04/18/2013 1:42PM

Hastings: Allowance sprint loaded with stakes winners


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Greg Tracy isn’t sure which of the four stakes winners he entered in a Saturday allowance race for 3-year-old fillies he prefers. The six-furlong sprint drew 11 horses and includes seven stakes winners. Silkworm, one of Tracy’s talented fillies, will need a scratch in order to run.

Undefeated Holy Reina and Ten Thirty will certainly receive a lot of support as a Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.-owned entry. Tell Me Lies, owned by Darrell Landry, will run as a separate entity.

Jockey Fernando Perez was given his choice of mounts, and he landed on Holy Reina. A half-sister to Grade 3-placed Island Warrior who earned more than $378,000, Holy Reina was an impressive winner in both of her races last year and easily held off Tell Me Lies in the $50,000 Princess Margaret.

“I can’t separate them,” Tracy said. “But when Fernando worked Ten Thirty in company with Holy Reina last Saturday, he pointed to Holy Reina and said that was who he wanted to ride.”

Marlo Dunn was aboard Holy Reina for the work, and she picked up the mount on Ten Thirty, who is a very nice filly in her own right. In her most impressive performance, she won the Bird of Pay at Northlands by 8 3/4 lengths. She also finished second in the Boulevard and third in the Fantasy at Hastings.

Tell Me Lies couldn’t handle Holy Reina in the Princess Margaret, but she won her other three races at Northlands by a combined total of 23 lengths. Her two stakes wins came in restricted stakes – the Filly Sales Stakes for Canadian-breds and Sturgeon River for Alberta-breds.

Despite the strength of the Riversedge entry, Marketway could end up favored.

Trained by Troy Taylor, Marketway beat Ten Thirty in a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race and the Boulevard Casino. She also is very well bred, being a half-sister to Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby winner Big Truck and Logic Way, a stakes winner with more than $670,000 in earnings.

Aaron Gryder rides Marketway.

There is plenty of speed in the field, and it could set up nicely for I Want to Dust Her, who rallied to win the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity going 6 1/2 furlongs. She also came from last to win the 1 1/16-mile, $75,000 Fantasy but later had the purse taken away when she tested positive for phenylbutazone.

B.C. Cup Debutante winner Bamboo Dream adds depth to the strong field.