06/21/2001 11:00PM

Superfly may take a shot


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Next Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Burnaby Stakes at Hastings Park is shaping up as an excellent race.

Last year's 2-year-old champ, Diglett, is proven at the distance and will likely be a solid favorite. His trainer, Gary Demorest, reports that all systems are go for Diglett. After watching Fancy As win the Alberta Derby on an ugly racetrack at Stampede Park, Demorest was glad that he kept Diglett safely tucked away in his barn.

Diglett worked a mile in a very impressive 1:37.80 last Sunday instead and looks set for a big effort in the Burnaby. The most likely threats to Diglett are Captain Des, who looked good winning a $50,000 optional race at 1 1/16 miles May 26 and undefeated Kat Dancer, who hasn't raced since winning a sprint for the same condition May 27.

Superfly T N T won a $50,000 optional race in his last start and his trainer, Dennis Terry, is considering taking a shot with the son of Dixieland Brass in the Burnaby. "He's been a slow learner but every time he's run he's gotten a little more into the game," said Terry. "The last time he ran he showed that he knows how to attack and he was a little unlucky in his previous sprint. He stumbled leaving there and just couldn't quite make up the ground he lost, but he showed a lot of try and he only got beat by a neck."

In between the two sprints Terry tried Superfly T N T at 1 1/16 miles, and although he finished fourth, Terry wasn't discouraged by the race. "He got in a little bit of trouble when horses went by him and of course it was a bad time because he was tired and he just threw in the towel."

He certainly has the look of a horse who can handle a route and although Terry isn't that keen on tackling the likes of Diglett just yet, he doesn't have many other options available. "He acts like he'll route and his mother was a handy route mare," he said. "I wouldn't mind trying the handicap horses but I would rather do it a month from now. It's not ideal to run him in the Burnaby, but you have to go when the races are available."

Terry claimed Superfly T N T for $11,500 out of his second start for new owners Peter Ohler and Robert Cross. "It had nothing to do with me," said Terry. "Peter watched him run the first time and he saw him close a lot of ground after getting left at the gate. He finished up running real big and he told me to go get him. It looks like he made a good call."

Fuentes, Serna join Challenge team

There has been a change in the team of riders from Hastings Park who will take on the Emerald Downs jockeys in the Can-Am jockey challenge next Friday and Monday. Veteran riders Sam Krasner and Chris Loseth are stepping aside to allow alternates Frank Fuentes and Fernando Serna to compete as part of the four-member Hastings Park team.

"I've done a couple of these series in the past, as has Sam," said Loseth. "They are really exciting to be a part of and that's why Sam and I would like both Frank and Fernando to experience the same thing and gain a little exposure as well. They're both excellent riders and will represent Hastings Park well."

Both Krasner and Loseth plan to be on hand at Emerald on Friday to root for the Hastings team.