09/22/2008 12:00AM

Krazy Koffee rallies to win B.C. Derby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Krazy Koffee came from well off the pace to win the Grade 3, $333,000 British Columbia Derby by one length over Wink At the Girls at Hastings on Sunday.

Ridden by Dave Wilson, Krazy Koffee made a five-wide move around the stretch turn and then overtook Wink At the Girls when straightened out for the stretch drive.

Wink At the Girls stalked the pace set by Fear No Evil before taking the lead on the stretch turn. He held on well to finish a length clear of the 7-5 favorite, Texas Wildcatter.

Final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:50.95.

Wilson was content to keep Krazy Koffee well off of the rail the whole trip.

“There was a lot banging and crashing going on in front of me and I was glad to be where I was,” said Wilson. “We had a good trip and he really responded when it was time to go.”

Trainer Cindy Krasner was emotional following the win.

“I am as happy as I could possibly be,” said Krasner. “It’s by far the biggest race I’ve ever won.”

Krazy Koffee paid $8.70 as the second choice in the wagering. The B.C. Oaks-B.C. Derby double paid $52.50. The Oaks was won on Saturday by Blue Sky Holiday.

Krazy Koffee earned $199,800 for his owner and breeder, Butch Goertzen. The derby was Krazy Koffee’s fourth straight stakes win and brought his career earnings to $345,753.