10/06/2005 11:00PM

Hastings stakes lures 2 local stars


AUBURN, Wash. - With only next Saturday's Gottstein Futurity remaining on the Emerald Downs stakes schedule, the older stars on the grounds are looking farther afield for places to run.

Two of the best, Flamethrowintexan and Mr. Makah, are headed for the $100,000 British Columbia Premier's, a 1 3/8-mile race at Hastings next Sunday. Both are proven over the Hastings bullring, as Flamethrowintexan won last year's B.C. Derby and this season's Sir Winston Churchill in Vancouver, while Mr. Makah finished a close fourth in last year's running of the B.C. Premier's.

"Mr. Makah's race last year was even better than it looks on paper, because he got sick a week before the race," said trainer Bonnie Jenne. "He's coming into it a lot better this year, so I've got high hopes. I know he is going to love a mile and three-eighths."

Jenne said Mr. Makah will not work before the B.C. Premier's because he is coming off a taxing win in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic just last Sunday. Flamethrowintexan, who won the nine-furlong Sir Winston Churchill on Sept. 24, drilled a half-mile in 47.60 seconds on Wednesday.

Jenne said co-owner Frank MacDonald will van Mr. Makah to Vancouver on Thursday. Kay Cooper, assistant to trainer Jim Penney, said Flamethrowintexan will head north a day later.

"He will train here Friday morning, van to Hastings Friday afternoon, train at Hastings Saturday morning, and school in the paddock Saturday afternoon," said Cooper. "That has been our schedule when we have sent him up there before, so we don't want to change anything."

While the B.C. Premier's will be Mr. Makah's last race of the year, Cooper said Flamethrowintexan may race again in California.

"We're taking it one race at a time, but we've got 18 stalls at Golden Gate and we hope to take most of our better horses down there," she said. "He is our best one, so we would love to take him."

Forster duo will try Santa Anita turf

Trainer Grant Forster reported that Longacres Mile winner No Giveaway and Washington Oaks winner A Classic Life will appear next at Santa Anita.

No Giveaway missed a scheduled start in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic with a sore hoof, but Forster hopes to have him ready for the Grade 3, $100,000 Morvich Handicap on Santa Anita's downhill turf course on Oct. 29.

"He has been galloping sound, so it looks like the foot problem is behind us," said the trainer. "He loves 6 1/2 furlongs, so if he takes to the grass he might have a new home on the downhill course. That course seems to favor horses with his closing style, so we're anxious to give it a try."

Forster said A Classic Life will also try turf in the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at a mile next Sunday. In her lone previous turf try, A Classic Life finished sixth in the one-mile Double Delta Stakes at Arlington Park in June.

"She actually handled the turf great, but she was short that day and she came out of that race with an infection," said Forster. "We think she deserves another chance."

Fast Parade headed to California

Those with designs on the $100,000 Gottstein can breathe a sigh of relief, because Fast Parade will not contest the 1 1/16-mile stakes. Waldo Calvario, the brother of trainer Manuel Calvario, reported that Fast Parade has been sold to a client of Southern California trainer Doug O'Neill and was scheduled to ship to Santa Anita on Saturday.

Fast Parade loomed as the one to beat in the Gottstein after his eye-popping 13-length score in the Captain Condo Stakes here on Washington Cup Day, Oct. 2. Fast Parade, a son of Delineator, got six furlongs in 1:08, a full second faster than any 2-year-old had run the distance at Emerald. Sundance Circle and Seattles Best Joe shared the previous best of 1:09. Fast Parade's effort earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98, one of the highest registered by any 2-year-old this year.

Fast Parade is the fourth 2-year-old to relocate from Emerald to Doug O'Neill's barn this year. The trainer also bought Nifty Zipper, Evening Escort, and Horse B With You for various clients. Fast Parade was originally purchased from last winter's Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association sale for $4,500 and raced for Nick Barbaccia and MCR Stables.

O'Neill is reportedly considering the six-furlong, $75,000 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 22 for Fast Parade's next start. Seattles Best Joe, another Washington-bred, won that race last year for trainer Howard Belvoir.

Team back to buying at Barretts

Trainer Aubrey Villyard and owner Frank Gaunt mined a familiar vein last Tuesday, purchasing two yearlings at the Barretts California October yearling sale. The two had previously purchased stakes winners Random Memo and Charming Colleen from that sale.

Villyard said he purchased a half-brother to Charming Colleen by Helmsman for Gaunt, paying $19,000. He also purchased a Bertrando colt for himself for $6,500.

Klokstad goes 5 for 5

Trainer Bud Klokstad celebrated his recent induction into the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame with a remarkable string of victories last week.

Klokstad scored with all five of his starters for the week, beginning with Sky Harbor ($8.60) on Friday. He saddled Easy Beau ($6.40) and Eastern Accent ($4.80) for wins on Saturday, then scored with Cinderella Liberty ($7.60) in Sunday's Diane Kem Stakes before wrapping up the week with a victory from Personal Plan ($10.60).

The win spree improved Klokstad's record at the meet to 33 wins from 162 starts (20 percent), good for fifth in the trainer standings.