07/30/2009 12:00AM

Heads heavily involved in B.C. Cup


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Barbara Heads will be a busy person on B.C. Cup Day this Monday at Hastings. Heads is planning on running eight horses, including Trick of the North in the feature race, the $100,000 Classic.

The B.C. Cup program consists of seven stakes and the B.C. Cup Starter.

The idea of B.C. Cup is to promote B.C.-breds. Heads, who celebrated her 51st birthday on Monday, has literally grown up at Hastings. Not surprisingly, she is a strong supporter of anything that will help grow the local industry.

Her late father, Robert "Cy" Anderson was one of the leading trainers here in the late 1970s and 1980s and was inducted in the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2001. When Cy Anderson would head to California with a string of horses, his wife, June, would take over the training duties here.

Heads is surrounded by family at Hastings. Her brothers Mike and Robbie Anderson are both trainers. She tied for leading trainer honors with her sister-in-law, Terry Clyde, in 2006. She is also married to Mike Heads, the racing analyst for the track. She couldn't be any more immersed in the local industry.

"B.C. Cup is very important to me," said Heads. "It is the one day of the year where we can get together and celebrate being part of the B.C. racing industry. I've been coming here since I can remember."

One of Heads's earliest memories is learning how to swim at the track with trainer Cindy Krasner, who will saddle Krazy Koffee in the Classic.

"I remember our parents putting me and Cindy in a feed tub and we used it as a swimming pool," she said. "I also remember getting into a lot of trouble when I set the fire alarm off that used to be next to the on-gap."

An 8-year-old gelding with career earnings of $300,417 in earnings, Trick of the North will be the third choice at best in the Classic. Either Spaghetti Mouse or Krazy Koffee will be favored.

Trick of the North is very sharp right now, however, while the likely favorites aren't really on top of their games. Trick of the North has won his last two starts and hasn't been worse than second in his last five outings. Prior to winning a $45,000 optional race here on July 4 he won a $25,000 claiming race at Golden Gate on June 25.

"He is a class act," said Heads. "You know he is going to give you 150 percent and he could be tough if there is some speed to run at."

Heads will saddle the probable favorites in two other stakes, Vying Ty Grr in the Debutante and Tierra Del Fuego in the Dogwood. Vying Ty Grr got beat by Emerald City when she was the 1-2 favorite in the Boulevard Casino on July 11. Vying Ty Grr was coming back pretty quickly after winning a maiden special weight race on June 28 and jumped shadows at the half-mile pole.

"At least she has had more time between races and we've been working on a few things with her," said Heads. "She got a little lost out there when she was on the lead by herself and hopefully she won't be jumping any shadows this time."

Tierra Del Fuego beat open company as the 4-5 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Supernaturel on July 1. She is also lightly raced and figures to improve with racing.

"The hardest thing for Tierra Del Fuego is keeping her mellow," said Heads. "Every day is a horse race for her."

Heads will also run Notis Her in the Dogwood. She won the CTHS Sales Stakes on June 13 and then finished fourth in the Supernaturel.

Heads will be represented by Test Pilot in the Stellar's Jay for 3-year-olds. Rosada and Diamond Berries will run as separate entities in the Distaff. Vintner is also going to be entered in the 1 3/8-mile B.C. Cup Starter.

Wyatt getting live mounts

Taletha Wyatt won her first race last Saturday aboard J T's Pointe. It was fitting that her first win came for trainer Craig MacPherson. MacPherson is married to Wyatt's grandmother, Karen MacPherson. Her mother, Claire Wyatt, works as a groom in the MacPherson barn as well.

Wyatt sent J T's Pointe right to the front and it wouldn't be surprising to see her on more speed horses coming out of the MacPherson barn.

"I am trying to put her on the right kind of horses until she gets more experience," said MacPherson, who ranks second in the trainer standings. "Horses really run for her and she's always done a good job working horses for me. She has a great attitude and I think she'll develop into a nice rider."

Wyatt, 23, has been involved with horses her whole life, and at an early age she envisioned being a jockey.

"I've wanted to ride race horses since I was about 5 years old," said Wyatt. "I had been showing, haltering and trick riding in Alberta for a while, but I got bored with it and came here four years ago to learn how to ride race horses. And I loved it."

Wyatt, who took time off from the track in 2007 to give birth to her son, Jessie James, has a good sense of her strengths and weakness.

"Horses really respond to me and they have always been willing to run for me," said Wyatt. "I just need to learn how to help them along the way. I am not as strong as the other riders and it's something I am working on."

With a strong barn behind her and a solid understanding of what she needs to do to improve as a rider, Wyatt figures to win quite a few races here in the near future.