08/14/2008 12:00AM

Peaceful Turzia faces softer


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Peaceful Turzia should appreciate the drop into a claiming race in Saturday’s seventh race at Hastings and he won’t mind the move back to a sprint after going unplaced in two tries versus tougher at 1 1/16 miles. If he returns to the form that saw him win the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province on May 18 he’ll be tough to handle in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds running for a top claiming price of $35,000, which attracted nine horses.

After winning the Province, Peaceful Turzia shipped to Stampede Park to run in the $125,000 Alberta Derby where he broke a step slowly and then rushed up to force the pace before tiring to finish eighth. Trained by Troy Taylor, Peaceful Turzia was also up close to an honest pace before fading to finish fifth in a $50,000 optional race at Hastings on July 5. Prior to his win in the Province, Peaceful Turzia cruised to a 4 1/2-length win in a $25,000 claiming race on April 27. Leading rider Mario Gutierrez rides Peaceful Turzia.

Trained by Mel Snow, Snow Moon is coming off of a very good effort where he forced the pace and held on well to finish second by a neck in a $45,000 optional race on July 26. Snow Moon hasn’t won since he easily handled next out winner Freequartersmine in a $35,000 claiming race on May 17, but he’s been holding his own while facing tougher and he should appreciate moving back into the claiming ranks.