07/24/2008 12:00AM

Forest Prince gets major class relief


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Forest Prince should find the 3-year-old colts and geldings he will be facing in Saturday’s 6 1/2-furlong feature race at Hastings a lot easier to deal with than the horses he has faced throughout his career. Running out of the Troy Taylor barn for the first time, Forest Prince figures to be a short-priced favorite in the entry-level allowance race, which carries a $50,000 claiming option.

Forest Prince is coming off a second-place finish behind Papa in an entry-level allowance race at Arlington Park on June 26. Papa posted an 84 Beyer Speed Figure when he came back to win a second-level allowance race at Arlington on July 23. Throughout his eight-race career, Forest Prince has come up against horses that have gone on to win their next start, the best being Etched, who won the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes last fall at Aqueduct after he won a maiden special weight in September over Forest Prince, who finished fifth.

Leading rider Mario Gutierrez will ride Forst Prince.

Right Honorable could be dangerous if he gets a clear lead. Trained by Robbie Anderson, Right Honorable showed a lot of potential when he cleared early and then drew off to score a 4 1/2-length win over Saratoga Avenue in a maiden special weight race in his final start as a 2-year-old. He is coming off of a fifth-place finish behind Alberta Derby winner Arkhill on June 1.