07/15/2008 11:00PM

Hopes are high for El Sinaloense


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - El Sinaloense's win in the $55,075 Ladnesian Stakes last Sunday ranks as one of the best races ever run by a 2-year-old at Hastings. A B.C.-bred gelding owned and trained by Juan Olmos, El Sinaloense earned a 92 Beyer Speed Figure for his5 1/4-length win over Almost Time in the six-furlong Ladnesian. That is the best figure ever posted by a 2-year-old at Hastings.

The second-best number, 87, was recorded by Ultimate Force in 1997. Ultimate Force went on to become a Grade 3 winner.

Olmos was thrilled with the performance and he is hoping for big things from El Sinaloense.

"I am so happy," he said. "He's the kind you dream about, and I've been through hundreds of horses before getting one like him."

El Sinaloense, who was ridden by Pedro Alvarado in the Ladnesian, is being pointed to the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery on Aug. 4. Olmos, however, has bigger goals for El Sinaloense.

"He's nominated to the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine," Olmos said. "It's a long way away, but he's a sound horse and I am pretty sure he won't have any trouble going a distance. He galloped out very strongly after the Ladnesian, and Pedro didn't get him pulled up until he reached the quarter pole."

The $250,000 Coronation Futurity is scheduled for Nov. 16, and the 1 1/8-mile race is restricted to Canadian-breds.

Olmos is good friends with trainer Terry Jordan and he said that Jordan would probably take the horse to Woodbine.

"I'll certainly go out to see the race, but Terry has a string of horses there, so it makes sense to let him train him into the race," Olmos said.

Alvarado is impressed by how well El Sinaloense runs in the afternoon but somewhat puzzled as to how he trains in the morning.

"He's a funny horse," Alvarado said. "He stumbles around the track when he's galloping. It feels like he's going to fall down. He's a completely different horse when he leaves the starting gate, though. He's on the ball right away."

Alvarado also is confident that El Sinaloense will be successful when he stretches out.

"He's a very smart horse and he'll do anything you want with him," he said. "It was funny. Right after we crossed the wire, it felt like he was going to fall down again. Once we went around the turn, he refocused and it was very hard pulling him up."

Final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.58.

Dancing Allstar to stretch out

Jordan said Dancing Allstar came out of her third-place finish in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes at Calder in good shape and will be pointed to the $100,000 Sonoma at Northlands Park on Aug. 9. The 1 1/16-mile Sonoma will be the first route race of the year for Dancing Allstar. She won the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy last year and Jordan is confident that the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks is well within her range. He also was pleased with her race in the six-furlong Azalea.

"The winner is a monster," Jordan said. "She ran faster than the older horses, so she wasn't going to beat her. With any luck, she would have been second, but a few things happened before the race that didn't help her."

The winner, Indyanne, won the Azalea by more than nine lengths and her final time for the six-furlongs was 1:10.82. Benny The Bull, who figures to be one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, posted a final time of 1:11.41 for his win that same day in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap.

"The ultimate goal is the Oaks, so she won't be sprinting anymore this year," Jordan said. "We're planning on running her in the Sonoma, but we're also going to nominate her to the Dogwood on B.C. Cup Day. If the weights are out of line in the Sonoma, we can always keep her here."

The $50,000 B.C. Cup Dogwood runs Aug. 4.

Gamble pays off for Snow

Trainer Mel Snow rolled the dice with What R the Odds in the $50,842 Timber Music Stakes last Saturday and he came up a big winner.

Snow had received a substantial offer for What R the Odds prior to the Timber Music and her value would have decreased as quickly as the stock prices of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac if she hadn't won.

Snow had a scary moment when it looked like What R the Odds might bolt going around the first turn. It didn't take jockey Fernando Perez long to get her back on track, though. Once What R the Odds straightened out going down the backstretch, she was never seriously threatened as she cruised to an easy 5 1/2-length win over Dancefour-seven

"I was a little worried, but it only lasted for a brief moment," Snow said. "I could see Fernando had her under control when she came out of the turn."

A Florida-bred, What R the Odds will probably make her next start in the $50,000 Lassie Stakes on Aug. 23.

"She isn't eligible to anything before then, but I don't want to run her too many times anyway," Snow said. "I don't like running 2-year-olds that often, and she should be good for another couple of starts before I turn her out for the year."

What R the Odds received an 81 Beyer for her win. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:12.73.