08/21/2008 11:00PM

Hard to go against El Sinaloense


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When the sensational 2-year-old gelding El Sinaloense won the 6 1/2-furlong B.C. Cup Nursery Stakes by six lengths in 1:16.51, his final time was just a few ticks slower than the 1:15.91 that And All That Jazz posted for his win in the B.C. Cup Sprint for older horses. Anything close to a similar performance makes El Sinaloense an easy winner of the $50,000 New Westminster Stakes at Hastings Sunday.

The 6 1/2-furlong feature attracted six horses and goes as the fourth race.

Trained and owned by Juan Olmos, El Sinaloense also won the $55,000 Ladnesian Stakes in hand and he will surely be odds-on to win his fourth straight race. In all three of his wins El Sinaloense went right to the front and then widened his margins at each call. Pedro Alvarado rides El Sinaloense.

Trainer Dave Forster has entered Senor Rojo, and he is hoping that El Sinaloense might wilt under pressure if another horse hooks him early.

“Juan’s horse has been posting impressive times but he’s had things his own way,” said Forster. “We’ll see how he holds up if another horse looks him in the eye.”

In his only start Senor Rojo won a six-furlong maiden special weight race on July 26. His bullet five-furlong work of 1:00.60 on Aug. 15 is a sign that he’s coming into the race in excellent shape.

Wildwood Swing was visually impressive running down Tatura Lad when he debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on Aug. 3. It appeared Tatura Lad was gone at the top of the stretch, but Wildwood Swing dug in and caught him in the last jump.