05/14/2009 11:00PM

Stakes winners eye out-of-town races


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The winners of both stakes races at Hastings last weekend, What R the Odds and Almost Time, are likely headed out of town for their next start. Neither horse is eligible for the next stakes races for 3-year-olds at Hastings, the CTHS Sales Stakes on June 13 for fillies and June 14 for colts and geldings.

Trainer Mel Snow said that What R the Odds will be pointed to the $50,000 Federal Way Handicap on May 24 at Emerald Downs.

Trainer Dino Condilenios was still weighing his options for Almost Time.

What R the Odds was the British Columbia champion 2-year-old filly in 2008, and she was very impressive winning the Emerald Downs for 3-year-old fillies last Sunday. In all of her wins as a juvenile, she went right to the front and never looked back. In the Emerald Downs, she rated kindly behind Dandy Dora before taking control of the race on the middle of the second turn in the 6o1/2-furlong sprint.

"I always thought she would rate," Snow said. "The fact that she proved it gives us a lot of options. She has all the natural speed you could want, and with her versatility it just makes her that much nicer. There aren't any races for her at Hastings until July 1, so we'll take her to Emerald for now."

If What R the Odds runs in the Supernaturel on July 1, she will probably be headed out of town again following the race. What R the Odds is a Florida-bred and she isn't eligible for any of the races on B.C. Cup Day on Aug. 3. After the Supernaturel, the next race here for What R the Odds isn't until Sept. 7.

"We're kind of hooped," Snow said. "She's a good shipper, and my trailer works well for hauling horses. It can be made into box stalls, and I don't mind driving her down to Emerald. It would be nice to have more options for her here, though."

Snow paid $1,000 for What R the Odds at the Ocala Breeders' Sale in November 2007. So far, she has banked $105,600. According to Snow, there have been a few offers from Florida to buy the talented filly.

"My wife is really enjoying watching her run, so it's not going to be easy to buy her," Snow said, referring to Fran Snow, who owns What R the Odds.

Condilenios high on his 3-year-olds

Almost Time came out of his win in the Jim Coleman Province in good shape. Condilenios is looking at either the $50,000 Pepsi-Cola Handicap at Emerald Downs on May 31 or the President's Stakes at Northlands Park on June 6 for Almost Time's next start.

"I might even wait seven weeks until the Chris Loseth on July 1," Condilenios said.

Almost Time is a B.C.-bred, so he will be looking at the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay for his next race following the Chris Loseth.

Condilenios is loaded with talented 3-year-olds this year. He has a couple of potential stars, Pop Artist and Slickster, who will run as an entry in the eighth race Sunday.

First and foremost is Pop Artist. A Kentucky-bred colt by Songandaprayer, Pop Artist has won 2 of his 4 starts and he was a very impressive winner in his first start at Hastings in a $50,000 optional claiming race April 26. Pop Artist trailed the field early and then made an eye-catching move to take the lead at the quarter pole. He never looked threatened as he drew off to a 2 1/4-length win over Gotta Find Bubba. Pop Artist began his career at Belmont Park where he romped to a six-length win in a $100,000 maiden race on Oct. 11. He finished fourth in the $69,000 Fred Capossela Stakes on Feb. 15 at Aqueduct prior to shipping to Hastings this spring.

"I think he's a pretty nice horse," Condilenios said. "He's got a few issues, but if he holds together he should be one of the nicer 3-year-olds here."

Slickster has won both of his starts and is coming off of a seven-length win in a $25,000 claiming race April 26.

Condilenios also has a couple of nonstarters he thinks could be as good as his proven 3-year-olds.

He was paddock schooling Beale Street on Friday morning in preparation for his debut in Saturday's second race. Beale Street is a good-looking son of Street Cry out of the Capote mare Capote Blues. The favorite in the race figures to be Great Legacy, also trained by Condilenios.

The horse Condilenios thinks could be the best of them all is Elusive Ways, who will make his debut in a maiden special weight race Monday. He is a son of Elusive Quality and has impressed Condilenios with the way he has been working leading up to his first start.

"You don't want to get too high on a horse that hasn't started yet," Condilenios said. "But he could be any kind. I am just very impressed with him. We'll find out a lot more on Monday. I like all four of the maidens I'm running this weekend. It all depends on which one the lights get turned on for."

Gatwick will run coupled with Elusive Ways. He is a first-time starter by Speightstown.

Most of the horses mentioned were part of a package of nine horses purchased by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. from Darley Stable. Almost Time was bought locally, and Great Legacy was previously owned by WinStar Farms.

"It's a nice group of horses, and we have four more from Darley arriving on Tuesday," Condilenios said.