09/09/2009 11:00PM

Victorious Vye flashes talent


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - If Victorious Vye repeats her impressive debut she will be tough to handle in the 2-year-old fillies division of the $60,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Saturday.

To be eligible to run in the 6 1/2-furlong feature, which drew seven horses, a horse must have been cataloged to a Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sale and all nomination fees and required commissions must have been paid.

The CTHS Sales Stakes serves as an advertisement to the upcoming summer yearling and mixed sale, which will be held on Tuesday at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver. A total of 156 yearlings have been cataloged.

Victorious Vye was purchased out of the 2008 sale for $25,000 by trainer Robert Gilker, who acted as an agent for Sanlyn Stable, the current owner. Gilker had Victorious Vye ready for a huge effort in her debut. After breaking slowly with Dave Wilson aboard, Victorious Vye rallied from far back to win by a neck. According to assistant trainer and exercise rider Vicky Gilker, Victorious Vye is poised to run another big race.

"She's the toughest horse in the barn to gallop," said Gilker. "I had to get the pony to help me bring her home because she's been bucking, rearing, and playing. I haven't been able to gallop her in company for four months. I think she'll know a little more about what she's doing this time."

Wilson retains the mount.

Trainer Juan Olmos appears likely to win the colts division of the Sales Stakes on Sunday with Huitzilopochtli. If Victorious Vye, who is coming back in just two weeks for her second start, bounces, he could win the fillies division with La Noria. Purchased for $12,000 by Olmos, La Noria forced the pace and tired to finish third against open company in the Lassie Stakes on Aug. 26.

"She went too fast early," said Olmos. "Hopefully they won't go as fast here."

Candleinthewindow had a compromised trip when she finished fourth to Victorious Vye in her last start and is also an upset possibility. She was squeezed back early and then checked slightly when it looked like she was going to mount a rally on the stretch turn. Trained by Lenore Daponte, Candleinthewindow finished third in the B.C. Cup Debutante in her previous start.

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