06/28/2002 11:00PM

A different outcome this time?


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Cathy's Star and Miss Sandy Dee, the co-highweights at 123 pounds, will break from opposite ends of the starting gate here in Monday's $30,000 Canada Day Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile.

Miss Sandy Dee, last year's top local older mare, rides a four-race winning streak into the Canada Day. Her last loss ccame in this race a year ago when she finished fifth.

Trained by Patti Ross, Miss Sandy won the 5 1/2-furlong Victoria Day Stakes here May 20 in her only start this year. Miss Sandy Dee broke on top in that race under rider Rohan Singh and cleared to race along the rail. She dueled with Dawn Edition to the top of the stretch before putting her away. She will break from post 6 on Monday.

Cathy's Star stalked Miss Sandy Dee and Dawn Edition in the Victoria Day. Jockey Robert Munoz brought her outside those two on the turn - a costly mistake, as Dawn Edition drifted out late on the turn and carried Cathy's Star out with her.

Cathy's Star finished well in the stretch to be second, 2 3/4 lengths behind Miss Sandy Dee. Cathy's Star returned to win an allowance race here May 31.

Cathy's Star has drawn the rail here and will be ridden by Jacques DesAutels for the first time, two factors that may help her upset Miss Sandy Dee.

Dawn Edition finished third in the Victoria Day and has run once since, winning an allowance race here June 14.

The three major contenders for the Canada Day all prefer to run on or close to the pace which could lead to fast early fractions.

Maui Money, Farrmost, and Bitdaboss will need a vicious pace battle to have any hope of pulling off an upset here.