08/26/2005 12:00AM

Roscoe Pito sets sights a bit lower


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Following Roscoe Pito's powerful performance in the British Columbia Cup Classic, his trainer, John Snow, made plans to run Roscoe Pito in the Longacres Mile last weekend. Those plans changed when he saw blood trickling out of Roscoe Pito's nose following his final prep for the Mile on Aug. 13.

Instead, Snow opted to run Roscoe Pito in the $40,000 S.W. Randall Plate at Hastings Sunday. Six of the seven horses in the race are stakes winners.

Roscoe Pito is coming off of two very good races at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Randall Plate. He finished a close second to R. Associate in the Grade 3 Lieutenant Governors' July 1 and then cruised to a 4 3/4-length victory over Coeur Joie in the British Columbia Cup Classic Aug. 1.

According to Snow, Roscoe Pito didn't bleed internally during his work. "It wasn't that big of a deal," he said. "He just burst a blood vessel in his nose and it didn't set him back too far."

Roscoe Pito has excellent speed and his jockey, Jake Barton, will likely try to put him on the lead.

Tobe Suave is also a very sharp horse right now. Tobe Suave looked very strong in his win over Pure in a $75,000 optional race July 9, and then finished just a half-length behind Quiet Cash in the $75,000 Great Canadian Stakes July 31. Quiet Cash came back to finish a close second in the Longacres Mile.