06/05/2013 2:22PM

Hastings: Sacred Delight makes local debut off Santa Anita claim


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Sacred Delight looks like the one to beat in a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies that headlines the first Friday night card at Hastings this year. The 6 1/2-half furlong sprint attracted six horses and will kick off the seven-race card, which begins at 7:15 p.m. Pacific.

Sacred Delight was entered in claiming races only twice in her eight-race career in Southern California, and she acquitted herself quite well both times. She won a $40,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb. 22, and after a dull effort in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes on March 30, she rallied from well back to finish second by a head in a $25,000 claiming race April 18 at Santa Anita.

Using trainer Julio Canani as his agent, owner Michael Whieldon claimed Sacred Delight out of her last race and shipped her to Hastings, where she will make her first start for trainer Rosann Anderson.

Sacred Delight worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.60 with Scott Williams aboard last Saturday, and Williams will ride her in the race. With blinkers going on, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sacred Delight show more speed in her first try in a two-turn sprint.

Dee’s Dream will appreciate the class relief after finishing fourth in a $35,000 optional claimer won by Tempered Steel, who won the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes here last year. Trained by William La Vanway, Dee’s Dream also figures to move forward in her second start at the meet.

Dee’s Dream won her debut going 3 1/2 furlongs in a $20,000 maiden-claiming race last September and finished second in a $25,000 optional claimer at Turf Paradise on Jan. 25. She figures to be forwardly placed, and with the track favoring speed the last few race days, she could be dangerous if she clears early.

Free Roman Dolly used her good speed to win a $10,000 maiden-claiming race May 19 and figures to improve with a race behind her. The daughter of two-time Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Skimming was making just the second start of her career. She finished fourth when she debuted in a $20,000 maiden-claiming race Oct. 8.

Adding to Free Roman Dolly’s appeal is her trainer, Nancy Betts, who is on fire at the meet, with 5 wins from 11 starts.

Le Facteur Wow is coming off a third-place finish going a mile on the Turf Paradise turf course in the $35,000 Scottsdale Handicap on March 16 and should be heard from late.