06/17/2009 12:00AM

Tom Quinn seems set for first win


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Full fields should help boost wagering at Hastings this Friday night. The most interesting race on the card is the fourth, a maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds and up.

Tom Quinn should be a solid favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint that drew nine horses.

Trained by Pete Gregory, Tom Quinn is coming off a second-place finish behind McArthur in a maiden special weight race on May 31. McArthur came back to finish second in a tough first-level optional $25,000 claimer last Saturday.

Gregory was pleased with Tom Quinn's four-furlong move on June 13 and likes the way he is coming up to the race.

"The winner couldn't have blown out a candle, but my horse was breathing very heavily when they came back to the test barn after his last race," said Gregory. "I gave him a little time to rebound before he worked last weekend. He went really well, and his exercise rider, Sylvia Gregory, said he is better now then he was going into his last race."

Gregory backed off Tom Quinn because he was a bit inconsistent as a 2-year-old running in Southern California last year.

"He seemed to regress after he ran a big race," said Gregory. "Hopefully that won't happen here, but I'm not making any predictions."

Mario Gutierrez retains the mount on Tom Quinn.

Trainer Dino Condilenios is hoping both Elusive Ways and Beale Street will move forward in their second starts.

Condilenios was very high on Elusive Ways going into his debut on May 18, and he was mildly disappointed when he finished fourth in a maiden special weight race.

"He ran greenly and he seemed to be jumping up and down when dirt hit him in the face," said Condilenios. "We have been training him behind horses in the mornings, and hopefully he'll handle it a lot better this time."

Elusive Ways should have some upside potential. He is a half-brother to a couple of horses that earned more than $500,000, Worldly Ways and Miss Fortunate. Worldly Ways won graded races on turf and dirt. Miss Fortunate won six route races, including the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders' Cup.

Elusive Ways and Beale Street will be coupled in the wagering.

It's Zavata Time, trained by Blaine Weight, ships in from Emerald Downs, where he has finished third in two maiden special weight races. He will add blinkers and Lasix for his first start in Canada.