10/04/2007 11:00PM

No fear of facing Dancing Allstar

EmailVANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Barb Heads knows what it's like to be running for second money. The past couple of years she has trained a couple of decent older fillies and mares, Galica and Montero. Heads sent them out on more than one occasion to run against Monashee and knew her chances of winning were between slim and none.

She's in a similar situation with Rosada and Remarkable Miss, who will be trying to keep up with the brilliant Dancing Allstar on Sunday in the Sadie Diamond Futurity at Hastings.

"We've seen this movie before," said Heads. "But, I have a couple of pretty nice fillies and I like the way they're both coming into the race."

Remarkable Miss ran against Dancing Allstar, trained by Terry Jordan, in the CTHS Sales Stakes and, like the rest of the field, was demolished. After showing brief speed, Remarkable Miss steadily dropped back to finish fourth, 16 lengths behind Dancing Allstar. Remarkable Miss didn't show the same kind of spark she displayed when she won the B.C. Cup Debutante in her previous start.

"We thought she would run better than she did, but she had an excuse," said Heads. "I didn't give her very much Lasix because she gets a bit sleepy when she's on it. She bled a little, and we'll make some adjustments for the futurity."

Remarkable Miss looked sharp when she came back to work five furlongs in 59.20 seconds Sept. 29, and it wouldn't be surprising to see her run a much better race Sunday.

"That was a very good work for her and she's going into the race great," said Heads.

Remarkable Miss will have a new rider for the futurity. Frank Fuentes picks up the call and was also aboard for the impressive work.

"I was very impressed with the filly," said Fuentes. "Barb wanted me to go about 1:01, and I was surprised the time was so fast because she did it so easily. I have really high hopes for her in the stakes, and hopefully we can beat Terry's filly."

Not surprisingly, Rosada will also have a new rider, with Mario Gutierrez opting to ride Dancing Allstar. Quincy Welch picks up the mount, and Heads is happy to have him.

"He hasn't worked her, but there's not much to say about Quincy that hasn't already been said," said Heads. "He can adjust to anything."

Rosada was almost as impressive in her win in the Lassie as Dancing Allstar was in the Sales Stakes. She seemed to be in a controlled gallop behind a quick pace and then made a strong move to take the lead at the quarter pole. She could be very dangerous if Dancing Allstar gets in an all-out speed duel with another horse.

"Rosada has pretty good speed too," said Heads. "I don't think she'll be too far behind early, and hopefully she can finish as strong as she did in the Lassie."

Beauregard a much-improved rider

Jockey Shannon Beauregard was pretty green when she left Hastings as an apprentice rider in 2001. She has returned as an accomplished journeyman, though, and plans to ride here for the remainder of the meet, which ends Nov. 4.

Beauregard was the leading apprentice rider in Alberta in 2004 and has done well since losing her bug. She won 85 races as a full-fledged rider in 2006 has 80 wins so far this year. Beauregard has won 341 races in her career for total earnings of $4,197,464.

"I've come a long way since I left here in 2002," said Beauregard. "I rode a few races here but most of the horses were ones I picked up because nobody wanted to ride them, so it was pretty hard to get going. I also rode a few races in the bushes."

Beauregard, who was born in Granby, Quebec, won her first race at Assiniboia Downs in 2003. She's firmly planted in Alberta now.

"I love it there," she said. "It really doesn't matter where you go as long as they give you a shot. The people in Alberta have been great to me and it's my home now. I've really had a blast there."

Beauregard plans to spend Christmas with her family in Quebec and then head to Phoenix to get in shape for the spring meet at Stampede Park.

"I won't ride horses in Arizona," she said. "It's just nice to exercise outside instead of inside of a gym like you would have to do in Alberta. I'll spend a lot of time riding a bike."

Beauregard's agent from Alberta, Bob Fowlis, is handling her business at Hastings.

Fowlis is also the agent for Quincy Welch, who is also planning on riding here until the end of the meet. Welch has a strong connection at Hastings with trainer Terry Jordan. Welch is the regular rider for Canadian champion True Metropolitan and won the Grade 3 B.C. Oaks aboard another Jordan-trained horse, Alpine Garden.

Racing movie well-received

Due to the popularity of the movie "The First Saturday in May," the Vancouver International Film Festival has added another screening at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Empire Granville 7.

At the opening, a mostly non-racetrack crowd gave the movie prolonged applause. The film follows six horses and their connections leading up to the 2006 Kentucky Derby.