09/07/2005 11:00PM

A pair of patient rides rewarded


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A couple of heady rides helped Monashee and Appearance Fee win stakes races last weekend at Hastings.

First and foremost was Monashee's win in the Grade 3, $178,137 British Columbia Breeders' Cup Oaks on Sunday. Apprentice Justin Stein, who has been riding full time only since April, looked like a wizened veteran when he made the decision to ease Monashee back off what turned out to be a suicidal duel between Virtuous Lady and Avenging Kat. Monashee actually broke on top, but when Virtuous Lady and Avenging Kat joined her, Stein decided to let them go.

"My horse was running comfortably and I didn't really want to push her that early in the race," he said. "She had come from off of the pace before, so I thought she would rate and she did."

Monashee is trained by Tracy McCarty. Stein said he was basically following instructions that were given to him by McCarthy's husband, Chris Loseth, who was aboard the lead pony that accompanied Monashee in the post parade. Loseth, who retired from riding in June, is the all-time leading rider at Hastings.

"It really helps having Chris out there," said Stein. "He's won a lot of these big races in the past and he really understands how to ride the horses that him and Tracy are working with. It's a great team."

The next start for Monashee could be in the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup Oct. 15.

"I wouldn't mind running her before then," said McCarthy. "But the Delta Colleen comes up too soon - Sept. 17 - and I'm not going to ship her anywhere. I guess we will just have to train her into the race."

Neither the Oaks second-place finisher, Queenledo, nor Classic Life, who finished third as the favorite, is likely to run in the Ballerina.

"I might send up Gins Majesty for the Ballerina," said Queenledo's trainer, Tim McCanna, from Emerald Downs. "But there's a Washington-bred race for Queenledo coming up, so I will probably keep her here."

According to trainer Grant Forster, "A Classic Life is headed to California, where she can run on the turf."

BC Derby next for Appearance Fee

Chad Hoverson also gave Appearance Fee a judicious ride to win the Richmond Derby Trial on Monday.

Appearance Fee broke sharply and looked comfortable going head and head with Notis Otis through a reasonable first quarter. But when Spaghetti Mouse pushed the issue heading into the second turn, Hoverson took a hold of Appearance Fee and let the other two go.

"I had never been on him before and I just wanted to see what kind of horse I was on," said Hoverson. "He relaxed beautifully. I actually asked him to pick it up going down the backstretch and he responded with a powerful move so I backed off again."

When Hoverson finally turned him loose at the quarter pole, Appearance Fee made a strong three-wide move and took control of the race in midstretch. Hoverson appeared to have a lot of horse left at the finish.

"I knew I had the other two beat, so I didn't feel a need to win by more than I did," said Hoverson.

Hoverson inherited the mount when Jake Barton opted to ride Timeless Passion, the third-place finisher in the Emerald Downs Breeders' Cup Derby. According to Appearance Fee's trainer, John Snow, Hoverson will retain the mount for the $250,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 24.

Appearance Fee is owned by Thomas and Tracy Bell and Lindsay MacLeod. Thomas Bell is also the owner of Alexandersrun, who won the Emerald Downs Derby. Bell watched Appearance Fee's race from Emerald.

"It was a very exciting 20 minutes," said Bell. "People were looking at us kind of funny when we were screaming at the TV while Appearance Fee was making his move."

Bell said that if both horses come out of their races in good shape, they would run as an entry in the British Columbia Derby.

According to Snow, Appearance Fee is on track for the derby.

Tim McCanna, who trains Alexandersrun, said on Wednesday morning: "It's too soon to tell. He was pretty tired after his race and we will see how he bounces back in the next few days."

Sale expanded to two days

The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society - British Columbia Division - will hold its annual yearling and mixed sale Monday and Tuesday at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C. Because of the number of yearlings being offered, 218, the sale is being held over two days.

Monday, there will be a mixed sale and yearling parade. Tuesday will be the yearling sale.

"I think it's a great sign that we have this many horses up for sale," said CTHS president Dixie Jacobson. "It clearly shows the industry is headed in the right direction."

Interested buyers might want to get there early on Tuesday. Hip No. 1 is a half-sister to La Belle Fleur by the leading sire in British Columbia, Vying Victor. La Belle Fleur is one of the top mares in the province and has won two stakes at the meet.