08/08/2012 4:28PM

Hastings: Pair of $15,000 claiming races anchor card


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Iscar and Bearrock N Roll look like the main players in a $15,000 claiming race that goes as the first race at Hastings on Friday. The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up drew six horses and will share top billing with the sixth race, a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles that drew eight horses.

Post time for the first of seven races is 7:15  p.m. Pacific.

Iscar will be making his second start at Hastings for trainer Dino Condilenios, and he is going to appreciate the much-easier company after running against Taylor Said in the $50,000 Lieutenant Governors’ on July 2. Taylor Said came back to romp in the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic last Monday.

Iscar was a sharp horse in New York before running in the Lieutenant Governors’. He came from a stalking position to win a $30,000 claiming race for nonwinners of three going a mile at Belmont on May 23 and also rallied to finish second in a similar race May 3.

Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

Condilenios also has entered Modest, who has speed and will likely use it to keep Bearrock N Roll honest. Modest was content to track Bearrock N Roll when he finished second to him July 13, but with late-running Iscar in the field, the strategy will likely be to try and entice Bearrock N Roll into a duel.

Bearrock N Roll, trained by Craig MacPherson, was able to set moderate fractions while cruising to an easy five-length win over Modest, but he can stalk and certainly knows how to win races. The 7-year-old gelding has compiled a 10-7-2 record from 37 starts. He is picking up four pounds to 124, however, and the highest weight he has successfully carried is 120 pounds.

Yvett’s Pride has won his last two races, but is stepping up substantially after being claimed for $6,250 by trainer William La Vanway on July 21.

Patzcuaro and Tarue Grit round out the field.

◗ The sixth race features a matchup between Royal Victor and Yes He’s Trouble.

Royal Victor, trained by Robert VanOverscht, will be the one they have to catch.

Yes He’s Trouble was a very impressive winner of a $5,000 maiden race July 27 and might be good enough to stand the jump in class. He is trained by Jody Rawson, who claimed him on behalf of B S Stable out of a winning race.