04/12/2013 12:42PM

Hastings: Prohibiting has a closing shot in Sunday feature


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – With plenty of speed lined up, Prohibiting might be able to pick up the pieces in a first-level allowance race that will serve as Sunday’s feature at Hastings. The six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds drew six horses and goes as the seventh race.

Prohibiting ran four times as a 2-year-old, and he rallied to win a key race in his third start in a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race. Proud Victor, who finished third, went on to win the $50,000 B.C. Nursery and the $100,00 Jack Diamond Futurity.

Trainer Troy Taylor is just hoping for a good race from Prohibiting, a son of two-time Breeders’ Cup sprint winner Midnight Lute.

“I don’t think he’s a star, but I’ve been fooled before,” said Taylor. “He’s a decent horse and maybe he’ll show us something on Sunday.”

Aaron Gryder rides Prohibiting.

After the Conflict should have a fitness edge over the field. He is coming off a 6 1/2-length win in a $32,000 maiden-claiming race at Golden Gate Fields on March 22. After a couple of even efforts with maiden special weight company, his trainer in Northern California, Blaine Wright, dropped him into the easier spot. He responded as expected, easily winning as the heavy favorite.

His trainer at Hastings, Craig MacPherson, thinks the combination of good speed and being racing-fit could give After the Conflict a slight edge.

Stormin for Becka, also trained by MacPherson, was an impressive debut winnern last year, but then ran greenly and lost his rider in the CTHS Sales Stakes. He wasn’t much of a factor in his next two starts but has trained sharply leading up to his first start as a 3-year-old.

Tigger Town has excellent speed, and he used it to win a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race for trainer Greg Tracy in his second start last Aug. 22. In his next and final start as a 2-year-old, he led for every step but the last in the $50,000 Winnipeg Futurity at Assiniboia Downs. He drew the rail and could be dangerous if he leaves there running.

Tracy also entered Red Red Rose, who won his only start last year, which came going 3 1/2 furlongs in a $40,000 optional maiden race at Hastings July 22.

Dog looked good winning his only start at 2. Trained by Dino Condilenios and ridden by Jeff Burningham, Dog forced an honest pace before drawing off to win a $10,000 maiden-claiming race going six furlongs July 29.