09/09/2008 11:00PM

Hastings: Two top fillies will miss BC Oaks


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The field for the Grade 3, $125,000 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks on Sept. 20 is dwindling with the defections of two of the top 3-year-old fillies at Hastings. As it stands now, Lecturing Lynn, who won the Hong Kong Jockey Club on Aug. 30, appears a standout among the local horses shooting for the Oaks.

Dancing Allstar and Remarkable Miss have both been turned out for the year.

According to trainer Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar is tired and needs a rest. Dancing Allstar, who was the champion 2-year-old filly in Canada last year, has finished up the track in both of her starts following a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes at Calder on July 12. In her last start, she finished a distant fifth in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap here.

"The trip to Florida was just too much for her," said Jordan. "It was a long way to go, and she just hasn't been the same since we took her there. She's sound, so we'll give her the rest of the year off, and hopefully she'll bounce back next year."

Remarkable Miss, who is trained by Barb Heads, fractured a navicular bone when she finished third in the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and more than likely will be retired.

Remarkable Miss would have been one of the favorites in the Oaks. Prior to injuring herself in the Hong Kong Jockey Club, she had won the last two stakes for 3-year-old fillies here.

"It shows how much heart she has," said Heads. "She probably injured herself early in the race and she never stopped trying. It's been a very unlucky race for us. Twice now we've lost potential Oaks winners in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Excited Miss also got hurt in the race and never raced again."

In 2006, Excited Miss completely dominated the local 3-year-old filly division and looked like a standout going into the Oaks off her easy 3 3/4-length win in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. She injured her tendon in the race, however, and was retired.

On the other hand, Lecturing Lynn appears to be peaking coming into the Oaks, and unless someone good ships in from out of town, she is going to be a solid favorite in what could be a short field.

Lecturing Lynn is trained by Tracy McCarthy, who trained Monashee, the winner of the 2005 Oaks. Like Monashee, Lecturing Lynn has improved dramatically late in her 3-year-old season.

"She is a very nice filly," said McCarthy. "She's not a big filly, but she is put together well and she has a very good way of going. She also loves to run, which is probably the most important thing."

Lecturing Lynn has won her last two starts - the $100,000 Sonoma Handicap at Northlands Park and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

"She's peaking at the right time," said McCarthy. "We're not on the downhill spiral, we're on an upward trend."

Lecturing Lynn was bought by Stephen McDonald for $50,000 out of the Keeneland September sale in 2006. She is by Pulpit, who stands for $80,000, and out of a Broad Brush mare.

"She was tiny, otherwise we never could have bought her," said McCarthy. "She would have gone for a lot more money if there was any size to her."

Jack Diamond next for El Sinaloense

According to trainer Juan Olmos, El Sinaloense came out of his easy win over Tommy Danzigger in the $64,868 CTHS Sales Stakes in good shape and will be pointed to the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity on Oct. 5.

"I'm going to send him to the farm for a few days' rest," said Olmos. "He won pretty easily, but it wasn't as impressive as his other wins, and maybe coming back in two weeks had something to do with it. He's also had a lot of races for a 2-year-old."

Pedro Alvarado, who has been aboard for all of El Sinaloense's four stakes wins, agreed with Olmos's assessment.

"I think he had to work a little harder this time," said Alvarado. "I had a lot of horse left at the end of the race, though."

El Sinaloense won the race by 3 3/4 lengths and paid $2.10 to win. He will also be a very short price in the Futurity.

The fillies division of the CTHS Sales Stakes was won by Golden Ratio. According to her trainer, Cindy Krasner, she will be turned out for the rest of the year.

"She came out of the race in good shape," said Krasner. "But she's not eligible for the Sadie Diamond Futurity, so we may as well give her the rest of the year off."

Golden Ratio was sent off as the favorite in the five-horse field and paid $3.70.

Ookster, who was making her debut, finished second by a neck to Golden Ratio.

"It was a good race for her and she came out of it in great shape," said her trainer, Toni Cloutier.

Cloutier said Ookster would make her next start in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity on Oct. 4.

Ookster's half-brother, Ookashada, won his maiden in the 2006 Jack Diamond Futurity. He went on to win multiple stakes for earnings of $362,782. He was also trained by Cloutier.