09/21/2012 12:44PM

Hastings Park: What a Score has pace edge


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – What a Score looks like the one to catch in a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies at Hastings on Sunday. She also looks like the one to beat in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint that drew seven horses and goes as race 7 on the eight-race card.

Trained by Jim Brown, What a Score paid $4 for her front-running win over Remembering When in a similar race Sept. 3, and considering she has been sent off as the favorite in her last seven races, it is easy to predict she will be a short price again Sunday. She rewarded her many backers with wins in three of the seven races, including her first start for Brown in a $15,000 claiming race July 21. He had claimed her for $7,500 on behalf of Shamrock Racing Stable on July 7.

What a Score came up empty when she tried to carry her speed 1 1/16 miles in a $25,000 claiming race Aug. 5, but the race helped set her up for her emphatic win Sept. 3.

Antonio Reyes retains the mount, and there isn’t much doubt he will be sending her to the lead from her outside post.

Clarisse B finished a distant second to What a Score on July 21, but she is coming off a career-best performance in a $15,000 conditional claiming race for fillies and mares Aug. 22 and could be a threat if Wine Thief can put some early pressure on What a Score. Trained by Frank Barroby, Clarisse B came from a stalking position to win her latest race by two lengths over Flame a Feu. The 70 Beyer Speed Figure she received was not only the highest in her career, but also the best last-race figure in the field.

Undo It should appreciate both the move back to a sprint and the easier company after beating one horse in a $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 mile sAug. 31. Trained by John Morrison, Undo It went into her last race off a win in a $17,500 conditional claiming race for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs. She figures to stalk, and the last time she ran with What a Score she beat her in a 6 1/2-furlong, $17,500 claiming race June 24.

Bold Pretense drops to a new low and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez for the first time.