09/15/2010 4:07PM

Two different paths to sales stakes victories

Four-Footed Fotos
Amazing Rose, a $42,500 purchase at last year’s CTHS sale, wins the CTHS Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The contrast between the winners of their divisions of last Sunday’s CTHS Stakes for 2-year-olds is striking and emblematic of the diversity of horse racing.

The often-used “Sport of Kings,” is a term that certainly fits when referring to Amazing Rose, who scored a front-running win in the fillies division. Amazing Rose is owned by real-estate developer Peter Redekop, who is capable and willing to shell out large sums of money to purchase horses. Two of his recent purchases, Hollywood Hit for $250,000 and Comedero for $350,000, are ranked among the top sprinters in North America. Redekop paid $42,500 for Amazing Rose at last year’s CTHS Sale.

Compare that to the ownership group that paid $1,500 from the same sale for colts and geldings division winner Outoftheclouds. The group, which races under the stable name Totally Unstable, is made up of seven people, including former jockey Brian Johnson.

Amazing Rose and Outoftheclouds surprised their trainers, Craig MacPherson and Mel Snow, with the way they ran. Amazing Rose, who really hadn’t shown a lot of speed in her first two starts, went right to front with Pedro Alvarado aboard. Outoftheclouds set and forced the pace in his previous two starts but had one horse beat at the top of the stretch before he made a strong late move to get up in the last jump with Dave Wilson riding. It was the first time both horses ran over a sloppy track.

Amazing Rose was making her second start for MacPherson. She was transferred to his barn after she finished eighth in the B.C. Cup Debutante for trainer Brian Kozak. In her first start for MacPherson, she ran an even race to finish third in a $20,000 maiden race Sept. 2.

“I just think she needed the experience in her first two starts, and when she broke on top, it put her in a pretty good spot,” MacPherson said. “She’s also a light filly, and it didn’t surprise me that she took to the off going.”

MacPherson was looking at stretching Amazing Rose out to 1 1/16 miles in the $50,000 Fantasy on Sept. 25.

“She has a couple of minor 2-year-old problems, so we’ll see how she is in the next few days,” he said. “If she’s okay, we’ll starting pointing her to the Fantasy. She’s built like a horse that will go long.”

Snow is looking at the $50,000 Ascot Graduation for Outoftheclouds’s next start. The 1 1/16-mile race is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Snow was pleased and encouraged with the way Outoftheclouds came from out of the clouds to win the race.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting him to be that far out of it,” Snow said. “He didn’t break as sharply as usual and then he was pinched back a little. It was the first time getting mud in his face, and it looked like he wasn’t going anywhere. Once he settled into the race and Davie got him to the outside, he really took off. I think he’ll go long, so we’re aiming for the Ascot.”

Blood clot sidelines Perez

Leading rider Fernando Perez is out for the rest of the Hastings meet, which ends Oct. 11. According to his agent, Daryl Snow, Perez is undergoing treatment for a blood clot in a compartment of his heart.

“It is just one small blood clot,” Snow said. “He’ll be taking blood thinners for about four to six weeks, and the doctors do not want him riding while he’s being treated.”

Perez ended his season with 70 wins, six more than second-leading rider Richard Hamel. Perez was the leading rider at Hastings last year and the leading apprentice in 2007.

$80,000 topper at CTHS sale

Nick and Pauline Felicella shelled out $80,000 for Hip No. 93, which was the sales topper at Tuesday’s CTHS yearling and mixed sale. Consigned by Margaret Leight and Helen Klimes, he is a 2-year-old colt by Storm Victory out of Boundless Copy. His full brother, Boundless Cat, won the PNE Presidents Speed Handicap Sept. 6.

After 17 horses were sold, an announcement by Rich Coleman stating that the British Columbia government was going to support the local horse racing industry with an injection of money for purses in the near future certainly encouraged local buyers. Coleman, who is responsible for horse racing as the minister of housing and social development, did not announce any details.