pointing her to the Sun," Milburn said. "I have the greatest respect for Concert Music, but she needs to run, so we'll try and get her ready to go a mile and a sixteenth."