09/23/2010 1:18PM

Overvalued can rate, too, trainer feels


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Overvalued figures to be a short price in the $50,000 Fantasy for 2-year-old fillies at Hastings on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile Fantasy joins the $25,000 Delta Colleen for fillies and mares and the six-furlong Derby Bar and Grill Ladies Express in supporting the $75,000 British Columbia Oaks.

Many of the six horses entered in the Fantasy have good speed, and they will all be stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time.

Overvalued beat the boys when she debuted in a six-furlong maiden special weight race July 18 and then romped by seven lengths when she came back in the $51,000 Lassie on Aug. 26. In both races she led the whole way, but her trainer Tracy McCarthy is confident she can rate.

“She’s very smart, and she does everything so easily,” said McCarthy. “I don’t think she’ll have any problem coming from off the pace if she has to.”

Love Logic, trained by Barbara Heads, posted fast fractions for her win in a $20,000 maiden race Sept. 2 and then came back to work a bullet four furlongs in 45.60 seconds Sept. 19.

“Hopefully she can settle down and relax but she definitely has a mind of her own,” said Heads.

Amazing Rose finished third behind Love Logic and then won the CTHS Sales Stakes on Sept. 12. Her sire, Milwaukee Brew, won the 1 1/4-mile, Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap twice, so there is a good chance she’ll get a middle distance.

Delta Colleen: Troy Taylor sharp

Summer Song, trained by Troy Taylor is a standout in the Delta Colleen. Trained by Troy Taylor, Summer Song was an easy winner over Kaweah Princess in her last two starts at Hastings, the Strawberry Morn on July 17 and the Vancouver Sun on July 17. Summer Song is coming off of a second-place finish behind Kimmyv in the $75,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs on Aug. 22. The only other stakes winner in the four-horse field is Blue Sky Holiday, whose last win came over Summer Song in the same race last year.

Summer Song’s usual rider, Mario Gutierrez, retains the mount.

Derby Bar and Grill: Cutback time

Wind Storm is coming off of two route wins, but trainer Dave Forster opted to cut her back to a sprint in the $25,000 Derby Bar and Grill Express, which drew six horses.

Until her last couple of wins, Wind Storm had won nine races sprinting and had never won going longer than 6 1/2 furlongs. Before her two route wins, including a nose decision over Rainbowsinthewood in the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Cup Distaff on Aug. 2, she won a $50,000 optional sprint May 30.

Forster is currently shopping for horses at the Keeneland yearling sale. His son Drew Forster explained the decision to move her back to a sprint.

“Summer Song had a lot to do with it, and sprinting has been her forte,” said Forster.

Wind Storm may have avoided Summer Song but she runs straight into a sharp Classic Alley Kat, who will be gunning for her sixth win in a row. Classic Alley Kat has excellent speed and could have the edge over Wind Storm, who does her best running late. This will be Classic Alley Kat’s second start for trainer Jim Ellickson, who claimed her for $25,000 on behalf of Ken Walters on July 23. In her first start for her new connections she came from a stalking position to win a $35,000 optional claiming race Aug. 25. Classic Alley Kat signaled her readiness with a bullet four furlongs on Sept. 21.

“She’s doing great and it looks like we’re going to get a lot of rain so the track will probably be favoring speed,” said Ellickson.