05/19/2012 12:17PM

Hastings: Overvalued dangerous speed in Brighouse Belles

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Overvalued will have to repel a three-horse entry from trainer Troy Taylor.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The three-horse entry of Castinette Dancer, Dashing Daisy and Caged Mistress will certainly be favored in the $50,000 Brighouse Belles for fillies and mares at Hastings Monday. After all, they are trained by leading trainer Troy Taylor, are proven stakes winners, and on their own merits would receive plenty of support.

Nonetheless, contention runs deep in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint, which drew eight horses, and it might be worth trying to beat them. The holiday card begins at 1:50 p.m. Pacific.

Overvalued might be the play. Trained by Tracy McCarthy, Overvalued was favored when she made her seasonal debut in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race April 29. She looked pretty comfortable on the lead heading down the backstretch, but didn’t put up any kind of a fight when Orchid’s Silver and Notoriously collared her after a moderate half-mile in 46.33 seconds.

“She was running easily and doing everything right, so I was shocked when she stopped,” said McCarthy. “It turns out she bled. We have done everything we can to make her healthy, and hopefully she’ll go onward.”

A double stakes winner, Overvalued looks like the one they will have to catch with Enrigue Gonzalez picking up the mount from an injured Dave Wilson.

When Glen Todd, who owns a share in all three horses in the entry, has more than one horse in a race, jockey Fernando Perez gets his choice of mounts. It was a bit surprising Perez landed on Caged Mistress, who hasn’t raced since she was edged by Wando Woman in the Vancouver Sun last June 25. Perez was aboard Castinette Dancer for her win over Notoriously in the same race Overvalued ran in April 29.

According to Todd, Perez was impressed with Caged Mistress when he worked her five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Wednesday. Inoel Beato replaces Perez on Castinette Dancer.

Burnin’ Britches is the only horse in the field without a stakes win but she finished second to Castinette Dancer in the $50,000 Emerald Downs last year and she was an easy winner of a $35,000 optional race in her first start of the year April 22.

Burnin’ Britches is trained by Greg Tracy, who also entered Notoriously. With $233,810 in the bank, Notoriously is the top money earner in the field. Notoriously and Burnin’ Britches have different owners and are not coupled in the wagering.

Orchid’s Silver, Dashing Daisy and Wando Woman want more distance.