10/28/2004 11:00PM

Don't sell this colt short

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - When a horse shows good speed for the first time in a while, it's usually a sign that he's coming up to a big effort. If that holds true for Don'tsellmeshort, then the seven other 3-year-olds entered in the feature race at Hastings Sunday are running for second money. The 1 1/16-mile allowance race for horses that haven't won a stakes drew a solid field that includes stakes-placed Future Flash, Cariboo Prospector, and Victory Light.

Don'tsellmeshort tipped his hand with a very good race in the British Columbia Derby, and he figures to be a solid favorite. A California-bred colt who is trained by Lance Giesbrecht, Don'tsellmeshort finished fifth in the 1 1/8-mile derby, but he carved out very fast fractions before being overwhelmed by runaway winner Flamethrowintexan at the quarter pole.

That was Don'tsellmeshort's best race since finishing second in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park April 24, and if he moves forward at all he'll be tough to beat. With close to $400,000 in earnings, he's easily the class of the race, and there doesn't appear to be any horse that will be able to keep up with him during the early stages. He'll be ridden by leading rider Pedro Alvarado.

Future Flash didn't show much in the B.C. Derby, but he finished second in the Richmond Derby Trial and he's trained by Daryl Snow, who has been very hot lately. A late-running gelding, Future Flash will need some help up front.