The BC Ladies Classic at HorseRacingPark.com is such a strong race this year there is some who might say the winner would stand a good chance against the colts in the BC Classic itself. With two of the strongest three year olds on the site contesting as well as last years winner and one of the best four year olds there is no doubt that this is one hell of a race. I will attempt to do the runners justice in the following individual summary, good luck to all involved and lets hope they all come back safe and well.
Hailing from 88 Jayhawk, a stable having their best season and ridden by her regular jockey, she is one of the three year olds in this race that has had a stunning season so far. Starting the season with a grade three win she set the trend of her year by producing a devastating turn of foot, a finishing burst that was to become her trademark. Whilst her brilliant finishing burst may be her best asset it may also be her undoing as she has a big field to negotiate and many hearts have been broken by traffic problems in this BC series. Many who witnessed her flying finish in the KY Oaks will understand the danger of being held up in a big field and many pundits said after that race she looked an unlucky loser. Her last run however may hold the key to her real chance in this race as her canny trainer removed the blinkers just minutes before the race and the end result was quite remarkable. Instead of sitting off the pace she raced much closer but still managed to find an extra gear for probably her most impressive win of the year. So will she race without blinkers today? and if she does will she be able to lay up on the pace again? Two questions that if affirmative may see her upset the applecart today and beat this field.
It is not often a trainer with only forty eight winners gets a BC runner but not all trainers boast the sort of success stats of Power Work. So whilst this promising young trainer thoroughly deserves a runner in this premiere race I am afraid to say their chances of winning are fairly slim. Sarong was seven lengths behind Fiore last time when third in the Grade One Spinster and whilst she has some good black type form I can only see her replicating that run today and finishing in the ruck at best.
3 Millionaire Heiress
This Pumpkin Racing trained three year old is one of the few of her sex to have beaten Mrs Bombastic but did so in a distant defeat by Five Fives in the BEL. Her win record is a little thin with only two wins this year but there is no doubt she has done enough this season to put her right in the mix today. She was running on strongly when also taking the scalp of Fiore in the KY Oaks but could not beat Rhythm Line that day and has a habit of running her best races in defeat. Will she beat that habit in this race? Well there is no reason why not but I just have the feeling that she may end up taking a bridesmaid role again today. Her ability to stay close to the pace will be a plus and she has no fear of soft ground with a Grade One win in the mud to her name so I may end up eating my words when the dust settles.
4 Mrs Bombastic
Well there is not much I can add to what has already been said about this wonderful filly that was plucked from Blushing Meadows by Ken Allen in a stunning auction sale of two thousand dollars. Her name was written in HRP history when she became the first filly to win a TC race as she defeated Five Fives in the Prk, a performance that was not only stunning in her win of the race but also as it made her the only horse to beat the unbeatable Five Fives this year. Ken Allen warmed her up for today by taking the grade two Cotillion Stakes at PHA by a very easy five lengths and it is difficult to pick one to beat her today. The only chink in her armour was in a sub standard performance in The BEL but I think that race came at the wrong time for her and definitely tested her stamina just too much, the trip in this race is probably her best. So can she win today? Well I would not like to bet against her.
This Dynark Stables filly looked stunning in the BC Juvenile fillies race last year, winning by two lengths but as can happen with star two year olds she seems to have struggled in the latter part of her three year old career. She has been wonderfully consistent this season without setting the world alight and despite a good win in the DEL Oaks she has found a few too good for her at the highest level. Her chances may have been summed up in her last race where she finished five lengths behind Mrs Bombastic at PHA after sitting up with the pace, I see no reason she can reverse those placings so may need to look at a top four finish as a more realistic target.
The Barcelona Farms trained four year old was hugely impressive in the mud when taking the Ruffian Handicap but has since been found out on faster ground in the top grade and may have to hope for rain to be really competitive here. Her style of running suggests she will travel on the pace or make the running so from this handy draw may get away with a decent trip and slip her field, whether she can hang onto it is a different matter. If I had to pick a big positive for this autogen it would be her home works as she put up two stunning breezes on this track in preparation for this huge task.
7 Guided By Angels
The second runner from Dynark Stables and probably their best, you can find all sorts of reasons this four year old filly will knock the young pretenders down. Her last four runs have resulted in impressive wins and in all of them she showed the sort of race pace and ability to sit in a handy position that will be essential in this contest. Her highest speed rating came in her last run as she defeated last years winner Better Miss and Wyverness in the Beldame, making all and galloping on really strongly for a two length win. Speedy home work has also franked her chances and the only possible reason I can see for her to get beaten today is her lack of competition against big fields. Will the day get the better of her? Only time will tell. As a note for all you budding trainers who dream of a BC runner, Dynark Stables bought her as a three year old for just fifty four dollars.
8 Matilda Lane
Trainer Cablemans Racing must be thrilled to have a runner on BC day but it will be a major shock if this four year old wins today. Perhaps I am being unfair, under normal circumstances her Grade Three Gardenia Handicap win followed by a grade one second to Fiore would be good enough to put her in with a chance but such is the strength of this field I am afraid she will struggle to finish at the right end of it. Having said all that she worked well before today’s race so maybe a late bloomer who could run the race of her life and make this writer look a bit stupid.
9 Soul Mates
Another with good enough form to run well in black type company but with this field of superstars she may be found lacking. Trainer Diablo Diablo has only managed to get one win out of this three year old and that was in her maiden win back in March but has pitched her in with the very best of her sex all season and is happy to let her take her chance again today. If I had to find a chance for her I would put it in her unbeaten wet track record if the ground should come up soft or her good effort in the KY Oaks where she was only beaten three lengths in eleventh after showing good early speed.
10 Rhythm Line
Yet another three year old with a major chance here underlined by her win in the KY Oaks where she beat Bay Bound, Fiore and Millionaire Heiress. That win over course and distance could be the key here and certainly trainer Silky White would be confident after her easy warm up race in the Ballerina BC. This three year old, out of the top sire Rhythm was nothing special as a two year old but started improving in leaps and bounds when she hit dirt as a three year old and may turn out to be the overlooked filly today. Her only defeat on dirt this year was when she ran third to Fiore in the grade One Alabama but the way she was running on that day suggested she might have done better with a better trip.
11 Marian Nomates
Fifth beaten nineteen lengths in last in her graded stakes effort and a last time out third in a small TUP allowance do not have BC winner written all over them but I do not think Maverick Racing chanced his arm by entering her today with a realistic hope of winning. Being in a race such as this is enough for a great day out and I am afraid this four year old will do well not to finish last.
Once again we see a nice three year old with some very good form who may struggle to finish in the better half of the race. A front runner she seems to have been struggling to last home this season and her best show may be to lead them at the home turn. A six length third behind Mrs Bombastic last time topped off a run of five placed efforts in Graded stakes so she is not without a chance and her early speed will ensure a good trip but I cannot see this honest filly giving Meat Stables a shock win.
13 Diva Thin Muffin
Spinetingling Stables knows how to get winners and this top yard has not sent this one just to soak up the atmosphere but once again you have to say that as good as she is she may struggle against these superstars. A winner last time in the IND Oaks on a rain softened track so an ease in the ground will not worry her, she has looked good in Grade two and three races but has yet to prove herself at the highest grade. If I have to look at a reason she may do well it is in the fact that she has good tactical speed and has done well over shorter distances, at a stretch therefore she may be able to sit close to the speed and get a run on her more esteemed rivals on the home turn. Whether she can last home is another story but I can see her in the top half of the finishers and would not be surprised to see her run a lifetime best.
14 Better Miss
Last but not least last years brilliant winner Better Miss from Axeman Stables is given the indignity of the outside gate. Last season she started at ten to one and was a filly on the upgrade running in just her third graded stakes and coming with a great late charge to get up by three quarters of a length. Millionaire Stable put her up for auction in the December sales and was rather disappointed that she only made six hundred dollars but his loss was Axemans gain and the stable quickly set about regaining their expenditure. An easy win in the Grade One Vanity Handicap in June, easily holding Diva Thin Muffin, made everyone sit up and think that she may have a chance of retaining her title but that race preceded a hugely disappointing run in the DEL Handicap behind Guided By Angels. There were a lot of people saying that this was the beginning of the end for the five year old but she bounced back in the Pitcher Stakes and then ran a good race to be beaten only two lengths by Guided By Angels in the Beldame. So what is her chance of going back to back?…well no worse than last year I would say but it looks like the competition is a lot stronger this year so she may do well to finish in the top four.
In my opinion this is the best race of the whole 2010 BC series. There are probably six here that could be winners and it will be intriguing to see who comes out on top. An obvious choice would be Mrs Bombastic but her age may just be against her and she may struggle with the older Guided By Angels and last years winner Better Miss. Mrs Bombastic is not the only three year old in this race though and Fiore, Rhythm Line and Millionaire Heiress all have the credentials to win this open race. So which of these six do I see winning? I wish I knew but here goes a very tentative selection:
1 Mrs Bombastic
2 Guided By Angels
3 Rhythm Line
Written by stu, republished with permission of and first published at – SimRacing Form.