07/27/2011 12:01PM

Northlands Park: Claresmiezie looks tough to beat in Princess Margaret Stakes

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Claresmiezie will be a heavy favorite in Friday's $50,000 Princess Margaret at Northlands Park.

Claresmiezie is a complete standout in the $50,000 Princess Margaret for 2-year-old fillies at Northlands Park on Friday night. The real question is by how many, rather than who is going to win the six-furlong sprint that drew eight horses.

Trained by Greg Tracy, Claresmiezie was an easy winner of her two starts at Hastings, and her 8 1/2-length romp over Sunnyside Gal in the $50,000 Lassie was one of the most impressive performances by a 2-year-old filly in recent years in Vancouver. Breaking alertly, with Pedro Alvarado aboard, she made the lead without urging and then kept widening. She was in front by eight lengths after a sizzling half-mile in 45.04 seconds and by the time they reached the top of the stretch, she had increased her margin to 12 lengths before posting a very fast 1:17.00 final time for the 6 1/2-furlong sprint.

Tracy was so impressed with her performance that he considered shipping her to Saratoga to face some of the best 2-year-old fillies in North America.

“We are going to keep her here instead,” Tracy said. “She is doing great, and if she runs as well as she did in Hastings, we might take her to Monmouth in September and see if she is good enough for the Breeders’ Cup. Her owners like to watch their horses run here, but if she had a shot at the Breeders’ Cup, they would certainly consider it.”

The race Tracy was referring to at Monmouth is the $100,000 Sorority on Sept. 5.

Claresmiezie drew the rail and should be gone, if she breaks alertly with Fernando Perez riding.

Spirits West is the only other horse in the field with a race going around two turns, and she looked good coming from off the pace to win a $12,000 maiden race for Alberta-breds going 5 1/2 furlongs in her second start July 15. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, Spirits West doesn’t figure to be involved early and could pass what figures to be tiring speed.

Trainer Mike Bugeaud had Leolas Girl primed for a big effort first time out. She romped by 7 1/4 lengths in a $12,000 maiden race June 12, and the 43 Beyer Speed Figure she earned is easily the second-best figure in the field. It comes up pretty light when compared to the 78 Beyer that Claresmiezie was given for her win in the Lassie, however.

Ruckus Time and Scoot for Loot are the only other winners in the field. They are both trained by Joan Petrowski.