07/17/2002 11:00PM

'Jeremy' looks like one to catch

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - King Jeremy, Diglett, and Jazzy Yacht look like the ones to beat in Saturday's $35,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club at Hastings.

King Jeremy could have a slight edge over the other two contenders in the 1 1/16-mile race since there doesn't appear to be a lot of other speed, and he can be a pretty tough horse when he gets things his own way. On the other hand, Lady Vye should have a hot pace to close against in the supporting feature, the $35,000 Nanaimo Handicap for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

A 5-year-old gelding, King Jeremy hasn't won going this far since he dominated the local ranks as a 3-year-old, but he has been facing horses such as Kid Katabatic, Lord Nelson, and Rampaging Alf who not only have strong credentials but also possesses plenty of early kick.

Work Visa and Jazzy Yacht have some speed, but even if they try to run with King Jeremy early, the fractions will likely be moderate, and King Jeremy should have plenty left for the late stages of the race.

King Jeremy is winless this year, finishing third behind Kid Katabatic in the Spring Sprint and John Longden, and fourth in an allowance sprint at Emerald July 4.

"He stumbled at the break and then got roughed up going around the turn," trainer Robbie Anderson said, referring to the July 4 race. "He wasn't a very happy horse after the race, but he's trained well since returning to Hastings and should run a good race." David Wilson rides.

Diglett also ran his last race at Emerald and made a nice run through the stretch to finish third in the Independence Day Handicap July 4.

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