10/15/2008 11:00PM

Rosberg may hang it up


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - There is a very good chance that Rosberg will be retired following his upset win in the Grade 3 Premiers last Sunday.

Rosberg, who is trained by Dino Condilenios, had his value increase dramatically when he won the Premiers. A 7-year-old son of A. P. Indy, Rosberg has to be considered a valuable stallion prospect. Not only is he by one of the great sires in the world, his dam, Bosra Sham, was a champion in Europe. Trained by Henry Cecil, Bosra Sham won her debut going six furlongs, and among her three Grade 1 wins was the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket in 1996. She retired with earnings of $927,662.

According to Condilenios, the owners of Rosberg, Swift Thoroughbred Inc., were still undecided about his future.

"They gave me every indication that he will be retired," said Condilenios. "His value as a stallion is as high as it is going to get. There isn't anything left for him here this year, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to risk diminishing his value by bringing him back to run next year."

The big question for the Swift people is whether they will stand Rosberg in British Columbia or sell him to interested parties in the United States?

"We had a meeting on Wednesday, and they told me they already had substantial offers from breeders in Kentucky and Florida," said Condilenios. "But they seem to be more interested in improving the breed in B.C. and keeping him here."

For Condilenios, winning the Premiers was one of the highlights of his career. He has now won every stakes race for older horses at Hastings.

"I had a pretty good run with Lord Nelson, but he never won the Premiers," he said. "This certainly ranks right up there."

The Premiers turned out to be a jockey's race, and the best job was done by Frank Fuentes. Waiting as long as he possibly could, Fuentes turned Rosberg loose at the quarter pole and got up just in time to nip Krazy Koffee at the wire.

Fuentes is on a bit of roll right now. He won the Grade 3 Ballerina aboard Against the Sky on Saturday and also won the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity with Almost Time the previous weekend. That makes three straight wins in $100,000 races for Fuentes.

"Frank rode a great race," said Condilenios. "We had a good talk about how the race might shape up. Rosberg has plenty of speed, but we thought there was a good chance that True Metropolitan and Spaghetti Mouse would go at each other early and that he should take him back if that happened. It couldn't have worked out any better."

Condilenios and Fuentes were right about the way the race shaped up. The first quarter was reasonable, 24.27 seconds, but with Mario Gutierrez aboard, True Metropolitan blazed a second quarter in 22.61, and his fate was sealed in the 1 3/8-mile race.

Spaghetti Mouse, who was ridden by Pedro Alvarado, looked comfortable sitting in second, but he made a premature move to take the lead going down the backstretch. He opened up a clear lead going around the stretch turn but the early move cost him in the stretch.

Krazy Koffee looked like the winner when he made a strong move to take the lead at the top of the stretch, but then couldn't hold off the late surge by Rosberg.

"It wasn't what I was hoping for," said Terry Jordan, the trainer of True Metropolitan.

Trainer Lenore Daponte thinks Spaghetti Mouse could have won the race with a better-timed ride, but had nothing but praise for Alvarado. Alvarado probably wasn't in perfect shape for the race. He injured his shoulder when he came off Bears Home Run in the previous race. Bears Home Run clipped heels with Valdero, who had broken down at the five-furlong pole.

"Nobody gets along with Spaghetti Mouse as well as Pedro, and I would rather have had Pedro at 75 percent than have another rider on him," said Daponte. "We had a great year together."

Alvarado took off all of his mounts on Monday and won't be riding this weekend.

Cindy Krasner blames Krazy Koffee's greenness for the heartbreaking defeat. He was ridden by Dave Wilson.

"He got to loafing on the lead," said Krasner. "He's still green and he still has a lot to learn. Davey had no other choice to move him when he did. We were just a foot away from something fantastic."

Krazy Koffee, who won the Grade 3 B. C. Derby in his previous start, probably wrapped up local horse of the year honors by finishing in front of Spaghetti Mouse in the Premiers.

According to Krasner, Krazy Koffee will be turned out for the year. Daponte said that Spaghetti Mouse has also made his last start in 2008.

True Metropolitan has been shipped to Woodbine, where he will make his next start in the Grade 2 $150,000 Autumn Stakes on Nov. 9.

Against the Sky done for the year

Against the Sky, who won the Grade 3 Ballerina on Saturday, is being turned out for the winter. Against the Sky started out the year running in claiming races, but after her wins in the Delta Colleen and the Ballerina she will likely be named champion older filly or mare in B.C. at the industry awards dinner on Nov. 15. The Ballerina was her sixth win in a row.

"It's been quite a run," said her trainer Craig MacPherson. "We'll give her the winter off, and we're looking forward to bringing her back next year."