05/19/2011 12:33PM

Hastings: Classic Alley Kat goes for another in Senate Appointee


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Once again Classic Alley Kat will be the one to run down when she goes for her second straight stakes win in the $50,000 Senate Appointee for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs at Hastings Saturday.

Trained by Elizabeth Stolzenberg, Classic Alley Kat has improved dramatically since she won a $5,000 maiden claiming race at Portland Meadows in 2009. Since then Classic Alley Kat has won eight races and she was never threatened when she won the Brighouse Belles by 5 3/4 lengths with Keveh Nicholls aboard April 23.

Classic Alley Kat came back with a bullet five-furlong work in 59.20 seconds May 6 and appears to be ready for another big effort.

Classic Alley Kat is owned by Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella, who have opted to have their main jockey, Mario Gutierrez, ride Classic Alley Kat.

Nicholls picks up the mount on Summer Song, who wants more distance. She is partly owned by Todd and Kinsella.

Tierra Del Feugo figures to move forward in her second start following a lengthy layoff. Prior to losing by a nose to Caged Mistress in a $50,000 optional race May 7, she finished fourth in the $122,000 B.C. Oaks in 2009. According to her trainer, Barbara Heads, Tierra Del Feugo had a quarter crack that never properly healed in 2010. The quarter crack is gone and now her biggest hurdle is her behavior at the starting gate. She was scratched at the gate in the Brighouse Belles and she was a handful in her comeback race.

“It was a shame she got scratched the first time because it put her a race behind,” said Heads. “She has always had trouble at the gate but we made a few changes and the gate crew did a great job getting her out of there in her last start.”

Tierra Del Feugo has good speed, and if she can put enough pressure on Classic Alley Kat early it could set up nicely for the Dave Forster-trained Wind Storm.

A 12-time winner, Wind Storm made her usual late run to finish third in the Brighouse Belles.

Lady Alex will be making her first start at Hastings for trainer Steve Henson. She won the only time she ran on dirt, which came in a $20,000 claiming race at Santa Anita Feb. 25, and in her latest start she just missed in a $40,000 claiming race on the grass at Hollywood Park April 30.

Otero rounds out the field.