05/31/2013 1:15PM

Hastings: Tommy Danzigger, A Lasting Peace both want lead in route feature


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Something has to give when Tommy Danzigger and A Lasting Peace hook up in a $15,000 claiming race at Hastings on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile feature attracted 10 horses, and there isn’t much doubt the pace will be fast and hotly contested with Tommy Danzigger and A Lasting Peace both having just one way of going. It should be fun to watch and anyone’s guess as to which of the two will hold up. Maybe neither.

Tommy Danzigger, who won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby in 2009, clearly has a class edge over A Lasting Peace. Nonetheless, A Lasting Peace is on a roll and is coming off an impressive win in a $15,000 claiming race going 6 1/2 furlongs May 25.

A Lasting Peace has been well handled by Jim Brown since he took over his training last year. In 22 starts for Brown, A Lasting Peace has won 10 times. He also crossed the finish line first in a $7,500 claiming race but was disqualified and placed third for causing interference a couple of jumps before the wire. He has been especially sharp this year, winning twice at Turf Paradise and three straight here. In his last start, A Lasting Peace carved out wicked fractions and kept rolling to post an excellent final time of 1:16.87, which translated to a career-best 79 Beyer Speed Figure.

A Lasting Peace has won going a middle distance a couple of times, but this is clearly the sternest test of his career and he will be under the gun right from the start while carrying 124 pounds.

Frank Fuentes retains the mount.

Tommy Danzigger didn’t fire in his first start this year, but he doesn’t want to sprint and he will appreciate getting the chance to use his good speed going around three turns. He isn’t the same horse who was good enough to win a couple of stakes races as a 3-year-old, but he hits pretty hard at this level. Last year, he scored easy wins in back-to-back $17,500 claiming races going 1 1/16 miles before finishing second to Taylor Said in the $75,000 B.C. Cup Classic. Taylor Said used the Classic as a prep for his winning race in the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

Trainer Rob Gilker sent Tommy Danzigger out for an interim work May 20, and he looked razor sharp while earning a bullet for his four-furlong move in 46.20 seconds.

Aaron Gryder rides Tommy Danzigger, who will break directly outside of A Lasting Peace from post 6.

Call Me Later, second in a similar race May 11, could be dangerous if Enrique Gonzalez can get him to settle into a stalking position behind the two speedsters.