05/09/2013 12:55PM

Hastings: I Think So, Goldstryke Glory square off in Ross McLeod Stakes

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I Want To Dust Her wins the $75,000 Fantasy. She was later disqualified due to a positive drug test.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – I Think So and Goldstryke Glory look like standouts in the $50,000 Ross McLeod for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint attracted eight horses, but the hard part is trying to separate I Think So and Goldstryke Glory.

Goldstryke Glory will be making her first start at Hastings for trainer Anita Bolton. She ran three times at Woodbine for trainer Terry Jordan last year and showed good speed in all of her races. If she can run as well on dirt as she did on Polytrack, she could be a handful.

Goldstryke Glory set the pace and held on well to finish second when she debuted in a maiden special weight race Sept. 15. She took a big step forward in her second start, winning by nine lengths with an 83 Beyer Speed Figure. Taking on a strong group, including Grade 1-placed Mechaya, in the $155,000 Glorious Song, Goldstryke Glory held a one-length lead heading into the stretch before finishing second to Leinan in the seven-furlong sprint.

She worked a strong six furlongs in 1:12.40 with jockey Scott Williams aboard May 2, and, according to her exercise rider, Tavis York, she handles the track well.

Williams rides Goldstryke Glory.

I Think So has impressed the clockers since she arrived here from Fair Grounds, where she won a $40,000 maiden claiming race Feb. 21 and then lost by a nose to the highly regarded Al Stall Jr.-trainee Tread in a $50,000 optional claimer March  21. She had been trained by Larry Jones until she was bought privately by Glen Todd and moved to Troy Taylor’s barn following her strong second to Tread.

“I’ve been impressed with her,” Taylor said. “I really like the way she finishes her works.”

Leading jockey Aaron Gryder will ride I Think So.

I Want to Dust Her will appreciate what could be an honest pace. Trained by Lenore Dubois, I Want to Dust Her came from last to win the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity going 6 1/2 furlongs last year. She also finished first in the $75,000 Fantasy, when she stretched out to 1  1/16 miles, but had the purse taken away when she tested positive for phenylbutazone. She warmed up with a fast-closing fourth in a $40,000 optional claimer going six furlongs April 20.

Silkworm probably wants more distance, but she has been training forwardly for trainer Greg Tracy this spring. She won the one-mile, $50,000 Freedom of City at Northlands Park in her final start as a 2-year-old.