09/25/2008 12:00AM

Dalton Green may go favored


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The eighth race at Hastings on Saturday shapes up as an excellent betting race. Cases can be made for all seven older horses running for a top claiming price of $8,000.

Dalton Green could end up being the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race. Trained by Jim Brown, Dalton Green forced the pace before tiring in a similar race on Sept. 12. He figures to move forward in his second start following a layoff, and his jockey, Mark Walker, also figures to be a lot tighter for Saturday's race. Walker had not ridden a horse for two years prior to riding Dalton Green on Sept. 12. Through last Sunday, Walker has now ridden 13 horses, and he won aboard Battle of Hastings last Friday.

Like Rodney Dangerfield, Zip the Bright doesn't get any respect. In his last five starts, Zip the Bright has finished no worse than third, and the lowest price he has been is 5-1. Despite a very good second-place finish behind Kinda Special in a 1 1/8-mile claiming race for $8,000 on Aug. 12, Zip the Bright was once again overlooked in the wagering and paid $18.90 for his win over A Toast to Tanner for the same price on Sept. 12.

Trained by Henry Miller Jr., Zip the Bright figures to get a perfect stalking trip with Keveh Nicholls in the irons.