06/11/2009 11:00PM

Distance suits Tommy Danzigger


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Tommy Danzigger looks like the one to beat when 3-year-old colts and geldings stretch out for the first time in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hastings on Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile feature drew seven horses and goes as the eighth race.

Tommy Danzigger was purchased for $13,000 by Ted Smith out of the 2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling and mixed sale held in Langley, B.C. He has turned out to be a bargain. Trained by Robert Gilker, Tommy Danzigger has only won one race in his career, but he picked a good one. With Dave Wilson aboard, Tommy Danzigger came from off the pace to win the $107,000 Ascot Graduation at 1 1/16 miles in his final start last year.

Tommy Danzigger is coming off a second-place finish sprinting in the $54,000 Jim Coleman Province Stakes on May 9, and there should be a lively pace to set up his good late move.

Test Pilot also figures to appreciate a quick pace. Trained by Barb Heads, Test Pilot came from last place to win a maiden special weight race in his debut April 19. He is coming off a third-place finish behind the highly regarded Pop Artist in a $50,000 optional claiming race May 17. Heads thinks he'll appreciate the chance to stretch out to a middle distance.

"He's a nice horse, but he has been a real project," Heads said. "He's kind of a nervous horse, and we have had to spend a lot of time with him at the starting gate. Going long, he probably won't get that far out of it. He could turn out to be a good horse. He just needs to get his head together."

Pedro Alvarado will be aboard Test Pilot for the first time.

Tribal Teen and Afleet Deal both have excellent speed and should provide an honest pace.

Afleet Deal is undefeated in two starts. Trained by Troy Taylor, Afleet Deal scored a front-running win when he debuted in a $25,000 maiden race on April 26. He led from start to finish when he faced $25,000 claimers in his second start.

Tribal Teen zipped 6 1/2 furlongs in a very fast 1:16.75 when he won a maiden special weight race in his second start, May 16.

Gotta Find Bubba finished second to Tommy Danzigger in the Ascot Graduation and is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Jim Coleman Province.