Updated on 09/15/2011 12:38PM

Crawford filly has the experience


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Ray Crawford, Rob Maybin, and Sid Martin will each saddle a horse in Saturday's Ladnesian Stakes. While Martin has been in this position on hundreds of occasions, Crawford and Maybin have rarely saddled horses in added-money events.

Crawford trains his own horses and has only had one stakes winner in his career. That was Laurarae, the dam of Colondelivery (pronounced Call-on-delivery), one of the favorites for the Ladnesian.

Crawford wasn't planning to breed Laurarae when she retired, but his wife, Columbine, insisted that she would make a nice broodmare, and it looks like she has good instincts. Colondelivery is the second foal out of Laurare and her first foal, Kooma, is a handy 3-year-old who finished third to Diglett in the Juvenile last year and recently won a $25,000 claiming race. Crawford thinks that Colondelivery is just a little better and is happy with the way he's coming into Saturday's race. "He's plenty fit," said Crawford. "He hasn't had any problems with shins and he's had plenty of work. My only worry is his lack of experience going around two turns. That's one of the reasons I chose to work him in front of the crowd."

Crawford sent Colondelivery out for a six-furlong work in 1:14.20 before the races July 8, and he was pleased with the result. "He did it quite easily, and like everything he does, he didn't get too excited about it. He's a very calm horse, and if he wasn't at the racetrack he probably wouldn't know that he was a racehorse." While Colondelivery lacks experience going around two turns, he is the only one in the race with more than one start, and it should be noted that one of the horses he beat when he won his maiden race, Excited at Last, came back to win the CTHS Sales Stakes.

Rob Maybin has won minor stakes at Portland Meadows but he has never won an added-money event at Hastings Park. He's also the owner and breeder of Count Xanadu, who won his maiden on the Nursery Course for $20,000 by 6 3/4 lengths and should be one of the favorites in the Ladnesian.

"I'm not sure if he's quite ready to run hard for 6 1/2 furlongs," said Maybin. "He was fighting a shin so I couldn't really work him up to the race the way I wanted to. Hopefully this should set him up nicely for the Nursery on B.C. Cup Day."

Maybin took a bit of a gamble when he ran Count Xanadu for a price the first time. "He was ready and the race came up. I wasn't too worried about it, I was just hoping that I would get away with it."

Sid Martin saddled Diabolo to finish third in the 1975 Kentucky Derby. He has won graded stakes up and down the West Coast, and at Hastings Park he has won the British Columbia Derby and many other important events. He has entered Intact in the Ladnesian. Martin also noted that he was so calm about Saturday's race that "I would make Perry Como look like a stall walker."

Henson high on filly

While Martin wasn't overly worked up about the Ladnesian, Steve Henson was about the Timber Music Stakes for 2-year-old fillies that is also on Saturday's card. He has entered Lasting Code, who will be making her first start.

"She's the real deal," said Henson. "I'm excited." The only other horse that Henson has ever tried to debut in a stakes race was Lasting Chance, but the race over filled and she didn't get in. Lasting Chance ended up winning the 1999 B.C. Oaks and was named the champion 3-year-old filly in B.C.

* Hastings Park canceled the final race on Wednesday night's card when the infield lights wouldn't come on because of an electrical failure.