09/06/2012 2:54PM

Hastings: Todd mounts three-pronged attack on British Columbia Derby

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Devil in Disguise is one of three Glenn Todd-owned, Troy Taylor-trained runners in Sunday's Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When Glen Todd decided to get serious about horse racing six years ago, he had a couple of major goals: winning the Grade 3 Longacres Mile and the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby.

The first goal was accomplished when Taylor Said won the Longacres Mile for Todd this year, and he is going all out to win the $200,000 B.C. Derby this Sunday. Todd, who races under the stable name of North American Thoroughbred Company, will run a three-horse entry in the derby, and any of the three – Devil in Disguise, Taylors Deal, and Hoist –would receive substantial support on his own merits. As an entry, they will be a short price in the 1 1/8-mile feature.

Todd doesn’t seem as desperate to win the derby as he has been in the past, though. The win by Taylor Said in the Longacres Mile may have something to do with his mellow mood going into the derby.

“The Mile is the most prestigious race in the Pacific Northwest and winning it has been a dream of mine since I started going to Longacres when I was 10 years old,” he said. “As much as I want to win the B.C. Derby, the Mile was more important to me. If we don’t win the derby, we still had a great year by winning the Longacres Mile.”

Todd appeared to have enough bullets for the derby with Taylors Deal and Devil in Disguise, but it didn’t stop him from adding to his arsenal by purchasing Hoist following his win in a first-level allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 11.

Taylors Deal won the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby in February and couldn’t have been more impressive winning the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay carrying 125 pounds at Hastings on Aug. 6.

Devil in Disguise beat Taylors Deal in the Chris Loseth before winning the Count Lathum at Northlands on Aug. 4. He did run a disappointing race when he finished third as the heavy favorite in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby going 1 3/8 miles in his next start Aug. 25, though.

“I am not taking any chances,” Todd said. “I won’t tell you how much I paid for Hoist, but it is the most I’ve ever paid for a horse.”

Though Todd paid a substantial sum for Hoist, Taylors Deal looks like the one he is holding the best hand with. The “tell” is the rider. Mario Gutierrez had his choice of mounts, and he will be riding Taylors Deal. All three are trained by Troy Taylor.

“I think Troy talked Mario into Taylors Deal,” Todd said. “We don’t know how good Taylors Deal really is, and Troy thinks he might be better than Taylor Said.”

Taylor, who will turn 81 on Sept. 11, looks at the derby as just another race.

“Of course, I want to win the race, but I want to win them all,” he said. “You need a lot of luck, and there are some pretty tough horses in the field this year. Sir Gallovic should have won the race for us a few years ago, but he got stopped cold at the quarter pole.”

Sir Gallovic finished third in the 2007 B.C. Derby behind Celtic Dreamin and Gandolf.

If it doesn’t work out for Todd and Taylor, they will be trying just as hard to win the race next year.

“We aren’t getting any younger, but Troy and I plan to be here for a while yet and there is always next year,” Todd said.

◗ Todd and Taylor also will have the favorite in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks with Evelyn’s Dancer. The Oaks is one of the five supporting stakes on the 10-race Sunday card, which is the richest in the history of Hastings. Also being contested are the $100,000 Jack and Sadie Diamond futurities, the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up, and the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares.