08/16/2002 12:00AM

Speed 'Cap boils down to just two

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Plenty of speed will be on display when King Jeremy and Danzilation hook up in the $35,000 6 1/2-furlong Hastings Speed Handicap this Sunday afternoon. Six older horses have been entered, but it shapes up as a match race between King Jeremy and Danzilation.

King Jeremy won this race last year when it was named the PNE Speed Handicap and figures to be the favorite. He is coming off a sharp 3 1/4-length win over Captain Des in the British Columbia Cup Sprint on Aug. 5 and is capable of sitting just off of Danzilation, or going with him if his jockey David Wilson so chooses. "He's going as well as ever," said his trainer, Robbie Anderson.

"He had a nice blowout the other day," Anderson said of a four-furlong workout in 48.80 seconds on Thursday, "and I'm not too worried about Danzilation getting away from him. Jeremy can go 21 and change if he has to, so he won't be too far behind."

Danzilation might be fast, and he did win the Oregon Derby last year, but he has never beaten quality stakes horses. It looked like he might be able to compete with the top horses in the Pacific Northwest when he finished second to Lord Nelson in the 6 1/2-furlong George Royal Stakes on April 28, but he went unplaced in his next three starts versus stakes company. His connections opted to drop him in for $50,000 on Aug. 3, and Danzilation responded with an easy win and he ran the fastest 6 1/2 furlongs at the meet, 1:16.56.

I'm Free looks like the only other horse with a chance, but he will have to regain his 3-year-old form in order to be a contender.

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