11/01/2002 1:00AM

Eternal Secrecy hits peak form

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Eternal Secrecy looks like the choice over eight other older horses in Sunday's feature race, a $25,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles that goes as the ninth of 12 races at Hastings Park.

Eternal Secrecy has won his last two starts and in his most recent outing, a two-length win over Jazzy Yacht in a $20,000 claiming race, he ran what could be considered the best race of his career. While his 88 Beyer Figure doesn't equal his career high, it was the way he earned it that suggests he's a better horse now.

All of his previous wins have come when he has been able to control the pace. But after breaking a step slow in his last race, he settled in nicely behind Happy Again and Jazzy Yacht before taking control approaching the quarter pole.

Rugged Cliff has never gone this far but he has been a very tough horse to get past when he makes the lead, and he should be in front here. He has won three races this year and is coming off a good effort in which he battled through extremely fast fractions before tiring to finish fourth in a $25,000 sprint.

Paladdie, Preamble, and Keyron all do their best running late and should appreciate what is likely to be a lively pace.

Preamble finished strongly behind Eternal Secrecy in his latest and his lone win this year came when they set quick fractions up front in a $20,000 claiming race Sept. 21. Keyron won going 11 furlongs for $15,000 Oct. 19 and Paladdie is coming off a good effort sprinting, in which he made a big move to finish third behind Rugger.

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