07/13/2011 1:27PM

Hastings: Claresmiezie looking at Saratoga, Del Mar stakes

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Claresmiezie wins the $50,000 Lassie by 8 1/4 lengths at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Greg Tracy was weighing his considerable options after Claresmiezie put on an impressive display of speed in the $50,000 Lassie Stakes at Hastings last Saturday.

With Pedro Alvarado aboard, Claresmiezie broke on top and widened her margin to 12 lengths at the top of the stretch in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. She set fast fractions of 22.48 seconds and 45.04 on her way to a final time of 1:17. Compare that to the 1:18.94 that Herescomelucky posted in the New Westminster for 2-year-olds Sunday.

Claresmiezie earned a 78 Beyer Speed Figure for her 8 1/2-length win over Sunnyside Gal, and that puts her in elite company at Hastings. Only Dancing Allstar, Quick Gainer, and Regal Red have posted higher figures as 2-year-old fillies at Hastings since 2000. Dancing Allstar, the champion 2-year-old filly in Canada in 2007, has the top figure, she earned an 81 for her win in the CTHS Sales Stakes. Regal Red received a 79 for her win in a maiden special weight race and went on to win five straight stakes races as a 3-year-old. Quick Gainer never came close to repeating the 79 she got for her 15 1/2-length win in a maiden claiming race.

Tracy is thinking of aiming high with Claresmiezie.

“We’re looking at taking her to Del Mar or Saratoga for her next start,” Tracy said. “The problem with Del Mar is she didn’t run that well in her first start on Polytrack at Keeneland. Saratoga is a long trip, but she might be better off staying on dirt.”

The race Tracy is considering at Saratoga is the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack on Aug. 15.

“I’ve been looking for someone to tell me I’m crazy, but everyone I’ve talked to said it is worth taking a shot with her,” Tracy said. “According to people associated with Taylor Made Farms, her race ranked as the fifth or sixth best performance by a 2-year-old filly in North America this year.”

Her Beyer is the third best by a 2-year-old filly in a stakes race in Canada and the United States this year, eclipsed only by Tu Endie Wei’s 91 in the $155,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine and Shocktime’s 83 in a restricted stakes at Lone Star.

Claresmiezie’s win was termed driving, but Alvarado said he had a lot of horse and was just trying to keep her focused when he tapped her a few times in the stretch.

“She was looking at the grandstand, and I was just trying to keep her mind on business,” he said. “She couldn’t have done it any easier.”

Tracy was impressed with how she came out of the race.

“She acted like she didn’t run,” Tracy said. “As good as she is right now, it might be worth taking a shot at a bigger stage.”

Tracy also noted that if it didn’t work out, she could always return to her home base at Northlands Park. She was purchased for $45,000 by Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. after she finished ninth in a maiden special weight race at Keeneland. She won a maiden special weight race in her first start for Tracy at Hastings.

“With her win in the Lassie, they [Riversedge] are just about out on her,” Tracy said. “It might be fun to see just how good she is.”

From her two wins at Hastings, Claresmiezie has earned $42,143.

Herescomelucky eyes B.C. Cup Nursery

Trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg said Herescomelucky came out of his race in the New Westminster in good shape and would be pointed to the $50,000 B.C. Cup Nursery on Aug. 1. His win over Century Union wasn’t nearly as flashy as Claresmiezie’s performance in the Lassie, but he did overcome a little trouble at the quarter pole and figures to be a solid favorite in the Nursery. He was ridden by Mario Gutierrez.

“Mario gave him a great ride,” Stolzenberg said. “He is a pretty nice 2-year-old. He is very mature for his age and he does everything right. You can place him where you want, and we’re looking forward to bringing him back in the Nursery.”

Stolzenberg also is looking forward to running Classic Alley Kat in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn this Saturday. Classic Alley Kat figures to be favored in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that drew eight horses.

Classic Alley Kat has won all three of her races this year and had a pretty easy time when she shipped to Northlands Park for the $50,000 Wild Rose on June 12.

“She handled the trip really well,” Stolzenberg said. “She is coming up to the race in great shape.”

Classic Alley Kat, who will be ridden by Gutierrez, has never gone farther than 6 1/2 furlongs in her 21-race career. She has won 11 times. Stolzenberg is optimistic about her chances of handling a middle distance.

“It has a lot to do with Mario,” she said. “She relaxes for him beautifully, so I think she’ll be fine going long.”