09/20/2013 11:14AM

Hastings: Improving Courtroom Kiss goes for third straight win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Courtroom Kiss showed a new dimension when she returned from a three-month layoff to win a $17,500 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs Aug. 30. Instead of using her good speed to contest the early pace, she settled early and made a strong late move to win going away.

Courtroom Kiss should have an honest pace to run at in an unrestricted allowance race that headlines Sunday’s eight-race card at Hastings, and if she can employ the same running style she could notch her third straight win.

The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies drew six horses, and the likely favorite, Lady Henrietta, could be vulnerable coming off a more than two-month layoff.

Trained by William La Vanway, Courtroom Kiss has not run a bad race in any of her seven starts on dirt. She went unplaced when she tried turf at Turf Paradise in January, but the only time she finished worse than third on the main track was in the $50,000 Ross McLeod, forcing the pace before tiring to finish fourth. After winning a first-level allowance race for fillies and mares May 26, Courtroom Kiss was on the shelf for more than three months. Considering how well she ran in her comeback race, there is an excellent chance we still haven’t seen the best of her.

Antonio Reyes abandons Courtroom Kiss to ride her stablemate Pine Walk, but nobody is going to complain with leading rider Amadeo Perez picking up the mount.

Pine Walk is looking for her fourth win in a row and will be making her first start for La Vanway, who claimed her on behalf of Allen Payne for $8,000 Aug. 16. She is versatile and owns the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure in the field.

Lady Henrietta has been on the shelf since she won an allowance race for 3-year-old fillies July 13, but she runs well fresh and should be fit enough with a solid set of works showing. Prior to her win, she finished a solid third going 1 1/16 miles in the $50,000 Supernaturel July 1.

Trained by Sylvea Gregory, Lady Henrietta has good speed and likely will use it leaving from the inside post with Jeff Burningham aboard. She is as honest as they come and has never finished worse than third sprinting.

Havasu Falls will appreciate the easier company and possibly the shorter distance after finishing fifth going 1 1/16 miles in the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club Aug. 18.

Pineapple guarantees an honest pace.

Willamette completes the field.