Updated on 07/06/2011 2:42PM

Hastings: Heads sends out pair of late-runners


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Barbara Heads is hoping for some semblance of an honest pace in a first-level $35,000 optional claiming race that will serve as Friday’s feature at Hastings. Heads has entered Grade 3 winners Trick of the North and Majesticality, who are both deep closers.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew seven horses and goes as race 7 on the eight-race card. Due to a B.C. Lions football game Friday evening, post time for the first race has been moved to 3:20 p.m.

Trick of the North could be coming up to a big race. He will be making his third start this year and he was clearly getting warmed up for something longer when he finished fifth in a $50,000 optional sprint in his seasonal debut May 8. He got stuck behind a slow pace when he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in his next start but still ran well to finish fourth behind local horse of the year Senor Rojo. A 10-year-old, Trick of the North won the Grade 3 Premiers in 2009. His next start will likely be when he defends his title in the B.C. Cup Classic Aug. 1.

Majesticality came from out of the clouds to win the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby in his final start of 2010 and he has followed the same pattern as Trick of the North this year, running evenly in his first sprint and then not being able to make an impact when he stretched out in a $35,000 optional race June 18.

Heads wasn’t sure which horse she preferred.

“Trick of the North is certainly more seasoned and Majesticality is still learning what it’s all about,” said Heads. “I just hope they have something to run at this time.”

Riboletto could help in that regard. Trained by John Morrisson, Riboletto is stretching out for the first time this year, and in both of his sprints he held the lead early. He scored an easy front-running win over Dee’s Victor in a $12,500 claimer for nonwinners of two April 30 and then forced the pace and held on well to finish second in a quickly run $5,000 starter race going six furlongs May 21. He gets in with a feathery 108 pounds, and apprentice Marlo Dunn will likely put him right on the lead.

Bearrock N Roll and Victor’s Magic raced as a team to finish first and second in the same race Majesticality exits. Bearrock N Roll won the duel but he will likely have to deal with faster fractions with Riboletto in the race.