06/02/2009 11:00PM

Krazy Koffee out to win, not just prep


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Cindy Krasner is looking forward to seeing how well Krazy Koffee runs in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Saturday. Krasner isn't viewing the 1 1/16-mile Longden as a prep race for the $100,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1. Instead, she has Krazy Koffee geared up for a big effort Saturday.

"Right now it is one race at a time," said Krasner. "Of course we know the Lieutenant Governors is coming up and we plan on running there, but for now, we're only concerned with the Longden."

Krasner was pleased with the way Krazy Koffee ran in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal Stakes on May 2. Krazy Koffee covered a lot of real estate while making a strong late move to finish fourth.

"He actually ran a lot better than I anticipated," said Krasner. "He only got beat a length and three-quarters and he had the widest trip of all. It was an encouraging way to start the year."

A 4-year-old homebred gelding by Queen's Plate winner Regal Intention, Krazy Koffee will relish the extra distance offered in the Longden. Last year he reeled off five straight wins going around three turns. Included in his streak was a one-length decision over Wink at the Girls in the Grade 3 B.C. Derby. He closed off his year with a heartbreaking loss in the Grade 3 Premiers, losing in the final jump to Rosberg. It wasn't surprising that he was named the horse of the year in the province following his stellar campaign.

Krasner was a bit surprised with how well Krazy Koffee worked a bullet four furlongs in 46.80 seconds on Tuesday morning. With jockey Dave Wilson aboard, Krazy Koffee went the first quarter in 22.60 and then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40.

"He's never worked like that in his life," said Krasner. "He's obviously doing real well right now and all systems are go. My only concern is that it is a bit too long between races for him. It would have been nice to have gotten a prep race into him, but there isn't anything I can do about it. Hopefully they will take a close look at the stakes schedule for next year. It's going to be seven weeks between races for the filly as well."

Krasner was referring to P S Good N Ready, who finished fourth in the Emerald Downs Stakes on May 10. The next start for her will probably be in the Supernaturel Stakes on July 1. She was a multiple stakes winner at 2, and being a homebred, she isn't eligible for conditional races or the Sales Stakes on June 13.

Although Krasner was critical of the stakes schedule at Hastings, she was confident that Paul Ryneveld, who is in his first year as director of racing, would make adjustments next year.

"I have been very impressed with him," said Krasner. "I think he sees what the problems are and I am sure he will make the appropriate adjustments."

Said Ryneveld: "Yes, we are going to look at all the areas we need to fix and retool as needed."

Texas Wildcatter seeks first stakes

On Wednesday morning, owner Glen Todd was ribbing his trainer, Troy Taylor, for the third-place finish by heavily favored Texas Wildcatter in a $75,000 optional race on May 17. Texas Wildcatter, who will be looking for his first stakes win in the Longden, was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. Riding under instructions from Taylor, Mario Gutierrez eased Texas Wildcatter off the pace. After Bank Emblem posted an uncontested first-quarter split of 22.78 seconds, the race was pretty much over.

"I told Troy to have Mario send him," said Todd. "He wanted to take him back. I knew we were cooked after they walked the first quarter."

Taylor and Todd weren't saying how Texas Wildcatter would be ridden in the Longden.

"All I can say is that he's doing very well and he's a better horse going long," said Taylor.

A 4-year-old colt by Monarchos, Texas Wildcatter hasn't been able to improve off his first race at Hastings last year. In his first start for Taylor, Texas Wildcatter finished a neck behind Spaghetti Mouse in the $100,000 B.C. Cup Classic on Aug. 4. Due to his impressive performance against a multiple graded-stakes-winning older horse, Texas Wildcatter was sent off as the favorite in both the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park and the B.C. Derby. He finished second at Northlands and third in the B.C. Derby, then closed out his 3-year-old year with a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Premiers.

"I think we are going to see a much better horse this year," said Todd. "He hadn't had a break since he was a 2-year-old and we gave him some time off over the winter. He is a much fresher horse now."

Texas Wildcatter looked very fresh when he won a first-level $50,000 optional claiming sprint on April 26, and he was also an eager horse when he worked a bullet half-mile in 47.80 seconds on May 27.

"Look out," said Todd.