11/19/2004 12:00AM

Jack looks to continue late push


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Local hall of fame trainer Allan Jack got off to an uncharacteristically slow start this meet, but he's been winning more than his share of races lately and there's a good chance he will add to his total when he sends over Swingingintherain for the feature race at Hastings Sunday. The $11,000 optional sprint for 3-year-olds drew seven horses, including Arizona Sky, who could be dangerous as the lone speed. It goes as the seventh race.

Swingingintherain has won the last two times he raced at 6 1/2 furlongs, the distance of Sunday's race. A Washington-bred gelding, Swingingintherain beat Khronus, who is also entered Sunday, in an $11,000 claiming race Oct. 17, and he finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of Arizona Sky in an $8,000 optional race last Sunday. In between those races, he faded when he tried to stretch out for $15,000 Nov. 7.

If he doesn't bounce while making his third start in a two-week span, Swingingintherain will be tough to beat. Jake Barton retains the mount.

Arizona Sky has been popular at the claim box lately. He was claimed for $5,000 by owner-

trainer Robin Dalziel Oct. 30 and she lost him to his current connections, owner Kim Hart and trainer John VanLoon, when she ran him back for $8,000 Nov. 14. In both races Arizona Sky set the pace and finished second. Richard Hamel will ride.