05/05/2012 9:11PM

Hastings: Clear the Runway takes Jim Coleman Province


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The favored Clear the Runway ($4.50) came from just off the pace to capture the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province at Hastings on Saturday.

Trained by Greg Tracy and ridden by Pedro Alvarado, Clear the Runway broke sharply in the 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and then eased into a stalking position behind Unquiet, who carved out fractions of 22.46 and 46.06 seconds over a track labeled wet-fast. Clear the Runway held a head advantage over Unquiet at the top of the stretch and increased his margin to 1 1/2 lengths at the wire. Unquiet held on well to finish second over Time Goes On.

The final time was 1:18.32.

In his last start, Clear the Runway set fast fractions before tiring to finish second behind Turf Paradise Derby winner Taylors Deal in a six-furlong allowance race.

"He broke really well, but Greg didn't want him on the lead," said Alvarado. "We have been working hard to teach him to sit behind horses, and it couldn't have worked out better."

** A large crowd turned out to cheer for Mario Gutierrez, a former leading rider at Hastings, who rode I'll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby, and the roar was deafening when I'll Have Another overtook Bodemeister in the late stretch.