10/07/2010 12:46PM

Summer Song capable of turning tables on Kimmyv in Ballerina


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Despite losing to Kimmyv when they met in the $75,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs on Aug. 22, Summer Song figures to be favored when they run in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ballerina at Hastings on Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile feature drew a full field of 12 fillies and mares, all carrying 123 pounds.

Summer Song, trained by Troy Taylor, should have the edge for a couple of reasons. First, she has won all three of her races going around three turns at Hastings this year and she was giving Kimmyv four pounds when they met at Emerald. Plus, Summer Song came back to Hastings to win the 1 1/8-mile Delta Colleen on Sept. 25 while Kimmyv has had just a couple of works since her upset win in the Distaff. Kimmyv will also be making her first start on a bullring and she could have a hard time avoiding a wide trip leaving from post position 11.

Summer Song had to work a lot harder than expected to beat P. S. Touch Down as the odds-on favorite in the Delta Colleen. Glen Todd, who owns her along with Patrick Kinsella and Stuart Carmichael, attributes the performance to her tying up in the post parade.

“She also tied up at Emerald,” said Todd. “We have treated her and she has never been better.”

Summer Song, who will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, should appreciate what is likely going to be a fast and contested pace.

Kimmyv, trained by Dino Condilenios, might be making her first start at Hastings but she has been based here since she was purchased privately by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. not long after she won a first-level allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 6. Prior to winning the Distaff, she finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile Boeing Handicap at Emerald on Aug. 1. She has good tactical speed and could be dangerous if she can use it to avoid going wide around the first turn.

It is by no means a two-horse race. Wind Storm is shooting for her fifth win in a row for trainer Dave Forster. She also owns the best last Beyer Speed Figure, 88, which she earned for her near track-record performance in the six-furlong Derby Bar and Grill Ladies Express on Sept. 25.

Wando Woman has come to hand late in her 3-year-old campaign and is coming off of a second-place finish in the British Columbia Oaks.