Updated on 09/16/2011 8:51AM

Marshall loaded for Stallion Stakes


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Terry Marshall had a great weekend with stakes wins in Edmonton and Vancouver and will head into B.C. Cup Day Aug. 5 with a strong hand in both divisions of the Stallion Stakes.

Full Scream Ahead started off Marshall's weekend with a win in the $40,000 John Patrick Handicap at Northlands Park on Friday night, and Grace for You showed tremendous courage winning the $35,000 Nanaimo Handicap at Hastings on Saturday. A 3-year-old daughter of Bold Laddie, Grace for You fended off challenges from Fast and Free, who forced the issue early, and by Classic Action, who made a big move at the quarter pole. Grace for You then had to withstand a furious move by Princess Vye, who came charging down the stretch.

It was the first stakes win for Grace for You, who is owned and bred by Dennis Draman, and her second win in a row at the Stallion Stakes distance of 1 1/16 miles.

"She's a tough filly," said assistant trainer Ron Jewell. "She trains like she runs, she doesn't like other horses getting past her." Fernando Serna, who has been aboard for both of her wins, echoed Jewell's statements. "She's tough but you have to keep her occupied during the race or she loses interest. She would probably drop right out of it if you let her."

Marshall, who also has horses in northern California and was there last weekend, said that Grace for You will start next in the Stallion Stakes but that Full Scream Ahead will stay in Edmonton with Red Smith. "She likes the track there and I didn't want to ship her back for the Distaff because it will be a pretty tough race," he said.

Marshall will also have a pretty solid entry in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes. No Time Flat finished a fast-closing second to Shacane in last Sunday's Jim Coleman Province Stakes, and Dancers Magic, who scored an impressive win over $50,000 optional horses Saturday are both expected to start.

No Time Flat won the Ascot Graduation Breeders' Cup last year but hasn't shown much since. He went unplaced behind Cappuchino and Danthebluegrassman in two stakes tries in northern California in the winter. His first start this year wasn't until June 2 where he made a bit of a move to finish fourth in the 6 1/2-furlong Klondike, and he followed that up with a non-threatening seventh in the 1 1/16-mile Burnaby June 29.

"You can throw out his race in the Burnaby because he bled a little," said Marshall. "But he was training well leading up to the Province and ran much better. It was only his third start this year so I expect he'll run even better in the Stallion Stakes." Marshall also said that if all goes well No Time Flat will head to Northlands Park for the Canadian Derby following the Stallion Stakes.

Dancers Magic has been impressive winning his last two sprints and Marshall hopes he will be able to carry his speed around three turns.

On Saturday, Dancers Magic settled in nicely behind Crimson Mint and Irish Eh, who battled through a quick first quarter in 21.63 seconds. When Dancers Magic's jockey, Robert May, turned him loose he immediately responded and took control of the race at the quarter pole.

"One thing good about the Stallion Stakes is that Dancers Magic will be near the lead and No Time Flat will be coming from well back," said Marshall. While Dancers Magic acts like a horse who can handle a middle distance, he's out of a mare who has had four foals make it to the races and none of them ever won going a route.

Shacane will be given a rest following his neck win over No Time Flat. He's a B.C.-bred but he's by Jumron, who stands in Washington, so he's not eligible to the Stallion Stakes. "It's just as well," said his trainer Toni Jacobson Cloutier. "He was pretty tired the next day and the extra rest won't hurt him."