03/23/2006 1:00AM

Five will try to run down 'Chancy'


PORTLAND, Ore. - Chancy Chancy will head a field of six fillies and mares in Saturday's top offering at Portland Meadows, a wide-open allowance race at a mile with a purse of $7,200.

Chancy Chancy, a 6-year-old trained by Dave Runyon, has won 3 of 9 starts at the current meeting, including the one-mile City of Roses Handicap in December. She is coming off a game second to Our Girl Pearl in the Sea Champagne Invitational Handicap here on March 11. Our Girl Pearl engaged the front-running Chancy Chancy at the quarter pole, and they volleyed for the lead to the shadow of the wire, where Our Girl Pearl surged to a neck victory in 1:41.20 for a mile.

Chancy Chancy will race coupled in the wagering with 3-year-old stablemate Royal Snowflight, which is curious because both need the lead to succeed. Jerry Remer was named to ride both horses, however, and that often means one will be scratched. Royal Snowflight would seem a logical defector; she is eligible for next week's Oregon Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Wine at Dawn poses the most serious threat after finishing third to Our Girl Pearl and Chancy Chancy in the Sea Champagne. A 5-year-old, she has won two allowance sprints and has not finished worse than fourth in 10 starts at the meeting.

Youcanbegold, Untamed Dancer, and Stormin Stevie will round out the field for the feature, which goes as the eighth of nine races on the card.