08/15/2006 11:00PM

Mighty Cahill, Seven Secrets give Barroby one-two punch


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Grade 3, $250,000 British Columbia Derby on Aug. 24 is just over a month away, and the connections of some of the top local 3-year-olds are trying to figure out the best way to get their horses to the derby in peak condition.

Trainer Harold Barroby has two derby hopefuls in Mighty Cahill and Seven Secrets, and the veteran trainer has mapped out two different itineraries for them.

Mighty Cahill is heading to Alberta to run in the $300,000 Canadian Derby Aug. 26.

Seven Secrets, who narrowly was beaten Aug. 7 by a game He's Quite a Guy in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay, will likely make his next start in the Richmond Derby Trial here Sept. 3.

Mighty Cahill is the more accomplished of the two. He's been stakes placed three times, and in his last start he won the Burnaby Breeders' Cup by 4 3/4 lengths. The only time he didn't finish in the top three in nine career starts was in the Alberta Derby, when he had a rough trip.

Seven Secrets is no slouch, though. He is stakes placed twice and was unlucky to lose the Stellar's Jay. If he didn't take a bad step inside the sixteenth pole he might have been the one to get his picture taken. The only time he's been off the board in 10 career starts was in his debut when he finished fourth. Barroby likes the way both horses are coming up to their respective races.

"They both had very good works last Monday," said Barroby. "I like the way they finished, and they both really seem to be peaking right now. I'm not sure Seven Secrets wants to go a mile a three-eighths, so we'll keep him here. I think Mighty Cahill will flourish going that far."

Mighty Cahill was very impressive in the work Barroby was referring to. He went a bullet five-furlongs in 59.20 seconds and came home the final three-eighths in a very quick 35.20.

The Visualiser wants in

The Visualiser, trained by Dino Condilenios, also might make his next start in Canadian Derby. Condilenios is a little concerned that The Visualiser won't get into the derby because he's earned only $32,370.

The Visualiser ran very fast when he won a 1 1/16-mile $50,000 optional race in 1:44.15 on Aug. 7, and was visually impressive as he seemed to lengthen his stride when he widened his margin through the stretch.

"I'm pretty sure he'll get the mile and three-eighths," said Condilenios. "He goes around there three times every day and he gets stronger and stronger each time around."

Condilenios didn't think he was gambling when he ran The Visualiser unprotected in a $50,000 optional claiming sprint in his first start here July 16. A son of Giant's Causeway, The Visualiser sold as a yearling for $1 million and was purchased by his current owners, Swift Thoroughbreds, as part of a three-horse package for considerably less. He started his career as a 2-year-old in England last year, and won a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf in his third start.

"Actually, I just wasn't impressed with him before I ran him the first time," said Condilenios. "He got outworked every time by Scots Pine, and I really didn't expect him to run as well as he did. I also didn't think anyone would claim him for $50,000."

The Visualiser probably would have won the first time he started here, but he had to wait for running room before he made a strong move to finish second to a very good Luhuk's Dancer. According to Condilenios, he turned into a completely different horse after he ran.

"I don't know what happened, but now he walks around like he's the man," he said. "He's become very aggressive in his training and he's moved up a tremendous amount. I just hope things work out so he gets to run in the Canadian Derby. Hopefully, Edenwold will scare off a few that were thinking of running."

Edenwold, the Queen's Plate winner, is expected to ship from Woodbine to run in the Canadian Derby.

He's Quite a Guy to Derby Trial

According to trainer Gary Demorest, He's Quite a Guy is headed for the Richmond Derby Trial.

He's Quite a Guy battled every step of the way through fast fractions and was still able to hold off Seven Secrets in the Stellar's Jay. It was a powerful race for a horse that had only had three starts and was stretching out for the first time.

"I think he'll move forward off of the race," said Demorest. "We'll give him another try with stakes horses and see how he does."

Quiet Cash in Longacres Mile

Trainer Terry Jordan confirmed that Quiet Cash would start in the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs this Sunday. Quiet Cash didn't come out of his second-place finish to Spaghetti Mouse in the Lieutenant Governors' the way Jordan would have liked. He sent Quiet Cash to Northlands for the City of Edmonton Stakes July 29, and he was all out to beat Trick of the North, a horse he would have easily handled if he had been at his best.

"He came out of the race better than he went in," said Jordan. "He seems to be back on top of things, so we'll give it another try."

Last year Quiet Cash finished a very close second in the Mile.