06/19/2002 11:00PM

Hoist Her Flag draws eight


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Eight fillies and mares were entered in the $35,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes, and it appears seven of them will be chasing Extended View in the six-furlong contest.

Extended View, a late nomination to the Hoist Her Flag, is owned and trained by Louis Roussel. First tried as a 2-year-old at Arlington in the summer of 2000, Extended View did not win a maiden race until her seventh start last June. She gained two more wins against allowance company at Arlington last year before getting a brief rest over the winter.

Extended View came back even stronger this year at 4, making the pace before finishing fourth to Serena's Tune in the Victoria Lass at Fair Grounds in March. She has followed that effort up with daylight victories at Sportsman's Park and Hawthorne. Derek Bell is named to ride.

Kimme a Star might have the best chance to collar Extended View. Claimed by trainer Doug Oliver for $50,000 in April 2001, Kimme a Star finished a nonthreatening seventh in last year's Hoist Her Flag in her first start for her new connections. In six starts over the main track at Canterbury since that effort, Kimme a Star has never finished worse than third. A 5-year old pace-stalking mare, Kimme a Star enters the Hoist Her Flag off an impressive daylight win over allowance foes two weeks ago. Seth Martinez has the return call.

The talented Iowa-bred Trisha Runs could prove to be the wild card in the Hoist Her Flag, as she appears able to challenge Extended View in the opening quarter. Winless against statebred company this year at Prairie Meadows, Trisha Runs scored an upset by beating open company in the Prairie Rose Stakes in May. Perry Compton makes the trip from Iowa for the call.

Canterbury-based Prostar and Moon Singer have both put in solid efforts here in the past and have chances to gain a share in the Hoist Her Flag.