08/06/2014 12:41PM

Andallthatitmeans looks formidable entering Friday claimer

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Andallthatitmeans (right), the winner of the Jack Diamond Futurity as a 2-year-old, runs at his preferred distance in a Friday claimer at Hastings.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – It is hard to go past Andallthatitmeans in the sixth race Friday at Hastings. After all, he won two stakes races, including the Jack Diamond Futurity as a 2-year-old last year, and when running for a tag the first time, he was an easy winner when he dropped into a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs July 5.

He is coming back for the same price and distance Friday and could be tough to get past if he breaks alertly from his inside post. Leading rider Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

Post time for the first of four straight Friday evening cards is 7 Pacific.

Also of interest is the fourth race, in which a couple of 2-year-old rockets, Sedin and Birdie Num Nums, will debut going 3 1/2 furlongs in a maiden special weight race.

[Hastings: Get PPs, watch Friday's card live]

Race 6: $16,000 Claimer

Key contenders

Andallthatitmeans (Last 3 Beyers: 63-47-47)

He’s the fastest horse in the field and drew the rail. His trainer, Anita Bolton, is winning races at a 46 percent clip at the current meet.

FORMULATOR FACT: Anyone trying to beat him will point to the 14 percent strike rate Bolton has over the past five years with horses making their second start following a layoff. Not a bad number but well below 33 percent, the rate at which she has won with all of her starters over the same time period.

London (Last 3 Beyers: 63-63-58)

Trained by Dino Condilenios, he is coming off a narrow loss as the heavy chalk to Burnaby Barron in a $12,500 claiming race July 26. He can stalk and could make amends if Andallthatitmeans and Burnaby Barron get involved in an all-out duel early.

Race 4: Maiden special weight

Sedin and Birdie Num Nums have been extremely sharp while preparing for their debuts, and both come out of barns that can have them ready to roll first time out.

Sedin is the first foal out of the stakes-placed Smokin Danielle, who was very fast and used her good speed to win eight sprints in her career. According to DRF ’s Formulator, trainer Toni Cloutier has a 38 percent strike rate with debuting juveniles over the past five years.

Birdie Num Nums is by the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes winner Discreetly Mine and is trained by leading trainer Craig MacPherson, who has three wins at the current meet with debuting 2-year-olds.