08/29/2012 3:24PM

Hastings: Dashing Daisy the class of Friday feature


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Dashing Daisy isn’t going to come close to repeating her very successful 2011 season, when she won six races, including the Delta Coleen and B.C. Cup Distaff. Nonetheless, she looks like the one they will have to beat when she runs in a $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at Hastings on Friday.

Post time for the first of eight races is 3:30 p.m. Pacific. This will be the last Friday at Hastings this year. The meet ends on Oct. 14 and the rest of the way live racing will be held on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Labor Day next Monday and Canadian Thanksgiving, Oct. 8.

Dashing Daisy figures to be a short price in the 1 1/16-mile feature, which drew nine horses. Her first win this year came in a similar race July 22, and then she beat half the field when she tried to defend her title in the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Cup Distaff on Aug. 6. Trained by Troy Taylor, Dashing Daisy has tactical speed, and with a hotly contested pace expected she should get a perfect stalking trip.

Kentucky Derby- and Preakness-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was aboard for all six of her wins last year and his presence will certainly help drive her price down. Gutierrez is planning to ride at Hastings through B.C. Derby Day Sept. 9, when he will likely ride in all six stakes races, including Hoist in the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby. Gutierrez will then head back to Southern California to ride full time.

Tripped the Light should appreciate the shape of the race and won’t mind the move back to dirt. While she has done most of her running over synthetic tracks and turf in California – 41 of her 47 starts – she has compiled a solid 2-2-1 record from 6 starts running over the dirt track at Santa Anita. She rallied over Polytrack at Del Mar to finish second in a one-mile $16,000 claiming race Aug. 9 and was claimed that day by trainer Greg Tracy, who was acting on behalf of Darrell Landry. Her last win came at Santa Anita for $20,000 on March 30.

Lasting Spice has just one way of going, and she used her good speed to win a $15,000 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles Aug. 12.

Maida Vale is taking a dramatic jump in class after winning her third race in a row in a 1 1/16-mile $5,000 claiming race Aug. 10.

Random Highs should be heard from late.