07/29/2010 2:02PM

VanOverschot seeks reward for patience in Stellar's Jay


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Robert VanOverschot is hoping his strategy of not pushing Don’twaitforme and Texas Buccaneer early in their careers will pay off when they run in the $50,000 Stellar’s Jay on Monday at Hastings. The Stellar’s Jay is one of seven stakes races that make up the bulk of the card on B.C. Cup Day. Since it’s inception in 1995, B.C. Cup Day has traditionally been the biggest day of the year in terms of handle and attendance.

VanOverschot really likes the way both horses, who each have only started three times, are coming up to the race. Texas Buccaneer came from well off the pace to finish second by a nose in a second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles July 9, and Don’twaitforme is coming off of a win in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race July 14.

“I always thought they were going to be decent horses but I wanted to save them, so they would be ready for the bigger races later in the year,” he said.

VanOverschot was very encouraged by Texas Buccaneer’s last race, especially the final time of 1:45.88.

“He ran on a Friday night, and his final time was faster than the stakes race on the weekend,” he said.

The race VanOverschot was referring to was the $50,000 Chris Loseth won by Dyna Stroll in 1:46.12. Dyna Stroll received a 77 Beyer Speed Figure. Texas Buccaneer earned a career-high 73.

Texas Buccaneer and Don’twaitforme were bred and are owned by Barry and Henrica Tyrer, and they compliment each other well. Texas Buccaneer will likely be near the back of the pack early, and Don’twaitforme is going to be part of the pace. Don’twaitforme forced fast fractions in his win, and from the looks of his sharp one-mile work in 1:38.20 last Sunday, he should be able to get the distance.

“Texas Buccaneer will run all day, and if he runs well on Monday we’ll probably take him to the Canadian Derby,” VanOverschot said. “That was a sensational work for Don’twaitforme, and I think a mile and a sixteenth, or possibly a mile and an eighth, might be his limit. They are both still learning how to run, and hopefully their best races are in front of them.”

Olmos takes shot at Debutante

Trainer Juan Olmos won the B.C. Cup Nursery the past two years, but he won’t this year with Nezahualcoyotl coming up a little shinny after his five-furlong work last week.

Instead, Olmos is hoping to win the Debutante for 2-year-old fillies with La Bronca. She figures to be a bit of a price, but it might be a risk worth taking. Over the past three years, Olmos has won with eight of his 28 starters in 2-year-old stakes races at Hastings. La Bronca finished second to her stablemate Tlaquepaque when she debuted in a 3 1/2-furlong maiden race June 18 and then tired to finish fifth when she went six furlongs in her second start July 9.

“She really wasn’t ready to go that far, but I wanted to get a race into her before the Debutante,” Olmos said. “I liked her last work, and she should be ready for a good race Monday.”

Victory With Class impresses in drill

The Debutante looks like one of the most competitive races on the card. Mike Anderson, assistant trainer to Terry Clyde, was pleased with the progress Victory With Class has made since she won a 3 1/2-furlong, $30,000 maiden race in her debut June 26. She earned a bullet for her six-furlong work in 1:14.80 with Richard Hamel aboard at the B.C. Cup Clocker’s Corner breakfast last Sunday. Victory With Class worked in company with Lookout Dubai, a nonstarter who is being pointed to the Nursery. He might not get in if the race overfills, and it looks like it will.

“We were happy with the move,” Anderson said. “We wanted to make sure she was fit enough after just having one race going three and one-half furlongs. Richard liked the way she finished the work. Lookout Dubai went well, too. I think they’re putting up a maiden race, because it looks like most of the 17 horses nominated to the Nursery are going to enter.”

Anderson also is happy with the way Sweet N Sour is coming up to the $50,000 Dogwood for 3-year-old fillies. Sweet N Sour finished third when she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the Supernaturel on July 1. She also was part of the workout show, going six furlongs in 1:14.80 with apprentice rider Ryan Pacheco aboard.

“The Supernaturel was a good experience for her,” Anderson said. “We weren’t sure if she would go long, but she showed us she could and she has really settled down in her training since then.”