08/06/2010 10:35AM

Finality Philly's win streak gets test at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – It is tough to separate a solid field of 3-year-old fillies running in a $50,000 optional claimer at Hastings that will serve as Sunday’s feature. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew eight horses and goes as race 6.

Take your pick between a very sharp Finality Philly working her way up the ladder or a couple of 2-year-old stakes winners, Vying Ty Grr and Victorious Vye, who are trying to find out where they fit in their sophomore year. Throw in Pat’s Bid, who just missed in a $50,000 optional claimer on July 11, and you have a very good betting race where it is hard to say who will end up the public choice at post time.

Finality Philly is razor sharp, with three straight wins. She was claimed out of each those wins. Her streak started in a $10,000 maiden race June 19, where she was haltered by trainer Harold Barroby, who lost her to Jim Ellickson when she stretched out successfully to 1 1/16 miles in a $17,500 claiming race July 10.

Elizabeth Stolzenberg, acting on behalf of leading owners Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella, jumped in and grabbed her for $25,000 on July 25. It was another impressive performance, with Finality Philly leading every step of the way to win the 1 1/16-mile race by a widening five lengths. Taking advantage of the first-level allowance conditions of Sunday’s race, Stolzenberg is guaranteed that Finality Philly will not be claimed.

Trainer Barbara Heads will be taking the blinkers off of Vying Ty Grr for the first time in her nine-race career, in which she has compiled a 3-1-1 record. Last year, she won the B.C. Cup Debutante and the $106,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity, but so far from three starts this year, her best finish is a third in the Emerald Downs here May 24.

Victorious Vye’s stakes win last year was in the CTHS Sales Stakes and she also finished second in the Sadie Diamond Futurity and the $103,000 Fantasy for trainer Robert Gilker. She is coming off of a dull effort in the Supernaturel on July 1, but she was very sharp in her bullet four-furlong move in 46.80 seconds on Monday. In her only other start this year, she finished fourth in the Emerald Downs.

Pat’s Bid figures to get a stalking trip behind what should be a lively pace.