08/08/2012 2:47PM

Hastings: Taylor pair steal spotlight


It is hard to say who was more impressive winning their respective races on B.C. Cup Day at Hastings this past Monday: Taylor Said or Taylors Deal.

Taylor Said kicked off the six stakes races for B.C.-breds with an easy 6 1/4-length win over Tommy Danzigger in the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic for 3-year-olds and up. The 128 pounds he carried didn’t slow him down a bit in the 1  1/8-mile race, and if there were any concerns about him being able to rate going a middle distance they were dismissed after he settled in comfortably behind Tommy Danzigger for the first six furlongs.

Taylors Deal emulated his half-brother in the Stellars Jay and left no doubt who is going to be the favorite in the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 9.

Both horses were ridden by Fernando Perez.

Trainer Troy Taylor said they came out of their races in excellent shape.

“They couldn’t be doing any better,” said Taylor. “It was just what we were looking for, and now we can get serious about some of the big races coming up.”

Taylor Said will likely make his next start in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile on Aug.  19.

“We needed an easy race for him in order to go to the Mile, and we got it,” said Taylor. “Fernando rode him perfectly. He really never asked him in the stretch, and he came back with a lot of horse left.”

Perez hand-rode Taylors Deal fairly aggressively in the stretch, but apparently the race didn’t take much out of the horse, and he is a possible starter in the $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial on Aug. 17.

“He couldn’t have blown out a match when he went to the test barn,” said Taylor. “The B.C. Derby is the main goal, but we might bring him back in the Trial.”

Looking past the B.C. Derby, owner Glen Todd believes Taylors Deal will be a decent horse on turf. Todd also owns Taylor Said.

“Did you see the move he made?” said Todd. “That was a turf move, instant acceleration.”

Taylors Deal did try the grass once, and he ran well, closing with good speed to finish a close fourth in a first-level allowance race going 7 1/2 furlongs at Turf Paradise in just his third start.

“He was still a green horse, and he was all over the track,” said Todd. “After the derby we’ll take him to Southern California and give him another try on grass.”

Todd also owns Devil in Disguise and Commander, who were just as dominant in their stakes wins at Northlands Park last weekend.

Mario Gutierrez spent a lot of time standing up and looking for some competition for Devil in the Disguise in the $50,000 Count Lathum for 3-year-olds last Saturday.

Gutierrez never sat down on Commander, who breezed his way to a front-running 7 1/4-length romp in the Don Fleming for 3-year-olds and up. It was a change of style for Commander, who had come from off the pace to win the last two stakes at Northlands.

According to Todd, both horses will run at Northlands on Aug. 25. Devil in Disguise will likely be favored in the Grade 3, $200,000 Canadian Derby and there isn’t much doubt Commander will be a prohibitive favorite in the $50,000 Westerner.

Both horses are trained by Dennis Terry.

“I might be their trainer but Glen Todd doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for being a horseman,” said Terry. “It was his idea to have Mario put Commander on the lead.”

Surprise for Krasner

Trainer Cindy Krasner thought she had a good chance of winning the Distaff with Wando Woman, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite, instead of P. S. Touch Down, who won the race and paid $27.20 with Jeff Burningham aboard.

“P. S. Touch Down has always been a cut below the best ones here,” said Krasner. “She was doing really well, though, and the way the track was favoring speed all weekend really helped her. Wando Woman was a bit dull. She washed out, and I don’t think she liked the track.”

Krasner had to talk P. S. Touch Down’s breeder and part-owner Pat Gormley into running in the Distaff instead of shipping her to Del Mar.

“I think he wants to keep her here now,” said Krasner.

Her next start will likely be in the $50,000 Delta Colleen on Sept. 9.

Gosailgo was the biggest surprise on B.C. Cup Day, paying $54.20 for her win in the Dogwood. On paper it looked like there was a lot of speed in the field, but Frank Fuentes found himself all alone on the lead while cruising through moderate fractions in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

“I was really happy with the way Frank got her to settle,” said trainer Robert Anderson. “We have been working hard on getting her to rate and it paid off.”

Anderson said Gosailgo would be pointed to the $100,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 9.

On the way to the Oaks, Gosailgo may start in the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Aug. 17.