06/07/2013 1:52PM

Hastings: Evelyn's Dancer the heavyweight in Vancouver Sun

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Evelyn's Dancer carries 126 pounds in the Vancouver Sun, conceding as much as 13 pounds to her opponents.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Hastings has scheduled four $50,000 stakes this Sunday – dubbed the Spring Showcase – and the stars all came out. Herbie D figures to be a handful in the 1 1/16-mile Sir Winston Churchill for 3-year-olds and up, and Evelyn’s Dancer is the obvious choice in the Vancouver Sun, which drew nine fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

The Emerald Downs for 3-year-old fillies goes as the second race, followed by the River Rock Casino for 3-year-olds. Both will be contested over 6 1/2 furlongs.

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Herbie D is the star of the show, but Evelyn’s Dancer comes a close second. With nine horses in the field, the Vancouver Sun is the best race to wager on.

Evelyn’s Dancer will be heavily favored, but she is being asked to carry 126 pounds while spotting as much as 13 pounds to her rivals. She is certainly deserving of the high impost.

Trained by Troy Taylor, Evelyn’s Dancer dominated the 3-year-old division at Hastings last year, and after winning the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks she finished second to the talented Class Included in the Grade 3 Ballerina. She is clearly a better horse going a middle distance, and what is scary about her going into the Sun is that she had little trouble winning the Brighouse Belles and the Strawberry Morn going 6 1/2 furlongs.

“That is a lot of weight, but she just keeps winning and she probably deserves it,” said Taylor, who was on his way to Edmonton to watch Commander run in the $50,000 Journal at Northlands Park on Saturday. “She’s medium sized, but I think she’ll be able to handle it.”

Jet-setting Aaron Gryder rides Evelyn’s Dancer. Gryder was in New York to ride Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Calidoscopio in the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap on Friday and then was heading to Edmonton to ride Commander before returning to Vancouver.

Evelyn’s Dancer likes to be involved right from the start, and the only other possible speed in the field is Overvalued, who chased her and finished second in the Brighouse Belles and Strawberry Morn.

Trained by Tracy McCarthy, Overvalued is as honest as they come. She has compiled a 5-6-4 record from 17 starts, and in most of her races she’s been the one to catch. McCarthy thinks she might have a different running style as a 5-year-old mare, though.

“She seems to be a different horse this year,” McCarthy said. “Instead of being a horse that wants to be on the lead, she may want to stalk and not be pushed. We’ll see what she does when she goes long.”

If Overvalued does break alertly and duels with Evelyn’s Dancer, it could set up for Heidi Maria.

Trained by Dave Forster, Heidi Maria was voted the champion older female in Alberta last year and she should appreciate the added yardage after running an even race while finishing fourth in the Strawberry Morn.

Dance the Wind, impressive in both of her wins sprinting this year, also could do some damage if they get carried away up front. She finished second behind Evelyn’s Dancer in last year’s B.C. Oaks.

Emerald Downs: Match race?

Starting the stakes parade is the Emerald Downs, which has been slotted as the second race. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint appears to be a match race between I Think So and Goldstryke Glory.

I Think So, trained by Troy Taylor, was very impressive beating Goldstryke Glory by five lengths in the Ross McLeod Memorial and will likely be heavily favored to repeat.

Goldstryke Glory, trained by Anita Bolton, might be primed for the upset, however. I Think So broke sharply from the rail in the McLeod, and she was allowed to set moderate fractions while being pressed. Goldstryke Glory has more speed than she showed in the McLeod, and she drew the rail Sunday. There is an excellent chance jockey Scott Williams will be gunning her to the lead. She set fast fractions when she won a maiden special weight race in her second start, which came at Woodbine last year, and she held a one-length lead in the $155,000 Glorious Song there before finishing second behind Leinan, who recently won a $99,000 stakes race at Presque Isle Downs.

Goldstryke Glory came back to work a sharp five furlongs in 59.20 seconds with Williams aboard last Saturday.

“It was a nice work, and she came out of it well,” Bolton said. “She didn’t have the greatest trip in her first start here, and we’re hoping for a better one this time.”

River Rock Casino: Proud Victor sharp

Proud Victor and Major Dundee look like the main players in the River Rock Casino.

Proud Victor set the pace before giving way grudgingly to Major Dundee in a $40,000 optional claimer April 28 and then came from a stalking position to win the Jim Coleman Province.

Trainer Greg Tracy said he isn’t sure if Fernando Perez will take Proud Victor to the front or stalk Knightsbridge, who looks like the only other speed.

Major Dundee, trained by Taylor, came back to finish third in a first-level allowance race, but he encountered trouble in that race and probably would have won the race with a clean trip.

Ruby’s Victory, undefeated in two starts, was impressive winning a $35,000 optional claimer May 12 and might be good enough to pull off the upset.