09/08/2016 11:30AM

Snuggles streaking into British Columbia Oaks

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Snuggles comes into the British Columbia Oaks with five straight stakes wins.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Snuggles will be a short price to win her sixth straight stakes race Saturday in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings.

The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies drew seven horses who each will carry 122 pounds. Post time for the Oaks is 3:46 p.m. Pacific.

Trained by Dino Condilenios, Snuggles hasn’t finished worse than second in eight starts, all stakes, and hasn’t lost going around three turns. She started her winning streak when she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the $75,000 Fantasy in her final start as a 2-year-old, and she has dominated the local sophomore filly division this year.

In her last start, with usual rider Rico Walcott aboard in the $50,000 B.C. Cup Debutante on Aug. 1, she was forced to steady sharply when she tried to get past her stablemate Chianti along the rail on the stretch turn. Despite the incident, she won going away, with Chianti holding on well to finish second.

Condilenios likes the way Snuggles is coming up to the race. She will break from post 6 with Walcott aboard.

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“We wanted to freshen her up after her last race, and I am happy with how she is training,” he said. “There are a couple of new players in the game, though, and it is a horse race.”

Condilenios will also be represented by Omi and Chianti.

“We’ll send Omi and try and rate Chianti just off of her,” he said. “Hopefully, one of the three will win.”


Snuggles, by Rosberg
Last 3 Beyers: 72-76-71

◗ She has been unbeatable going a middle distance, and with a lively pace expected, the race should set up perfectly for her.

Brookys Star, by Giant’s Causeway
Last 3 Beyers: 85-67-64

◗ Trained by Tim McCanna, she owns the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure, is trending in the right direction, and in her last start was game in defeat after setting a fast pace under pressure in the $75,000 Washington Oaks at Emerald Downs on July 24.

“I think she is the kind of horse that will run well on a smaller track like Hastings,” McCanna said.

Victress, by Include
Last 2 Beyers: 49-72

◗ She took a huge step forward when she won the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club gong 1 1/16 miles in just her second start for trainer Rob Gilker on Aug. 22.

◗ In both of her races, she trailed the field early before unleashing a strong late move.

“She is still learning, but it seems like she is a bit of a dawdler,” Gilker said.