08/26/2013 12:45PM

Hastings: Bearrock N Roll looks good on drop, stretch-out

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Bearrock N Roll had a hard time keeping up in a quickly run sprint in his last start but looks like the one to beat in a $17,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles that will serve as Wednesday’s seventh-race feature at Hastings. The first of eight races goes at 1:50 p.m. Pacific.

Trained by Craig MacPherson, Bearrock N Roll is dropping in price following a dull effort in a $20,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 9, but if he runs his usual race he could be tough to handle. An 8-year-old son of Kafwain, Bearrock N Roll has won half of his 10 starts going 1 1/16 miles, and he looked like he was the winner of a $25,000 claiming race at the distance in his previous race only to be nailed at the wire by Toccet’s Charm. One of Bearrock N Roll’s positive attributes is his versatility, and jockey Alex Marti should be able to put him into a stalking position behind what figures to be an honest pace.

Briartic County figures to be involved early and could be dangerous if he gets away on his own. Trained by Robbie Anderson, Briartic County chased a fast pace while going three wide around all three turns and after taking the lead between calls in the stretch, he couldn’t hold off Ganbei in a similar race Aug. 10. It was his first time going a middle distance this year, and he could take a big step forward in his second straight route.

Ganbei was set up perfectly when he beat Briartic County, and it could happen again if Blade Scuffler and Briartic County hook up early. Trained by Mel Snow, Ganbei is paying for his win, however, and will carry 124 pounds. The most he has successfully carried in his 39-race career is 120 pounds.

Toccet’s Charm, trained by Monica Russell, is the wild card in the race. He rallied to edge Bearrock N Roll with Aaron Gryder aboard July 19, but was pulled up after going six furlongs by Amadeo Perez in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race Aug. 5. He is reunited with Gryder, who also was aboard for his win in a $10,000 claiming race July 7 and could be dangerous with the blinkers coming off.

Blade Scuffler is taking a big step up in class following a solid effort going 1 1/8 miles in an $8,000 claiming race Aug. 11, where he led every step of the way except the last one.