05/24/2012 12:12PM

Hastings: Game but fragile Tierra Del Feugo runs for tag for first time


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – For a 6-year-old mare, Tierra Del Feugo hasn’t made it to the races very many times. But in all of her 12 starts Tierra Del Fuego has made her presence known while compiling a 4-4-1 record.

She looks like the one to beat when she makes her seasonal debut in an optional $35,000 claiming race for fillies and mares at Hastings on Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew 10 horses and goes as the seventh race. The eight-race card starts at 1:50 p.m. Pacific.

Trained by Barbara Heads, Tierra Del Feugo was one of the best 3-year-old fillies at Hastings in 2009, winning three straight stakes before finishing fourth in the $122,000 B.C. Oaks. Due to problems with her feet, she didn’t make her next start until May 7, 2011 when she led every step of the way except the last one, losing by nose to Caged Mistress in an optional $50,000 claiming race.

In most of her races Tierra Del Feugo has been involved right from the start and considering the only other speed in the field is her stablemate Notis Her, Tierra Del Feugo, entered for a claiming tag for the first time, should be able to set moderate fractions if she breaks alertly from the inside post.

Leading rider Amadeo Perez rides.

Notis Her tired after forcing the pace in a similar race won by Burnin’ Britches on April 22.

Heads also entered Jezebelle, who will be making her first start since she edged P. S. Touchdown in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race last Aug. 31.

Terlani, trained by Frank Barroby, looks like the main threat off her two solid races at the meet.

Her running style probably won’t help her unless Tierra Del Feugo and Notis Her hook up early. She came from well of the pace to win a $25,000 claiming race April 14 and returned eight days later in an optional $35,000 claiming sprint, where she finished second to Burnin’ Britches. The race was elevated when Burnin’ Britches came back to just miss to Overvalued in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles last Monday.

Cry Cry Cry has won 4 of her 7 starts at the distance and may have tipped her hand when she worked a fast five furlongs in 59.20 seconds May 13. In her last start, she finished fifth in an optional $30,000 claiming race won by Notis Her at Turf Paradise on Jan. 11. Trained by Rosann Anderson, Cry Cry Cry has good tactical speed and should get a nice trip from a stalking position.