Those who have been eagerly digesting the Hastings condition book will know that suitable spots for Warrior’s Promise have been quite scarce. Club II owners did however get a touch of good fortune as a substitute race was offered and filled for Friday evening. Attracting a total of seven fillies for the Maiden Optional $50,000 claimer, this looks on paper to be one of the better spots that WP has had to try and get her first win photo. The Club II flag-bearer (who will also be wearing blinkers for the first time this year) will attract Canadian Derby winning jockey Amadeo Perez.
Looking through the card, the fourth and fifth place finishers from her last outing, Reproach and Suzy Mascara are signed on for this event. The form of that race has received a bit of a boost, as it’s second place finisher, Butterscotch Blend, disposed of her Maiden status when winning CTHS Sales Stakes in fine fashion last Friday.
The most intriguing entrant in this race will be the Emerald Downs shipper, La Princippessa, trained by Blaine Wright. The Ontario bred daughter of Tiznow passed the sales ring for $65,000 and will be making her fourth career start. Her previous races puts suggests she fits this field nicely and it is always interesting to see how our horses compare against those at nearby tracks. Her best race to date was a June 22nd Maiden Special Weight in which she finished second after sitting close behind the gate-to-wire winner, Lasting Light. Given that was her best result and the only race she has been asked to get close to the pace she may be a contender to find the lead on Friday.
Next across the track is another Ontario bred, Hefty Ransom, who makes the jump from the $16,000 level. The daughter of Shakin It Up has failed to hit the top three in any of her five career races and despite the big weight allowance afforded to her by apprentice Learie Seecharan, she will likely be a big paying option at the mutuel window.
Another entrant coming from the same $16,000 race will be Honky Tonk Woman. Claimed on that day by trainer Keith Pedersen and Owner Gary McNeil, the daughter of Violence has struggled to replicate her two-year-old form which saw her third in the BC Cup Debutante. She has had just over two months off since her last race, but following a sharp August 19th four-furlong workout of 48.20 could be worth a second look in the paddock.
The final, and third class jumper from that $16,000 event will be Foxy Brunette, making her second career start. After completely missing the break and spotting the field 5 lengths she steadied and managed to finish a respectable fourth, picking off three of her rivals in the process. If she can improve on her gate work, she may be one to keep an eye on.
Club II members will be crossing their fingers that this is finally the day that they get to get a win photo with their filly, and on paper it may be a good chance to do so. There doesn’t appear to be a ton of speed in the race and outside of La Principessa and Foxy Brunette her competition have been quite battle tested at Hastings, meaning that one of the others will have to outrun their form to find the winners circle.
WP is in race 6, so paddock time will be around 20 minutes before the post time of 9:20pm. We’ll have the table setup shortly after 6:00pm and hope to see as many members as possible to hopefully cheer on our first winner of the year!