06/17/2011 2:16PM

Hastings: Todd, Kinsella put bull’s-eye on British Columbia Derby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella, the leading owners at Hastings, are intent on winning the Grade 3, $200,000, British Columbia Derby. Early nominations to the premier race at Hastings closed with 56 nominations. The derby heads six stakes races that are scheduled for Sept. 11.

Todd and Kinsella nominated five horses to the race, and if none of them are good enough, Todd, who is the major force behind the partnership, said he’ll look for one that is and pay the supplementary fees. Trainer Troy Taylor has worked with Todd at Hastings since Todd first started in the business in 1963.

“Troy will turn 80 on Derby Day, and I think it would be a pretty nice present for a great person,” Todd said. “Neither of us have won the race, and it’s about time we did. We’ve certainly tried enough times.”

Todd nominated the three horses he currently has at Hastings – Taylor Said, Mr. Instigator, and Mr. Collaborator – but he doesn’t think they are good enough.

“Maybe Taylor Said,” Todd said

He recently purchased Double Jack who is coming off of a win in a first-level allowance race for statebreds at Arlington Park.

“He’s in the air as we speak,” Todd said.

Todd also nominated the Todd Pletcher-trained Lauburu, who is still eligible for a first-level allowance race.

“We haven’t actually bought him yet, but we are having him looked at.”

If the race was held in the next couple of weeks, owner Peter Redekop would probably have the favorite. He owns the current leader of the local 3-year-old division, Inhisglory, and also nominated a couple of other horses with strong credentials, Diamond Geezah and Loranger Native.

Loranger Native looks like the better of the two. Trained by Michael Stidham, Loranger Native is coming off of a win in the $100,000 Blue N Gold Stakes at Charles Town on April 16. A Louisiana-bred, Loranger Native won the Louisiana Stallion Stakes by 8 1/4 lengths as a 2-year-old. In his first start this year, he lost by a neck to Su Casa G Casa in the $100,000 Premier Prince for statebreds at Delta Downs. He tried turf for the first time in his next start, finishing third behind Man of Strife in a statebred race at Fair Grounds.

Diamond Geezah is coming off of a fifth-place finish in the Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 21. Redekop claimed him out of a winning race for $80,000 in his previous start at Santa Anita on March 10. Diamond Geezah has never run on anything but grass and has never gone longer than seven furlongs.

The derby is a long way away, so it is hard to say how the field will eventually shape up. Who knows, Rockmystar, a horse that has never started and has been firing bullets at Emerald Downs for trainer Jim Penney, might develop into a Grade 3 winner.

Juveniles in spotlight on Sunday

The most interesting race at Hastings on Sunday is a 2-year-old maiden special weight race that drew eight horses and goes as the seventh race. It is the first six-furlong race for 2-year-olds at the meet.

Trainer Syvea Gregory is high on Lord Henry. A Kentucky-bred son of Forest Grove, Lord Henry ran evenly when he finished third going 3 1/2 furlongs May 8.

“The first race was just too short for him,” Gregory said. “It was a good learning experience for him, though. He is a big strong horse with a long stride, and he should be a lot better going longer. He should run a big race.”

Lord Henry worked an impressive five furlongs in 59.60 seconds June 4 with jockey Dave Wilson aboard.

“He did it so easily Davie was shocked when he heard the time of the work,” Gregory said.

Trainer Greg Tracy is looking forward to running Congrats Man. According to Tracy, Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. shelled out $80,000 for the son of Congrats.

“He could be a good one,” Tracy said. “When he worked five furlongs in just over a minute at Presque Isle Downs, the exercise rider was supposed to go about 1:03 or 1:04.”

Riversedge bought Congrats Man from the same connections they purchased Claresmiezie from. In her first start for Tracy, Claresmiezie won a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race at Hastings on May 22.

“They think this guy is a lot better,” Tracy said. “Pedro really liked the way he worked.”

Tracy was referring to Pedro Alvarado, who will ride Congrats Man on Sunday. He was aboard for his four-furlong work in 49 seconds June 9.

Hillingdon, who drew the outside post, has impressed trainer Dino Condilenios.

She is the first foal out of Slewpast. Slewpast won six stakes at Hastings and earned $281,000.

“I think she is a very nice filly,” Condilenios said. “She has done everything right. She worked behind and beside horses, and she does everything like a real professional.”