06/29/2006 12:00AM

Quiet Cash likely making final local start


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - When Quiet Cash runs in the Grade 3, $125,000 Lieutenant Governors on Saturday, it could be the last time local fans get a chance to see him race. The Lieutenant Governors will likely be his last start of the year at Hastings, and according to his trainer, Terry Jordan, it's possible Quiet Cash, 5, will be retired after he runs in the Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 20.

"He's not the kind of horse that you can just wind up and lead over," said Jordan. "He's getting a little more worn out each trip over, and it's getting harder and harder to bring him back. He's too nice of a horse, and I just don't want to push him over the edge and see him get hurt."

According to Jordan, Quiet Cash is the best horse he has trained. Under Jordan's care, Quiet Cash has won 6 of 9 starts at Hastings and finished second in the Longacres Mile last year. Quiet Cash was the champion older horse in the province in 2005 and would likely clinch that title again with a win Saturday. He is owned by Bob Cheema, who ignored Jordan's advice and claimed Quiet Cash out of a $32,000 claiming race at Del Mar in August 2004.

"Not only did I tell him not to make the claim, but his trainer in California was also against it," said Jordan. "Luckily, five minutes after I told him not to claim him, Bob called me back and said he was going to buy him anyway. I'm glad he didn't listen to us."

Cheema said he was looking for a B.C. Derby horse when he claimed Quiet Cash, but Quiet Cash finished ninth in that race in 2004, his only poor race at Hastings.

"I don't know exactly what attracted me to him," said Cheema. "The fact that he finished a close fourth behind Lion Heart in the Hollywood Futurity certainly had something to do with it."

Quiet Cash lost by five lengths in the 2003 Hollywood Futurity.

If Quiet Cash does retire at the end of the year, he will stand at Ternes Farm in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver. He also figures to be popular with the local breeders.

Quiet Cash has an outstanding pedigree. His sire, Real Quiet, came within a nose of winning the Triple Crown. His dam, Queen of Money, is a graded stakes winner and finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks. Nevertheless, in order to attract mares from out of the province, Quiet Cash is probably going to need a graded stakes win.

"Actually we had two goals this year," said Jordan. "The first one was to win the Governors and make him a graded stakes winner. I would also like to see him go undefeated this year. I know it won't be easy, but he's a pretty exceptional horse."

Heads neck shy of stakes sweep

Trainer Barb Heads came very close to winning both ends of the CTHS Sales Stakes last weekend. Excited Miss posted a five-length win for Heads in the fillies division, and Almost Par finished a neck behind Dixieland Jazz in the colts division Sunday. Sungold Wonder, also trained by Heads, finished third in the colts division.

"Excited Miss ran a huge race," said Heads. "It's nice when everything works out the way you hope it will. It was her first time going a mile and sixteenth, and she really handled it well."

Heads said she was also very impressed with Almost Par's race.

"He was up on the pace the whole way and had to do a lot of work, but he never quit trying," she said. "I don't know if he got bumped or not, but he blew a front shoe, so that didn't help him. I was also impressed with Sungold Wonder. He got into a bit of traffic trouble, and it might have been a different outcome if he could have made his move a bit sooner."

Almost Par and Sungold Wonder will have to take a backseat to another 3-year-old who was recently moved to the Heads barn. After a falling out between Marta Racing Ventures and trainer Terry Jordan, Heads has taken over the training of Halo Steven, who won the Alberta Derby.

Heads trains for a lot of local breeders, and she has had a big hand in developing most of the horses in her barn. She said it was a welcome change having a proven stakes winner handed to her.

"It's kind of nice getting a horse that's already been developed, and Terry did a great job with him," she said. "I'm more than happy to have him in the barn."

Heads said that Halo Steven would likely make his next start in the $75,000 Burnaby Breeders' Cup on July 15.