07/03/2008 11:00PM

Star Prospector class of Loseth


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Star Prospector looks like the one to beat in the $50,000 Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile feature, named after the all-time leading rider at Hastings, drew seven 3-year-olds and goes as the eighth race.

Star Prospector, who is trained by Terry Jordan, is coming off of an impressive win in the 6 1/2 furlong CTHS Sales Stakes on June 22. Trapped behind horses most of the way, Star Prospector made a strong move to edge Alarico in the last few jumps. Star Prospector’s versatility should help him in the Chris Loseth. He went right to the front when he won the one-mile Hoofprint on My Heart at Stampede Park on May 24, but with other potential speed in the field on Sunday he will probably secure a stalking position.

Star Prospector will carry high weight of 123 pounds and will be ridden by leading rider Mario Gutierrez.

Trainer Dave Forster is hoping a fast pace will help set up Royal Hudson. A Kentucky-bred colt by Monarchos, Royal Hudson came from well back to win the $110,000 Ascot Graduation last October, but he hasn’t won a race since. Royal Hudson started the year at Oaklawn Park, where he went unplaced in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and also in two subsequent starts. He showed signs of life in his latest, finishing full of run to get up for fifth in a $75,000 optional race on June 21.

“He needs some help up front,” said Forster.