09/24/2012 2:29PM

Belmont Park: Heidi's Holiday could be stakes-bound with good performance Wednesday


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Eoin Harty said he could not find a little stakes race for his visually impressive juvenile filly maiden winner Heidi’s Holiday, but he appears to have found a nice spot for the New York-bred to face winners for the first time Wednesday at Belmont Park.

Heidi’s Holiday heads a field of five 2-year-olds in a $53,000 starter/optional claiming event going six furlongs. The race is open to 2-year-old fillies that started for a claiming price or would be offered for $50,000 on Wednesday. None of the five is in for the claiming tag.

Though Heidi’s Holiday won a statebred maiden special weight race at Saratoga by 8 1/4 lengths, she had started for a claiming price of $150,000 on Aug. 6.

Harty said he had entered Heidi’s Holiday in a New York-bred maiden race the first week of the Saratoga meet that didn’t go, so he opted for the high-priced maiden claimer where she finished fourth in the eight-horse field.

Twenty days later, Heidi’s Holiday rallied from off the pace to beat a field of New York-bred maiden fillies.

“She ran well first time out and was the beneficiary of having a race under her belt and a fast pace in her second start,” said Harty, who trains Heidi’s Holiday for Bill Casner. “I still like her a lot. I think she’s a very good filly, especially for a New York-bred.”

Harty said that he looked at a stakes at Finger Lakes for Heidi’s Holiday, but only horses whose connections had made sustaining payments over time were eligible to run. The next New York-bred stakes at Belmont isn’t until the Joseph A. Gimma on Oct. 20, which Heidi’s Holiday could run in if she performs well in this spot.

Heidi’s Holiday will break from the rail under Javier Castellano.

Chifa had trained very well at Saratoga and won a maiden $65,000 claimer by a nose Aug. 30. She received a modest 50 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance.

“I thought she might have received a little faster number than she did,” trainer Michael Trombetta said. “This was the next logical step.”

Chifa won her race at Saratoga on the lead, but on Wednesday will likely have to deal with other speed types such as The Party’s Here, who won for maiden $50,000 two back before finishing second in a first-level allowance at Delaware on Sept. 1.

Gee Linz, who was claimed by David Jacobson out of a winning debut when trained by Dominic Schettino, and My Emma, a winner for maiden $35,000 at Saratoga on Aug. 8, complete the field.