08/21/2013 2:32PM

Hastings: Andallthatitmeans, Architecture to be favored in CTHS Sales Stakes


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Andallthatitmeans is going to be a very short price and should be tough to handle when he runs in the colts-and-geldings division of the CTHS Sales Stakes for 2-year-olds at Hastings on Friday.

The fillies division also will have a solid favorite, Architecture, but she might have her hands full with Elusive Lily, who appears primed to pull off a small upset.

Each race is worth $50,000 and covers 6 1/2 furlongs. Post time for the first of seven races is 7:15 p.m. Pacific.

The two stakes serve as advertisements for the upcoming Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling and mixed sale, which is being held at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia, on Sept.  10. There will be a yearling parade Sept. 9. A total of 117 yearlings have been cataloged.

The male division of the CTHS Sales Stakes drew five horses and goes as the fourth race. If Andallthatitmeans comes close to repeating his effort from Aug. 5, when he romped by 10 1/4 lengths in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery, then his rivals are running for second money.

Andallthatitmeans had been moved from trainer Craig MacPherson’s barn to trainer Anita Bolton’s care roughly a week prior to the Nursery.

“Craig deserves the credit for his win,” Bolton said. “We basically just led him over.”

Bolton likes the way Andallthatitmeans is training heading into the Sales Stakes.

“He’s doing really well,” she said. “Hopefully, he’ll run as well as he did in the Nursery.”

Jockey Scott Williams put Andallthatitmeans into a stalking position before taking control of the Nursery approaching the quarter pole. A similar trip is expected Friday, with Williams retaining the mount.

The son of Cause to Believe was purchased for $29,000 by Peter Redekop at last year’s sale.

Grove Trotter and Neverabettercause should set an honest pace, which could help Majestic Mark, who looked good in winning a $30,000 optional maiden-claiming race Aug. 11.

Trained by Lenore Dubois, Majestic Mark ran indifferently in his first two races going 3 1/2 furlongs but improved dramatically when he stretched out to 6 1/2 furlongs Aug.  11. He could take a big step forward in his second try going around two turns, and he retains the services of leading rider Amadeo Perez. The veteran jockey got the biggest win of his career last Sunday aboard Herbie D in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

In the fillies division, Architecture is a deserving favorite. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Architecture rallied to win the B.C. Cup Debutante in her third start, and she also ran a big race when she forced the pace before being passed late by Ole’s Miss in the Boulevard Casino Stakes on July 14.

Other than Elusive Lily, there doesn’t appear to be any other obvious front-runners in the field, and it will be interesting to see if jockey Enrique Gonzalez asks Architecture to use some of her speed a bit earlier than she did in the Debutante.

Elusive Lily is a maiden, but she ran a much-improved race in her second start going 3 1/2 furlongs Aug. 10 and might have tipped her hand when she earned a bullet for her five-furlong move in 59.60 seconds with Antonio Reyes aboard Aug. 16.

Elusive Lily drew the rail, and trainer Jodie Rawson is expecting a big performance from her Friday.

“She’s a lot of horse,” Rawson said. “We wanted to run her in the Debutante, but she got sick, and we didn’t have enough time to get her ready for the race. That was a nice work for her, and Antonio was shocked when he heard how fast she went because she did it so easily. She’s quick out of the gate, so we’re hoping she comes out of there running and goes on.”

Hey Didjanotis rallied from well back to finish third in the Debutante and could get up in time if Architecture and Elusive Lily hook up early.