10/08/2009 11:00PM

Ambitious spot for Linovision


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Trainer Dave Forster will get a better idea of how good Linovision is when she tackles a tough group of fillies and mares in the featured seventh race at Hastings Sunday.

A 3-year-old filly by Vision and Verse, Linovision will be taking a substantial jump up in class when she runs in the first-level allowance race, which drew seven horses. There is also a $25,000 claiming option on the 6 1/2-furlong sprint.

Linovision had raced exclusively at Emerald Downs before moving to Forster's barn here last month. Her only win at Emerald came in a maiden special weight race on May 2, and in her last start there she finished seventh in a first-level allowance race July 26.

She was very impressive here in her first start for Forster, who dropped her into a straight claiming race for the first time. Breaking on top in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies Sept. 26, Linovision opened up a clear lead at the top of the stretch and then cruised home to win by seven lengths.

Forster is familiar with Linovision's family. He trained her stakes-winning dam, Capilano, and two of Capilano's foals, Langara Lass and Overact, both stakes winners.

"It's a tougher spot but she just might end up being the tough one," said Forster. "Both of her sisters could run and it looks like she's going to be all right."

Ismael Mosqueira retains the mount.

In both of Linovision's wins she set the pace, and they aren't going to give her the race on Sunday.

Sophisticated Sis, trained by Sid Martin, has excellent speed and drew the rail. There isn't much doubt jockey Alan Cuthbertson will be trying to put her right on the lead.

The horse to beat is Smokin Danielle, who will break from post 2. Trained by Toni Cloutier, Smokin Danielle has been a gem of consistency at the meet, finishing in the money in seven of her eight starts. In her last six starts she has won twice and finished second four times. In her latest start she lost by a neck to Daymaker in a $45,000 optional race Sept. 18.

Restless Lady could be a threat from off the pace if she regains the sharp form she displayed in early summer.