Touching Promise won the 2014 Ballerina.

Touching Promise won the 2014 Ballerina.

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Touching Promise Seeks to Defend in Ballerina

Touch Gold mare won the 2014 Ballerina at Hastings Racecourse.

Russell J. and Lois Bennett's homebred Touching Promise is waltzing into the Oct. 12 Ballerina Stakes (gr. III) at Hastings Racecourse off two straight stakes wins at the Vancouver track, and the 5-year-old mare appears on track to defend her 2014 title.

One of two graded stakes on the Canadian Thanksgiving Day card at Hastings, the Ballerina at 1 1/8 miles drew a field of eight fillies and mares.

Trained by Barbara Heads, Touching Promise has five wins to her credit from 26 starts, including last year's Ballerina. Previous to the Ballerina, the Touch Gold mare was a front-running winner of the British Columbia Cup Distaff and Delta Colleen handicaps in her two most recent outings.

Locket, a 5-year-old Rosberg mare, looks to reach the winner's circle after four consecutive seconds in stakes, including the British Columbia Cup Distaff and Delta Colleen. She won the Colleen last year in her only stakes score to date, to go along with eight placings in stakes.

The Frank Barroby-trained mare owned by her breeders, E. M. Braithwaite and M. A. I. M. Gorash, rallied to just miss catching Dancing Promise in her two stakes wins, finishing a neck and nose back in second.

Barroby is also represented in the Ballerina by Karl Krieg's Washington homebred Lady Rosberg, who is shipping in from Emerald Downs where she accounted for two stakes wins to along with a stakes win at Turf Paradise in Arizona.

Entries: Ballerina S. (G3)

Hastings Racecourse, Monday, October 12, 2015, Race 6

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:25 PM (local)
11Locket (BC)Antonio Ambrosio Reyes122Frank E. Barroby4/1
22Ambleside Park (KY)Keishan Balgobin117David Forster6/1
33Madame Pele (WA)Keeneland Sales GraduateRichard Harvey Hamel122Jim Penney9/2
44Amber Moon (BC)Amadeo Perez122Barbara Heads15/1
55Dear Lilly (FL)David G. Lopez122Troy Taylor12/1
66Lady Rosberg (WA)Gallyn Vick Mitchell122Frank E. Barroby2/1
77Rather Beautiful (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRico W. Walcott122Dino K. Condilenios15/1
88Touching Promise (BC)Amadeo Perez122Barbara Heads7/2