04/29/2011 1:28PM

Hastings: Overvalued appears ready to fire fresh


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – In her third and final start as a 2-year-old, Overvalued finished third as the heavy favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy Stakes. Despite the loss, it was an impressive performance for the Tracy McCarthy-trained Overvalued. She dueled through extremely fast early fractions and just when you thought she would start backing out of the race, Overvalued opened up on the field going around the stretch turn. Not surprisingly, she couldn’t keep up the pace and tired in the stretch.

According to McCarthy, Overvalued is primed and ready for a big effort when she makes her return in the $50,000 Boulevard Casino Stakes on Sunday at Hastings.

“She’s coming into the race beautifully,” said McCarthy. “She has matured over the winter. She is bigger, stronger, feeling good about herself, and she’s been doing everything right.”

If McCarthy is correct, that could spell trouble for her rivals in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint Sunday. Overvalued won both of her sprints as a 2-year-old and she couldn’t have been more impressive when she beat Victory With Class by seven lengths in the Lassie Stakes. Of course, the big money is made going a middle distance and she failed in her only try going around three turns. McCarthy is hopeful Overvalued will be able to stretch out and the main goal is to have her primed for a peak effort in the $100,000, 1/8-mile B.C. Oaks on Sept. 11.

“She was fighting shins a bit so we couldn’t train her the way we would have liked for the Fantasy,” said McCarthy. “We’ve been trying to teach her to relax in her works and she seems to be getting the idea. Of course, you never know how they are going to react in a race.”

McCarthy is confident Overvalued will run a strong race on Sunday, but she is hoping for more than a big performance.

“She is sprinting on Sunday and we know she is fast,” said McCarthy. “We’re also viewing the race as a place where we can teach her something.”

One of McCarthy’s former students, Monashee, was a slow learner but when she finally figured things she moved to the head of the class. At one point in her in her career, Monashee won 11 stakes in a row. Her first of 14 stakes wins was in the B.C. Oaks and she closed out her career with a win the Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita.

Monashee’s first foal, Monahee, is by Hard Spun. He is in training with McCarthy and she likes the way he is progressing.

“He’s not a big horse but he’s put together well and for a colt he has a very good attitude,” she said. “He seems to be doing everything right.”

Noosa Beach could return for Lieutenant Governors

According to trainer Doris Harwood, Noosa Beach came out of his win in the George Royal Stakes in good condition and will likely make his next start in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap at Emerald Downs on May 22. He could return to Hastings for the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1.

“We’re just looking at one race at a time,” said Harwood. “But we know he likes it at Hastings and we certainly noticed the nice purse for the Lieutenant Governors.”

Senate Appointee next for Classic Alley Kat

According to owner Glen Todd, Classic Alley Kat is being pointed to the $50,000 Senate Appointee on May 21. Classic Alley Kat was an impressive front-running winner of the Brighouse Belles last Sunday. It was the first stakes win for trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg.

“All I can tell you is she came out of the race in great shape,” said Stolzenberg.

Two possible candidates for Longden

A couple of 4-year-olds, St. Liams Halo and Crew Leader were visually impressive winners of conditioned races last weekend and could meet in the $50,000 John Longden 6000 on May 23.

St Liams Halo, trained by Troy Taylor earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure for his win over Heavenly Chorus in a first-level optional $35,000 claiming race last Sunday.

Crew Leader, trained by Dino Condilenios, received a 74 Beyer for his strong performance in a straight nonwinners of two allowance race last Saturday.

Both trainers said they are looking at a conditioned race for their horses but weren’t sure if a race would fill for them. With Noosa Beach not likely returning until July 1, the local older handicap division doesn’t have a clear leader and the 6 1/2-furlong John Longden would appear to be up for grabs.

Apprentice rider Williams heading to Northlands

Despite getting off to a strong start with 4 wins from 14 mounts, apprentice jockey Scott Williams has decided to return to Northlands Park. Williams figures to have a lot of calls when Northlands opens on May 6.

“He’s back there now,” said his agent, Riley Rycroft. “He went back early because he had a lot of horses to work this weekend.”

Northlands will have 84 days of racing through Oct. 10.