07/10/2013 12:41PM

Hastings: Notis Her steps up following sharp win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When Notis Her is good she can stay in the zone for a while, and she is certainly capable of handling the small jump in class into a $10,000 claiming race for fillies and mares after winning for $7,500 June 16. Friday’s 1 1/16-mile race drew seven horses and will serve as the feature at Hastings.

Trained by Barbara Heads, Notis Her won back-to-back $12,500 claiming sprints at Turf Paradise last winter, and she could be sitting on another mini winning streak in her second straight race going around three turns. She set an honest pace under pressure in her game win over Random Highs in her last start, but she doesn’t need the lead in order to win. As a 3-year-old in 2009, Notis Her came from a stalking position to win the $54,000 CTHS Sales Stakes going 1 1/16 miles and she rallied to win both of her sprints at Turf Paradise.

There is other speed in the field, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Scott Williams try and ease Notis Her behind what could be a fast pace.

Heads also entered Morrie’s Glory, who should appreciate the move to a middle distance in her second start this year. She closed out her 2012 season with two easy wins going 1 1/16 miles in conditional claiming races.

Random Highs was a pretty dull horse running in bottom-level claiming races at Golden Gate Fields before turning things around when she returned to trainer Sylvea Gregory’s barn at Hastings. Random Highs was claimed from Gregory for $7,500 last October and won her first start for her new connections in a $4,000 claiming race Nov. 8. That was her only win in California, however, and after finishing sixth in a $3,200 claiming race May 16, Random Highs was purchased privately by Gregory and her husband, David.

In her first start back, Random Highs rallied to finish second behind Notis Her, and she came back with another solid effort, finishing third in a $15,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs June 23. There should be an honest pace to set up her good late move and it wouldn’t be surprising to see her win her 10th race at Hastings, where she has been based since she began her career in 2008.

Eleadora has won 5 of her last 9 races sprinting and could be dangerous in her first route attempt on dirt. Trained by Steve Henson, she finished sixth when she tried turf for the first and only time in a one-mile $10,000 claiming race at Turf Paradise last Nov. 9.