07/21/2009 11:00PM

And All That Jazz figures strong in sprint


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - And All That Jazz is looking to regain the sharp form he displayed in 2008 when he runs in a first-level allowance race that goes as Friday's seventh race at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up also carries a $50,000 claiming option. And All That Jazz, who won the 2008 B.C. Cup Sprint, runs for the price.

Trained by Craig MacPherson, And All That Jazz has started only twice this year. He ran very dull race when he made his seasonal debut May 17. And All That Jazz has excellent speed, and it was pretty clear he wasn't on top of his game when he couldn't make the lead in a race where the interior fractions were moderate. He came back with a much better race in his second start, setting an honest pace before tiring in a $75,000 optional race won by Seminole Brave on June 27.

And All That Jazz has had two solid works since he ran, and it appears he is sitting on a big race. If he is, he'll be tough to beat.

Chad Hoverson retains the mount.

There is other speed in the field, including Huffman. If a duel develops between Huffman and And All That Jazz, it could set up nicely for Forest Prince.

Forest Prince was used as a rabbit to help set up Texas Wildcatter in the $101,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1, and after doing his job well, he faded to finish last. He should appreciate both the easier company and the move back to a sprint. Trained by Troy Taylor, Forest Prince is looking for his first win since he won for this condition going 1 1/16 miles as a 3-year-old Aug. 17. In his start prior to the Lieutenant Governors, he finished fourth as the favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Journal Handicap at Northlands Park on June 13.

If And All That Jazz doesn't regain his good form, it becomes a wide-open race.

Huffman has the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure, an 85 for his second-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile $50,000 optional race on July 4. He won't mind the move back to a sprint.

McArthur has 2 wins and 2 second-place finishes in 4 starts at the meet. He has good speed, can rate, and he should get a nice trip from just off the pace.

Slew's Boy, Soldiers Return, and Smoke'n Coal all appear capable of winning if they bring their best stuff.