08/01/2002 12:00AM

Hot rivalry resumes in stallion race


AUBURN, Wash. - Bub and Knightsbridge Road will renew their budding rivalry in Saturday's $45,000 colt and gelding division of the Northwest Stallion Stakes at Emerald Downs.

Only six 2-year-olds, including a stable coupling, entered the 6 1/2-furlong stakes, which is restricted to the progeny of stallions nominated in 1999. The half-dozen runners include the two most accomplished members of the division, however, and those two figure to put on a rousing show.

Bub and Knightsbridge Road have already met three times. Bub, a son of Slewdledo who races for Art McFadden, graduated at Knightsbridge Road's expense on May 16, defeating his arch-rival by two lengths in a $40,000 maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs. He again proved best in the June 15 running of the five-furlong Captain Condo, defeating Knightsbridge Road by three-quarters of a length in 58.20 seconds.

Knightsbridge Road, who earned his diploma against maiden special weight company on June 2, exacted a measure of revenge on Bub when the two last met, in the six-furlong Emerald Express Stakes on July 13. Knightsbridge Road, a Cisco Road gelding who races for WilWin Stable, took the lead at the start and narrowly held off the late charge of Bub, who had been held up in traffic, to prevail in a rapid 1:09.40.

"It has been a fun rivalry," said Debbie Van Horne, the trainer of Knightsbridge Road. "The two horses are evenly matched, and that makes for exciting races for the fans. I really think my horse is getting better with every race, but the same might be true for Bub."

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