07/25/2002 11:00PM

What's The Devil going to do?


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - There are two possible ways the feature race at Hastings Park will unfold Sunday afternoon.

Most likely, Mr Superior Knight will break on top, and they won't catch him. Or, The Devil 'n Honey will try to go with Mr Superior Knight early, and if he does, it could soften up Mr Superior Knight enough so that either Ryson or Titan Steel will overtake him in the stretch.

Leading rider Pedro Alvarado will ride The Devil 'n Honey, and he holds the key in the 6 1/2-furlong race for $15,000 claiming horses.

If Alvarado elects to send The Devil 'n Honey with Mr Superior Knight, chances are that The Devil 'n Honey will also come up empty late. The Devil 'n Honey likes to be in front but doesn't possess the same kind of speed that Mr Superior Knight has. Probably the only way he can win the race is to sit a couple of lengths behind the leader and hope that the classy

7-year-old Mr. Superior Knight has an off day. The Devil 'n Honey is trained by Jim Brown, and it's probably up to him what strategy Alvarado employs.

Mr Superior Knight set wicked fractions before tiring to finish second behind Titan Steel in his most recent outing. That race set up completely different than this one figures to, however, as there were at least three other horses with comparable speed. It was hard to envision Mr Superior Knight getting a clear lead from his outside post, and while he did manage to get loose up front, the taxing fractions took their toll late. He won his two previous starts at the meet in gate-to-wire fashion and will certainly be tough to catch here.

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