07/14/2005 12:00AM

Distance the key to Anderson Stakes


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The $40,000 R.C. Anderson Stakes on Saturday at Assiniboia Downs, for 3-year-old fillies bred in Manitoba, may come down to who gets the mile distance. All but two in the field will be trying a route of ground for the first time.

Danger Pay finished fourth in the restricted Buffalo Stakes in her final start last year, the only time she has raced at a mile. This year, Danger Pay won a first-level allowance over a sloppy track on May 7, and then finished second behind Aly's Flyer after a troubled trip in the allowance prep for the Chantilly Stakes. She finished fourth in the Chantilly.

Last time out, in a 7 1/2-furlong allowance race for 3-year-old fillies, Danger Pay had a perfect trip stalking a duel between Aly's Flyer and Rich Rubies, and was barely able to get by Aly's Flyer in the stretch.

Darnation exits the same race as Danger Pay. After winning her first three starts of the year, Darnation came up short last time out in her first start around two turns, and its unlikely she will be able to handle the one-mile distance.

A horse that could benefit from the added distance is Cindy Embers. Related to three route winners, Cindy Embers is one of four maidens in the field.

Wicked Grin, another maiden, finished second behind Black Teddie two start ago in a maiden special weight race. Trained by Carl Anderson, Wicked Grin then was second in a first-level allowance race in her most recent start on July 3.

Anderson, who has clicked at 28 percent going from sprint to route, 24 percent in route races, and 21 percent in stakes over the past two seasons, will also send out one-time winner Gold With Honor.