08/23/2011 12:45PM

Three from Canadian Derby may meet again in B.C. Derby


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Three of the first four finishers in the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park last Saturday – Northern Indy, Line Change, and Inhisglory – are being pointed to the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings on Sept. 11.

The winner of the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby, Freedoms Traveller, is probably going to stay at Northlands, however. A homebred owned by Randy and Donna Feddema, Freedoms Traveller is eligible to run in the $50,000 Beaufort Stakes, where he will be a prohibitive favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race for Alberta-breds. The Beaufort is one of the seven stakes for Alberta-breds that will run on Alberta Fall Classic Day at Northlands on Sept. 17. His trainer, Lianne Knechtel, was still recovering from what she termed the “shock” of winning the richest race in western Canada.

“I can’t talk very well,” she said. “We haven’t ruled out the B.C. Derby. But, it would be asking so much from him. If we keep him at home we can run him in the Beaufort and the Harvest Gold Plate. Nothing has been decided yet, though.”

Freedoms Traveller’s win in the Canadian Derby was a storybook ending. Knechtel took over the training of Freedoms Traveller when his trainer and her spouse, Barry Brown died from cancer in May.

“Barry would have been thrilled,” she said.

Trainer O. J. Jauregui was pleased with the way second-place finisher Northern Indy ran and came out of the race.

“So far he seems to have come out of the race great,” said Jauregui, who is based in Northern California. “I’ll leave him at Northlands and then ship him to Hastings about a week before the derby.”

Line Change, trained by Terry Jordan, could be the one to beat in Vancouver. He finished third, but considering the early fractions he set – 23.60 seconds, 47.60, and 1:13.80, it was a courageous effort. Earlier on the card, older horses in the Speed to Spare set more realistic fractions of 25.00, 50.00, and 1:16.80. Freedom’s Traveller’s final time of 2:21.80 was a full second faster than Senor Rojo posted in the $75,000 Speed to Spare.

Line Change made the trip back to Vancouver in the same van as Senor Rojo. According to trainer Dave Forster, Senor Rojo will run in the $50,000 Sir Winston Churchill and then defend his title in the Grade 3, $100,000 Premiers on Oct. 2.

MacPherson points to illness

There is currently a virus going around the Northlands backstretch and trainer Craig MacPherson blamed it on Inhisglory’s fourth-place finish. Inhisglory ran an even race but never showed the fire he displayed while winning three straight stakes races leading up to the derby.

“He didn’t show anything going into the race, but the next morning his temperature was up a bit,” said MacPherson. “I expected him to put his head in front at one point during the race, but he just wasn’t up to it. We’ll regroup, and if he recovers soon enough he’ll be in the B.C. Derby.”

MacPherson also said Belle Evangeline, who ran a very dull race as the even-money favorite in the $50,000 Sonoma for 3-year-old fillies was “full of mucus.”

Tommy D’Horsey, who created a lot of buzz leading into the derby, finished last. It was just his fourth career start.

“He just wasn’t ready for what we asked him to do,” said MacPherson.

Roller coaster weekend

Trainer Dino Condilenios and the members of Swift Thoroughbred Inc. experienced the extreme highs and lows of horse racing last weekend.

On Friday they won the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity with Sartorialist. Sunday at Emerald Downs they ran Kimmyv in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff and Crew Leader in the Grade 3, $200,000 Longacres Mile. Kimmyv broke down midstretch and was later euthanized. Crew Leader finished fourth.

“You know when you sign up for this it can happen but you can never prepare yourself for it,” said Condilenios. “You’re here every day with the horses, and you get very attached to them. It was pretty hard to go over there two races later and saddle Crew Leader. Even if he won I don’t think we would have been very jubilant.”

Condilenios reported that Sartorialist came out of the Futurity in good shape and would be pointed to the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes and the $75,000 Ascot Graduation on Oct. 1. The Ascot is the only middle-distance stakes race for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Hastings.

Sartorialist came from last to edge heavily favored Herescomelucky in the Futurity.

“He is just learning how to run, and he’ll be a better horse when he goes long,” said Condilenios.

Red Rock Farm bred Sartorialist, and they scored a rare double as the breeders of Sunnyside Gal, who won the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity, also on Friday. Red Rock is owned by Bob and Lillian Talbot. It is the longest surviving Thoroughbred operation in the province. Located in the Salmon River Valley, the Talbot family has been there since the early 1900’s. The breeding operation was started by Bob’s father, Tommy Talbot, in the 1930’s.