07/05/2012 12:36PM

Hastings: Evelyn's Dancer goes for hot team in Supernaturel


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Troy Taylor and owner Glen Todd have teamed up to win six of the 11 stakes races contested at Hastings this year and they should add to their riches when Evelyn’s Dancer runs in the $50,000 Supernaturel Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies drew seven horses, but Evelyn’s Dancer looks formidable.

Evelyn’s Dancer began her career at Emerald Downs in 2011 with a win in a $25,000 maiden claiming race for trainer Frank Lucarelli. Todd and Mark Dedomenico bought her privately following her win and she rewarded them with a win in a $40,000 starter race going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar last July 28. She was overmatched in her next start, finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, but showed her quality with a third in the $80,000 Anoakia at Santa Anita and a second in the $100,000 Moccasin at Hollywood Park.

After finishing fifth when she tried turf for the first time in the $81,000 Blue Norther at Santa Anita Dec. 30, Evelyn’s Dancer was given some time off before resurfacing at Hastings in the $50,000 Russ McLeod Memorial, where she finished second behind Our Eleanor. Stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in the Emerald Downs here June 10, she scored an impressive 3 3/4-length win over Madeira Park.

According to Taylor she is coming up to the Supernaturel in excellent shape.

“She is really doing well and I expect her to run another good race,” said Taylor.

Fernando Perez rides Evelyn’s Dancer.

Trainer Craig MacPherson is hoping for a better trip for Our Eleanor and that she moves forward in her second route attempt. Our Eleanor had a wide trip while finishing third in the Emerald Downs. She drew post 3.

“Hopefully she can save a little ground this time,” said MacPherson. “She should improve going long the second time, but who knows if it will be enough to beat Troy’s filly.”

Madeira Park improved dramatically when she stretched out for the first time in the Emerald Downs and appeared to have continued her progress when she came back with a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00.40 seconds June 30. She is trained by Dave Forster, who also trained Madeira Park’s dam, the 1997 Washington Oaks winner Capilano.