07/09/2003 11:00PM

Second start may be charm


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Kristoferobyn will likely be favored over eight others in Saturday's feature race at Hastings, a $20,000 conditioned claiming race for 3-year-olds and up. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint will go as the seventh race.

Kristoferobyn, who is trained by Rob VanOverschot, will be making his second start of the meet, and his first outing was a good one. He was beaten by only 1 1/2 lengths while finishing fourth in a tough group of $25,000 multiple winners, and had some traffic trouble approaching the wire. In 2002 he won just one race, but finished second five times.

With any kind of a move forward off of his initial start this year, Kristoferobyn figures to be right in the thick of what appears to be a wide-open race. He will be ridden by Robert Skelly.

Orchids Spirit is very sharp right now and could take some catching. He broke his maiden for $15,000 June 21. Being a 3-year-old with seven-pound apprentice Emma Jane Abbott in the irons, he gets in at a very light 105 pounds. Rick Kamps trains.

If a speed duel develops - and that is possible with Pioneer Pete and Chicka Hermosa in the race - it could set up nicely for Supremo's Suprize. He's capable of stalking and should get a similar trip to his near-miss to Sovereign Won at this level July 1.

Your Welcome is also making just his second start of the year, and like Kristoferobyn he ran well in his initial outing, finishing two lengths behind Supremo's Suprize. He has the best Beyer Figure in the field, 81, which he earned while finishing third in a $25,000 maiden race at Hollywood Park last year.