08/20/2008 12:00AM

A Toast to Tanner a real threat off his last


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A Toast to Tanner shouldn't have any trouble adapting to the comparatively tight turns at Hastings when he ships up from Emerald Downs to run in the seventh race on Friday. After all, in two starts at Fairplex, where the turns are more severe than they are at Hastings, A Toast to Tanner placed both times.

If he takes to the Hastings surface, he could be tough to handle in the $8,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles. None of the eight horses entered has ever won at the distance.

A Toast to Tanner has good tactical speed, and he comes off a solid second-place finish going 1 1/16 miles in a $7,500 claiming race at Emerald Downs on July 31. The winner, Desert Sea, came back to win a $20,000 claiming race at Emerald last Sunday. A Toast to Tanner will be making his first start for trainer Brian Giesbrecht after running out of the Ben Root barn at Emerald.

Fernando Perez rides A Toast to Tanner.

Dalton Green and Undersecretary have taken turns beating each other the last two times they met. Undersecretary finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of Dalton Green for this price on July 25. Dalton Green edged Undersecretary by a neck in a similar race on July 11. Dalton Green, who is trained by Jim Brown, is coming off a win in the B.C. Lotto Handicap at Kamloops on Aug. 9 and could have the edge.

Undersecretary will be making his first start since being claimed out of his winning race on July 25 by trainer Elizabeth Stolzenberg.

Kinda Special has good speed and will be tested for class.