08/04/2012 1:09PM

Hastings: Taylor Said to carry 128 pounds in B.C. Cup Classic

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Taylor Said will concede from 13 to 16 pounds to his rivals in the B.C. Cup Classic.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Taylor Said is being asked to tote a heavy load of 128 pounds and go farther than he has ever in his eight-race career. Nonetheless, it is hard to go past him in the $75,000 British Columbia Cup Classic at Hastings on Monday. The 1 1/8-mile Classic for 3-year-olds and up drew five horses and headlines the B.C. Cup Day card that features six stakes races restricted to B.C.-breds. First post for the 10-race card is 12:50 p.m. Pacific.

The presence of Taylor Said has a lot to do with the short field in the Classic that has been carded as the third race. Trained by Troy Taylor, Taylor Said has dominated the open handicap division at Hastings this year and is coming off two impressive wins going 1 1/16 miles in the Sir Winston Churchill and Lieutenant Governors’. He was given the highest Beyer Speed Figure seen here in years when he earned a 104 for his win going 6 1/2 furlongs in the John Longden 6000 on May 6 and the way he rallied to win the race from off the pace encouraged Taylor to give him a shot at stretching out to 1 1/16 miles in the Churchill.

“We got pretty excited about him after the Longden,” said Taylor. “Fernando said he was very comfortable sitting behind other horses.”

Perez will have to rate him with the speedy Tommy Danzigger in the field, or he could get fried in a duel.

“No problem,” said Perez. “He can rate.”

Taylor Said will concede from 13 to 16 pounds to his rivals.

Tommy Danzigger and Jump Up and Kissme look like the main threats.

Trained by Rob Gilker, Tommy Danzigger carried his considerable speed to win the Grade 3, 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby in 2009. He hasn’t won a stakes race since, but he has been a sharp horse lately, winning back-to-back $17,500 claiming races before losing by a nose to Fransor’s Finest in a 1 1/16-mile, $25,000 claiming race July 15.

Jump Up and Kissme appears to be on top of his game but might be suspect at the distance. He earned a career-best 88 Beyer Speed Figure for his second-place finish in a quickly run $40,000 optional claiming sprint July 14. Trained by Kerri Raven, Jump Up and Kissme’s best race this year was a second-place finish in the $50,000 George Royal April 15.

Stormy Canuck and Ganbei round out the field.