08/27/2008 11:00PM

Dancing Allstar not at her best


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Dancing Allstar could be vulnerable when she runs in the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap at Hastings on Saturday. The champion 2-year-old filly in Canada last year, Dancing Allstar comes into the 1o1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies off two straight losses.

Dancing Allstar arrived here last Monday and according to her trainer, Terry Jordan, she doesn't appear to be on top of her game right now.

"Physically, she's fine," said Jordan. "She just isn't as sharp as she normally is. Maybe all of the traveling is starting to catch up with her."

Dancing Allstar has never lost in Western Canada. Despite finishing third behind Indyanne in the Grade 3 Azalea at Calder on July 12 and a very dull seventh in the $182,000 Duchess Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 9, she has been assigned high weight of 124 pounds.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the last local prep for the $125,000 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks on Sept. 20.

"I probably wouldn't have entered her if she didn't need to stretch out before running in the Oaks," said Jordan.

Dancing Allstar won the only time she went 1 1/16 miles, but all five of her races this year have been in sprints.

Leading rider Mario Gutierrez will ride Dancing Allstar.

Remarkable Miss is the logical second choice in the six-horse field. Trained by Barb Heads, Remarkable Miss appears to be peaking at just the right time. She was an easy winner of the B.C. Cup Dogwood on Aug. 4 and had a strong five-furlong workout on Aug. 24.

"She's doing very well right now," said Heads.

Blue Sky Holiday took a big step forward in her latest start and comes into the race with the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure. Trained by John Snow, Blue Sky Holiday posted a 79 for her third-place finish against fillies and mares in the B.C. Cup Distaff on Aug. 4. That compares favorably to the 72 Remarkable Miss earned on the same day.

Blue Sky Holiday has an excellent record at the distance, having won 2 of 3 starts. She also finished third behind Remarkable Miss in the 1 1/16 miles Supernaturel Stakes on July 5. She would appear to have a good chance of pulling off an upset on Saturday.

DaPonte nervous about 'Mouse'

Trainer Lenore DaPonte will send out a longshot and a heavy favorite in stakes races this weekend. Saturday, she will be hoping to pull off an upset with Wanna Be Silver in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Monday, she will saddle Spaghetti Mouse in the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate.

Spaghetti Mouse became the all-time leading B.C.-bred money earner when he won the $107,000 B.C. Cup Classic on Aug. 4 and will likely be a solid favorite in the Randall.

"It is certainly more nerve-wracking having the favorite like Spaghetti Mouse," said DaPonte. "Everyone seems to love him and I get pretty nervous every time he runs."

Spaghetti Mouse received a hero's welcome when he came back to the winner's circle following his win in the Classic and has certainly become a fan favorite at Hastings.

Wanna Be Silver will have her hands full taking on multiple stakes winners Dancing Allstar and Remarkable Miss in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Wanna Be Silver has won 2 of her last 3 starts, but in her only try with stakes company this year she finished fifth in the B.C. Cup Dogwood.

"It's a tough race but she certainly has earned a shot," said DaPonte. "She keeps getting better, and when she ran in the Dogwood it was her first time going long. She ran a much better race when she came back to win her next race."

DaPonte was referring to Wanna Be Silver's win over Heaven on Hold in a $75,000 optional claiming race on Aug. 15.

"She was a lot more aggressive in her last start and she seems to have moved forward since then," said DaPonte.

A couple of successful longshots

The co-feature on Saturday, the PNE President's Speed, appears to be a wide-open event.

One of the contenders, And All That Jazz, pulled off a big upset when he won the B.C. Cup Sprint. His owner, Jim Morgan, also defied the odds when he survived a heart attack he had on the Hastings backstretch last year. He credits a quick and competent response by the track's first-aid crew for saving his life.

"It was actually cardiac arrest, which means the heart stopped," said Morgan. "It's fine now and I am a lot stronger than I was before I had the surgery to correct the problem."

Morgan said he wasn't that surprised And All That Jazz won the Sprint.

"He was having trouble with cracked heels halfway through his 3-year-old year, and once we found the right stuff to clear them up he's been a different horse," said Morgan.

Trained by Craig MacPherson, And All That Jazz has won 2 of 3 starts this year. In his only loss, he finished second to Bank Emblem in a $45,000 optional race on May 19. Bank Emblem will be one of the favorites in the Speed.