07/30/2009 11:00PM

Erikstratton on a roll at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Erikstratton will try and keep his undefeated record at Hastings intact when he runs in the fourth race on Sunday. The $7,500 claiming race for older horses drew eight horses.

Erikstratton is stepping up to face open company in his third start at this track, and he is stretching out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in his career, which began at Emerald Downs in 2007. At Emerald, Erikstratton compiled a record of 1-2-0 from 11 starts and his best Beyer Speed Figure earned there was a 57.

Bought privately over the winter by trainer Mark Cloutier, Erikstratton has improved dramatically in his two starts here. With apprentice Juan Gutierrez aboard, Etikstratton posted a 68 Beyer Figure when he got up just in time in a $6,500 nonwinners of two on May 10. He improved his Beyer Figure to 73, easily the best last-race figure in the field, when he won a $6,500 nonwinners of three on July 10. His dam won six route races in her career, so the move to a middle distance shouldn't be an issue.

Gutierrez retains the mount.

Resident Authority should appreciate the move back to a straight claiming race after finishing fifth in an $8,000 starter handicap on July 18. Trained by Brent Bremner, Resident Authority won a $7,500 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles in his previous race. Frank Fuentes rides Resident Authority.

Great Prince, trained by Harold Barroby, is coming off of a solid effort going 1 1/8 miles in a $7,500 claiming race for horses that haven't won two races in 2009. Great Prince has been in the money in four of his six starts at the meet.

Regal Isolation is dropping and should appreciate the easier company.