06/25/2007 11:00PM

'Bank' gives two turns another try


PLEASANTON, Calif. - What did trainer Nick Hines get when he claimed Bank Emblem for $16,000 on May 9? He got a game runner who won his next start in a $20,000 claimer by a nose on May 31.

On Thursday at the Alameda County Fair, he'll see if he has a runner able to negotiate two turns when Bank Emblem meets six rivals in a $25,000 optional claimer at one mile and 70 yards.

Hines said he noticed Bank Emblem when he won his race three starts back.

"I liked him when he ran for $12,500 in his previous start before we claimed him," Hines said. "I always felt he was a route type, although on paper he looks like a late-running sprinter."

The 4-year-old gelding has tried two turns only once in a 22-race career that has seen him score 9 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds. He ran seventh in that two-turn race, which came last year at Solano, and was beaten by seven lengths after being bothered in the lane.

"I think he might have been wheeled back a little soon that day," Hines said.

Bank Emblem makes his living with a stalking style while sprinting. Sometimes that translates into route speed, but Hines thinks Bank Emblem will stalk Thursday. Bank Emblem drew the outside post 7.

"The draw is perfect," Hines said. "I expect the others to show a little speed. Tizmanian Devil should be tough, but we've got the recency angle on him."

The speedy Tizmanian Devil, who returns from a four-month break, seems the one to beat based on his Beyer Speed Figures. He has won 3 of his past 4 starts, all in wire-to-wire style. Tizmanian Devil has bullet works at both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita in preparation for his return.

Dungarvan could be a pace factor early, especially with a 58.40-second five-furlong bullet drill over this track last Thursday.

Past Tender, making his first start on dirt, could translate his turf speed to the main track.

* A maiden race Thursday marks the return of Quick Meeting, runner-up to Pacific Heat in his lone start last Sept. 4 at Golden Gate Fields. Pacific Heat handed multiple stakes winner Vicarino his lone defeat in his next start before being injured.