06/05/2008 11:00PM

Roscoe Pito will run for a tag


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Roscoe Pito, who won the Grade 2 British Columbia Derby in 2003 and has earned $607,263, has been entered for a claiming price for the first time in his illustrious career.

Roscoe Pito is eligible to be claimed for $50,000 out of a second-level optional claiming race that drew seven older horses at Hastings on Sunday. Nonetheless, it is very unlikely that anyone will put up that kind of money for an 8-year-old gelding who will be making his first start since he finished fifth in the Presidents Day Handicap at Bay Meadows on Feb. 19, 2007.

Roscoe Pito, who is trained by John Snow, would appear to want more distance at this stage in his career and will likely be third or fourth choice in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint that goes as the ninth race.

And All That Jazz, trained by Craig MacPherson, looks like the one to beat off his good second to Bank Emblem in a similar race May 19. And All That Jazz drew the rail and appears to have retained his edge, earning a bullet for his five-furlong move in 59.60 seconds on June 1.

Some pace pressure could come from Tango Mango. Claimed by trainer Dino Condilenios on behalf of Swift Thoroughbreds for $25,000 on April 26, Tango Mango looked sharp winning an entry-level optional $35,000 claiming race on May 19.

Enforcement could be dangerous from off the pace.