09/23/2008 11:00PM

Premiers probably next for Krazy Koffee


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - British Columbia Derby winner Krazy Koffee will likely make his next start in the $100,000 Premiers on Oct. 12.

His trainer, Cindy Krasner, wants to see how Krazy Koffee trains in the next few days before making a final decision regarding the Premiers.

"He came back a little tired, which isn't surprising after running such a big race," she said regarding the B.C. Derby. "Other than that he seems fine, and we'll put him back on the track in the next couple of days. If all is well, we'll point him to the Premiers."

Krasner gave a lot of credit to exercise rider Corky Russell and groom Ian Jewell for the development of Krazy Koffee.

"He's been a project from Day 1, and I can't say enough about the work Corky and Ian have done with him," she said. "He's not an easy horse to deal with. He's a big strong horse with a mind of his own and they have really done a tremendous job with him."

Krasner has trained many stakes winners and she has won a lot of the major races at Hastings. None was sweeter than Krazy Koffee's win in the derby, however.

"It's the premier race here," she said. "Everyone wants to win it. It is especially nice to win it with a horse you have had in your barn since he was a baby."

Krazy Koffee, who was ridden by Dave Wilson, will meet a good field if he makes it to the Premiers. True Metropolitan and Spaghetti Mouse are also being pointed to the race. True Metropolitan was the champion older horse in Canada in 2006-2007, and Spaghetti Mouse has won four stakes races in a row at Hastings.

Also headed to the Premiers is Texas Wildcatter. Trained by Troy Taylor, Texas Wildcatter was sent off as the favorite in the derby but finished third. Last year Taylor sent out the favorite in the derby, Sir Gallovic, who also finished third. Both Sir Gallovic and Texas Wildcatter ended up being stuck on the rail and had trouble finding running room at the quarter pole.

"We had a little trouble but the best horse won," said Taylor. "I might have made a mistake by taking the blinkers off. They will be back on when he runs in the Premiers."

Wink at the Girls, who ran a big race to finish second, is already back in California, where he will run in an entry-level allowance race, said his owner, K. K. Sangara.

Wink at the Girls has finished second in two stakes races in a row. He also got nipped at the wire in the Jim Kostoff Stakes at Fairplex prior to running in the B.C. Derby.

Blue Sky Holiday vs. Against the Sky?

The $125,000 Ballerina is also shaping up as an interesting race. Blue Sky Holiday, who won the Grade 3 British Columbia Oaks on Saturday, and Against the Sky, the winner of the Delta Colleen on the same day, are both headed to the Ballerina on Oct. 11.

Blue Sky Holiday earned her win in the Oaks. Against the Sky was more or less given the Delta Colleen win.

With Chad Hoverson aboard, Blue Sky Holiday made a strong move between horses to win the Oaks going away.

"She came out of the race in great shape," said John Snow, trainer of Blue Sky Holiday. "We are looking forward to running her in the Ballerina."

Against the Sky broke on top in the Delta Colleen under Frank Fuentes and for some reason was allowed to set extremely slow fractions. After getting a half-mile in 49.12 seconds with no pressure on her, she was pretty much home and cooled out in the 1 1/8-mile race.

"Frank did a great job of controlling the pace," said trainer Craig MacPherson. "She doesn't need to be on the lead, but when they let her get away like that, I was pretty confident. She is a very sharp horse right now."

Against the Sky has now won five races in a row. She started her streak with a win in a $20,000 claiming race on June 21. Her other three wins were in $8,000 starter handicap marathons.

Holy Nova, who was the heavy favorite in the Delta Colleen, is also being pointed to the Ballerina. There will be a significant shift in the weights in the Ballerina. Holy Nova, who is trained by Troy Taylor, packed 126 pounds in the Delta Colleen compared to 114 for Against the Sky. They will both carry 123 pounds in the Ballerina. Fillies age 3 will pack 120 pounds.

B R Remark takes sprint title

With Keveh Nicholls aboard, B R Remark wrapped up local sprinter honors with a hard-fought win over Bank Emblem in the six-furlong Derby Bar and Grill Express on Sunday. He also won the PNE Presidents Speed Handicap on Aug. 30.

There aren't any more sprint stakes at Hastings this year, and his trainer, Brian Giesbrecht, wasn't sure where B R Remark would run next.

"He came out of the race bouncing," Giesbrecht said. "Hopefully, they can fill a race for him here."

Giesbrecht is also considering trying B R Remark on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.

"His half-brother Free Corona was a very good turf horse," said Giesbrecht. "It would be nice to see how he handles it."

Free Corona was only an average horse before he switched to turf, and then he won three stakes races at Turf Paradise.