07/14/2010 5:38PM

Dyna Stroll may await Canadian Derby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Three of the first four finishers in the $54,404 Chris Loseth Stakes last Sunday at Hastings will likely renew acquaintances in the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay on Aug. 2.

The connections of Dyna Stroll, who won the 1 1/16-mile race, are the only ones not committed. Instead, they are considering the possibility of heading right into the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Aug. 21.

“He came out of the race in great shape,” said Troy Taylor, who trains Dyna Stroll. “We just aren’t sure if we are going to train him up to the Canadian Derby or use the race on B.C. Cup Day as a prep.”

Dyna Stroll, with Mario Gutierrez aboard, looked like he was going to win the Loseth for fun when he was sitting just off the leaders at the quarter pole. He had to work hard for his money, though, and was all out to hold off Victor’s Magic by 1 1/4 lengths.

“He got a little tired,” said Gutierrez. “I think the slow pace had something to do with it. I didn’t want him to be up on the pace and he was fighting me the whole way. It probably took a little bit out of him. He’ll be a lot more settled next time.”

Dyna Stroll paid $3.60 as the heavy favorite. He has won both of his races going a middle distance and the added yardage in both the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby and the British Columbia Derby shouldn’t be an issue. He also went at least three-wide most of the way and one of his owners, Glen Todd, joked about his chances in the 1 1/8-mile B. C. Derby on Sept. 26.

“He probably ran a mile and an eighth on Sunday so we know he’ll go at least that far when he runs in the derby,” said Todd.

It was an oddly run race. Victor’s Magic and Silly Fella both broke sharply but neither wanted any part of Sense of Humor early. The first quarter was a snappy 23.60 seconds, but with everyone trying to wrestle their horses back, Sense of Humor posted a pedestrian half-mile time of 48.10.

While Dyna Stroll had a clear trip on the outside, Silly Fella had a rough trip from a stalking position. With Chad Hoverson aboard, Silly Fella had to steady sharply going into the second turn when Sense of Humor drifted out from the rail. Hoverson claimed foul and wasn’t pleased when the stewards let the result stand.

“My horse was in a perfect spot but when Sense of Humor came out I lost my position,” said Hoverson. “Dyna Stroll went by me, which was fine, but I had to steady when I shouldn’t have had to, and then I couldn’t make up the ground I lost. I had to get his mind back into the race and the horse that did the damage beats me by a half-length and doesn’t get his number taken down.”

Trainer Terry Dubois said Silly Fella came out of the race in excellent shape.

“It’s a shame he had to take out of there,” said Dubois. “He was just getting ready to make his move when it happened. I still think he’s a very nice horse and we’ll go on from here.”

Trainer Quint McCabe was pleased with how well Victor’s Magic ran. Victor’s Magic has good speed and he could have put more pressure on Sense of Humor early, but after fighting with jockey Frank Fuentes going into the first turn, he was sitting comfortably in fourth after a half-mile.

“He got a lot out of the race,” said McCabe. “I just wish they would have gone a little faster up front.”

Concert Music’s next start uncertain

Trainer John Snow isn’t sure where Concert Music will make her next start. She lost her undefeated status when she finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Vancouver Sun on July 1. It was her first time going a middle distance and Snow said he felt it would be pushing it to being her back in the Strawberry Morn this Saturday.

“She was a little stiff after the Sun but she is fine now,” said Snow. “We’re kind of out of the rotation here and there aren’t any sprints for her at Emerald.”

Former agent dies at 90

Long-time jockey agent John Lawrence, 90, died last Monday. Lawrence booked mounts for many of the leading riders at Hastings, including Basil Frazier, Sam Krasner, and the all-time leader, Chris Loseth.

“I thought the world of him,” said Loseth. “He was the last of a dying breed, a true race track character in every sense of the word. He was still coming around the track long after he retired and he was still as sharp as ever. All of us are really going to miss him.”

Lawrence was predeceased by his wife, Mickey. In accordance with Lawrence’s wishes, there will be no memorial service.