07/04/2006 11:00PM

Dropper looks good, but . . .


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Cedar Fever is the one to beat in the featured seventh race at Hastings on Friday, a $25,000 claiming race.

Cedar Fever drew the rail and it wouldn't be surprising if her jockey, David Wilson, sent her right to the front in the 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies. Trained and owned by Alan May, Cedar Fever has started three times in 2006 and she's been a major factor each time. She won going four furlongs in a $32,000 optional sprint at Stampede Park April 2 and then finished a half-length behind Kinsmans Luck in a $35,000 claiming race here May 13. In her most recent start, Cedar Fever forced a quick pace while going three wide and then tired in the stretch to finish third in a $45,000 optional claiming race June 4.

A Texas-bred, Cedar Fever figures to be double tough with the drop in class and the move to an inside post position. There are a couple of concerns, though. Cedar Fever added front bandages last time and now she's taking significant drop. Nevertheless, she's in very good hands and it's hard to make a strong case for any of the other fillies running against her.

Adventuresome has started only twice, and she looked good winning a $15,000 maiden race June 3. She's trained by Terry Jordan, who is winning races at a 34 percent clip.

Katelliena has been working strongly and she'll be making her first start since she won a $15,000 maiden race last Oct. 9.