04/22/2009 11:00PM

Layoffs make allowance hard to figure


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It is tough to separate the seven 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's fourth race at Hastings. All of the fillies in the first-level allowance race, which also carries a $50,000 claiming option, are coming off extended layoffs. Complicating matters is the fact that they all have been working well enough to fire a big shot coming off the bench.

Trainer statistics might be the best way of identifying who the contenders are in the six-furlong feature. Mel Snow, who has entered Lornamahra, is a good place to start.

Snow is off to a good start at the meet, with a winner from his first four starters, and he has recently put up strong numbers with horses coming back from layoffs of 180 days or more. Snow has won with 3 of his last 11 starters in the category and has a positive return on investment of $10.20.

Lornamahra won a $15,000 maiden race going six furlongs on Aug. 15 and ran well to finish second behind Sadie Diamond Futurity winner P S Good N Ready in an open allowance race Sept. 14. After going unplaced in the Sadie Diamond Futurity, Lornamahra came close to pulling off an upset in the $108,000 Fantasy Stakes in her final start of 2008. Lornamahra came from well off the pace in the Fantasy, and there appears to be plenty of speed for her to run at Saturday.

Fernando Perez, who rode Lornamahra for the first time in the Fantasy, retains the mount.

Trainer Cindy Krasner has solid numbers with horses coming back from long layoffs, and she has entered the only stakes winner in the field, Golden Ratio. A homebred filly by Orchid's Devil, Golden Ratio closed out her 2008 season with a win in the restricted CTHS Sales Stakes. Golden Ratio has better tactical speed than Lornamahra and could have the advantage if the track is as speed-favoring as it was opening day.

Frank Fuentes rides Golden Ratio.

Trainer Rod Cone has shipped Hardcore Candy from Alberta to run at Hastings for the first time. Hardcore Candy is coming off of a second-place finish in the $50,000 Freedom of the City Stakes at Northlands Park on Aug. 30.

Seashell, who is trained by Phil Hall, closed out 2008 with two strong efforts in stakes races. She was second in the Sadie Diamond Futurity and third in the Fantasy Stakes.