HRC’s Angel of Harlan well placed at Emerald Downs

HRC’s Angel of Harlan, a four year old daughter of highly regarded Harlan’s Holiday, appears set to break her maiden in Emerald Downs’ first race of its Mothers Day card (5/11), a Md 5000 clm field of six fillies going 6f.

Angel’s last two Beyer speed figures (32 & 37 respectively) from sprint races in April are faster than any of her competitors have run in 2014.  In fact, these speed figures are faster than three of the horses (Midnitesruntoglory, Gold Trick, & Sunshine Candy) have ever run in their lives.  Top trainer has given Angel a nice 3f tightener work since she last last raced two weeks ago, indicating all systems are go.  Regular rider Leslie Mawing is in the irons.

Hot trainer Jeff Metz has entered That’s a Bingo, a filly whose top races last year in southern California & at Turf Paradise would be very competitive.  However, this year she’s been beaten in four sprints at this level by an average of more than 14 lengths.  Maybe her change in jockeys for this race will be the spark she needs.

She’s My Favorite is returning to racing after a 20 month absence.  Once well thought of, racing competitively against Mdn Spec Wt & high mdn claiming stock, She’s My Favorite last raced Sept 12, 2012 in a Md5000 clm race losing by 13 lengths.  However, she has worked forwardly for this race & this trainer/jockey combination has been clicking at a 24% win clip.  A return to her 2012 form would make her very competitive here.

Still, even though Angel of Harlan is 0-9, I think the 10th time will be the charm for this well-bred filly.  Lots of “ifs” for the other horses, while it appears by repeating one of her last two races, Angel will be tough to beat.

Happy Mother’s Day and have fun at the races!

– Ron Classen,