07/14/2009 11:00PM

Olmos has another hot-looking juvenile

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Huitzilopochtli, with Fernando Perez up, wins the River Rock Resort.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Owner-trainer Juan Olmos appears to have another talented 2-year-old in his barn in Huitzilopochtli. Last year Olmos campaigned the local juvenile champion, El Sinaloense. Huitzilopochtli took over the top spot in the local 2-year-old colts and geldings division with a 1 1/2-length win over Dyna Stroll in the $54,000 River Rock Resort Stakes last Sunday.

Huitzilopochtli had a perfect trip in the River Rock. Breaking sharply with Fernando Perez aboard, he saved ground going into the first turn as he sat just off of the early pace set by his stablemate Mucho Verde. Moving up on the inside, he took the lead going down the backstretch and was never threatened. Perez appeared to have a lot of horse the whole way. Mucho Verde held on well to finish a clear third.

"I think he's a nice horse," said Olmos of Huitzilopochtli. "Is he as good as El Sinaloense? That remains to be seen. That was pretty cool, first and third in a stakes race."

From a Beyer Speed Figure perspective, Huitzilopochtli has some work to do in order to be compared with El Sinaloense, who won four straight stakes races last year. In his first stakes win, which came in the Ladnesian, El Sinaloense earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94. Compare that with the 72 that Huitzilopochtli was given for his win in the River Rock. Figures don't tell the whole story, however. El Sinaloense is a pure speed horse and appears to need the lead to win. He finished last when he tried to stretch out in the $107,000 Ascot Graduation last year.

On the other hand, Huitzilopochtli looked very comfortable sitting behind Mucho Verde early, and, being a half-brother to Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup winner Grace for You, he shouldn't have any trouble getting a middle distance.

"He could be all right," said Olmos. "That was a good race for him and he came out of it in great shape."

Olmos said both Huitzilopochtli and Mucho Verde would be pointed to the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery on Aug. 3.

Victor's Magic OK after rough outing

While Huitzilopochtli was having a dream trip in the River Rock, Victor's Magic was in the middle of a nightmare. With Frank Fuentes aboard, he got cut off leaving the starting gate, partly his own fault. Then he was in tight for most of the trip, and he was very lucky not to have clipped heels going into the first turn, coming out of the turn, and also approaching the quarter pole. He finally got untracked and made a late run to finish fourth.

"He's still pretty green," said his trainer, Quint McCabe. "But he can run a bit, and amazingly he came out of the race in good shape. Hopefully he learned something, and we'll give him another try with stakes horses on B.C. Cup Day."

Claim a nice surprise for Clyde

Trainer Terry Clyde was surprised she won the $54,000 Boulevard Casino Stakes with Emerald City on Saturday. Acting on behalf of Foster Carefoot, Clyde claimed Emerald City off of trainer Terry Jordan for $12,500 on June 28. Clyde picked Emerald City out after she finished fifth in her debut on June 13.

"I liked the way she ran in her first start, and Terry seems to be weeding out his horses here," said Clyde. "He also runs them where they can win, so at the worst I figured she would fit for a price. I was just hoping to hit the board with her, and we got lucky. That's the first time I ever claimed a horse and won a stakes race with them the first start back."

Emerald City also has a pedigree that attracted Clyde. She is a half-sister to Austin's Mom, who won the Grade 3 Affectionately as a 4-year-old. Austin's Mom also won the Rare Treat Handicap. In all she won six route races and earned $251,587.

"Her breeding was certainly one of the reasons we took her," said Clyde. "There is some class in her family, and she should go long."

Clyde said Emerald City came out of the race in great shape and would be pointed to the B.C. Cup Debutante on Aug. 3.

Vying Ty Grr headed to Debutante

Vying Ty Grr, who was sent off as the odds-on favorite in the Boulevard Casino, set the pace and held on to finish a clear second. According to her trainer, Barb Heads, she is also being pointed to the B.C. Cup Debutante.

"She ran pretty hard and she was coming back in two weeks," said Heads. "Plus the weight is brutal. I don't think babies should be packing 122 pounds. She was also running a bit green on the front end. She jumped a few shadows, and the one that beat her is a pretty nice filly."

At 115 pounds, Emerald City was in receipt of seven pounds from Vying Ty Grr.

* Fernando Perez had the best day of his career on Sunday. He won five races, including the River Rock Stakes aboard Huitzilopochtli. Perez is the leading rider at the meet with 49 wins. Frank Fuentes is second in the standings with 40 wins.