09/12/2007 11:00PM

Jordan, Cheema enjoying an amazing hot streak

EmailVANCOUVER, British Columbia - The team of trainer Terry Jordan and Bob Cheema just keeps rolling. Last weekend, they swept both ends of the C.T.H.S. Sales Stakes when Dancing Allstar romped in the fillies division Saturday and Star Prospector held off Desert Alf in the colts and geldings division Sunday. The star of the barn, True Metropolitan, won the $100,000 Speed to Spare at Northlands on Saturday.

Both True Metropolitan and Dancing Allstar were home and cooled out by the time they hit the quarter pole. True Metropolitan cruised to a 10-length win in the Speed to Spare, and just about an hour later Dancing Allstar's margin of victory in the fillies division of the Sales Stakes was the same. Star Prospector had to work a little harder but he never looked threatened in his win in the colts and geldings division of the Sales Stakes on Sunday. All three horses were odds-on favorites, with Dancing Allstar paying the lowest win price, $2.30.

"It was a very good weekend," Jordan said. "The only weekend I remember Bob enjoying more was when we won stakes races with True Metropolitan and Dancing Allstar at Woodbine and they both set track records."

Jordan said all three horses came out of their races in good shape. True Metropolitan is being pointed to the Sir Winston Churchill on Sept. 23. Dancing Allstar figures to be a heavy favorite in the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity on Oct. 7, and Star Prospector looks like the one to beat in the Jack Diamond Futurity on Oct. 8.

Jordan gives Cheema most of the credit for the tremendous success they've been having the past couple of years.

"Bob picks out the horses," Jordan said. "He's usually made up his mind before he shows me their past performances. If I say okay, he buys them, and sometimes when I tell him I don't want the horse, he goes ahead and buys him anyway. I told him not to buy Quiet Cash and he claimed him the same day for $32,000."

Quiet Cash won seven races and earned close to $300,000 racing for Cheema.

Cheema has gotten away from claiming horses and now he mostly buys them privately. He doesn't always see the horses prior to buying them, though. He usually picks them out by going over past performance lines and he never vets the horses out.

"If someone sells me a horse that has physical problems, that will be the last horse I buy from them," Cheema said. "It's going to hurt them a lot more than it will me."

Jordan saddling two in B.C. Derby

Jordan is looking ahead to next weekend when he'll saddle the likely favorite in the $125,000 British Columbia Breeders' Cup Oaks, Alpine Garden, who is owned by Cheema. Jordan also picked up a couple of horses owned by Peter Redekop for the $250,000 B.C. Breeders' Cup Derby next Sunday. Both Another Kris and Amazin Blue figure to be decent prices in the derby.

Amazin Blue is at Hastings now and Jordan likes the way he's starting to come around. Considering Jordan's impressive stats with the last 40 horses making their first starts under his name - 48 percent of them have won - Amazin Blue might be worth taking a stab at.

Amazin Blue won the Alberta Derby at Stampede Park in June and then was shipped to Del Mar where he finished out of the money in a $100,000 optional claiming race for 3-year-olds and up. His next start was in the Canadian Derby on Aug. 25, where he ran evenly to finish fourth. According to Jordan, all of the traveling may have taken a toll.

"He seemed like a tired horse when he arrived here," Jordan said. "He's starting to pick it up a bit though, and I think he'll be ready for a good effort in the derby."

Jordan wasn't sure when Another Kris was going to arrive. Another Kris is coming off of a seventh-place finish in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar. He has won four races in his career but he's never gone farther than a mile.

Strong field expected for derby

The derby is shaping up to be a very good race. Nominated and expected to come from out of town are Footprint and Mulcahy. Footprint won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby on Aug. 27, and Mulcahy is coming off of a win in the Emerald Downs Derby on Sept. 3.

Celtic Dreaming, who is trained by Rafael Becerra, doesn't have stakes credentials but he has won 4 of his 5 career starts on the tough Southern California circuit and he looked like a winner every step of the way when he won an allowance race at Del Mar on Aug. 22. Celtic Dreamin was claimed by local owner K.K. Sangara for $40,000 when he debuted in a maiden race at Santa Anita on April 18. Celtic Dreamin doesn't need to bring his track with him. He has won on dirt at Santa Anita, the Cushion Track at Hollywood, and his most recent win was on Polytrack.

The horse they have to beat is Sir Gallovic. Trained by Troy Taylor, Sir Gallovic is coming off of an easy seven-length win in the Richmond Derby Trial on Sept 2 and he'll be shooting for his fourth straight win in the derby.