07/09/2008 12:00AM

Lady Raj gives Taylor a strong female duo


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Despite another impressive performance by Lady Raj in the $55,317 Vancouver Sun at Hastings last Saturday, trainer Troy Taylor is still convinced that Holy Nova is the best older filly or mare in his barn. Many would disagree.

With just more than a furlong to go in the 1 1/16-mile Sun, Lady Raj looked like she might finish out of the money. She was trapped behind horses, and her jockey, Mario Gutierrez, was desperately looking for a seam to guide her through. When a hole finally opened up, Lady Raj put on what appeared to be an effortless burst of speed to take control of the race. Lady Raj's final margin of two lengths over Yoorock Gal doesn't reflect just how much the best she really was. Lady Raj has won the last two stakes races at Hastings for fillies and mares. Holy Nova won the first two. Both of Lady Raj's wins were going 1 1/16 miles, and Holy Nova has never won a race beyond 6 1/2 furlongs.

"I thought she was in big trouble," said Taylor, referring to Lady Raj. "It was nice to see her accelerate like that when things finally opened up. But I still think Holy Nova is the better horse, and I'm not worried about her getting a distance."

Holy Nova scratched out of the Sun and will make her next start in the $50,000 John Patrick Stakes at Northlands Park on Sunday.

"When the track came up fast, we decided to run Lady Raj here and send Holy Nova to Alberta," Taylor said. "Holy Nova will run over anything, and Lady Raj struggles a bit if the track is wet."

Any way you slice it, Taylor clearly has the best older filly or mare at Hastings. It's just not clear which horse it is.

Krazy Koffee still improving

Trainer Cindy Krasner is pleased with the way Krazy Koffee is developing. Krazy Koffee came from off the pace to post a 2 1/4-length win over heavily favored Star Prospector in the $54,466 Chris Loseth Handicap last Sunday. The Chris Loseth was the first middle-distance stakes race for 3-year-olds this year at Hastings.

According to Krasner, Krazy Koffee has always shown a lot of talent, but until now, he's been a slow learner.

"The light bulb is a little brighter now," she said. "He's getting better with every start. He can still be a bit of a clown, but there is a lot of potential here."

Chad Hoverson, who rode Krazy Koffee in the Chris Loseth, agreed with Krasner's assessment.

"He just needed some education," Hoverson said. "I had a lot of horse, but he gets a little lost when he's by himself. The more he runs, the better he gets."

Krasner said Krazy Koffee would be pointed to the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay on Aug. 4.

Remarkable Miss struggles in win

It was an unremarkable performance by heavily favored Remarkable Miss in the $53,354 Supernaturel Stakes last Saturday, but she was still good enough to win the race by a short head over Juvee Hall.

Trainer Barb Heads said Remarkable Miss had a hard time getting hold of the track. She was ridden by Frank Fuentes.

"It was a terrible race for her, but at least it was good enough to win," Heads said. "Frank said she had a wicked time with the track right from the get-go and he had to move her a little earlier than he wanted to."

The track was listed as fast, but it was drying out after being deluged with early afternoon showers.

Remarkable Miss is being pointed to the B.C. Cup Dogwood on Aug. 4.

"As long as we don't get too much weight," Heads said.

Remarkable Miss carried 120 pounds in the Supernaturel.

What R the Odds in Timber Music

Trainer Mel Snow is taking a bit of a gamble by running What R the Odds in the $50,000 Timber Music Stakes at Hastings on Saturday. The gamble is that Snow has turned down a few substantial offers for the Florida-bred filly, who scored an impressive win in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on June 28. The offers first started coming in after What R the Odds worked an eye-opening five-furlongs in 59.60 seconds on June 19.

"If she wins the Timber Music, she'll be worth a lot more," Snow said. "Of course, if she doesn't, the price will obviously go down."

What R the Odds was purchased by Snow for $1,000 out of the Ocala winter sale last November, and she has obviously proved to be a bargain. In her first start, What R the Odds finished second to El Sinaloense, who will likely be the favorite in the $50,000 Ladnesian Stakes on Sunday.

"She's training super," Snow said. "She's not much to look at but she appears to be a runner."

Dancing Allstar delayed in Kentucky

Dancing Allstar is scheduled to run in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes at Calder on Saturday - that is, if she makes it there on time. According to trainer Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar is currently at Churchill Downs due to a problem with the plane that is supposed to take her to Calder.

"It looks like she'll be in Kentucky for about eight hours longer than expected," Jordan said. "Hopefully, it will all work out."

Dancing Allstar figures to be one of the favorites in the Azalea. The Calder card will be part of the simulcast program at Hastings on Saturday.

Hastings wins golf tournament

For the second year in a row, Hastings defeated an Emerald Downs contingent in the annual golf tournament dubbed the mini-Ryder Cup at North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, Wash., last Monday.

The best golfer on the day was 14-year-old Preston Gillihan, who shot a 75 and also had a hole-in-one. Gillihan is the son Emerald Downs trainer Terry Gillihan, who lost his match.