07/01/2011 3:13PM

Hastings: Taylor preparing for Del Mar string


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Sunday marks the halfway point of the 2011 meet, and there isn’t much doubt that Troy Taylor is going to win his fifth straight training title. Going into the weekend, Taylor had 26 wins, 12 more than Terry Clyde and Elizabeth Stolzenberg who are tied for second.

Taylor will be the trainer of record at Hastings for the rest of the meet, but he will be overseeing his stable from Del Mar where he has been given 12 stalls.

“We applied for 10, but they gave us 12 because they figured we were going to claim a few,” Taylor said.

His longtime assistant and good friend Mel Beveridge will be in charge of the Taylor operation at Hastings.

“Mel probably knows more about what’s going on with the horses than I do,” Taylor said. “I won’t be losing any sleep worrying about the horses here.”

Taylor, who will turn 80 on Sept. 11, wasn’t exactly sure which horses he would be taking to Del Mar. Most of the horses going with Taylor are owned by Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella.

“We’re still sorting out which seven I’ll take from here, and I’ll probably take a few that are training at Pegasus,” Taylor said. “It is a pretty good deal. We get a thousand dollars to ship, and they will give us 20 percent more than the purse, if we win.”

Taylor was referring to the “Ship and Win” program that Del Mar is offering to owners of horses that have raced in another state or country in their previous race. The owners will get $1,000 just for running and another 20 percent on top of the advertised purse, if their horse finishes in the top five in their first start there. Stakes race are excluded.

Taylor said he would be back for B.C. Cup Day on Aug. 1.

“I am pretty sure I’ll also be back for the B.C. Derby,” he said.

Taylor, who was inducted into the British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame last year, is looking for his first win in the Grade 3, $200,000 B.C. Derby, which just happens to run on his birthday.

Victory With Class looking for rebound

Clyde is hoping for a good effort from Victory With Class in the $50,000 Supernaturel on Sunday. Victory With Class is the top money earner in the six-horse field. Most of her earnings came in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity last year. She also captured the B.C. Cup Debutante and finished second in the Lassie. In her last start, she finished fourth in the Boulevard Casino. It was the first time she finished worse than second in six career starts.

Clyde does most of her work at her farm in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver. Her assistant Mike Anderson oversees the operation at Hastings. He was pleased with Victory With Class’s one-mile work in 1:41.20 over a sloppy track with Richard Hamel aboard last Saturday.

“She is coming up to the race really well,” Anderson said. “She had been a little dull all spring, so she might have had a hidden virus. She has really picked it up lately.”

Anderson is aware how tough the field is in the Supernaturel, and he is looking forward to bringing Victory With Class back in the B.C. Cup Dogwood on Aug. 1. The Dogwood is one of seven stakes races restricted to B.C.-breds that make up the bulk of the B.C. Cup card.

“None of the four tough ones in the Supernaturel are B.C.-breds, so they aren’t eligible for the Dogwood,” Anderson said. “At the least, the Supernaturel should set her up perfectly for the Dogwood.”

Hamel, the leading rider at Hastings last year and currently one behind Mario Gutierrez in the standings, was impressed with the work.

“She’s back on her game now,” Hamel said. “She’s got the bounce back in her step. Something must have been bugging her this spring because she just wasn’t the same horse she was last year.”

Clyde wins 3, Mosqueira 6 at Sunflower

Clyde and jockey Ismael Mosqueira enjoyed a day in the country Thursday. Clyde won three races with three starters at Sunflower Downs, and Mosqueira won all six of the races he rode. Sunflower Downs is one of three B.C. interior tracks that host “B” level racing. Kin Park in Vernon, has two days, Aug. 20 and 21. Sagebrush Downs is scheduled for Aug. 27 and possibly Aug. 28 to make up for the day that was lost when not enough horses entered April 9. The interior circuit closes out the season at Sunflower Downs on Sept. 3.

Forster named to Jockey Club of Canada

Trainer Dave Forster was named to the Jockey Club of Canada last weekend. The Jockey Club was formed in 1973 to oversee horse racing in Canada. They conduct the Sovereign Awards and oversee the grading of stakes races in Canada. Members also are involved in lobbying the federal government regarding tax issues.

Forster, 75, has been involved in horse racing for more than 60 years.

“It is a nice honor,” Forster said. “Hopefully, I can add some western representation.”

Forster was inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.