08/13/2001 11:00PM

Tavolino tries to up his streak

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Tavolino and Mitchell Island both are stepping up after sharp wins and appear to be the ones to beat at Hastings Park Wednesday night in the featured race, a $20,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles.

Tavolino, owned by Nelson Rudelier, has won his last three starts, and he beat Mitchell Island by six lengths in his only race at 1 1/16 miles, an $11,000 claiming race June 27. He was claimed out of that race by the Diglett Stable, but Rudelier, who had been his owner since he was born, took him back for $15,000 in his next start, a two-length win over Cruel Baron July 22. Tavolino had things his own way when he beat Mitchell Island, but with Kooma and Cruel Baron drawn inside of him, he'll have to work to make the lead from his outside post. Cindy Krasner trains, and she named her husband, Sam Krasner, to ride.

Mitchell Island had been struggling in the maiden ranks until he stretched out to 1 1/16 miles. After finishing third in a $6,000 maiden sprint, he was entered in $10,000 company and made a late move to beat Janice's Victor by a head May 20. In his first race against winners, Mitchell Island ran a distant second to Tavolino - but he roared to a five-length win for the same price in a good clocking of 1:45.73 on July 25.

What made that impressive was that he was jostled around at the start and ended up trailing the field by 10 lengths before unleashing his overpowering move.

With a contested pace expected Wednesday, the race could set up for the late-running Mitchell Island. Harold Barroby has named Pedro Alvarado to ride.