07/04/2002 12:00AM

Hastings: No-pace stakes hard to figure


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - "It could be a real weird race," said Kathy Bremner, who trains Inish Glora, one of the favorites in Saturday's 1 1/8-mile Brighouse Belles. She could be right.

All five of the horses entered do their best running late, and it's a crap shoot as to which one will be in front early.

Inish Glora forced the pace when she finished second to Collect Call in the Grade 3 B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks, and Bremner thinks Inish Glora won't be too far back Saturday.

"She runs better when she can relax early and make one run late, but I can't see her getting too far behind in this field," Bremner said.

In her last race she finished second to Queen of My Nights in the 1 1/16-mile Sun Handicap June 15. Fernando Serna rides.

Catahoula Rose also showed some speed when she finished second to Lady's Jewel in the Free Vacation Stakes last August, and she's coming off a solid win in the Duchess of York Handicap at Stampede Park June 8.

"She's pretty sharp right now, and if she breaks on top I don't see any reason to take her back," said her trainer, Jim Brown. "But,

I'll leave that up to Anthony [Stevens]."

Grey Tobe Free is the only horse in the field with a win at nine furlongs, an eight-length romp in the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup last October. But the front-runners set sprint-like fractions in the Ballerina and that's not likely to occur Saturday.

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