08/30/2010 11:38AM

Overvalued impresses in Lassie Stakes victory

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Overvalued romps to a seven-length victory in the Lassie Stakes at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Overvalued would not be a term used to describe Overvalued’s worth after her performance in the $51,000 Lassie Stakes at Hastings last Thursday. Breaking alertly with Dave Wilson aboard, Overvalued went on to win the 6 1/2-furlong Lassie by an easy seven lengths.

Trained by Tracy McCarthy, Overvalued has been an impressive winner in her two career starts and figures to be a heavy favorite when she runs in the $75,000 Fantasy Stakes on Sept. 25. She beat colts and geldings when she made her debut in a maiden special weight race July 18 and she completely dominated her rivals in the Lassie. McCarthy isn’t worried about Overvalued’s ability to get 1 1/16 miles in the Fantasy.

“The way she galloped out, we’re fairly confident that she’ll go long,” McCarthy said. “She’s out of a Cox’s Ridge mare and she’s by Forest Grove. She’s just a big beautiful 2-year-old.”

Overvalued is it out of Undervalued who won three races, including two in turf routes. She has produced mostly sprinters, but one of her foals, Kingsville, won three routes.

Ole Nielsen, who races under Canmor Farms, bought Undervalued privately from her breeder, Brereton Jones.

“Ole is a good friend of Brereton Jones, and he was looking for a horse by Forest Grove to run in B.C.,” McCarthy said. “It looks like he got a good one.”

McCarthy said Overvalued is a very mature horse for a 2-year-old.

“She just loves the game,” McCarthy said. “When she went on post parade for her first start, the pony girl, Cheryl Fruno, said she had never had a 2-year-old act so professionally. She goes over to the paddock thinking this is all fun.”

Overvalued also is the rare horse at Hastings enjoying the annual fair that is being conducted right outside of the Hastings barn area.

“She loves the fireworks they have every night,” McCarthy said. “She’ll also stand all day at the front of her stall and watch the flags go round and round. She’s unflappable.”

Overvalued turned a lot of heads with her two strong performances, but she has a long way to go before she can be compared to Monashee, a mare McCarthy trained who won 14 stakes. Monashee was more of a late developer who didn’t win her first stakes until late in her 3-year-old season.

“She’s more like Notis Otis,” McCarthy said. “Everything comes easy to her, while Monashee had so many quirks to overcome.”

Notis Otis won his first four starts as a 2-year-old in 2004, including three stakes.

McCarthy said the Fantasy would likely be Overvalued’s last start this year and that she would be coming back to Hastings for her 3-year-old campaign.

“Three races should be plenty for her,” McCarthy said. “I like the idea of bringing back a nice 3-year-old filly to run here next year.”

Another strong juvenile for Olmos

Owner-trainer Juan Olmos could have the top 2-year-old at Hastings for the third straight year with Tlaquepaque, who came from slightly off the pace to win the $51,000 New Westminster, also on Thursday. Olmos won the local 2-year-old championship with El Sinaloense in 2008 and Huitzilopochtli last year. In his only other start, Tlaquepaque won a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race June 18.

Olmos paid what appears to be a bargain $9,000 for Tlaquepaque at Keeneland last September. Tlaquepaque is by Suave, a multiple graded stakes winner who earned more than $1.3 million.

“I bought him because I like his sire, and he looks just like him,” Olmos said. “I also liked the price.”

According to Olmos, Tlaquepaque will make his next start in the $75,000 Ascot Graduation going 1 1/16 miles Sept. 26.

Teide finished for season

Trainer Dino Condilenios reported that Teide has been turned out for the rest of the year. The local horse of the year in 2009, Teide is coming off of a seventh-place finish in the Longacres Mile on Aug. 22.

“There is nothing seriously wrong with him, but he just isn’t on top of his game, so we’ll give him the rest of the year and bring him back next spring,” Condilenios said.

Condilenios added that Almost Time, fourth in the Longacres Mile and Burj Dubai 11th, both came out of the race in good shape.

“I’m not sure where they’ll run next, but we are thinking of trying Almost Time in the Premiers,” Condilenios said. “He’ll probably need a race before then, though.”

The Grade 3 Premiers is scheduled for Oct. 10. Teide narrowly lost to Trick of the North in the 1 3/8-mile race last year.

Condilenios and Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. may have been disappointed with the finish of the three horses they ran in the Longacres Mile, but they were thrilled with the upset win by Kimmyv in the $75,000 Emerald Distaff earlier on the card.

“She came out of the race in good shape, and we’ll probably train her into the Ballerina,” Condilenios said.

The Grade 3 Ballerina runs the day before the Premiers on Oct. 9.