08/11/2006 12:00AM

They won't be maidens for long


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - It could be worthwhile to stick around for the last race at Hastings Sunday. The maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs drew a full field and it looks like the most interesting race on the 10-race card. It's certainly a very good betting race, with several who have shown potential and no real standout.

Great Prince has been right there in all three of his starts in similar races. He drew the rail, and with his good speed could be tough to get past. Great Prince hasn't started since finishing third June 11.

Uncanny Yodel has been working well since arriving from Hollywood Park, where he finished fourth in a $62,500 maiden race June 3. He has the best Beyer Speed Figures in the field and has really picked it up in his last two starts.

Critic came back with two excellent works after finishing third in his debut July 14. He will be running on Lasix for the first time and could take a big step forward in his second start.

Ruthwell and Speckulation Day are cutting back to a sprint after finishing second and third when they both stretched out for the first time July 29. Speckulation Day has started only three times, so there could be more upside potential for him. On the other hand, Ruthwell finished very strongly in his four-furlong work Thursday morning and appears to be coming up to a big race.