07/29/2011 1:19PM

Hastings: Jump Up and Kissme going for another B.C. Cup win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Phil Hall is hoping to win his second straight B.C. Cup Day race with Jump Up and Kissme in the 1 1/16-mile Stellar’s Jay for 3-year-olds.

The Stellar’s Jay is one of seven $50,000 stakes races restricted to British Columbia-breds that will make up the bulk of the 10-race B.C. Cup card this Monday.

Last year Jump Up and Kissme was favored in the B.C. Cup Nursery, and he delivered the goods, beating Gypsy Magic by three-quarters of a length. Once again, Jump Up and Kissme is going to leave the starting gate as the favorite in the Stellar’s Jay, and if he comes anywhere close to running as well as he did in $50,000 Chris Loseth on July 1, he is going to rewards his backers with a very small payoff. It was the first time Jump Up and Kissme tried a middle distance, and he ran a huge race, finishing second to Inhisglory, who has established himself as the local favorite for the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 11.

“He really showed me a lot in the Chris Loseth,” said Hall. “He proved he can go long, and it was very encouraging the way he rated. It was his first time going a route and he should move forward. He is certainly training very well heading into the Stellar’s Jay.”

Hall is looking at the Stellar’s Jay as a stepping-stone to the B.C. Derby. Jump Up and Kissme looks like an absolute standout in the Stellar’s Jay, and he shouldn’t have to work too hard to win the race.

“That would be nice but you never look at a race like that,” said Hall. “Somebody will jump up and run a good race. What I like about my horse is that he is a fresh horse on top of his game. We have taken it pretty easy with him, and hopefully he will continue to improve.”

Hall said if Jump Up and Kissme ran well on Monday he would probably bring him back for the Richmond Derby Trial on Aug. 13.

“I really don’t want to bring him back that quickly, because he seems to like a little more time between his races,” said. “But the Trial is about a month before the B.C. Derby, and it should work out perfectly for him.”

Hall’s father, Robert Hall won the B.C. Derby with George Royal in 1964. George Royal was the best horse ever bred in British Columbia. He won nine consecutive races at Hastings, then Exhibition Park, and went on to become the only B.C.-bred to win what are now Grade 1 races. He won the San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita twice, and the second time it was an emotional victory. John Longden had announced the Capistrano was going to be his last ride, and Longden and George Royal won the race by a nose.

“That all happened before I was born,” said Hall who is 42. “I did get to ride him, though. After he was done breeding, dad would leg me up on him and we would take him back to the paddock. I had no idea how special he was until a few years later.”

He’s no George Royal, but Jump Up and Kissme is a pretty nice 3-year-old, and Hall is happy to have him in his barn.

“I really like him,” he said. “He’s a nice horse to be around, and who knows, if he can keep improving maybe he’ll be good enough to have a shot in the derby. One thing at a time, though, and I’m just looking forward to seeing him run a big race Monday.”

Spaghetti Mouse eyes third Classic

Spaghetti Mouse will be one of eight horses running in the B.C. Cup Classic. The 1 1/8-mile feature appears to be a wide-open race, and Spaghetti Mouse clearly has a shot at winning his third Classic. He won the race in 2006 and 2008. Last year he lost by a half-length to Trick of the North.

Spaghetti Mouse is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Lieutenant Governors’. He was in the race at the top of the stretch and then couldn’t keep up to a couple of tough open horses in Crew Leader and St Liams Hal.o who are probably going to meet again in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile on Aug. 21.

Spaghetti Mouse will appreciate the easier company he will be facing Monday, and if he can win the race he will be very close to becoming the first B.C.-bred to top the $1 million mark in earnings. He currently stands at $948,386.

“He’s doing okay,” said his trainer, Terry Dubois. “He is getting a little long in the tooth, but he still acts like he is a 4-year-old. I just try and keep him happy. He just does his thing. As a 9-year-old, you aren’t going to change his ways.”