05/18/2006 11:00PM

Conditions could suit 'Bullseye'


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Bullseye Bess will be looking for her second straight win when she faces a tough group of older fillies and mares in Sunday's feature at Hastings. The 6 1/2-furlong $35,000 optional claiming race, which goes as the eighth race on the card, drew seven horses.

The track condition could have a big impact on the fortunes of Bullseye Bess. Trained by Gary Demorest, Bullseye Bess has won five races in her career, all on wet tracks. In her latest start, over a track that was labeled wet-fast May 6, she stalked a quick pace set by Filly's Gone Wild, took the lead in midstretch, and then held off a late bid by La Pistola. She figures to get a similar trip in Sunday's race, which is at the same level as her last start.

Felipe Valdez rides Bullseye Bess.

La Pistola, trained by Terry Jordan, might have beaten Bullseye Bess with a better trip. While Bullseye Bess was making her bid from along the rail, La Pistola was going four wide around the stretch turn and then had to alter her course at the sixteenth pole when a tiring Filly's Gone Wild drifted out into her path. Carlos Silva will ride La Pistola.

Filly's Gone Wild could be very dangerous. She was pressured early, and after opening up a two-length lead at the quarter pole she tired in the late stretch to finish a close fourth. Unless Montero, who is making her first start of the year, goes with her, she could have a pretty easy time of it on the front end.