08/12/2009 12:00AM

El Sinaloense looks to bounce back


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It is tough to separate what appears to be a well-matched field of 3-year-olds running in Friday's fourth race at Hastings. The first-level allowance race carries a $50,000 claiming option and drew eight horses going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Heading the field is El Sinaloense, who races for owner-trainer Juan Olmos. The champion 2-year-old in British Columbia in 2008, El Sinaloense reeled off four stakes wins in a row last year. He has only made it to the races twice this year, however. In his initial start at the meet, he forced the pace and then tired to finish fourth in an allowance race on May 31. He didn't make it back to the races until July 4, when he ran an even race to finish third in a $50,000 optional claimer. In all of his wins, El Sinaloense went right to the front, and there is plenty of speed to go with him today.

As usual, Pedro Alvarado rides El Sinaloense.

Ready Racer figures to improve in his second start this year. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Ready Racer set an honest pace before tiring to finish third behind Senor Rojo in a $75,000 optional race on July 26. Ready Racer was stakes-placed as a 2-year-old, finishing second in the James C. Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park. In his final start at 2, he finished eighth in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Ready Racer has a lot of speed, and jockey Frank Fuentes will likely use it breaking from the rail.

Ready Racer is coupled with Gatwick, who is a deep closer and should appreciate the move back to a sprint after finishing fifth in a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up July 19.

With plenty of speed in the field, it could set up nicely for El Fiero, who is stepping up in class following a come-from-behind win in a $17,500 nonwinners-of-two claiming race on July 26. He was claimed out of the race by trainer Terry Jordan, who in the past five years has won at a 38opercent clip when he runs a claimed horse back the first time. El Fiero won a $12,500 maiden race by nine lengths in his previous start.

Boundless Cat is looking to rebound following a dull effort in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay on Aug. 3.

Can't Wait Forever earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure for his win in a maiden special weight race, also on Aug. 3.

Monsterinthecloset had his three-race win streak snapped when he finished fifth in the same race Ready Racer exits.

Afleet Deal brings more speed to the table.