08/16/2005 11:00PM

Pure faces a sharp Silver Donn


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Pure looks like the one to beat in the sixth race at Hastings on Friday. The $50,000 race for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles drew seven horses, including a very sharp Silver Donn.

Silver Donn will need to run his best race to beat Pure, though. In his first start at Hastings, Pure ran a huge race to finish second to stakes winner Tobe Suave in a $75,000 optional claiming race July 9. Pure's strong performance was validated when Tobe Suave came back to finish a close second behind Quiet Cash in the $75,000 Great Canadian Stakes on July 31.

Trained by Gary Demorest, Pure has been training well since his impressive race and, according to the clockers at Hastings, he finished full of run when he worked a very good six furlongs in 1:13.60 on Sunday. There doesn't appear to be a lot of other speed in the field, and it's possible that Pure, with Pedro Alvarado up, will be able to set a moderate pace.

Trainer Bob Rohman has Silver Donn headed in the right direction. Silver Donn finished a fast-closing third behind Commodore Craig in the B.C. Cup Sprint on Aug. 1. Silver Donn shouldn't mind stretching out to a middle distance. After all, he has won 3 of his 7 starts at the distance and he has the top Beyer Speed Figure in the field, 91, for 1 1/16 miles.

Tacky and Trick of the North are both coming off decent efforts in stakes races. Tacky ran fourth in the Great Canadian Stakes, and Trick of the North ran third in the B.C. Cup Classic.