06/11/2009 12:00AM

Ookster star of sibling act at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - If Ookster is as good as her half-brother Ookashada, a multiple stakes winner with $381,628 in earnings, she will obviously be a pretty nice horse. Her trainer, Toni Cloutier, actually thinks she could turn out to be a little better than her older brother.

Both horses are scheduled to run at Hastings on Saturday. Ookster will be a very short price to win the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes, and Ookshada will be among the favorites in a $25,000 optional claiming race that goes as the eighth race. Ookster and Ookashada are owned by Mike Boylan and T D Stable. Ookster was bought for $21,000 out of the 2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling and mixed sale held in Langley, B.C.

The 1 1/16-mile Sales Stakes for 3-year-old fillies drew five horses and goes as the third race.

Ookster is coming off a win over Tierra Del Fuego in a 1 1/16-mile $50,000 optional on May 30. She easily has the best Beyer Speed Figures in the field on Saturday and she is also the only horse in the race with a win at the distance. Cloutier compared her to Ookashada.

"She seems to have a little more class," said Cloutier. "Ookashada is a real warrior, but he has always been kind of a nervous horse. He stall-walks a bit, he bites, and he has more than a few vices. She gallops beautifully, isn't afraid of horses, and nothing seems to bother her. She is just a real nice horse to be around."

Cloutier also expects her to improve in her second start going around three turns, with leading rider Fernando Perez aboard.

Notis Her comes out of the same race as Ookster and she ran a decent race, finishing fourth. Trained by Barb Heads, Notis Her has tactical speed and should get a nice trip from a stalking position with Richard Hamel in the irons.

Golden Ratio is the only stakes winner in the field. She beat Ookster by a neck in the 2-year-old version of the CTHS Sales Stakes last year but hasn't won a race since. Golden Ratio, who will be running on Lasix for the first time, is coming off a third-place finish to Concert Music in a $50,000 optional race on May 16.

The one they will be chasing is B.C. Cat. A daughter of Storm Victory, B.C. Cat used her speed to win a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on May 30.

May Lass rounds out the field.