08/30/2007 11:00PM

Dancing Allstar back for Sales Stakes


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Dancing Allstar will be the star of the show when she returns to Hastings next Saturday to run in the fillies division of the $60,000 CTHS Sales Stakes.

Dancing Allstar was bought out of last year's Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale by Bob Cheema for $15,500 and she's already earned $135,984.

Trained by Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar won her debut going 3 1/2 furlongs at Hastings on May 6 and then was shipped to Woodbine where she won the 5 1/2-furlong My Dear Stakes by 6o3/4 lengths. In her last two starts, both at six furlongs, it looked like she was home and cooled out but both times she tired late. She held a 5o1/2-length lead at the top of the stretch but got nipped at the wire by Bear Holiday when she took on colts and geldings in the July 21 Colin Stakes. Bear Holiday came back to win the Aug. 25 Silver Deputy Stakes.

Dancing Allstar showed that she could rate in the Ontario Debutante, but after making a strong move to take the lead at the top of the stretch, she couldn't hold off Officer Cherrie and had to settle for second again.

She arrived back at Hastings on Thursday morning, and Jordan said she shipped well. She's slated to start in the Sales Stakes and then the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity on Oct. 7.

Strong catalog for CTHS sale

There are always bargains like Dancing Allstar to be found at the annual Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's B.C. Division yearling and mixed sale, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11. The sale, which includes 211 yearlings, is being held at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver. There's also a yearling parade and barbecue on Sept. 10, when potential buyers can get a good look at the horses up for auction.

Hip No. 51 is certainly going to attract a lot of attention. She's by Belmont winner Victory Gallop and is the first foal out of Dancewithavixen. Trained by Tom Longstaff, Dancewithavixen won eight stakes races at Hastings as a 3-year-old in 2003, including a win over older fillies and mares in the Grade 3 Ballerina. She retired after winning the B.C. Cup Distaff by more than seven lengths in 2004. Overall she won 12 races from 24 starts and earned $496,039.

Grace for You also won the Ballerina as a 3-year-old, and her half-brother is Hip No. 19. He's by Del Mar Futurity winner Souvenir Copy.

CTHS president Dixie Jacobson is hoping for some good news from Hastings regarding slot machines to help boost the sale. The Vancouver City Council approved the installation of slots at Hastings in 2004, but it has been a slow process working out the fine details of the deal.

"It would be nice if we heard something positive about the slots before the sale," she said. "I know the slots are eventually going to arrive there, but it's been such a long wait that people are starting to wonder if it's actually ever going to happen. It's a strong catalog, though, and we've certainly had a lot of interest."

Sir Gallovic heads Derby Trial

One of the people that will be active at the sale is Glen Todd. Along with Patrick Kinsella, Todd also buys proven horses from other jurisdictions and ships them to Hastings with the hope of winning the major stakes races here.

They purchased Sir Gallovic after he won a $60,000 maiden race at Belmont on June 1, and in his first start for his new connections, he romped to an easy win in an allowance race at Hastings on Aug. 5. He certainly has the look of a B.C. Derby contender.

Sir Gallovic is trained by Troy Taylor, and he thinks the horse is improved going into the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial on Sunday.

"He had a bit of stiffness in his back going into his first start here," Taylor said. "We did some massage work on his back, and he seems to be a lot more comfortable now."

Trainer Cindy Krasner has entered Bad Sneakers in the Derby Trial, and he's coming off of a second-place finish in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay. Nonetheless, Krasner has a feeling she's running for second money.

"Bad Sneakers is doing just fine and he's very nice horse," she said. "He had a pretty bad trip in his last start and he still kept trying to finish second. But Sir Gallovic is definitely the horse to be reckoned with. When he ran last time and he made that move at the quarter pole, I said, 'Who the hell was that.' Anyway, Bad Sneakers is coming up to the race perfectly, and we'll do the best that we can."

Starlite Strike done for year

Starlite Strike has been turned out for the year. In her last start, Starlite Strike won the B.C. Cup Distaff by two lengths, and her trainer, Rob VanOverschot, was planning on running her against Monashee in the City of Edmonton Distaff last weekend and eventually the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Oct. 13.

"She has some filling in one of her legs and it will take too long to get her back in time for the Ballerina, so we're just going to give her the rest of the year off," VanOverschot said. "She's just too nice of a horse to try and push her, and hopefully she'll be able to come back next year."