08/05/2009 11:00PM

Three Wood gets right setup at Hastings


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - There is an excellent chance Three Wood will be able to catch J T's Pointe when they hook up for the second straight race at Hastings on Saturday. The $12,500 claiming race for 3-year-olds going 6 1/2 furlongs drew seven horses and goes as the seventh race.

Trained by John Snow, Three Wood made a strong late run that came up three-quarters of a length short when he and J T's Pointe met in a similar race on July 25. With other speed in the field, particularly Shintaro, the shape of the race on Saturday should favor Three Wood. A Florida-bred son of Three Wonders, Three Wood has yet to run a bad race in his five starts, compiling a record of 1-2-1. His worst race was a fourth-place finish against older horses in a $17,500 claiming race for non-winners of two July 1.

Frank Fuentes rides Three Wood.

J T's Pointe, trained by Craig MacPherson, has also been an honest horse in his five starts. After finishing second in his debut, he won three of his next four races. The only time he wasn't part of the exacta he finished fourth to next-out winner Gather de Justice in a $12,500 claimer on July 11. J T's Point led from start to finish in all of his wins and there isn't any doubt that 10-pound apprentice jockey Taletha Wyatt will be sending him right to the front. Wyatt was aboard J T's Pointe for her first win as a rider in the July 25 race.

MacPherson has also entered Classic Ideals, who could be a threat from a stalking position. He is moving back to a sprint after finishing fifth in a 1 1/16-mile race for $17,500 claimers on July 19. In his previous start he beat Gather de Justice in a $12,500 sprint on June 13.

Garry Cruise retains the mount on Classic Ideals.

Great Legacy hasn't lived up to his regal breeding and will be dropping to the lowest level in his career after setting the pace and tiring to finish fourth in a $17,500 claiming race for horses that haven't won two races. By Storm Cat out of the multiple Grade 1 winner Affluent, Great Legacy won a $25,000 maiden claiming race on June 21.

Breeze's Storm forced an honest pace and then held on well to finish second when he stretched out to a 1 1/16 miles for the first time July 19. He should appreciate the move back to a sprint.

Shintaro bore out and then was eased when he ran in a $50,000 optional race on July 4. He is adding blinkers and will likely be part of the pace.