08/30/2003 12:00AM

Cayenne Pepper looms the lone speed


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The 5-year-old mare Cayenne Pepper takes on the best of the Manitoba-bred fillies and mares in the $35,000 Manitoba Distaff on Monday, part of a card at Assiniboia Downs that also features both divisions of the CTHS Sales Stakes for 2-year-olds.

The Distaff will be run at one mile, which is not Cayenne Pepper's best distance, but she can be extremely courageous when she gets her own way up front and she does look like the lone speed.

Trained by Keith Corbel, Cayenne Pepper will likely be third choice in the Distaff, which will make her an overlay.

If she is to be beaten it could be by Lord's Katie, who gets first time blinkers. Lord's Katie has had only six starts, but she has been gradually improving and could be ready to run a big race.

Another who has shown continued improvement is Pete's Surprise, trained by Jack Robertson. Third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths in the Jack Hardy Stakes two starts ago, the 3-year-old Pete's Surprise will make her presence felt at some point in the stretch.

Rounding out the field are Scintillating Gal, Tamorons Blade, and What Four.

Scintillating Gal doesn't win that often, but her trainer, Darrell Hartley, is quite capable of having her ready to slip into the exactor at long odds.

The 2-year-old male division of the six-furlong CTHS Sales Stakes is headed by recent Frank Arnason Sire Stakes winner Coal Smudge and Muscle Beach.

The field of six includes two with a shot at the upset based on their career debuts. Silvertipkiller and Little Beau Pip dueled themselves into submission in the Frank Arnason and both could improve on those efforts in their second lifetime start.

Ech Leebidee Angel, trained by Raymond Liu, has been made the morning-line favorite in the field of eight for the six-furlong filly division of the CTHS Sales Stakes. She just missed winning the Frank Arnason Sire Stakes on Aug. 17 and looks like a standout.