09/09/2011 12:21PM

Hastings: Castinette Dancer, Class Included head nine-horse field for British Columbia Oaks

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Trevor Reynolds
Castinette Dancer, impressive winner of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, is one of the prime contenders in Sunday's British Columbia Oaks.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Normally a feature on its own, the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks will be part of the supporting cast for the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday. Supporting the derby and Oaks are four stakes, including a couple of six-furlong sprints – the Derby Bar and Grill Express for 3-year-olds and up and the Derby Bar and Grill Ladies Express. Serving as an advertisement for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearlings and mixed sale on Tuesday are both divisions of the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes for 2-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs.

The 1 1/8-mile Oaks drew nine horses and is part of an all-stakes $25,000 guaranteed pick four that begins in the seventh race with the colts and geldings division of the CTHS Sales Stakes.

Trainers Jim Penney and Troy Taylor have realistic chances of winning both the B.C. Derby and Oaks.

Penney could have the favorite in the derby with Jebrica. Class Included is coming off a win in the $65,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs on Aug. 13, and is an obvious threat in the Oaks. Russell Baze will certainly enhance her chances.

Taylor has a big shot with Commander in the derby and he probably has the favorite in the Oaks with Castinette Dancer, who scored an impressive 4 1/2-length win over Overvalued in the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Aug. 26.

They will both have to catch Overvalued, who figures to move forward off her race in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. She had shipped to Northlands Park to run in the Northland Park Oaks on July 31, but caught a fever and was scratched. Because of the way Overvalued was training, trainer Tracy McCarthy had misgivings about running Overvalued in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. She is more optimistic going into the Oaks.

“She couldn’t be doing any better,” said McCarthy. “I’m not sure what was bothering her before her last race, but it is behind her now.”

Embellished won the Northland Oaks and dominated the 3-year-old filly division at Northlands before trying the boys in the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby, where she finished seventh. Trainer Rick Hedge said the tough race in the Canadian Derby didn’t set her back.

“She came out of if fine,” he said. “She hasn’t missed a beat.”

Martin Garcia rides Embellished.

The $50,000 Bar and Grill Express features a match-up between, Almost Time and Don’twaitforme.

Trainer Dino Condilenios said he was ducking Don’twaitforme when he ran Almost Time in the B.C. Cup Classic on Aug. 1. It was a good move. Almost Time won the Classic and Don’twaitforme beat Cherokee Notion in the B.C. Cup Sprint. Cherokee Notion came back to win the Sir Winston Churchill last Monday.

Almost Time is shortening up from 1 1/8 miles but most of his nine wins have been sprinting and in 3 starts going six furlongs he has 2 wins and a second.

Don’twaitforme has won both of his starts this year and, according to trainer Rob VanOverschot, he was being pointed to the Longacres Mile before he caught a virus and had to miss the race.

“He is doing fine now and I expect another good race from him,” said VanOverschot.

◗ Classic Alley Kat has a class edge in the Derby Bar And Grill Ladies Express. Trained by Elizabeth Stolzenberg, Classic Alley Kat has won three sprint stakes this year and will appreciate the move back to a sprint after setting wicked fractions in her second-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Strawberry Morn on July 16.

◗ Sartorialist and Herescomelucky, one-two in the Jack Diamond Futurity, look like the main players in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes.

◗ Closing out the day is the fillies division of the CTHS Sales Stakes, where Sunnyside Gal will probably be the shortest priced favorite in the six stakes.