06/05/2002 11:00PM

Forster's star preps for Burnaby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Despite losing his last start, Blowin in the Wind still figures to be a solid choice over seven other 3-year-olds in a $50,000 optional race set for 1 1/16 miles at Hastings Park Saturday. Other than Woody's Diamond, who was stakes placed in the 1 1/16-mile Ascot Graduation Breeders' Cup last year, those in the field will be going around three turns for the first time.

Blowin in the Wind, who is trained by David Forster, might not have won his last start but he didn't lose any of the luster accorded him from his dazzling debut win May 1. While he couldn't quite catch Silver Donn in a $50,000 optional sprint May 25, he made an impressive run through the stretch to miss by a head.

According to assistant trainer Teri Forster, the loss was probably a blessing in disguise.

"If he had won he wouldn't have been eligible to this race, and this should set him up perfectly for the Burnaby," she said. Blowin in the Wind is Breeders' Cup eligible, so he will get to run for the whole $75,000 purse in the Burnaby Breeders' Cup June 29.

The Forsters are looking for a strong effort Saturday.

"He's really settled down since his last race and he should love the extra distance," said Teri Forster. Dave Wilson rides.

Tens Are Wild, who has won both of his starts, should also receive plenty of support. Tens Are Wild beat province-bred maidens in his debut May 4 and came back to beat $35,000 claimers May 26. Both races were at 6 1/2 furlongs. Robert VanOverschot trains and Fernando Serna rides.

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