05/17/2013 1:14PM

Hastings: Pace should benefit Dance the Wind


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Dance the Wind has found a nice spot to follow up her smart win in a first-level allowance race April 28. There is a plethora of speed to set up her strong late kick in a $35,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Hastings.

The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew nine horses and goes as race 6 on a seven-race card that begins at 1:50 p.m. Pacific.

Trained by Carl Lausten, Dance the Wind blossomed late in her 3-year-old season last year. She didn’t win, but she ran huge races to finish second behind Evelyn’s Dancer in the Hong Kong Jockey Club and $100,000 British Columbia Oaks. Evelyn’s Dancer will be heavily favored to win the $50,000 Strawberry Morn on Monday. If this race didn’t fill, Dance the Wind would have been forced to run in the Strawberry Morn.

“I’m very happy we’re able to avoid the big guns, especially Evelyn,” Lausten said. “This is a good field, though, and she is certainly no cinch to win it.”

Lausten was pleasantly surprised when Dance the Wind forced a slow pace to win going six furlongs in her first start this year.

“It was nice to see a different side of her, and it gives us more options,” Lausten said.

Fernando Perez picks up the mount from Scott Williams, who will be riding Glowing Spirit.

Trained by Anita Bolton, the Brazilian import Glowing Spirit is coming off a front-running win in a one-mile $25,000 claiming race on the Santa Anita turf course. She was claimed out of the race and subsequently sold privately to Bob Cheema. Glowing Spirit’s only other win since she left Brazil also came on turf at Santa Anita, going 1 1/4 miles. She has never sprinted in North America, but she won a maiden race in Brazil going 6 1/2 furlongs and lost by a head going 7 1/2 furlongs in a Grade 1 race prior to making her way north.

Vinoterra looks like the speed of the speed, and the 4-year-old has been training forwardly for trainer Barbara Heads She hasn’t raced since she finished fourth in a $50,000 optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies on June 30.

“I would rather run her in a first-level allowance race, but with this race going, it isn’t likely one is going to fill soon,” Heads said. “She’s a classy filly, and she couldn’t be training any better.”

Folk Dancer, Awesome Plan, and Marcado also figure to be involved early.