09/16/2009 11:00PM

Tribal Teen looks long gone


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Tribal Teen will try to make amends after a narrow loss as the odds-on favorite in his last race. Once again and he figures to be a short price in the 6 1/2-furlong feature at Hastings Saturday. The first-level allowance race for 3-year-olds and up drew five horses and goes as the third race.

Trained by John Snow, Tribal Teen should have an easy time of it on the lead in a field devoid of other speed. In his loss to Afleet Deal in a similar race on Sept. 4, Tribal Teen dueled with the winner early, opened up a one-length advantage at the top of the stretch, and then ran out of steam late to lose by a length. It certainly looks like Tribal Teen will be able to set moderate fractions here, and the other four horses are probably running for second money.

Leading rider Fernando Perez retains the mount.

The likely shape of the race won't help Hungry for Life, who is conditioned by Cindy Krasner. A half-brother to Grade 3 B.C. Derby winner Krazy Koffee, Hungry for Life came from 10 lengths behind in his win over Maximiano in a maiden special weight race July 18. After a dull race behind Grade 3 Canadian Derby winner Tommy Danzigger in the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay, Hungry for Life came back with a good effort in the $53,000 Richmond Derby Trial Sept. 7, making a late move for fourth.

Gatwick should appreciate the move back to a sprint after finishing ninth in the Richmond Derby Trial.