07/19/2012 1:06PM

Hastings: High End Man prepping for B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Peter Gregory is hoping a big effort by High End Man in a first-level allowance race at Hastings Saturday will propel the horse into the $50,000 Stellar’s Jay on B.C. Cup Day Aug. 6.

High End Man certainly looks like the one to beat in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, which drew six horses and goes as the third race.

Also on the eight-race card is the first leg of the Pacific Custom Brokers Marathon Series. The race overfilled and was split into two divisions, going as race 5 and 7.

High End Man showed a lot of potential in his first start this year on May 27. He forced an honest pace and then drew off with authority to beat Wailin’ Jack by 4 1/2 lengths in a $40,000 optional maiden claiming sprint. Gregory was reluctant to stretch him out for his next start, but with no sprints filling, he ran High End Man in a first-level $50,000 optional claiming race for 3-year-olds June 17, and he ran a big race to lose by a nose to Wilo Kat.

Gregory has been patient looking for the right spot to bring High End Man back following the hard race, and it looks like he found it Saturday.

“He ran a huge race and I wanted to give him a little time to get over it,” said Gregory. “He has bounced back beautifully and he worked a real nice five-eighths last weekend. Hopefully this will set him up nicely for B.C. Cup Day.”

Leading rider Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

Double It figures to improve in his second start for trainer Dino Condilenios, and his first wasn’t bad at all. He came from a stalking position to win a $40,000 optional maiden claiming sprint June 22. Part of a package of horses Swift Thoroughbred Inc. purchased from Darley Stable, Double It had gone unplaced in his three previous races, which came in Florida and New York. In his most recent start on the East Coast he finished seventh in a 1 1/16-mile, $50,000 maiden-claiming race on the inner turf course at Belmont May 24.

“I like the way he is training,” said Condilenios. “He is a long-striding colt and I think he’ll improve going long.”

Fernando Perez rides Double It.

Tommy D’Horsey rallied to finish fourth in a 6 1/2-furlong first-level allowance race July 8, and shouldn’t mind the move to a middle distance.