08/23/2007 11:00PM

Nursery one-two meet again


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Star Prospector and Call Me Tomorrow, the first two finishers in the B.C. Cup Nursery Stakes Aug. 6, look like the ones to beat in the $50,000 New Westminster Stakes at Hastings Sunday. The 6 1/2-furlong feature for 2-year-olds drew eight horses and goes as the seventh race.

Call Me Tomorrow easily won the Ladnesian Stakes July 15 and was the odds-on favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Nursery. He ran second to Star Prospector, who was over 13-1, and it's hard to say which will be favored Sunday.

Both Call Me Tomorrow, who will break from post 2, and Star Prospector, post 7, come out of very live barns.

Call Me Tomorrow is trained by Troy Taylor, who had won 25 races from 85 starters at the meet into Friday. Terry Jordan trains Star Prospector. Jordan is based at Hastings, but he also has a string of horses at Woodbine. He had a combined record of 25 wins from 78 starters this year.

Their horses usually receive substantial support at the betting windows, so it was a bit of a surprise that Star Prospector paid $29.50 when he came from just off the pace to upset Call Me Tomorrow in the Nursery. After all, he was coming off of a seven-length win in a $25,000 maiden race where he was claimed by Jordan on behalf of Bob Cheema. He's also a half-brother to Thesaratogaexpress, a stakes winner trained by Taylor who finished second in the New Westminster last year.

Star Prospector will be ridden by Chad Hoverson. Leading rider Mario Gutierrez retains the mount on Call Me Tomorrow.

Freequartersmine, who set the pace before tiring in the Nursery, once again looks like the horse they'll have to catch. Affiniti One should be heard from late.