05/11/2010 11:00PM

Teide may be too strong to stick around

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Teide, trained by Dino Condilenios, made a strong statement that he is in a different league than the rest of the horses in the older handicap division at Hastings with his emphatic win in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal last Saturday. He showed more speed than usual, and when he was sitting second behind Woombroom Express going into the first turn under a stranglehold by Chad Hoverson, the only question was by how many. It turned out to be 4 1/2 lengths.

"I wasn't sure if I was making the right move, but I told Dino I was going to be more aggressive with him early," said Hoverson. "I had a ton of horse the whole way, and he couldn't have done it much easier."

Condilenios was pleased with the performance but a little concerned about the shambles Teide made of the local handicap division, especially considering Teide is a better horse going a middle distance.

"The ultimate plan is the Longacres Mile," said Condilenios. "I would like to keep him here until then, but it depends on how much weight he has to carry. After the Mile we'll probably have to ship him around."

According to Condilenios, Teide is likely going to make his next start in the 1 1/16-mile John Longden on June 6.

"We could skip the Longden and aim for the Lieutenant Governors," said Condilenios. "But it would be nice to get another race into him before he has to go a mile and an eighth."

Teide won the $100,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1 last year coming off of a win in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race on May 30. Once again it will be run on July 1.

Surprisingly, Teide's stablemate Almost Time was sent off as the heavy favorite in the George Royal.

"It wasn't us," said Mark Mache, one of the principals in Swift Thoroughbreds Inc., the owner of both horses. "We bet both of them equally."

Almost Time, third, could be headed to Northlands Park for his next start. He would certainly be one of the favorites if he shows up in the $50,000 Journal on June 12.

"We are certainly looking at the race in Northlands," said Condilenios. "Of course they could both end up in the Longden. We'll see."

Hoverson was aboard another impressive winner last weekend. Silly Fella easily handled a group of first-level allowance horses on Saturday, and he figures to be one of the leaders in the local 3-year-old stakes division. He won his maiden in the $106,000 Jack Diamond Futurity last year. In his first start this year, Silly Fella came from slightly off the pace to miss by a neck in an allowance race for 3-year-olds and up. Hoverson put him right on the lead Saturday.

"He could be a nice one," said Hoverson. "He's still learning, but he just keeps getting better every start. He showed he can sit behind horses in his first start this year, and I think I can place him wherever I want."

Silly Fella was attacking anyone who came near his stall on Tuesday morning.

"Obviously he came out of the race in great shape," said his trainer, Terry Dubois.

Dubois said Silly Fella would make his next start in the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province on June 5.

Concert Music puts on show

Concert Music was in perfect pitch when she kept her unbeaten record intact in the Brighouse Belles last Sunday. With Fernando Perez aboard, Concert Music had to steady a couple of times along the rail approaching the quarter pole, but when Dancing Allstar started to tire and drifted out coming out of the turn, Concert Music burst through the hole, and the race was pretty much over.

"It was nice to see her relax so well sitting behind horses," said Perez. "I got into a little trouble but she was good enough to overcome it."

Concert Music, trained by John Snow, set the pace in her first three wins. She will probably make her next start in the Senate Appointee on June 12.

"I would guess that's where she'll go," said Snow. "I haven't really looked and she hasn't been back to the track, so I'm not going to say for sure. She looks good, though."

Snow didn't seem to be as alert as he usually is on Wednesday morning.

"I was up all night with a mare who is trying to have a foal," he said. "We're still waiting."

Dancing Allstar's racing days over

According to trainer Terry Jordan, Dancing Allstar, who set the pace before tiring to finish last in the Brighouse Belles, has been retired.

Dancing Allstar won the Sovereign Award for being the best 2-year-old filly in Canada in 2007. Her career totals from 19 starts were 9-3-1 for earnings of $543,882.

"She is sound, but sometimes they just don't want to do it anymore," said Jordan. "Somebody told me she could still be bred this season, but I think we'll probably wait until next year."