08/19/2005 12:00AM

Two siblings, both can win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Robbie Anderson is hoping for a rarity to occur at Hastings on Sunday. Anderson trains Regal Red and her half-brother Commodore Craig. Both have excellent shots at winning stakes races on the Sunday card. Regal Red will likely be favored in the Cover Girl Handicap and Commodore Craig is a serious contender in the Hastings Speed.

"It would be nice to see a brother-sister double," said Anderson. "It's not very often that you get a brother and sister that have legitimate chances running in stakes on the same day."

They are both out of Sophie J, who was one of the best fillies to ever run at Hastings. She won 9 races, counting 7 stakes, from 13 starts, and she won the Grade 3 Ballerina here as a 3-year-old. She finished second as the 127-pound highweight in the Ballerina as a 4-year-old and that turned out to be her last race.

When Regal Red came up with a saucer fracture following her win in the Strawberry Morn Stakes last April, there were concerns that her racing career would be cut short. The good news is that she appears to be completely recovered, and Anderson is using the Cover Girl as the starting point in order to get Regal Red ready for the $150,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup on Oct. 15.

While it's been almost four months since Regal Red last raced, Anderson expects her to run her race. If she does, she'll be tough to beat. After all, she's won six straight stakes races and her only loss came when she debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race as a 2-year-old.

"I'm happy with the way she's coming up to the race," said Anderson. "We've been X-raying her every two weeks and the fracture appears to be completely gone. It's a go."

After a long period of light jogging, Regal Red began training in earnest in mid-July. When it was time to set her down for some serious work, Anderson found it hard to find a horse that could keep up with Regal Red during her morning workouts.

"We tried to hook her up with one our own horses but she inhaled him a lot sooner than I wanted," he said. "I guess he just wasn't enough horse, and frankly it's hard to find anything that can keep up with her right now. She's very eager. We'll just keep our fingers crossed, hope she runs well, and that she comes back good."

Commodore Craig hasn't been as sensational as Regal Red, but the 6-year-old gelding has been a solid horse throughout his career. He's won six races and has hit the board in 25 of his 30 starts. He has earned $260,349. He's coming off of a gutsy win in the B.C. Cup Sprint Aug. 1 and Sunday's race should set up in a similar fashion.

Columbia Moon and Five Point Star figure to battle it out early and Commodore Craig, who has tactical speed, should get another perfect stalking trip.

"I was especially happy with his win in the B.C. Cup Sprint because he tries so hard every time and he's been unlucky not to have won more races," said Anderson. "He came out of his last race in good order, and he came back and worked real well again. I'm just hoping for another good race out of him."

While Anderson has a clear agenda for Regal Red, he wasn't sure what he was going to do with Commodore Craig after he runs Sunday.

"If I could run him in a mile and a sixteenth allowance race I might try him in the Winston Churchill," he said. "I don't want to try and get him to go a mile and eighth without some kind of prep. Or, maybe they'll be able to fill some allowance sprints. We'll just have to wait and see."

Local hope in Longacres Mile

Meanwhile, trainer Terry Jordan entered Quiet Cash in the Hastings Speed, but according to Jordan, "we're going to send him to Emerald to run in the Longacres Mile."

Quiet Cash will be shipped to trainer Grant Forster for the Mile, to be run Sunday.

Trainer John Snow was hoping to run Roscoe Pito in the Mile but the 2003 local horse of the year came back with blood trickling out of his nose when he worked five furlongs last week.

"He didn't bleed internally," said Snow. "He just burst a blood vessel in his nose. I would have loved to run him in the Mile, but you can't run in a race like that unless everything is perfect.

"He's back in training and if all goes well he could run in the Randall Plate next Sunday."