Roscoe Pito Takes British Columbia Derby

Roscoe Pito won his fourth straight Sunday, taking the $331,250 British Columbia Derby (Can-II) as the 7-5 favorite at Hastings Park.

The 3-year-old son of Light of Mine won his first graded stakes race, gaining command on the backstretch and drawing off down the lane while tallying by two lengths over Steady Smiler. The 1 1/8-mile B.C. Derby was run in 1:51 2/5 over a fast track.

Ridden by Pedro Alvarado, Roscoe Pito kept the pressure on Bold Texas through a quarter-mile in :23 and a half-mile in :47.31. Roscoe Pito established control after six furlongs in 1:11.70, kicking clear under urging from Alvarado in the stretch. Steady Smiler closed from sixth place in the nine-horse field in the home stretch to grab the place spot, a half-length ahead of 34-1 Rindanica.

Trainer John Snow co-owns the dark bay gelding along with Wildcard Stable, Punjab Foods, Raj Mutti, and Gus Gomes. Roscoe Pito, who earned $198,750 for the victory, has won five of eight career starts and career winnings of $345,366. Robert Simpson and Robert Henderson bred him in British Columbia. Snow purchased the winner for $2,993 at a local yearling sale in 2001.

Roscoe Pito paid $4.80, $2.90 and $2.70. Steady Smiler returned $5.20 and $4.50. Rindanica's show price was $4.80.

(Chart, Equibase)