07/01/2011 12:44PM

Hastings: Castinette Dancer streaks into Supernaturel


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Castinette Dancer will put her three-race winning streak on the line when she stretches out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the $50,000 Supernaturel for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings Sunday.

Castinette Dancer has been perfect since arriving at Hastings this spring. Acting on behalf of Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella, trainer Troy Taylor claimed Castinette Dancer out of her second start, which came at Golden Gate for $20,000 last November. In her first start for Taylor she finished second in a $32,000 maiden claiming race here Dec. 9 and then took the rest of the winter off.

She was an easy winner over Lemon Loaf when she returned in a maiden special weight race at Hastings April 16. In Castinette Dancer’s next two starts, it looked like she was beaten here in both the Boulevard Casino and the Emerald Downs, but jockey Mario Gutierrez found another gear from her in each race. She got up just in time to edge Overvalued in the Boulevard Casino and then swamped Burnin’ Britches in the Emerald Downs.

Taylor thinks she won’t have a problem handling a middle distance.

“You never know if they’ll be able to make the same kind of move going long, but she seems to be able to kick it into gear whenever Mario asks her,” said Taylor.

Overvalued will be the one they will be chasing. Trained by Tracy McCarthy, Overvalued has been the early leader in all of her races and she was able to carry her speed the whole way in the 6 1/2-furlong Lassie Stakes last year. She held a clear lead in midstretch in the Boulevard Casino. In the Emerald Downs, she was overtaken on the stretch turn by Burnin’ Britches before tiring to finish third.

Burnin’ Britches looked like she was home and cooled out when she made her move in the Emerald Downs, but couldn’t hold off Castinette Dancer late. Trained by Greg Tracy, Burnin’ Britches won her two previous starts at Hastings by a combined 10 lengths.

Trainer Harold Barroby, the all-time leading stakes-winning trainer at Hastings, is looking for a good effort from Investsource. She is coming off of a third-place finish behind Belle Evangeline in a $50,000 optional race going 1 1/16 miles June 12.

“She’s a longshot with a chance,” said Barroby. “She tries hard every time and she is doing very well right now.”

Belle Evangeline is the only horse in the field that has won going a middle distance.

Victory With Class rounds out the field.