12/26/2002 1:00AM

Distance suits Proactive


ALBANY, Calif. - Three sprint stakes winners head a field of six 2-year-old fillies in Saturday's $60,000-added Corte Madera Stakes at one mile at Golden Gate Fields.

Saturday's race will be the first around two turns for each of the three stakes winners - Magic Smoke, winner of the Cinderella at 5 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on June 2; Tale of a Dream, winner of the 5 1/2-furlong Courtship Stakes at Bay Meadows on Sept. 15; and Viansa Ossidiana, winner of the six-furlong Time to Leave Stakes at Bay Meadows on Oct. 13.

Stakes-placed Proactive has been running around two turns at the Hastings bullring in British Columbia. Maddie's Charm enters the race coming off a maiden turf victory at one-mile. Sanibel Sunset makes her two-turn debut.

The race seems to be wide open, which is one reason trainer Daryl Snow decided to enter Proactive after claiming her for $25,000 out of her last start, a 6 1/2-furlong race at Hastings on Nov. 30.

"She was just a filly who showed good speed and who could run in the mud," Snow said. "We felt she was worth $25,000 Canadian."

Proactive began her career at Bay Meadows, finishing second once and third three times in her first four starts. Her final start there was a third-place finish in the Time to Leave Stakes on June 15.

She also placed third in the 6 1/2-furlong CTHB Stakes in her first start at Hastings on Sept. 8.

Snow expects the mile distance to suit Proactive well.

"I've found that a lot of horses when going a mile here after going 6 1/2 at home do well," he said. "The horses down here may be a little too quick in sprints, but the horses from Canada do well at a flat mile."

The likely favorites in the race are be Viansa Ossidiana and Maddie's Charm.

Viansa Ossidiana followed her stakes victory with a third-place finish in the Piedmont Stakes here on Nov. 23. She has come from a stalking position in her sprint victories.

Maddie's Charm made her first start at Emerald Downs before heading south. She trailed badly in her first two starts in sprints but ran third after leading in the stretch when she tried a mile on the main track for the first time. She then won her turf debut, and the second-place filly that day came back to win her next start.

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