10/11/2012 11:18AM

Hastings: Shintoism looks tough in Saturday allowance

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Shintoism looks like the one to beat in a first-level allowance race that will serve as Saturday’s feature at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint attracted seven 3-year-olds and goes as the eighth race on the second-to-last day of live racing at Hastings this year.

Trained by Cindy Krasner, Shintoism finished a fast-closing second behind the heavily favored 4-year-old Golden Triumph, who was the lone speed, in a similar race Sept. 15. Shintoism was coming off a couple of route attempts in the B.C. Cup Stellar’s Jay and the Richmond Derby Trial, so he might be a little sharper in his second straight sprint. There also should be a contested pace this time, and if he doesn’t get too far out of it, he should be able to wear down the speed.

Chad Hoverson retains the mount.

It is back to reality for El Capone, who was thrown to the wolves in the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby following his impressive four-length win in a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race Aug. 17. Trained by John Snow, the son of El Corredor looked sharp in a couple of interim works following his 10th-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Derby and will appreciate the easier company and shorter distance.

Twistgrips and Dynamiter each is coming off a debut win in a $40,000 optional maiden claiming race, and either one could move up enough to win what appears to be a wide-open race.

Despite being the first foal to race out of the stakes-winning mare Victor’s Secret, who earned more than $188,000, Twistgrips was completely overlooked in the wagering when he debuted for Snow last Monday and paid $108.90 for his game win over Bell Tower. It is hard to say how he will respond coming back this quickly in just his second start, but he will be getting in light with apprentice Marni Williams riding at 105 pounds. Williams had the best day of her career last Saturday, winning four straight races.

Antonio Reyes was aboard Twistgrip for his upset win, but he sticks with Dynamiter. Trained by Barbara Heads, Dynamiter was able to win his debut Sept. 8 despite going four wide around both turns.

Dash Smartly could be dangerous with blinkers going on following his first try going around three turns in the CTHS Sales Stakes on Sept. 30.

Game Seven and Brass and Gold round out the field.