05/20/2010 11:00PM

Pat's Bid steps up in feature


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Pat's Bid could have a slight edge in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-old fillies that goes as Sunday's seventh race at Hastings. There also is a $50,000 claiming option in the 6 1/2-furlong feature that drew seven well-matched horses.

Pat's Bid, trained by Troy Taylor, is taking a big jump in class after winning a $25,000 claiming race at six furlongs on May 2. She did it in style, though. With Mario Gutierrez aboard, Pat's Bid opened up a clear lead early but was headed by Notoriously at the quarter pole. Coming out of the turn, Notoriously drifted badly and knocked Pat's Bid off stride. Pat's Bid gathered herself and within a few jumps was in front and gone.

Pat's Bid came from slightly off the pace when finishing second in the Lassie here last August and being able to rate will come in handy Sunday in a race filled with speed.

Isaias Cardenas picks up the mount from Gutierrez, who is riding Clear to Canada in a stakes race Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Notoriously, who held on to finish second, also is entered. She will be making her first start for trainer Steve Henson, who claimed her on behalf of Rick Hunter. Notoriously was coming into her last off a third-place finish in a one-mile, $20,000 claiming race at Golden Gate.

Oh So Notised figures to be involved early. She forced fast fractions and then held on well to finish third in a classified allowance race on May 1. Her trainer, Phil Hall, brought her back to work five furlongs on May 15, and her bullet move in 58.80 seconds is one of the fastest moves at the distance all year.

Oh So Notised drew post 6.

Drawn outside of Oh So Notised is Red Molly, who has excellent speed. In the first race of the meet, Red Molly scooted to the lead and crossed the wire eight lengths in front of Linden's Lady in a $20,000 maiden-claiming race at 3 1/2 furlongs. Red Molly, trained by Mel Snow, has posted two bullet six-furlong moves in an identical 1:12.20 and should have plenty of stamina to handle the extra distance.

Trainer Rob Gilker will likely have Storm Vixen involved in the early battle and Indy Beauty coming from off the pace. Storm Vixen is enters off a 4 3/4-length win in a $25,000 maiden race on May 1. Indy Beauty ran evenly to finish fourth behind Pat's Bid in her seasonal debut.