09/26/2013 2:18PM

Hastings notes: Former claimer Cry Cry Cry deserves class jump in Ballerina

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Former claimer Cry Cry Cry (2), who rallied to win the Ladies Express Stakes on Labor Day, will go for her fifth consecutive win in the Grade 3 Ballerina Oct. 14 at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The 7-year-old mare Cry Cry Cry started out the year running in a $25,000 claiming race where she finished third. Since then, she has reeled off four straight wins, and her trainer, Rosann Anderson, is going to give her a shot in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina on closing day, Oct. 14.

Cry Cry Cry certainly deserves a spot in the 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares. She started her winning streak in a $15,000 claiming race June 1, and her latest win came in the $50,000 Ladies Express, a race it looked like she had no chance of winning at the top of the stretch.

Cry Cry Cry has good speed, and in her three previous wins this year, she was never worse than a length behind. In the Ladies Express, she was fifth early and stuck on the rail with nowhere to go at the quarter pole. She didn’t find running room until they straightened out in the stretch and she finished with a tremendous burst of speed to edge Hidden Harbor by a head. Anderson still shakes her head when she thinks about Cry Cry Cry winning the race.

“I still don’t know how she won,” Anderson said. “Someone once wrote in the Daily Racing From that she invents ways to win. She certainly did that in the Ladies Express.”

Anderson has kept Cry Cry Cry sprinting for the most part, but she did win a 1 1/16-mile race with her in 2010. She had claimed her on behalf of Whieldon Thoroughbreds for $17,500 two starts before she beat Dashing Daisy in her only win at a middle distance. Dashing Daisy went on to become the province’s champion older female in 2011, and Cry Cry Cry was claimed back by trainer Troy Taylor. Anderson took her back for the Whieldons in June 2011, and they’ve owned her since. The stable is comprised of Ardene Whieldon and her son Michael Whieldon.

“She’s been so good sprinting and the races have been there, so we didn’t feel a need to try and stretch her out,” Anderson said. “Sometimes we passed on long races because we really hadn’t trained her for them. With the Ballerina just over a month after her last start, we can focus on trying to get her to stretch out. It’s going to be a tough race, but she’s never been better, and I know she can go at least a mile and a sixteenth. As good as she is now, she might be able to handle the extra sixteenth.”

Anderson, 54, is in the midst of her best year as a trainer, winning with half of her 18 starts. She’s always done a nice job with her small stable and has a career record of 84-90-75 from 554 starts.

“Part of the reason for the success I am having this year is I have better horses,” Anderson said. “Plus, the Whieldons are great to train for. They understand that you can’t run a horse when they aren’t on top of their game. Cry Cry Cry is a perfect example. I had her entered in a race where it looked she would win, but she just wasn’t herself. She didn’t have a fever or anything like that, but she usually makes quacking noises like a duck when she’s feeling good and she wasn’t. A lot of people would have wanted to run her, but the Whieldons told me to do what I thought was best for her. Three days later, she came up with a temperature. If she would have run, she would have been set back for a couple of months.”

Anderson gives a lot of credit to trainer Rob Gilker for Cry Cry Cry’s success this year. Gilker has had a good year himself, winning the Grade 3 Longacres Mile with Herbie D.

“She’s had a lot of problems with her feet, and Rob’s her blacksmith,” Anderson said. “He’s really done a great job with her. Also Angie Smith, who is her exercise rider. She’s not an easy horse to train, and Angie is very patient with her.”

Smith was aboard for Cry Cry Cry’s solid five-furlong move in 1:00.20 on Thursday morning.

“It was perfect,” Anderson said. “She started out slow and finished fast.”

Anderson has been delivering mail for more than 20 years to support what she loves best – being around horses. She recently made her first trip to Keeneland with Mike Whieldon and came back with a couple of yearling colts by Fusaichi Pegasus and Include.

“It was pretty cool being surrounded by so many nice-looking horses,” she said. “It will be fun seeing how the ones we bought develop.”

Anderson is hoping for a big effort from Copper City, who is running in the sixth race Saturday. The Whieldons paid $90,000 for the daughter of City Zip at the Ocala select 2-year-olds in training sale in March. Copper City is coming off a disappointing effort as the favorite in a $30,000 maiden optional-claiming race Aug. 28.

“I don’t think she handled the wet track very well,” Anderson said. “Plus, she worked too fast just before she ran.”

With a 50 percent strike rate at the meet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Anderson-trained filly make amends.