07/01/2009 11:00PM

El Sinaloense looks set to fire


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - El Sinaloense could be ready for a strong effort when he runs in the feature race at Hastings on Saturday. The first-level allowance race with a $50,000 claiming option drew seven horses and goes as the seventh race.

El Sinaloense was the local 2-year-old champion in 2008 but he is looking for his first win since he captured the CTHS Sales Stakes last September. He has had only one start this year, a fourth-place finish in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race May 31.

Trained and owned by Juan Olmos, El Sinaloense will be running for a claiming price for the first time in his career. He should move forward in his second start this year, especially considering his bullet five-furlong works on June 19 and June 26. His usual rider, Pedro Alvarado, retains the mount.

El Sinaloense likes to be in front early, and he used his excellent speed to win four stakes races last year. There is plenty of other early zip in the field, and the likely quick pace could set up Boundless Cat.

Trained by Steve Henson, Boundless Cat scored an impressive win from off the pace when he debuted in a maiden special weight race on May 3. After trying to bolt in his second start he rebounded with a big effort to finish second behind El Cugat in a $50,000 optional race on June 14. El Cugat came back to win the $50,000 Chris Loseth Stakes last Wednesday.

With his running style, Boundless Cat should appreciate breaking from the outside post. He has Frank Fuentes in the irons.

Tribal Teen, trained by John Snow, could be set up for a big race. He set the pace before tiring when he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the CTHS Sales Stakes on June 14 and he shouldn't mind the move back to a sprint. In his previous start he led from start to finish to beat next-out winner McArthur Park in a quickly run 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on May 16. He will break from the rail with leading rider Fernando Perez aboard.

Tom Quinn set the pace and couldn't hold off McArthur Park in his first start at Hastings on May 31. In his next start he was an easy front-running winner of a maiden special weight race on June 19. Tom Quinn might be able to stalk and he'll probably need a patient ride by Garry Cruise to have any chance in this speed laden field.