06/19/2008 11:00PM

Star Prospector's workout may be red flag


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - At first glance, Star Prospector looks like an absolute standout in the colts division of the CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday, a race that is restricted to horses who have gone through a Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Sale.

He is the lone stakes winner in the field and is coming off a sharp win in the $50,000 Hoofprint on My Heart Handicap going one mile at Stampede Park on May 24.

Nonetheless, comparing the way Star Prospector trained before he won the Hoofprint on My Heart and his preparation leading into the Sales Stakes, he could be vulnerable in the 6 1/2-furlong feature.

Trained by Terry Jordan, Star Prospector worked a very fast five furlongs in 58.40 seconds eight days before he won in Calgary. It has been almost a month since he ran, and the only workout that he has recorded was a slow and visually unimpressive two-furlong breeze in 26.40 on June 19.

"I really don't want to talk about it," Jordan said when asked about the different patterns.

However, with Jordan's impressive 24-for-74 record this year, it might be unwise to put too much into the way Star Prospector appears to be coming up to the race. Leading jockey Mario Gutierrez will ride.

Cousin Wilber, trained by Mel Snow, has improved dramatically as a 3-year-old. In his second start this year, he made a strong five-wide move to finish third behind Arkhill, who won the $125,000 Alberta Derby in his next start.