06/07/2001 11:00PM

Duchess of York looks like Pearson


CALGARY, Alberta - Crimson Hue will be out to atone for her defeat as the favorite in a roughly run Ken Pearson Memorial when she faces six rivals in Sunday's Duchess of York at Stampede Park.

Both Crimson Hue and Slewability lost valuable ground when carried out on the clubhouse turn that day. Racing luck smiled upon eventual winner Tecate, who enjoyed what her rider Richard Hamel called "a perfect trip" while never leaving the rail in the one-mile handicap.

The $40,000 Duchess of York could be a virtual rerun of the Pearson Memorial, with the major players returning in the 1 1/16-mile feature for fillies and mares.

Uncas Ruckus led every jump but the last in the Pearson Memorial and again figures to be in front early. Perhaps aided by the trouble encountered by some of her rivals, Uncas Ruckus looked to be a winner in deep stretch before Tecate rallied for a head victory in a blanket finish where the top five were separated by less than a length.

Crimson Hue and Golden Remark, who both made wide rallies last time, should benefit from Saturday's longer distance.

Crimson Hue, who will break from post 4, carries co-highweight of 119 pounds along with Tecate, who drew the rail.

Crimson Hue worked a sharp five furlongs in 1:00.80 last Saturday, and should not be far off the pace this time around and figures to be right there with a clean trip.

Golden Remark was widest of all turning for home in the Pearson Memorial and will break from post 5 with Quincy Welch replacing Chris McGregor in the irons.

Slewability is worth a look at a price.