03/24/2004 12:00AM

Be Still My Heart eyes repeat


PORTLAND, Ore. - The $4,000 second leg of the Cisco Road Filly and Mare Series will be contested at Portland Meadows on Friday, with a field of seven vying at six furlongs under $4,000 starter allowance conditions.

Be Still My Heart was an authoritative winner of the first leg of the three-race series, which was run at 5 1/2 furlongs on March 13, and figures to be favored to repeat. Be Still My Heart, a 5-year-old daughter of Abstract trained by Tim Elliott, won a mile race over $3,200 claimers by seven lengths in February before scoring a 3 1/4-length victory over Plenty Story in the inaugural leg of the series. Melissa Peery was up for both of those scores and retains the mount on Friday.

Plenty Story will be back to try Be Still My Heart, as will third-place finisher Joy's Toy, fourth-place finisher Throphy Wife, and sixth-place finisher P.A.'s Candy.

Two newcomers to the series, Ashleys Attitude and Callie Mae, probably pose the most serious threats to the favorite. Ashleys Attitude has been first or second in her last eight outings and is one of the most consistent runners on the grounds. Ashleys Attitude, a 5-year-old from the barn of Delmer Webb, has posted sprint wins over $2,500, $3,200, and $4,000 company during that span.

Callie Mae comes off a close third on March 6 to $6,250 rivals in a six-furlong race won by Lasting Kiss in 1:12.51.

The trainer of the leading point earner in the series will receive a $1,000 bonus, and the owner will receive a free breeding to the good sire Cisco Road.