08/12/2004 11:00PM

Condilenios loaded for stretch run


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Going into the British Columbia Day holiday weekend, trainer Dino Condilenios had won 17 races and held a one-win lead over Cindy Krasner in the trainers' standings. That gap has widened considerably.

Condilenios won his first training title last year, and after winning eight races over the past two weekends, it looks like he's on his way to another. Krasner didn't win a race over that period, but Harold Barroby, Hastings's all-time leading trainer, won five races and moved into second place, seven wins behind Condilenios.

Condilenios certainly has the horses to finish the meet successfully, and he's currently plotting the next races for his big guns, Lord Nelson in particular.

"We nominated him to the Longacres Mile, but we'll see who's coming up from California before we decide if we want to go there," he said. "There are a couple of other races that would certainly be easier spots for him. The Randall Plate is one, and we might give him a shot in the Speed to Spare."

The Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs runs Aug. 22, and the Speed to Spare goes Sept. 11 at Northlands Park in Edmonton. The Randall Plate, of course, is a fixture on the Hastings schedule and is set for Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Lord Nelson just missed winning the B.C. Cup Classic, losing by a nose while conceding nine pounds to Illusive Force. He would likely be a heavy favorite in the Randall Plate, but that race is only worth $40,000; the Mile carries a $250,000 purse. The Speed to Spare, which carries a $100,000 purse, would also be more attractive.

Condilenios saddled two winners on B.C. Cup Day, including in the Sprint with Five Point Star, who was making his first start since being purchased by Swift Thoroughbreds. Five Point Star figures to be the favorite when he runs back in the Hastings Speed next Saturday.

"He came out of his race in good shape, and there's no reason he shouldn't run a good race next time," said Condilenios. "I really didn't do a lot with him before the Sprint. Most of the credit should go to Bruce Unwin, who we bought the horse from. He had him set up perfectly."

Five Point Star had only started once this year before the Sprint, and in that race he tired badly after forcing a very quick pace. In the Sprint, he battled head and head with Bold Texas through extremely fast fractions, 21.58 seconds and 44.09, and was very brave while holding off the late runs of Silver Donn and Bold 'n Keen. Five Point Star will be very tough to handle if he takes another step forward in the Speed.

Condilenios is also looking forward to running Prestigiosa. A Kentucky-bred 3-year-old filly by Dynaformer, Prestigiosa was an impressive winner in her debut race last Saturday.

"I always liked her, but she's had her problems, and it took us a while to get her to the races," he said. "She's a big strong filly, and she shouldn't have any trouble getting a distance. The Oaks [on Sept. 25] is coming up pretty quick, but hopefully she'll progress enough to be ready to tackle Regal Red by then."

Condilenios also said that Maxwell is a possibility for the $250,000 B.C. Derby on Sept. 26. Maxwell was pulled up when favored in the Burnaby Breeders' Cup on July 1 and just recently resumed training.

"We think he pulled a muscle but he seems fine now," said Condilenios. "It would be nice to get a race into him before the derby, but I'm not going to rush him, and if we have to, we'll train him into the race."

* Dancewithavixen resumed training Friday morning. It was her first time back on the track since being vanned off following her easy in the B.C. Cup Distaff. Her owner and trainer Tom Longstaff is pointing her to the $150,000 Ballerina Oct. 16.

"I might run her once before then, but it just depends on how she's doing," said Longstaff.

* Trainer Robbie Anderson has changed his plans and won't be sending Regal Red to Emerald Downs for the Washington Oaks. According to Anderson, Regal Red has developed either a puss pocket or a bruise in one of her feet.

"Hopefully she can get over it in time for our Oaks," he said.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Breeders' Cup Oaks is scheduled for Sept. 25.