08/18/2006 12:00AM

Speedy 'Notis' gets test at three turns


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - When Hurry an Notis won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race by 14 1/2 lengths July 30, she was given an 89 Beyer Speed Figure. The only other 3-year-old filly to equal that figure for 6 1/2 furlongs at Hastings was the sensational Regal Red.

Although Hurry an Notis will be facing winners and trying 1 1/16 miles for the first time, she is still the one to beat in the feature race at Hastings on Sunday. The $50,000 optional claiming race for 3-year-old fillies, which is run around three turns, drew eight horses including Klinsman's Luck, who is coming off a third in the B.C. Cup Dogwood on Aug. 7.

A full sister to Notis Otis, Hurry an Notis should be able to carry her speed at middle distances. Her dam, Sky Borne, won the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Cup Distaff, and Notis Otis, who is Sky Borne's only other foal, won the 1 1/16-mile Hastings Sophomore last year.

Hurry an Notis showed speed but faded in her first two starts. Trainer Tracy McCarthy credits the addition of blinkers and ear-cones for the dramatic reversal she displayed in her win.

Klinsman's Luck and Real Candy are the only horses in the field who have won going around three turns. Klinsman's Luck won a 1 1/16-mile $35,000 optional claiming race. Real Candy won a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race June 24. By Real Quiet, Real Candy should appreciate the move back to a route.