05/10/2012 1:27PM

Hastings: Time Machine in new setting


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer John Morrison is curious to see how Time Machine runs in a first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up at Hastings Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew six horses and goes as the second race on the eight-race card.

Time Machine easily has the best Beyer Speed Figure in the field, an 83 he received for his 17-length win in a maiden special weight race at Fort Erie last June 11. He never came close to the same figure in three subsequent starts, but he almost won a couple of conditional allowance races before going unplaced in the Bob Summers Memorial Cup on Aug. 1.

Time Machine, who raced for trainer Terry Jordan in Ontario, will be making his first start at Hastings.

“I don’t know that much about him,” said Morrison. “He has trained well her but he is a bit of a nervous horse. We’ll just have to see how he handles his new environment.”

Time Machine will run with blinkers for the first time, and it is highly likely jockey Enrique Gonzalez will send him to the lead.

Devil In Disguise will be making his first start of the year, and according to his trainer, Troy Taylor, the race is being used as a prep for something longer, possibly the $50,000 River Rock Casino June 2.

A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Smarty Jones, Devil in Disguise is coming of a fifth-place finish on the turf in the Grade 3 Generous at Hollywood Park Nov. 27.

“I don’t think he wants to sprint, and we need to get a race into him before we stretch him out, said Taylor.”

Devil in Disguise won a mile-and-70-yard maiden special weight race at Hawthorne in his second start last Oct. 29. In his first try on grass he finished fourth in the one-mile $63,000 Royal Glint at Hawthorne on Oct. 29.

Stormy Canuck, trained by Mark Cloutier, figures to move forward following a strong performance in his first start this year in a $35,000 optional sprint won by Dollarwaitnonadime. He was full of run but had to steady sharply at the three-eighths pole and then rallied to finish second.

Stormy Canuck closed out 2011 with a win in 1 1/16-mile $50,000 optional race for 3-year-olds Sept. 18.

Majesticality is looking for his first win since he upset the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby in 2010.

Jack Diamond Futurity winner Sartorialist and Stolenotis round out the field.