07/30/2004 11:00PM

Star fillies in supporting cast


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Two of the best fillies to have ever raced in British Columbia will run in separate races on the B.C. Cup Day card Monday.

The 3-year-old fillies division of the Stallion Stakes should be a coronation for Regal Red. In the B.C. Cup Distaff, Dancewithavixen will be the favorite, but she could have her hands full with a very tough Victor's Secret.

There are seven stakes races and a highly competitive 1 3/8-mile optional starter handicap that make up the 10th renewal of the B.C. Cup. For the first time there will be races that are not restricted to British Columbia-bred horses, and the first race of the day, called the Outsider Purse, drew an excellent field of allowance horses, including Metatron, who has earned $259,000.

In the 3-year-old fillies Stallion Stakes, Regal Red looks on track for her sixth straight victory. In her five previous wins, the closest call she had was when Socorro County came within 4 1/4 lengths of her in the Supernaturel Stakes.

"She had an excellent five-furlong work last week, and she's coming up to the race perfectly," said trainer Robbie Anderson.

Regal Red will be ridden by Frank Fuentes.

Dancewithavixen, who will be ridden by Felipe Valdez, is on a three-race losing streak, but she acquitted herself well when she ran against the boys in two of those races, finishing third behind Lord Nelson in the Hong Kong Jockey Club and second to Roscoe Pito in the John Longden. Back with her own sex, she dead-heated for second behind Hanselina in the Senate Appointee, but she had missed three weeks of training leading into the race and should be fitter for this.

She looked as sharp as ever when she worked five-furlongs in 59.60 seconds July 23.

"She was a little tired after her last race," said her owner and trainer, Tom Longstaff, "but she's bounced back now and should run her race."

The other races on the card are not as clear. Lord Samari should go favored in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes, but there is not a lot of speed in the field, and Louie Downtown could steal it.

The Sprint is wide open. Bold Texas is coming off of a strong second-place finish in a quickly run allowance race July 4 and could take them a long way from his rail slot. He should have plenty of company up front, though, as Five Point Star figures to move up following his initial start of the year.

Five Point Star has recently changed hands, going to leading trainer Dino Condilenios and he has had two strong works since the change.

The Sprint could set up for the winner of this race last year, Bold 'n Keen, but he is not coming into the race nearly as sharp as last year. Commodore Craig and Silver Donn would also appear to have big shots if they run their best races.

Both 2-year-old races look like competitive affairs. Speed Victor scored an impressive win in his debut last Sunday, and if he can run a similar race coming back this quickly, he will be tough to beat in the Nursery Stakes for colts and geldings. He will have to deal with a very tough Notis Otis, though. Notis Otis has won both of his starts, including the Ladnesian Stakes July 17. Poundmaker finished a couple of lengths behind Notis Otis in the Ladnesian, his first start.

Slewpast should get a lot of support in the Debutante for 2-year-old fillies following a near-miss when she raced three wide and got bumped in midstretch in the Timber Music Stakes.

The Timber Music winner, Fuchsia Gold, also is in the field, as is After the Knight, who was an impressive debut winner last Saturday. Vic's Sweety was a sharp winner on the 3 1/2-furlong Nursery Course on May 15 and has worked smartly leading up to this.