09/21/2003 11:00PM

Hastings: Favorite takes BC Derby

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Leading rider Pedro Alvarado guided Roscoe Pito ($4.80) to a comfortable two-length win in the $326,250 British Columbia Derby at Hastings.

Roscoe Pito, who is trained by John Snow, went head and head with Bold Texas for the first seven furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile race, opened up a two-length lead at the top of the stretch, and was never threatened while maintaining his margin over Steady Smiler, who made a late move to get up for second.