09/04/2008 11:00PM

El Sinaloense lays over field


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – El Sinaloense will be heavily favored to win his fourth straight stakes race in the $60,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Sunday. The 6 1/2-furlong feature for Canadian-bred 2-year-old colts and geldings drew five horses, but El Sinaloense is in a class by himself. To be eligible to the race a horse must have gone through a Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale.

A gelding by Mud Route, El Sinaloense was purchased for $9,500 out of the 2007 sale by Juan Olmos, who is also the trainer of the talented gelding.

El Sinaloense has earned $114,297 for Olmos and he has dominated the three stakes races for juvenile colts and geldings that have been run at the meet. In his last start, El Sinaloense waltzed to a 5 1/2-length win over Dream Prospect in the $54,000 New Westminster Stakes. El Sinaloense did post his lowest career Beyer Speed Figure, 80, in the New Westminster. Nonetheless, he was under wraps throughout the stretch, and if he been turned loose by jockey Pedro Alvarado, the margin and Beyer Figure would have been substantially larger.

The career best Beyer Speed Figure earned by any of his challengers is 63, and it is pretty clear that the rest of the field is running for second money. Alvarado retains the mount.

The other four horses are running for more than the money. The second- and third-place finishers will likely earn a spot in the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity on Oct. 5. Stakes-placed horses receive preference in the Futurity, even if they are still maidens.

Tommy Danzinger and Gotta Find Bubba would appear to have the best chance of rounding out the exacta.