05/25/2012 1:41PM

Hastings: Hoverson picks Ouch over Gosailgo


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Chad Hoverson had a hard time choosing between riding Ouch or Gosailgo in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew nine horses and it appears to be a wide-open event.

Ouch and Gosail both have good breeding and have shown a lot of potential.

Hoverson made the tough choice of riding Ouch. Frank Fuentes will ride Gosailgo.

“They are both nice fillies but Ouch is just a bit more mature,” said Hoverson. “I told Frank to go and see if he could ride Gosailgo because she has a lot of talent.”

Ouch, trained by Dino Condilenios, is coming off a strong effort in in an open allowance race in her first start of the year. She set the pace before giving way grudgingly to Our Eleanor, who came back to win the $50,000 Ross McLeod May 19. Ouch also set the pace when she won a $30,000 optional maiden-claiming race in her second start last year.

“She’s been a bit one dimensional and we are working on teaching her to rate,” said Condilenios. “But she breaks so quickly that she has a two- or three-length lead right after they leave the gate and we don’t want to take that away from her.”

Gosailgo is trained by Robbie Anderson. Anderson also trained Gosailgo’s half-sister Slewpast, who won six stakes races and earned $319,256.

In her only start as a 2-year-old, Gosailgo won a $30,000 optional maiden race going 3 1/2 furlongs. Anderson likes the way she is coming up to her first start of the year.

“I think she’s a pretty nice filly,” said Anderson. “She has been working really well and she’s been ready to run for a couple of weeks, but the races for her didn’t go. She’s quick and I think she has a chance to develop into a decent horse.”

Ansede could end up favored. She comes out of the powerful Troy Taylor barn and she is coming off a dominating eight-length win over Revster in a $20,000 maiden claiming race April 15.

Trainer Barbara Heads has two live-looking horses entered. Quistadorable came from last to win a 6 1/2-furlong $30,000 optional maiden race April 21. Princess Zelda also came from well back when she won her debut in a similar race May 5.

Lady Bourne won her only start as a 2-year-old and has been training forwardly for trainer Peter Gregory. She has good speed and should be able to put it to use breaking from the rail.