07/12/2005 11:00PM

Hot 2-year-old to stay put


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - As expected, Bound to Be M V P was put on a van and shipped out of Hastings following his easy win in the Ladnesian Stakes on Sunday. The good news is that he was moved to trainer Brian Giesbrecht's farm in Aldergrove, a suburb of Vancouver, and he will return to run in the New Westminster Stakes on Aug. 28.

Before the Ladnesian, Giesbrecht, who trains Bound to Be M V P, said there was a good chance that the talented 2-year-old colt was heading to California after the race.

"They changed their minds," said Giesbrecht, referring to Bound to Be M V P's owners, Charles Case and Carmel Balcom. "He's really thriving here, so they've decided to leave him with me for the rest of the season."

Bound to Be M V P ($2.80) looked like a good thing going into the Ladnesian, and he looks even better coming out. The final time wasn't anything to get excited about, 1:19.03 for 6 1/2 furlongs, but the track was dull. According to his jockey, Dave Wilson, there was lots left in the tank and the final margin of 3 3/4 lengths was a bit deceiving.

"I really didn't want to be in front that early, but I just had too much horse," Wilson said. "In his last time he kind of loafed when he made the lead, so I gave him a little tap mid-stretch and he basically rebroke. This is a very nice 2-year-old."

Bound to Be M V P is undefeated in three starts and really hasn't been threatened in any of his wins. He's a Washington-bred, so he's not eligible to the Nursery Stakes on B.C. Cup Day, but Giesbrecht isn't worried about giving him some time off before he comes back in the New Westminster.

"I don't like running 2-year-olds that often anyway, and he likes it on the farm," he said. "After he broke his maiden, we sent him home for a few weeks and he really enjoyed himself. He'll get about two weeks off before we bring him back."

If everything goes well, said Giesbrecht, Bound to Be M V P will run in the New Westminster and then point for the Ascot Graduation on Oct. 23.

"That should be enough for a baby," Giesbrecht said.

Like mother, like daughter

On Saturday, Chad Hoverson gave Langara Lass a perfectly timed ride to win the Timber Music Stakes. She paid a very generous $39.50. Langara Lass is trained by Dave Forster, and he also trained her stakes-winning dam, Capilano, who is turning out to be a good broodmare.

"Capilano was a very good horse," said Forster. "She won the Washington Oaks, and she seems to be passing her ability on. Her first foal, Gabriola, wasn't a stakes winner, but she did win a few races. Her other foal is Overact."

Overact won the Lassie Stakes at 2 and the $100,000 Sonoma as a 3-year-old last year.

Langara Lass had started only once before the Timber Music, finishing fourth in a maiden special weight race June 24. At close to $40, she obviously surprised a lot of people with her win in the Timber Music. Not Forster, though.

"I knew she could run, and we usually don't crank them up too much for their first start," he said. "It also didn't hurt that Chad gave her a great ride."

Under Hoverson, Langara Lass was more than seven lengths behind the leaders during the early stages of the race. She made a big move while going six wide in the stretch to win by a widening 1 3/4 lengths.

"We talked it over before the race, and both Dave and I thought we should try to let her relax early," said Hoverson. "It couldn't have worked out much better."

Another promising filly trained by Forster is Vickies Song. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Victory Gallop, Vickies Song will be taking a substantial jump in class when she stretches out to 1 1/16 miles in the $40,000 Liberation on Saturday. Vickies Song has started only three times in her career, but she finished strongly to win a maiden special weight sprint June 25 and, according to Forster, she should improve going a route.

"I'm pretty sure she wants more distance, and since it's tough to fill a nonwinners-of-two going long here, we'll give her a shot in the Liberation."

Trainer Ed Thompson saddled the second-place finishers in both the Ladnesian and Timber Music. Pewterville set the early fractions in the Timber Music and showed great determination holding off the other speed in the race. One Special Browny battled with Bound to Be M V P early and held on well to finish 4 1/2 lengths clear of third-place Red's Memories in the Ladnesian.

"They're both Washington-breds, and there's races coming up at Emerald in the next few weeks," said Thompson. "They came out of their races in good shape, so we'll probably try them down there."

Pewterville could start in the Angie C Stakes on July 24, and One Special Browny is a strong possibility for the Emerald Express Stakes on July 30.

"That's coming back pretty quickly for Pewterville, so we'll see, but the timing works out nicely for One Special Browny," said Thompson.