01/16/2003 12:00AM

Channing Way's course, distance

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - Channing Way and Knoll Lake have won 13 of their 19 combined local starts. When the bell rings for Saturday's Princess of Palms Handicap at Turf Paradise, they should dominate the six-furlong race for fillies and mares. The $35,000 stakes has attracted a field of seven.

Channing Way, owned by Lawrence Becker and trained by Dan Morgan, is the 125-pound highweight on the strength of her 11 career wins in 17 outings and earnings of more than $323,000. A 5-year-old, Channing Way has won 6 of 7 starts at Turf Paradise and 9 of her 11 wins have come at six furlongs.

It's not like she's just been a local phenomenon either - in the past couple of years she boasts stakes wins at Solano, Santa Rosa, and Bay Meadows. She's also been quite competitive on the Southern California circuit. She comes off a decent fourth-place finish in Hollywood's Corona Handicap. She chased the pace and tired late, but she finished behind Madame Pietra, the likely favorite in next week's Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, and Habibti, a Grade 1 stakes winner.

Chance Rollins, a leading rider here in the past who now rides in Southern California, has the mount.

Knoll Lake is no slouch herself and will carry 122 pounds. Owned by Dennis Weir and trained by Kevin Lewis, the 5-year-old Knoll Lake was last seen losing to Channing Way by just a head in a classified allowance race here on Nov. 15. She is all about speed, and hasn't been beaten to the first point of call in any of her last 10 races. She has won 7 of 13 for earnings of over $113,000 and will be ridden by Kelly Bridges.

The spoiler could be Miss Pixie. In her last sprint race she was a solid third, not far behind Channing Way and Knoll Lake in that Nov. 15 allowance race.

Siberland set for Turf Paradise Derby

Following his 10 1/2-length romp in last Sunday's $35,000 Rattlesnake Stakes, Siberland will be pointed for the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby on Feb. 1. The prohibitive 1-5 favorite set all the pace on his way to the handy win, completing the mile distance in 1:35.96.

"It's like driving in a Ferrari," said Glen Corbett, Siberland's jockey. "Speed and the power to go faster at any time. We had the rail and this horse has natural speed. Even if he would've broken last, the result would have been the same."

Icy Tobin finished second, seven lengths clear of the winner's entrymate, Ripley, in the field of five 3-year olds. Siberland was notching his fourth consecutive victory and his third stakes tally.

"This was his first time two-turning and first time going a mile. He made it look easy," Lewis said.

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