08/23/2012 12:46PM

Assiniboia Downs: She’s Regal back with her own in Jack Hardy


She’s Regal, who suffered her first defeat of the season when she ran second to Northlands invader Claresmiezie in the open one-mile Assiniboia Oaks, is back with fellow Manitoba-bred 3-year-olds for Saturday’s $30,000 Jack Hardy Stakes at Assiniboia Downs.

While She’s Regal also was entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Distaff, a restricted one-mile stakes in which she would have to face the formidable older mare Golden Stripe, it would seem likely that her trainer, Chad Torevell, will opt for the $30,000 Jack Hardy at 1 1/16 miles.

Sunday’s card also features the $30,000 Osiris, a six-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies in which Graduation winner Jon Q tops a field of five.

But the highlight of the afternoon will be an unexpected appearance by Balooga Bull, who had been on the fence for Saturday’s Northlands Derby but will face older rivals at one mile in his first start since his smashing Manitoba Derby victory.

She’s Regal, trained by Chad Torevell, had been perfect in five starts this year, including three restricted stakes races, before failing to match strides with Claresmiezie on Aug. 6.

Rehab Your Soul and Heavenly Lioness, the third- and fourth-place finishers in the Assiniboia Oaks, will be looking to turn the tables on She’s Regal but would appear to have their work cut out for them.

She’s Regal, trained by Chad Torevell, will start from the outside in the field of six under regular rider Rohan Singh.

Jon Q was 17-1 when he won for the first time in the 5 1/2-furlong Graduation but will be well backed to repeat in the Osiris.

Robert Reeves will be back aboard Jon Q, who is trained by Carl Anderson and looks like he should appreciate the longer distance of the Osiris.

Cmonbabylitemyfire, beaten two lengths as the third-place finisher in the Graduation, and Stormin Along, who weakened to finish sixth that day but returned to graduate over five furlongs of slop, loom the main contenders.

Balooga Bull, so impressive in leading throughout the 1 1/8-mile Manitoba Derby to score by 9 1/4 lengths, will be facing some salty opposition in an allowance race that is a prep for the $50,000 Gold Cup on Sept. 15.

Paul Nolan retains the mount on Balooga Bull for trainer Ardell Sayler.

Dandy’s Legacy, the R.J. Speers runner-up, has been suffering from “seconditis” but can give Balooga Bull a run for his money.

I Am Awesome, third in the R.J. Speers, and Lake Sawyer, fourth there after upsetting the one-mile Wheat City, also are formidable on their best efforts.