06/07/2007 11:00PM

Can Kissntheboysgoodby turn tables if it's fast?


AUBURN, Wash. - Dinner at Arlene's and Kissntheboysgoodby, the top two finishers in the six-furlong Hastings Park Handicap on May 20, will be rematched at 6 1/2 furlongs in Sunday's $45,000 Washington State Legislators Handicap at Emerald Downs.

Dinner at Arlene's upset Kissntheboys-goodby in the Hastings Park, splashing to a 2o3/4-length victory at odds of 21-1 on a sloppy track that she clearly relished. In her previous try, Dinner at Arlene's finished a well-beaten sixth to Kissntheboys-goodby in a 5 1/2-furlong prep for the Hastings Park that was run over fast footing.

Dinner at Arlene's doesn't need a wet track to succeed, however. She is 3 for 10 on fast surfaces, including a score in last year's Boeing Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. The 5-year-old Dinner at Arlene, trained by Doris Harwood, will be ridden by Gallyn Mitchell at

119 pounds.

Kissntheboysgoodby was also a stakes winner here last season, winning the Hastings Park before running fourth in the Washington State Legislators. Kissintheboys-goodby, a 5-year-old from the barn of trainer Charles Essex, finished her 4-year-old

campaign with two seconds and a win against stakes company at Turf Paradise.

Kissntheboysgoodby, the 120-pound highweight on Sunday, made a bold move approaching the stretch in this year's Hastings Park, but flattened out late while appearing to struggle a bit on the off going. Sandi Gann will take over the mount from injured rider Kate Repp.

Golden Pine, who ran third in the Hastings Park, also figures strongly. The 5-year-old Golden Pine won 3 of 4 starts here as a

3-year-old, including the one-mile John and Kitty Fletcher Stakes. Plagued first by foot problems and then by a hip injury, she raced only once last year. She has come roaring back this season, winning an optional claiming prep before running a solid third in the Hastings Park, in which she was beaten less than four lengths.

"That race was a test for her, and it showed she still belongs in the stakes ranks here," said trainer Tom Wenzel. "She'll need to improve to win, but she has a chance to improve in her third start back, and the added distance should help her."