08/01/2008 11:00PM

El Sinaloense brings in big Beyer


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - El Sinaloense figures to be the shortest price of the day in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery stakes at Hastings on Monday. The Nursery, for B.C.-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings, is the first of seven stakes races that make up the bulk of the 11-race B.C. Cup Day card.

The richest race on the day, the $100,000 B.C. Cup Classic, features a matchup between Woodbine invader Zounds and local hero Spaghetti Mouse.

Trained by Juan Olmos, El Sinaloense earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure when he cruised to a 5 1/4-length win in the six-furlong Ladnesian Stakes on July 13. That was the highest number ever given to a 2-year-old at Hastings. El Sinaloense, who will be ridden by Pedro Alvarado, doesn't figure to have any trouble handling the extra sixteenth or the five horses he will be facing in the Nursery.

Trainer Cindy Krasner will saddle her first of two favorites with P. S. Good N Ready in the $50,000 Debutante for B.C.-bred 2-year-old fillies. Krazy Koffee also figures to be a solid choice in the Stellar's Jay, which is restricted to B.C.-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings.

P. S. Good N Ready is comes off a third-place finish in the Timber Music Stakes. The winner, What R the Odds, and second-place finisher, Dancefourseven, are not eligible to the Debutante.

"She's a nice filly, but I didn't think she would end up being the favorite," Krasner said of P. S. Good N Ready. "Things just kind of worked out for her. It's nice to know you're running in the right spot."

Chad Hoverson rides P. S. Good N Ready as well as Krazy Koffee.

Krazy Koffee came from off the pace to beat Star Prospector in the Chris Loseth Stakes, and there should be an honest pace for him to work with in the Stellar's Jay.

"He just keeps getting better," said Krasner.

Lady Raj and Starlite Strike figure to battle it out for the top spot in the Distaff, for older fillies or mares bred or owned in B.C.

Starlite Strike won the 1 1/8-mile Distaff last year, and her trainer, Rob VanOverschot, thinks she has a good chance of upsetting likely favorite Lady Raj. Starlite Strike finished third to Lady Raj in the Vancouver Sun on July 5.

"She really needed the race," said VanOverschot. "It was just her second start of the year, and she will be a lot fitter going into the Distaff."

A Kentucky-bred 5-year-old, Lady Raj finished third in the Distaff last year but has improved quite a bit since then. Trained by Troy Taylor, Lady Raj comes into the Distaff off two straight stakes wins.

Trainer Barb Heads is hoping Remarkable Miss catches a wet track in the Dogwood. Regardless of track conditions, Remarkable Miss will be a very short price in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old B.C.-bred fillies. She is the lone stakes winner in the field and the only horse that has won a race at the distance.

The 6 1/2-furlong Sprint, for 3-year-olds and up bred in B.C. or B.C. owned, appears to be the most competitive race on the card.

Holy Nova, the top older filly or mare in western Canada, has a good chance of beating a crack field of older colts and geldings. Trained by Troy Taylor, Holy Nova has won all three of her starts in Canada this year and is coming off an easy win in the one-mile John Patrick Stakes at Northlands Park on July 13.

Rosberg will be making his first start at Hastings for trainer Dino Condilenios. A 7-year-old horse by A.P. Indy, Rosberg was good enough to open up a clear lead in midstretch before tiring to finish fifth in the $1 million Godolphin Mile at Nad Al Sheba on March 29. In his last start, he finished off the board when he tried turf for the first time in the $119,000 Opening Verse Handicap at Churchill Downs on May 31.

B R Remark won the Sprint last year and should appreciate the move back to 6 1/2 furlongs after finishing fifth in the 1 1/16-mile John Longden on June 7.