05/27/2009 11:00PM

Teide might be the one at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A dart board may work as well as logic when it comes to trying to figure out which horse will win the seventh race at Hastings on Saturday. The second-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up attracted eight horses.

Teide will certainly attract wagering support in the 6 1/2-furlong race, which also carries a $50,000 claiming option. Trained by Dino Condilenios, Teide is dropping into an easier spot after a good effort in the $50,000 George Royal Stakes on May 2. Teide made a strong late move to finish a close fifth in the George Royal, and there should be a brisk pace to set him up on Saturday.

Both of Teide's wins have been going longer, however, so he might want more distance. In his third start, back in 2007, he won a one mile and 70-yard maiden special weight over the inner track at Aqueduct by nine lengths. His other win was in a one-mile entry-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park in March 2008.

Teide came back with a bullet four-furlong work on May 24 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him take a big step forward in his second start of the year. Chad Hoverson retains the mount.

Reel Prime, who is trained by Alan May, is also going to appreciate the drop in class after a third-place finish behind Kruger Park in the six-furlong Seattle Handicap at Emerald Downs on May 3. Kruger Park came back to beat a very good field in the Fox Sports Network at Emerald last Monday. In his previous start, Reel Prime won a first-level allowance sprint at Hasting on April 19.

Frank Fuentes rides Reel Prime.

Winter Warning nosed out Cabron in a similar race on May 10 and they meet again on Saturday. They both have the kind of tactical speed that wins a lot of races at Hastings.

Winter Warning, who is trained by Troy Taylor, also has plenty of back-class. Among his seven wins is an upset over Shacane in the Sir Winston Churchill in 2007, and he is the top money earner in the field with $166,393.

Cabron is as honest as they come, especially at this distance. In 11 starts going 6 1/2 furlongs Cabron has hit the board nine times. He is trained by Robert Gilker.

Enforcement was a sharp front-running winner of a $35,000 claiming race on May 18 and he could improve in his second start at the meet.