09/01/2005 11:00PM

A Classic Life tough-looking invader


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Washington invader A Classic Life heads a full field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 3, $150,000 Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hastings Sunday. After the Knight appears to be the leading contender among the locally based horses, but contention runs throughout the field and it's anyone's race.

is the only horse in the field to have won at the 1 1/8-mile distance of the Oaks, and according to her trainer, Grant Forster, she is coming into the race in peak form. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Sky Classic, A Classic Life is coming off a dominating six-length win in the Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks Aug. 20. A Classic Life's tactical speed should serve her well at Hastings, and if she can repeat her strong performance in the Washington Oaks, she could be tough to beat.

Forster had some reservations about running her back this quickly, but because she came out of her race in "great shape," he opted to run her Sunday.

Ricky Frazier, who rode A Classic Life in the Washington Oaks, will be aboard Sunday. Instead, Kevin Krigger rides A Classic Life. Krigger rode A Classic Life in her winning race prior to the Washington Oaks.

There should be a lively pace and that should improve the chances of After the Knight, who seems to be hitting her best stride right now. Trained by Lance Giesbrecht, After the Knight made a strong late move to finish a close second in the B.C. Cup Stallion Stakes Aug. 1. She followed up with another strong performance in the $100,000 Alberta Centennial Handicap at Northlands Aug. 13, a race she might have won if she didn't have to steady while she was making a bold move on the stretch turn.

will be ridden by Richard Hamel.

has never been worse than third in her eight-race career and she's coming off a win in the Nanaimo Stakes Aug. 20. It was her first start at Hastings, and according to her trainer, Cindy Krasner, "she should take a step forward."

Queenledo is the big question mark in the race. She won three straight stakes at Emerald Downs before finishing second in the 1 1/16-mile Kent Handicap July 10. That was her last start and it was the farthest she has ever gone in her career.

Virtuous Lady will ensure a lively pace for her late-running entrymate Secrets Galore. Monashee and Regal Pusher figure to be among the early leaders.