08/08/2013 2:50PM

Hastings: Fast pace could set table for Ganbei


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Ganbei should appreciate what figures to be a fast and contested pace when he runs in a $17,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Hastings. The 1 1/16-mile race, which drew seven horses, is chock-full of speed, and it should set up perfectly for Ganbei, who is dropping to a new low in his career.

A stakes winner, Ganbei rallied to finish fifth in a quickly run 1 1/16-mile race for $25,000 claimers July 19, and he figures to move forward in his second straight route attempt. Five of his six wins have been at 1 1/16 miles, but he was stuck sprinting in his first five starts at the meet. He finished second twice going 6 1/2 furlongs, but he clearly wanted more distance. He finished full of run in his last start, and there is going to be plenty of speed coming back to him Saturday.

Trained by Mel Snow, Ganbei won the Richmond Derby Trial as a 3-year-old in 2009 and the S.W. Randall Plate in 2010. Both races were contested over 1 1/16 miles.

Snow scratched Ganbei out of a $25,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs on Friday night, and considering how this race figures to set up, the veteran trainer clearly made the right move.

Antonio Reyes retains the mount.

A Lasting Peace and Lasting Spice know how to win races, but they both want to control the race right from the start.

Lasting Spice, trained Tracy McCarthy, set the pace before giving way late to Cry Cry Cry going 6 1/2 furlongs in a $25,000 claiming race June 16. He has won 4 of his 7 starts going 1 1/16 miles, so he won’t mind the added distance.

A Lasting Peace won 4 of his 5 starts at this meet before romping by seven lengths in the Similkameen Cup at Sunflower Downs on June 29. In total, the Jim Brown trainee has won 16 of his 38 starts, and he could be tough to get past if he breaks on top leaving from the inside post.

Step on the Gas is the only 3-year-old in the field, and he also has a lot of speed. This will be his first route attempt.

Briartic County, more speed, could be a threat if Richard Hamel can get him to stalk.

Marcado and Stolenotis complete the field.