08/26/2008 11:00PM

Miss Missile has a local perfection


Miss Missile will face six other 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $30,000 Jack Hardy Stakes as she attempts to add to her record of four stakes wins from four races over Assiniboia Downs oval.

The Jack Hardy will be run at 1 1/16 miles, and although there is a solid shipper from Alberta in the race, Miss Missile should find it easy to turn on the engine early and will be tough to catch.

A winner of 9 of her 19 starts and $317,267, Miss Missile has won three straight local stakes events by using her front-running tactics to score easy victories.

Miss Missile won the six-furlong Chantilly by 9 3/4 lengths before stretching out for a pair of victories going a flat mile.

She topped older mares, notably Polynesian Kitty, by 2 1/2 lengths in the Canada Day Stakes before beating up on fellow 3-year-old fillies in the Assiniboia Oaks by 4 1/2 lengths.

Briars Flash arrives from Alberta, where she has run in four consecutive stakes races.

Although Briars Flash has not hit the winner's circle in a stakes event, she has been very consistent, with her efforts including a fourth-place finish in $100,000 Sonoma and a close second in the Northlands Oaks, both going 1 1/16 miles.

A pair of third-place finishes in the Chariot Chaser and the Penny Ridge further attest to her sharp form.

If raw times mean anything, then Briars Flash should be able to give Miss Missile a run for the money.

Briars Flash was third by 1 1/4 lengths in the one-mile Penny Ridge, which was run in a quick 1:37.40, and won her maiden race in 1:37.80 this spring. Miss Missile won her last two mile races in 1:39 and 1:39.20, but has the edge in Beyer Speed Figures.

Of the other contestants, Gameshy may have the best chance to land a spot in the exactor.

Gameshy was a distant third to Miss Missile in the Oaks, 12 lengths back, but she did win her previous two allowance starts at Assiniboia, including one at Friday's distance.