06/29/2013 2:49PM

Hastings: Bluegrass Pride to make stakes debut in Chris Loseth on rich card

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Evelyn's Dancer will try to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Monashee Stakes on Monday at Hasings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Bluegrass Pride will try to establish himself as the leader of the local 3-year-old division when he runs in the $50,000 Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings on Monday.

The 1 1/16-mile Loseth drew eight horses and is part of a stakes-rich Canada Day card that includes the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors’ for 3-year-olds and up, the $50,000 Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies, and the $50,000 Monashee for fillies and mares.

Bluegrass Pride has never tackled stakes horses in his seven-race career, but he is the only horse in the field with a win going around three turns, and he was impressive in winning his last two races going 1 1/16 miles.

Trained by Craig MacPherson, Bluegrass Pride ran well in both of his sprints at Hastings this year, but he shined when he stretched out to a middle distance. He easily handled Monahee, who coincidentally is the first foal out of Monashee, in a maiden special weight race May 26, then won by 3 1/2 lengths, with something left in the tank, in an allowance June 15.

MacPherson said Bluegrass Pride came up to the Loseth perfectly.

“He moved forward in each of his races this year, and he continues to do so,” MacPherson said. “He keeps putting on weight as he does more.”

Richard Hamel retains the mount.

Ruby’s Victory goes into the race undefeated and showed some versatility in both of his wins this year.

Trained by Milton Palma, Ruby’s Victory came from a stalking position to win a $35,000 optional claimer May 12, and he scored a front-running victory in the $50,000 River Rock Casino on June 9. He won his only start at 2 going 3 1/2 furlongs. Palma wasn’t sure how he would handle his first route.

“He’s a nice horse, but you never know if they can go the distance until they try,” Palma said.

Trainer Troy Taylor is confident that Major Dundee, second in the River Rock Casino, will easily get 1 1/16 miles.

Go for Guinness set a fast pace and held on to finish second to Bluegrass Pride in his last start and could be more settled Monday with the blinkers coming off.

Mark, third in the same race, won the $35,000 Tempe Handicap going a mile on turf at Turf Paradise in March and could move forward in his second try going around three turns.

Tigger Town and Amazing Rozi figure to be part of the pace, and Shooting Jacket should be heard from late.

I Think So to flash speed

I Think So looks like the one to catch and beat in the $50,000 Supernaturel, which drew 10 3-year-old fillies and goes as the sixth race.

Trained by Taylor, I Think So easily won her two races at Hastings going 6 1/2 furlongs in the $50,000 Ross McLeod and the $50,000 Emerald Downs.

She was ridden by Aaron Gryder in both races, and while Taylor isn’t convinced about her ability to carry her speed 1 1/16 miles, Gryder is.

“After her last win, Aaron told me they won’t catch her when she goes long,” Taylor said. “We’ll see.”

Silkworm, third in the McLeod and second in the Emerald Downs, looks like the main threat.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Silkworm romped by 6 1/2 lengths the only time she went around three turns in the one-mile, $50,000 Freedom of the City at Northlands Park as a 2-year-old.

Daydream, coming off a win on grass at Churchill Downs in a $30,000 maiden claiming race June 2, is the wild card in the race.

Evelyn’s Dancer looks to rebound

Evelyn’s Dancer will try to make amends in the 1 1/16-mile Monashee, which drew six horses and starts the stakes festival in the fourth race.

Sent off as the heavy favorite in the Vancouver Sun, Evelyn’s Dancer dueled with Overvalued and P. S. Touch Down through quick fractions before fading to last in the 1 1/16-mile race.

Going into the Sun, Evelyn’s Dancer had been almost unbeatable at Hastings since arriving in Vancouver as a 3-year-old last year. Trained by Taylor, she dominated the local 3-year-old filly division, and following a 5 1/4-length romp in the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks she closed out the year with a second-place finish behind Class Included in the Grade 3 Ballerina. Her only other loss at Hastings in 2012 came in the Ross McLeod in her first start here.

She won the Brighouse Belles and the Strawberry Morn in her first two starts this year, and it is possible that the 126 pounds she toted in the Sun had something to do with her uncharacteristic performance. With Gryder retaining the mount, Evelyn’s Dancer will carry 124 pounds in the Monashee.

Dance the Wind has blossomed as a 4-year-old for trainer Carl Lausten and goes into the race off three straight wins. She came from well back to win the Sun, but she has tactical speed and can stay closer if Evelyn’s Dancer and Overvalued don’t get carried away up front.