05/24/2006 11:00PM

Quiet Cash and Hoverson on a nice run

Quiet Cash, with Chad Hoverson up, takes the John Longden by a neck over Bull Ranch.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Chad Hoverson, who rode Quiet Cash ($4.90) to a narrow win over Bull Ranch in the $50,000 John Longden at Hastings on Monday, had some nervous moments during the running of race. Hoverson had Quiet Cash down on the rail for the first six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile race, and for a while he was very concerned that he was going to get stuck there with a horse full of run and nowhere to go. Luckily for Hoverson, Roscoe Pito, who had been dogging Bull Ranch the whole way, dropped back at the quarter pole and Quiet Cash had the opening he needed.

"I was a bit worried about Bull Ranch getting away on me on the turn, but things opened up and I didn't have to go around the ones in front of me," Hoverson said. "I was just a couple of jumps away from changing my mind about whether I was going to wait for an opening or come up with another plan. Luckily things went my way."

Things usually do go Hoverson's way when he's aboard Quiet Cash. Hoverson picked up the mount when Quiet Cash shipped up from Southern California to run in the British Columbia Derby in 2004. Quiet Cash had been claimed by his current owner, Bob Cheema, for $32,000 at Del Mar. Quiet Cash finished out of the money in the B.C. Derby and was turned out for the year. Since then he has been almost unbeatable at Hastings, winning 6 of his 8 starts here. He also finished a very close second in the Longacres Mile at Emerald last year.

'A very special horse'

Quiet Cash is trained by Terry Jordan, who is usually a pretty cool customer, but he appeared to be very tense in the paddock before the Longden.

"He's a very special horse to me," he said about Quiet Cash. "He's the best horse I've ever trained, so I usually get a little nervous when he runs."

According to Jordan, one of the reasons for the tremendous success he has had with Quiet Cash is his exercise rider, Brian O'Riordan. "Rio," as he is referred to, is considered one of the best exercise riders at Hastings.

"Rio does a tremendous job," said Jordan. "He really takes his time with Quiet Cash, and he just suits him perfectly. It's his favorite horse too. Even if he's planned to take a day off, if Quiet Cash is going to do something, Rio will come in just for him."

Jordan said that Quiet Cash came out of the Longden in good shape and will be pointed to the Grade 3, $125,000 Lieutenant Governors' on July 1.

The second- and third-place finishers, Bull Ranch and Spaghetti Mouse, are also expected to make their next starts in the Lieutenant Governors'.

Toni Cloutier, who trains Bull Ranch, was thrilled with his performance.

"It was his third start in just over a month, and he had a hard race at Gulfstream in early March," she said. "It will be nice to back off of him a bit before he comes back in the Lieutenant Governors'."

Bull Ranch set the pace and just couldn't hold off Quiet Cash, who won by a neck. Bull Ranch was also claimed at Del Mar with the B.C. Derby in mind, and, like Quiet Cash, he has done very well since arriving here last September. He finished second in the B.C. Derby, beat older horses in the Premiers, and in five starts here, he has won twice and finished second three times. Both horses were claimed off of trainer Bob Baffert.

Final time for the 1 1/16 miles over a track rated sloppy was 1:43.84.

Sophie's Trophy gets big win

Trainer Janet Armstrong made a last minute decision to run Sophie's Trophy in the $50,000 Langley for 3-year-old fillies last Saturday and it turned out to be a shrewd move. A California-bred daughter of Valid Wager, Sophie's Trophy scored a decisive 2 3/4-length win over Bond Queen and leaped to the front of the local 3-year-old filly division.

Sophie's Trophy was making just her second career start, and Armstrong had entered her in an entry-level optional claimer later on the card.

"When I heard they only had four horses in the Langley, I decided to switch over," she said. "I was thinking she might get third, and that would give her some black type. It worked out pretty nicely."

Sophie"s Trophy, who was bought by Syd Belzberg's Budget Stable for $62,000 out of the Barretts select sale last year, came out of the race in excellent shape, but Armstrong was not sure when or where Sophie's Trophy would run next. The next open stakes race for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings is the 1 1/16-mile Emerald Downs on July 16.

"I would like to run her before then," said Armstrong. "But I'll see what Syd wants to do and take it from there. I'm pretty sure she won't have any trouble stretching out though."

Dave Wilson, who has been aboard for both of Sophie's Trophy's wins, agreed.

"She was just getting into gear," he said. "I think she'll get better when she goes longer."