07/29/2011 1:51PM

Hastings: Audzeezee gets a softer spot


Audzeezee should appreciate the easier company she will be facing in a first-level allowance race for fillies and mares that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Hastings. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a mixed lot and it appears any of the six horses entered could win it.

What might set Audzeezee apart is that she has been facing tough open company since won a $50,000 optional race as a 3-year-old last year. She hasn’t won since then but she has been competitive, and the only two times she tried a middle distance she ran well, both times in stakes races. She finished fourth in the B.C. Cup Dogwood, and second in the $50,000 Sonoma at Northlands Park.

Acting on behalf of Kay and Sue Ohashi, trainer Patricia Leaney claimed Audzeezee for $12,500 June 26, and in her first start for her new connections Audzeezee finished fifth in a $25,000 claiming sprint won by nine-time winner Dashing Daisy July 22. A deep closer, Audzeezee should have an honest pace to work with and could get up in time if things fall her way with Amadeo Perez riding.

We’regoodtogo could end up favored. Trained by Robbie Anderson, We’regoodtogo hasn’t been worse than second in four starts this year. After winning a $30,000 optional maiden race June 12, she set a quick pace and held on well to finish second when she stretched out to a middle distance for the first time July 2. It has been close to a month since she ran, but she had a strong six-furlong move in 1:13.80 July 24 and she should be ready for another good effort. There is other potential speed in the field, however, and it will be interesting how leading apprentice Marlo Dunn deals with the situation.

Trained by Barbara Heads, Jezebelle employed a different style when she came from off the pace to finish third by a nose behind We’regoodtogo July 2. She was coming off of a front-running win in a $10,000 claiming race June 10, and in most of her races she has been involved right from the start.

Skopa could be the sleeper. She was an easy winner when she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in a $7,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds July 16, and the 62 Beyer Speed Figure she earned is the second best in the field. Audzee’s 65 in the B.C. Cup Dogwood is the top figure.