06/21/2007 11:00PM

Celt still quick as they come

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It's hard to say which horse will win the 10th race at Hastings Sunday, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up running for a top claiming price of $25,000. One thing we do know, though, is that with Celt in the field there will be a fast pace.

Celt certainly isn't as fast as he once was, but the 8-year-old gelding is still quick enough to make the lead Sunday. Celt has been one of the fastest horses at Hastings since 2002. In fact, in his last 33 races, only twice has he not had the lead after the first two points of call. Celt has never won a stakes race, but in 2003 he finished second in the B.C. Cup Sprint and the Hastings Speed Handicap.

Celt has been trained by Dino Condilenios since 2002, when Condilenios claimed Celt out of his fifth start for $15,000. Since then, Celt has won over $190,000.

"He's been real good to me," said Condilenios. "He's certainly one of my all-time favorites. He might have done a lot more in his career, but in his last start in 2003 a horse stepped on him coming out of the gate and sliced up his tendon. He won that race but he was never as consistent after that."

Celt will be ridden by Pedro Alvarado.

Chile's Quest is dropping into a straight claiming race for the first time since he was claimed for $25,000 at Hawthorne Park Feb. 28, 2006. Trained by Terry Jordan, Chile's Quest finished second to Stole Another in a $35,000 optional claiming race June 10. There's a good chance he'll be the favorite.

Former stakes winner Commodore Craig also looks very live.VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It's hard to say which horse will win the 10th race at Hastings Sunday, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up running for a top claiming price of $25,000. One thing we do know, though, is that with Celt in the field there will be a fast pace.

Celt certainly isn't as fast as he once was, but the 8-year-old gelding is still quick enough to make the lead Sunday. Celt has been one of the fastest horses at Hastings since 2002. In fact, in his last 33 races, only twice has he not had the lead after the first two points of call. Celt has never won a stakes race, but in 2003 he finished second in the B.C. Cup Sprint and the Hastings Speed Handicap.

Celt has been trained by Dino Condilenios since 2002, when Condilenios claimed Celt out of his fifth start for $15,000. Since then, Celt has won over $190,000.

"He's been real good to me," said Condilenios. "He's certainly one of my all-time favorites. He might have done a lot more in his career, but in his last start in 2003 a horse stepped on him coming out of the gate and sliced up his tendon. He won that race but he was never as consistent after that."

Celt will be ridden by Pedro Alvarado.

Chile's Quest is dropping into a straight claiming race for the first time since he was claimed for $25,000 at Hawthorne Park Feb. 28, 2006. Trained by Terry Jordan, Chile's Quest finished second to Stole Another in a $35,000 optional claiming race June 10. There's a good chance he'll be the favorite.

Former stakes winner Commodore Craig also looks very live.