08/03/2007 11:00PM

Pace may benefit Luhuk's Dancer


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The B.C. Classic is the feature race on B.C. Cup Day at Hastings on Monday, but the Sprint is the most interesting race on the 10-race card.

Headed by Lord Nelson, the $50,000, 6 1/2-furlong Sprint appears to be a wide-open event and it could boil down to which of the eight horses gets the best trip.

With Thesaratogaexpress and Victim of Love in the field, there should be an honest pace and it could set up nicely for Luhuk's Dancer.

Trained by Ned Sams, Luhuk's Dancer is coming off of a dull last-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors on July 1. In his start prior to the Lieutenant Governors, Luhuk's Dancer posted a career best Beyer Speed Figure of 94 in an easy win over Timeless Passion in a 1 1/16-mile no-condition allowance race on June 17.

He'll be ridden by Felipe Valdez.

With two straight wins, Tracy McCarthy-trained Stole Another is the sharpest horse in the field. In his latest win, he easily handled Mighty Cahill, who drew the rail for the Sprint, in a $75,000 optional claiming race on June 30.

Trained by Harold Barroby, Mighty Cahill should be a price, and with all the speed in the field there is a good chance he could turn the tables on Stole Another, who figures to be involved early.

Alpine Lass tops Debutante

Leading trainer Toni Cloutier will saddle a couple of horses Monday that figure to be strong favorites.

Kicking off the card is the $50,000 Debutante for 2-year-old fillies where Alpine Lass, who is trained by Cloutier, looks like the one to beat in a five-horse field going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Alpine Lass was an impressive winner over Archery in the Timber Music Stakes on July 14. In the Timber Music, she set fast fractions and then repelled a strong bid by Archery on the stretch turn.

Cloutier was concerned that the race might have taken too much out of Alpine Lass and that she might miss the Debutante.

"She seems to have bounced back nicely," Cloutier said. "She's a very tough filly."

Pedro Alvarado will ride Alpine Lass.

Remarkable Miss, who is trained by Barb Heads, finished strongly to end up second when she debuted in the Ladnesian Stakes on July 15. She looks like the main threat to Alpine Lass.

Ookashada, Bad Sneakers rematch

Cloutier also will send out Ookashada in the 1 1/16-mile Stellar's Jay for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The $50,000 Stellar's Jay drew nine horses and goes as the sixth race.

Ookashada was the champion 2-year-old in British Columbia last year and so far he's the top sophomore in the province this season. He's coming off a hard-fought win over Bad Sneakers in the Chris Loseth Handicap on July 8.

Bad Sneakers, who is trained by Cindy Krasner, has only started six times and appears to be improving rapidly. The Loseth was just his second try going 1 1/16 miles and he came within a half-length of upsetting Ookashada.

Taylor confident in Nursery, Distaff

Trainer Troy Taylor has horses entered in six of the seven stakes races and he feels his best chances for winning are with Call Me Tomorrow in the $50,000 Nursery and Lady Raj in the Distaff.

"They're both coming up to their races in very good shape," he said. "Especially Lady Raj, who seems to have improved quite a bit off her last race."

Lady Raj will have to take a big step forward in order to beat Starlite Strike in the 1 1/8-mile Distaff for older fillies and mares that drew six horses.

Trained by Rob VanOverschot, Starlite Strike came close to winning the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup as a 3-year-old last year and she's coming off a win over Socorro County in a race that was written to exclude local filly and mare monster Monashee.

Call Me Tomorrow figures to be favored over Freequartersmine in the 6 1/2-furlong Nursery for 2-year-old colts and geldings that drew eight horses and goes as the seventh race.

Call Me Tomorrow has won both of his starts and he appeared to have something left when he won the Ladnesian Stakes by a widening 5 1/4 lengths on July 15. He has tactical speed and he figures to stalk what should be a quick pace.

He'll be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

Freequartersmine was sold privately and transferred to trainer Toni Cloutier's barn after his easy 8 1/2-length win in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on July 15.

* Suva and Napa look like the ones to beat in the 1 1/16-mile Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Suva will try and rebound off a poor performance in the Woodbine Oaks on June 10 and Napa is coming into the race off of a win in the Supernaturel Stakes on July 7.