07/02/2004 12:00AM

Class drop should get 'Craig' home

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Although it has been almost a year since Commodore Craig has won a race, he still figures to be favored over five other older horses in the Hastings feature on Sunday, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race. Bold 'n Keen, the champion sprinter in British Columbia last year, has also been entered.

Commodore Craig, trained by Robbie Anderson, gets some class relief in Sunday's race. Commodore Craig has been holding his own with the leaders of the local handicap division but just hasn't been able to get his head in front of the likes of Lord Nelson and Roscoe Pito when it counted. He finished second to Lord Nelson in the George Royal and Hong Kong Jockey Club, both at 6 1/2 furlongs, and then finished third to Roscoe Pito when he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the John Longden June 12.

The last time Commodore Craig ran against allowance horses was July 19, 2003, and he led from start to finish to win by a length over Silver Donn.

Chris Loseth, who was injured at the starting gate and booked off of his last few mounts Thursday, is expected to ride.

Five Point Star was very impressive winning his last two starts of 2003, and he's looked sharp training for his initial start this year. He could be dangerous.

Bold 'n Keen finished 20 lengths behind Metatron in his latest race, but he came back with a very sharp half-mile move in 46.80 seconds on June 29 and should rebound.