07/12/2006 12:00AM

Jordan playing it cautious with new arrival


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It didn't take trainer Terry Jordan very long to come up with another good 3-year-old to replace Halo Steven.

Following Halo Steven's win in the Alberta Derby, Jordan had a falling out with the gelding's owners, Marta Racing Ventures, and Marta moved Halo Steven to trainer Barb Heads. But Jordan's main client, Bob Cheema, recently purchased Chile's Quest, and he figures to be a major factor in the local 3-year-old division. Chile Quest has been entered in the $75,000 Burnaby Breeders' Cup on Saturday.

A Kentucky-bred son of Coronado's Quest, Chile Quest has been based in Chicago, and improved dramatically after being claimed by trainer Wayne Catalano for $25,000 in February. In his first start for Catalano, he cruised to a 4 1/2-length win in a $35,000, 1 1/16-mile optional claiming race at Hawthorne Park on April 4. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90, which compares favorably to those of the horses he will likely be running against at Hastings. In his latest start, he won a $50,000 optional claiming race going seven furlongs at Arlington Park on June 15.

Jordan said he wasn't completely sure if he was going to start Chile's Quest on Saturday.

"We're going to enter him, and we're hoping to run," Jordan said Wednesday. "But sometimes it takes a horse a few weeks to adjust to his new surroundings. I wasn't thrilled with the way he trained this morning, and it seems as if his blood is starting to change. We're monitoring him closely, and we'll see how he is when we get closer to the race."

Jordan said he prefers running horses right off of the van when they are coming from or going to a track in a different time zone. He has won the last two stakes in Alberta with True Metropolitan, and both times he shipped True Metropolitan the day before the race.

"If the race was last weekend, we probably would have run Chile Quest," he said. "It seems as if they're fine if you run them right away. After that it seems like it takes about three weeks for horses to adjust to their new environment. I think it's the change in altitude more than anything that they need to adapt to. We could set Chile's Quest back if everything's not perfect when we run him."

Two impressive in stakes wins

Zaylaway and Royal Sovereign made strong impressions in their respective stakes victories last weekend.

Zaylaway, with Carlos Silva aboard, sat in a perfect stalking position before taking control at the top of the stretch in the 6 1/2-furlong Timber Music Stakes for 2-year-old fillies last Saturday.

"It was just like her final work before the race," trainer Janet Armstrong said. "We wanted her to rate behind horses, and she did it perfectly."

Armstrong said Zaylaway, a Kentucky-bred, would get some time off before her next start, which could be in the Lassie on Aug. 26.

Despite going three wide around the first turn and much of the second, Royal Sovereign was still able to draw away to a 3 3/4-length win over the fast-closing Sin Toro in the Ladnesian Stakes for 2-year-olds Sunday. He was ridden by Dave Wilson

"We've liked him right from day one," trainer Barb Heads said. "He's so advanced that sometimes it's hard to remember that he's just a 2-year-old."

According to Heads, Royal Sovereign will be pointed toward the British Columbia Cup Nursery on Aug. 7.

Henson high on 6-year-old

Trainer Steve Henson said he is "nervously excited" about running Beau Soleil in an allowance race Friday night. Beau Soleil, a stakes winner who has earned more than $344,380, has been turning heads with the way he has trained since he arrived at Hastings this spring.

"I've never trained a horse that has the kind of talent he seems to have," Henson said.

Beau Soleil has not started since he finished fourth in the Governor's Cup at Fairplex last September. A California-bred, Beau Soleil has been beset by physical problems throughout his career. He started only three times in 2005, and as a 6-year-old, he is lightly raced, with just 14 starts. He usually shows up to run tough. He has won six races and finished second four times.

"I don't know what kind of problems he's had in the past," Henson said. "But so far we've been able to deal with the minor problems he has now. I'm hoping that we don't have to give him any more time off and that he can just carry on running."

Morning session for potential owners

Track announcer Dan Jukich will be hosting a prospective owners information session at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"We'll be discussing topics such as the condition book and how to choose a trainer that you can feel comfortable with," Jukich said. "It will also be a bit like a clocker's corner, with one of the clockers there to guide us through the morning workouts."

The session will be held on the Hastings Patio, in the center of the grandstand.