07/16/2008 12:00AM

Bettors might land on Queen Tina


A field of nine Manitoba-bred 3-year-old fillies will go postward in Friday's $50,000 R.C. Anderson Stakes at Assiniboia Downs.

With no standout in the field, the public will be searching for a juicy price in the one-mile affair.

The top four finishers from the Hazel Wright Sires Stakes are back to face each other, but the role of favorite may fall upon Queen Tina.

Queen Tina just won her maiden in her seventh lifetime start, but it was an impressive effort as she scored by 6 1/2 lengths going 7 1/2 furlongs.

That came on the heels of a third-place finish in the open Chantilly, where Queen Tina was beaten 14 1/4 lengths by winner Miss Missile.

Miss Missile underlined her ability by besting the top mares on the grounds in her next start, the Canada Day Stakes.

Blueberry Blonde won the six-furlong Hazel Wright when rallying from sixth to score by 1 3/4 lengths.

Her next outing, however, proved more frustrating for her connections as she had to be steadied into the first turn and finished last of five in a first-level allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs. Blueberry Blonde was beaten 15 3/4 lengths in a race that went in 1:36.40, .80 of a second slower than Queen Tina's maiden score at the same distance.

Bella Mariella was second in the Hazel Wright after having the lead at the top of the lane.

Prior to that was a start in the Chantilly, where Bella Mariella just lost the show position at the wire and finished only three-quarters of a length behind Queen Tina.

A winner of the local CTHS Sales Stakes at 2, Bella Mariella was stakes-placed in her other two starts last year and is the race's leading earner with $36,017.

Meow Wow was stakes-placed three times at 2 but has struggled in her 3-year-old campaign. She was a closing third in the Hazel Wright, crossing the wire 3 3/4 lengths back of Blueberry Blonde, and most recently finished 7 1/2 lengths ahead of Blueberry Blonde in fourth in the 7 1/2-furlong allowance.