07/26/2012 10:50AM

Hastings: My Bailout back at best game in Saturday sprint


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – My Bailout may have proved once and for all that she does not want to go a middle distance when she finished last in 1 1/16-mile $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares last Sunday. It was her fourth route attempt and each time she has been beaten by double-digit margins.

She went into her last race off three straight wins sprinting, though, and she will appreciate the move back to a sprint when she runs in a $15,000 claiming race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares drew seven horses and it appears to be a wide-open event.

Trained by William La Vanway, My Bailout started her streak with a win over bottom-level claimers May 13 and earned a 58 Beyer Speed Figure. She improved her figure to 64 when she romped over next-out winner Perfect Hostess in a $5,000 claiming race May 27 and continued her improvement with a win over Alevei in a $7,500 claiming race June 17. Once again she improved her Beyer Speed Figure, to a 75. A similar number would probably be good enough to win Saturday.

Leading rider Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

Holy Kuga, trained by Troy Taylor, is taking a big jump in class after winning a 1 1/16-mile $5,000 claiming race June 30. While the move up is substantial, according to Daily Racing Form ’s Formulator Taylor has won with 30 percent of the horses he has jumped up in claiming price by 50 percent or more in the last five years. He is also winning at a 36 percent clip at the current meet.

Notis Her is dropping in price, and there are a couple of things pointing to her as a possible winner for trainer Barbara Heads. She figures to move forward in her second start following a short layoff, and her comeback race was solid. She finished fourth but was moved up to third via disqualification in a $25,000 claiming sprint July 1. The horses she was sandwiched between at the finish both came back to win. Random Highs, who was placed second, won a $15,000 claiming race July 8. Dashing Daisy was an impressive winner of a 1 1/16-mile, $25,000 claiming race last Saturday.

Diana’s Legacy is shooting for her third win in a row. Lasting Spice, Camino, and Delta Bouquet have speed and each is capable of winning if the race unfolds in her favor.