07/06/2011 3:18PM

Hastings: Inhisglory on Canadian Derby trail


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Inhisglory will be heading to Northlands Park to prepare for the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby, to be run Aug. 20. Trainer Craig MacPherson was happy and impressed with the way Inhisglory won the $50,000 Chris Loseth last Friday. It was the first time the Kentucky-bred son of Pure Prize had gone a middle distance and he passed the important test with flying colors.

Ridden by Richard Hamel, Inhisglory broke sharply and dueled on the lead with Tarue Grit through honest fractions of 23.95 and 47.19. After disposing of Tarue Grit he was immediately hooked by Jump Up and Kissme, and after repelling his bid, he opened up in the stretch to win drawing away.

“I wasn’t too concerned about the first quarter, but then they picked it up and I thought 23 seconds for the second quarter might be a little quick,” said MacPherson. “I was a little worried when Jump Up and Kiss Me collared him, but he showed me a lot when he was able to find another gear. I always thought he could go long, but that was pretty impressive.”

The next stakes for 3-year-olds at Hastings is the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay. The Stellar’s Jay is part of the B.C. Cup Day card that features seven stakes restricted to B.C.-breds. MacPherson will use the $50,000 Count Lathum at Northlands July 30 as a prep for the Canadian Derby.

Inhisglory is owned by Peter Redekop.

“I talked it over with Peter just after the Loseth and we agreed that we would look at the Count Lathum for his next start and then go from there,” said MacPherson.

If Inhisglory runs well in the Count Lathum, MacPherson said he would probably leave him at Northlands instead of bringing him back to Hastings to prepare for the Canadian Derby.

“I don’t like the idea of shipping him back and forth,” said MacPherson. “It is a pretty long haul, so why bring him home?”

The Canadian Derby is at 1 3/8 miles and MacPherson thinks Inhisglory will be able to handle the grueling distance.

“When I first looked at him I didn’t think he was that kind of horse,” he said. “But he sure trains like he’ll run all day and I looked up his Tomlinson and he has a 386 for the distance.”

Trainer Phil Hall was looking forward to bringing Jump Up and Kissme back in the Stellar’s Jay. Jump Up and Kissme showed a different dimension by being able sit off the pace and make a serious run at the leaders. He might not have been able to handle Inhisglory but he figures to be a solid favorite running against B.C.-breds in the Stellar’s Jay.

“I was very pleased with his race,” said Hall. “I wasn’t sure how would run going around three turns but he did really well. He came out of the race in good shape and he should be set to for B.C. Cup Day.”

Overvalued learns to relax

According to trainer Tracy McCarthy Overvalued came out of her win in the Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies in excellent shape and will be headed to Alberta where she will make her next start in the one-mile $50,000 Northlands Oaks at Northlands July 31.

For the first time in her career, Overvalued was able to relax while setting modest fractions in the 1 1/16-mile Supernaturel. Compare the 24- and 47.40-second interior fractions she set under David Wilson in the Supernaturel to the 22.60 and 45.60 she posted before tiring to finish third in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy as a 2-year-old last year. In her first two sprints this year, Overvalued also went fast early and couldn’t hold on late.

McCarthy credited the addition of ear cones for the improved attitude. She trained another headstrong horse that she turned around by adding ear cones. Monashee was just another horse until McCarthy helped settle her down by cutting off the sound around her with the help of the cones. By being more relaxed, Monashee became one of the best horses to ever run in Western Canada. In one of her streaks she reeled off 11 straight stakes wins.

“We put the Monashee cones on her to help her relax and it really made a big difference,” said McCarthy. “She has the talent but she just needed to harness her tremendous speed. The cones obviously were the main difference. When we took them off to get her picture taken in the winner’s circle she freaked.”

◗ Trainer Troy Taylor said St. Liams Halo would remain at Hastings for the $50,000 S. W. Randall Plate July 17 and then head to Emerald Downs to run in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile Aug. 21. St. Liams Halo reasserted himself as the top older horse at Hastings with a convincing win over Crew Leader in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors’ last Friday.