07/28/2011 1:53PM

Hastings: Pow gets another chance at a route


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Pow and Silly Fella look like the main players in a first-level allowance race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Hastings. The 1 1/16-mile race goes as race 6 on the seven-race card.

On Monday, a total of 10 races, including seven stakes restricted to B.C.-breds, have been scheduled for B.C. Cup Day. Since its inception in 1995, B.C. Cup Day has become the biggest day at Hastings in terms of attendance and handle.

If all six horses run in Saturday’s feature there should be a lively pace. Peace Bear and Funny Face have tons of speed and both will be stretching out to a middle distance for the first time. The likely quick pace could set up Pow.

Trained by Dino Condilenios, Pow showed a lot of potential when he debuted in a $30,000 optional maiden claiming race May 7. He didn’t break that sharply, and after trailing the field early he made a strong late move that came up a neck short to Goldfire. Condilenios stretched him out to 1 1/16 miles in his second start 22 days later, but he didn’t show the same kind of kick. He fired a big shot when he came back to win a $17,500 maiden claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs, however, and he ran evenly in a first-level allowance sprint in his latest start July 10. Condilenios hopes Pow is a more mature horse than when he tried three turns the first time.

“He has had a few issues at the gate, and when a horse acted up and delayed the start he kind of melted down,” said Condilenios of Pow’s route attempt. “He certainly acts like a horse that will go long, and hopefully all the schooling we have done with him at the gate will pay off.”

Dave Wilson rides Pow.

Silly Fella, trained by Terry Dubois, is easily the top money earner in the field, and large part of his bankroll was earned when he won his maiden in the $106,000 Jack Diamond Futurity in 2009. Silly Fella, second in the same race Pow exits, hasn’t won going around three turns but he owns the best Beyer Speed Figure in the field for 1 1/16 miles, a 79, and could be dangerous from a stalking position.

Fransors Finest and P S Forget Me Not are the only route winners in the race.