10/31/2007 11:00PM

Dancing Allstar eyes a Sovereign

EmailVANCOUVER, British Columbia - According to trainer Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar came out of her easy win in last Saturday's $109,217 Fantasy Stakes in excellent shape and could be headed to Woodbine to run in the $125,000 Glorious Song Stakes on Nov. 18. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Dancing Allstar went right to the front and was in hand the whole race. She paid $2.10 to win.

"It was a pretty easy race on her," said Jordan. "If I can find a flight for her, we're going to run her one more time this year."

Dancing Allstar is a cinch to be named the top local 2-year-old filly in British Columbia. If she wins the Glorious Song, she would have to rank as a strong contender for a Sovereign Award.

A chestnut filly by Millennium Allstar, Dancing Allstar has won 5 of 7 starts this year, and four of her wins were in stakes races. She can sprint with the best of them, and her win in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy under wraps proved she can get at least a middle distance. She lost by a nose when she took on colts and geldings in the $125,000 Colin Stakes, and her only loss to fillies this year was in the Ontario Debutante, where she took a clear lead into the stretch but was caught in the last few strides.

"If she wins the Glorious Song, I think she would have a very good chance of winning the award," said Jordan. "That would be a pretty impressive record if she does win the race. Hopefully we can get her there."

As of Thursday morning, Jordan hadn't been able to work out travel arrangements to Woodbine for Dancing Allstar.

Purchased for $15,500 as a yearling by Bob Cheema at the 2006 local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling and mixed sale, Dancing Allstar has earned $306,002.

Royal Hudson to Oaklawn after break

Royal Hudson, trained by Dave Forster, paid a handsome $19.10 for his win over Desert Alf in the $110,994 Ascot Graduation Stakes last Sunday. Royal Hudson came from last to first as jockey Richard Hamel did a good job of avoiding traffic while weaving his way through the 11-horse field. Royal Hudson made his strong move from along the rail and got up in the last few jumps to beat Desert Alf, the favorite.

"I had a lot of horse and I just hoped we wouldn't get stopped," said Hamel. "Luckily the rail opened up at the eighth pole."

According to Forster, Royal Hudson will get about a month off before heading to Oaklawn Park.

"We should have him ready for the first week of the meet," said Forster.

Oaklawn runs from Jan. 18 through April 12 in Hot Springs, Ark.

Forster said that his son Grant, who is based at Emerald Downs, would also have a string of horses in training there.

Monashee gets loose at airport

Monashee arrived at Woodbine last week in good shape, but not before she gave her connections a scary moment. In what could have turned into a disaster, Monashee got loose on the tarmac at the Vancouver International Airport when she was being loaded on the plane that eventually took her to Toronto, said trainer Tracy McCarthy. Luckily for everyone involved, she ran only a few feet before she stopped. Chris Loseth, Monashee's exercise rider, was able to walk up to her and put a different halter on.

"She got scared when they went to load her onto the pallet," said McCarthy. "She threw a wreck, broke the halter, and ran onto the tarmac. She went about 15 feet before she stopped and then she let Chris get her. Can you imagine what would have happened if she kept going?"

Monashee has a reputation as being difficult to work with.

"This is who she is," said McCarthy. "She's settled in nicely here, though, and she seems to love the Polytrack."

Monashee, who has won 12 straight stakes races, all in Western Canada, is slated run in the $175,000 Maple Leaf Stakes Nov. 10. McCarthy plans on working her this weekend.

Most local awards wrapped up

Like Dancing Allstar, Monashee is a cinch to win local honors, for best filly or mare. If she wins the Maple Leaf, she would likely win the Sovereign Award as well.

In fact, most of the local categories offer clear choices.

True Metropolitan stands out in the older colt or gelding division and has a chance to repeat as the Sovereign Award winner.

Sir Gallovic beat True Metropolitan in the Grade 3 Premiers and should be an easy choice as the best 3-year-old in the province. California invader Celtic Dreamin, who won the B.C. Derby in his only start at Hastings, is the only other possibility.

B.C. Oaks winner Alpine Garden stands out in the 3-year-old filly division.

B R Remark should get the nod as the top sprinter by virtue of his win in the B.C. Cup Sprint. He also won all four of his sprints at Hastings this year.

The 2-year-old colt and gelding division is the only one that will be controversial.

Royal Hudson deserves consideration for his win in the Ascot Graduation, the only middle-distance stakes race for 2-year-olds. Desert Alf won the Jack Diamond Futurity and was an unlucky second in the Ascot. Star Prospector won three stakes, but they were all sprints, and he finished behind Royal Hudson and Desert Alf in the Ascot.

Take your pick.