09/28/2012 12:52PM

Hastings: Ruffy Joe gives Lausten another good chance in CTHS Sales Stakes

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Ruffy Joe will help give trainer Carl Lausten a big shot in both divisions of the CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings this weekend when he runs in the colts and geldings division Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds drew seven horses and goes as race 6 on the eighth-race card, which begins at 1:50 p.m. Pacific.

Dance the Wind figures to be a solid favorite for Lausten in the fillies division Saturday, and although Ruffy Joe is stretching out to a middle distance for the first time, he looks like the one to beat Sunday.

Lausten thinks Ruffy Joe is ready for the challenge.

“We have been trying to get a long race into him all summer but couldn’t,” said Lausten. “Everyone around him, including myself, thinks he will love the trip.”

Lausten found the right spot to stretch out Ruffy Joe for the first time. The only horse in the field with a win going longer than 6 1/2 furlongs is Halo’s Quest, who won a $5,000 claiming race for 3-year-old nonwinners of two this year on July 13.

Ruffy Joe is coming off a pair of third-place finishes in first-level allowance races won by of couple of tough 4-year-olds, Stolenotis and Golden Triumph. This will actually be the first time in his eight-race career that Ruffy Joe will run in a race restricted to 3-year-olds.

Antonio Reyes retains the mount.

Alberta Breeze rallied from last to finish fifth in Stolenotis’s win Aug. 22, and the 62 Beyer Speed Figure he earned for his fifth-place finish in the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay is the best for the distance in the field. Trained by Craig MacPherson, Alberta Breeze won a $25,000 claiming race in his first start this year and came back with a solid second in a first-level allowance race July 8.

Trained by Rob VanOverschot, Royal Victor looks like the main speed and he came close to taking them all the way going 1 1/16 miles in $15,000 claiming races on July 20 and Aug.10. He faded to seventh after setting sprint-like fractions in a similar race in his latest start Sept. 8.

Simon Templar is coming off a couple of dull efforts in the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay and the first-level allowance race won by Stolenoits Aug. 22. He has been pointed to this race by trainer Terry Clyde and he looked good working seven furlongs Sept. 22.

Game Seven and Dash Smartly round out the field.