09/12/2014 10:49AM

Local divisional championship on the line for Ole's Miss in British Columbia Oaks

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Ole's Miss (left), winner of the Kent Handicap on July 19 at Emerald Downs, will start in Sunday's British Columbia Oaks at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The $100,000 British Columbia Oaks is the gem of the three stakes supporting the Grade 3, $150,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sunday. Also on the best card of the year is the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate for 3-year-olds and up and the $50,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares. Both races are at 1 1/8 miles.

Spicing up the 10-race card that begins at 12:50 p.m. Pacific are the two divisions of the Champions Starter Series. The 6 1/2-furlong races carry $50,000 purses and are restricted to horses who made at least one start in the series. To be eligible for the series, horses must have started for $8,000 or less in 2014.

The British Columbia Oaks will determine the local champion 3-year-old filly, and if the voting were held today, the award would go to Ole’s Miss. However, she was upset by Dawselina in her last start, and a win by Dawselina would give her the title. Arabella’s Muse, who beat them both in the $50,000 Supernaturel on July 1, is also in the running.

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The 1 1/8-mile race drew eight horses, and it should set up for Ole’s Miss. Trained by Tracy McCarthy, Ole’s Miss does her best running late, and there is plenty of speed signed on. In her loss to Dawselina in the Hong Kong Jockey Club, she may have been too close to the blistering pace. Leading rider Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

“We just had her too sharp for the race,” said McCarthy. “Amadeo was fighting with her early, and she fought back. We have her a lot more settled going into the Oaks, and hopefully she’ll run her usual race.”



Ole’s Miss (Last 3 Beyers: 76-76-80)

◗ She hasn’t been worse than second in five starts this year, and the race should set up perfectly for her late-running style.

Dawselina (Last 3 Beyers: 79-80-75)

◗ Trained by Pedro Alvarado, she proved she can run while hooked through fast fractions and still keep rolling when she won the Hong Kong Jockey Club. In her previous start, she easily handled Arabella’s Muse in the B.C. Cup Dogwood.

Arabella’s Muse (Last 3 Beyers: 76-82-76)

◗ She missed some training following her second as the heavy favorite behind Dawselina in the Dogwood on Aug. 4, but she worked a sensational six furlongs in 1:10.40 last Sunday.

“I just hope the work wasn’t too fast,” said trainer Mike Anderson.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: Over the past five years, Anderson has a 19 percent strike rate at Hastings with horses returning from a layoff of 31 to 60 days.

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Title Contender (Last 3 Beyers: 63-87-89)

◗ Last year’s British Columbia Derby winner was completely washed out before he left the paddock in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile in his last start. Toss the race, and he looks like the one to beat off his strong record at Hastings, where he has four wins and three seconds from seven starts.

◗ “He’s trained well since he came home, and he’s a lot more comfortable in the smaller paddock at Hastings,” said trainer Anita Bolton.

Wilo Kat (Last 3 Beyers: 83-84-83)

◗ Trained by John Snow, he won the Randall last year and seems to be peaking right now. He is coming off a sharp win in the B.C. Cup Classic and looked great in two subsequent five-furlong works.

◗ A deep closer, there should be plenty of speed to set up his good late move.



Madeira Park (Last 3 Beyers: 75-82-84)

◗ Trained by Dave Forster, she won the Grade 3 Ballerina going this far last year and comes into the race off three straight wins.

◗ Her tactical speed gives her a big edge over Wando Woman, who looks like the main threat. She will be ridden by Rico Walcott.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: Over the past three years, Walcott has won with 41 percent of his mounts for Forster.

Wando Woman (Last 3 Beyers: 76-74-84)

◗ Trained by Cindy Krasner, she owns the best Beyer Speed Figure at the distance (84). With plenty of speed in the five-horse field, she should appreciate the shape of the race.