Rosberg Rolls Late in Hastings' Premiers

Surprise winner tags Krazy Koffee in final strides of 1 3/8-mile event.

Surprising Rosberg tagged Krazy Koffee at the wire to capture the $100,000 British Columbia Premiers Stakes (Can-III) (VIDEO) by a neck at Hastings Park Oct. 12.

Francisco Fuentes guided the 7-year-old Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy to victory in the 1 3/8-mile race as the second-longest shot on the board at odds of 7-1. Fuentes capped a big weekend after also winning the $115,036 Ballerina Breeders' Cup Stakes (Can-III) a day earlier at Hastings with Against the Sky.

Rosberg was held up at the rear of the six-horse field as 3-2 favorite True Metropolitan staked the early lead over Spaghetti Mouse. Grade III winner True Metropolitan, second by a neck in this race a year ago, maintained at least a length's advantage under Mario Gutierrez, but the pace was quick for the distance. After an opening quarter mile in :24.27, True Metropolitan ran a :22.61 second-quarter split. After six furlongs in 1:11.61, True Metropolitan could still not shake loose of Spaghetti Mouse and Pedro Alvarado, who took the lead before they reached a mile in 1:37.03.

The fractions took their toll on Spaghetti Mouse as well and he soon gave way to Krazy Koffee, who opened up a three-length advantage for jockey David Wilson in the short homestretch. The British Columbia Derby (Can-III) winner three weeks ago, Krazy Koffee was looking for his sixth straight victory and seemed certain to get it until he tired in the late going. That made it possible for the streaking Rosberg to catch him in the final couple of strides in a time of 2:17.98.

Spaghetti Mouse, who carried high weight of 126 pounds, held on for third, 2 1/2 lengths behind the first two, with the 3-year-old Texas Wildcatter finishing nearly four lengths farther back in fourth. True Metropolitan and Kwik trailed.

Owned by Swift Thoroughbreds and trained by Dino Condilenios, Rosberg has had four U.S. starts. He had previously raced in the United Arab Emirates for Erwan Charpy. After shipping to America this spring, Rosbergh was under the tutelage of Eoin Harty. He ran once for Harty at Churchill Downs and finished sixth in the Opening Verse Handicap on the grass May 31. 

Rosberg ran twice previously at Hastings, finishing fourth in the British Columbia Spring Handicap Aug. 4 and second in the S.W. Randall Plate Handicap, where he lost by three-quarters of a length to Spaghetti Mouse going nine furlongs Sept. 1. The victory in the Premiers Stakes was Rosberg's fifth in 16 starts and boosted his earnings over the $250,000 mark.

Bred by Addison Racing Ltd., Rosberg is out of the Woodman mare Bosra Sham.

He carried 122 pounds to victory and paid $17.60, $7.70, and $3.90.

Krazy Koffee, a six-time winner in eight starts this year for trainer Cindy Krasner, returned $3.80 and $3.10. The $2 exacta was worth $55.50.

Spaghetti Mouse, who has won 11 times and has been in the money on 26 occasions in 31 lifetime starts at Hastings, was $4.40 to show.

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