10/30/2009 12:00AM

Saitz filly finds right distance


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Miss Kay Dee Raine has improved dramatically since she stretched out to a middle distance, and she could have the edge over a strong group of mostly sprinters in the feature race at Hastings on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile classified allowance race drew 10 fillies and mares and goes as the eighth race. This will be the final Sunday at the meet, which ends Nov. 7.

A 3-year-old filly, Miss Kay Dee Raine is coming off a sharp win going 1 1/16 miles in a race with the same conditions - non-winners of $30,000 in 2009 - but restricted to her age group.

Trained by Gary Saitz, Miss Kay Dee Raine was just an average horse until she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the $55,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club, losing by a nose to Tierra Del Feugo. She proved her big effort wasn't a fluke by coming back to finish third in the $122,000 B.C. Oaks before her easy win in her last start.

The main issue for Miss Kay Dee Raine is her post position. She drew post 10, where jockey Ismael Mosqueira will have to figure out a way to avoid a wide trip.

Restless Lady and Daymaker are good late-running sprinters but so far have not been successful going around three turns.

Restless Lady, trained by Cindy Krasner, has won four races this year. In her most recent start, she made a strong move to beat Smokin Danielle in a $25,000 optional sprint Oct. 7. Her best race going 1 1/16 miles was a fourth-place finish in a similar race just over a year ago on Oct. 18.

Conditioned by Dino Condilenios, Daymaker is also coming off a win over Smokin Danielle in a $50,000 optional race Sept. 18. She did place in the one-mile Penny Ridge Stakes at Stampede Park last year but hasn't hit the board in three tries at 1 1/16 miles.

Mizz Shakin, out of the Harold Barroby barn, should receive a lot of support. Mizz Shakin came from off the pace to win a $25,000 optional race at 1 1/16 miles Sept. 13 and then ran evenly while finishing fourth in the $50,000 Delta Collen at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 26.

With Include the Grand and Smokin Danielle in the field, an honest pace is assured.