07/18/2002 11:00PM

This time, Craig will gun for lead

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Commodore Craig will be the one that eight other 3-year-olds will be chasing in Sunday's $35,000 Jim Coleman Province, a 1 1/16-mile race at Hastings Park.

The most likely one to run him down is Blowin In Wind, who finished a fast-closing second in the Burnaby Breeders' Cup June 29.

Trainer Robbie Anderson said he instructed jockey Chris Loseth to try and take Commodore Craig off the pace in the Burnaby and instead, Loseth went into live-saving mode as Commodore Craig was trapped behind horses going into the first and second turns and clearly wanted to run over them.

"At that point I was cursing Robbie for telling me to try and rate him," Loseth said. "I don't think I'll listen to him this time." Anderson said he still feels that Commodore Craig is rateable but will instruct Loseth to rate Commodore Craig on the lead.

"The Burnaby didn't really go as planned, but I think it was more that he didn't like being pinned down on the rail," Anderson said, referring to Commodore Craig. "He drew outside this time and since there doesn't appear to be a lot of other early speed, Chris should be happy to put him on the lead."

Shacane will be facing stakes competition for the first time.

He's won his last two starts - a

3 1/2-length win over straight maidens at 6 1/2 furlongs June 16 and an impressive tally over $50,000 optional horses in his first try going around three turns.

Trainer Toni Jacobson Cloutier said she thinks he's up to stakes horses. "It's a tough group of horses, but he likes to run, and he's still learning," she said.

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