09/08/2009 11:00PM

Teide pointed for Premiers start

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - According to trainer Dino Condilenios, Teide came out of his win in the S.W. Randall Plate in excellent shape and will be pointed to the $100,000 Premiers on Oct. 18. The Randall was one of five stakes run at Hastings last Monday. It is possible Teide will use the Sir Winston Churchill on Sept. 27 as a prep for the Premiers, but Condilenios was leaning towards skipping the Churchill and going straight into the Premiers.

"It would be three weeks, three weeks, three weeks if we ran in both races," said Condilenios. "If he is jumping out of his skin, we might run in the Churchill, but I would prefer to give him a bit more time between races."

Teide dominated the Randall and is clearly the top handicap horse at Hastings. Breaking sharply with Chad Hoverson in the irons, Teide forced a moderate pace and then drew off to win by a widening 4 3/4 lengths over Spaghetti Mouse.

As impressive as Teide was, Hoverson said he was having a hard time handling the track, which was rated good following a downpour the night before.

"He's a big, strong horse, and when you reach down and ask him he always seems to have a bit more," said Hoverson. "He was slipping and sliding out there, but it was pretty greasy, and all of the horses I rode seemed to have a hard time handling it at one place or another."

Teide has won the last two stakes races at Hastings, and sandwiched between them was a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 16. Condilenios is considering taking Teide to Woodbine for the Grade 2, $150,000 Autumn Stakes on Nov. 14.

"He's only had five races this year, so he's still a fresh horse," said Condilenios. "If he's still doing well after the Premiers we'll probably take him to Woodbine for the same race Rosberg ran in last year."

Rosberg upset the Premiers last year and then ran a dull race to finish seventh in the Autumn. Teide appears to be a much better horse than Rosberg, however. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95 in the Randall. The best Rosberg posted in three starts at Hastings was an 88 for his win in the Premiers.

"Talent-wise, I don't think there is that much of a difference," said Condilenios. "Teide is completely sound, though, and we were always dealing with a few issues with Rosberg."

Tierra Del Feugo to work toward Oaks

Tierra Del Feugo figures to move forward off of her narrow win over Miss Kay Dee Raine in the $55,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Hong Kong Jockey Club was her first start since she cruised to a 5 3/4-length win in the B.C. Cup Dogwood on Aug. 3 and her trainer, Barbara Heads, said she hadn't really pushed Tierra Del Feugo following her lopsided win. She plans to tighten the screws a little tighter leading up to the $125,000 B.C. Oaks on Sept. 26.

"I gave her 10 days off after her last race and just gave her a couple of easy works," said Heads. "We'll do a lot more with her going into the Oaks, and she got a lot out of her race on Monday."

Fuentes copes nicely with poor break

Frank Fuentes gets credit for the best ride on the day, aboard Bank Emblem in the PNE Presidents Speed. Bank Emblem, who has excellent speed, drew the rail, and Fuentes was expecting to put Bank Emblem on the lead. Fuentes kept his cool when Bank Emblem broke poorly, and after trailing the field early, they made a late move to get up to beat And All That Jazz by a half-length.

"He was acting quiet, and when they opened the gate he just didn't go," said Fuentes. "There was no point in chasing the speed, so I just tried to get him to relax and make one late move. It worked out pretty well."

Bank Emblem is trained by Robert Gilker. Assistant trainer and exercise rider Vicky Gilker said that Bank Emblem came out of the race in excellent shape and would probably make his next start in the six-furlong Derby B & G Express on Sept. 27.

"I don't think we can beat Teide, so we're probably going to keep him sprinting," she said.

Apprentice scores on longshot

The only upset in the five stakes was by Ganbei, who paid $60.30 for winning the Richmond Derby Trial. It was the first stakes win by apprentice jockey Geovanni Franco, who is not only improving rapidly as a rider, but his English skills have grown by leaps and bounds since he arrived here this spring.

"That was very exciting," said Franco. "I am really excited about riding him in the B.C. Derby."

"He has earned a shot at the derby," said trainer Mel Snow. "He just keeps getting better and better. He really shows it in the mornings too, especially after a race."

The Grade 3, $275,000 B.C. Derby,the premier race at Hastings, will be run on Sept. 27.