Updated on 09/16/2011 9:45AM

Icicle Angel stretches to a mile


PORTLAND, Ore. - Icicle Angel, fresh off an authoritative victory in the Nov. 10 Diane Kem Handicap at six furlongs, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Sunday's one-mile allowance feature at Portland Meadows.

Icicle Angel, a 5-year-old mare both owned and trained by Richard Occhiuto, boosted her bankroll to over $100,000 with her Diane Kem win, but most of her earnings were compiled at sprint distances. Icicle Angel did acquit herself admirably in her last mile try, however, finishing a solid third to stakes runners Whatdidshesay and Neon Queen in an allowance test at Emerald Downs in August. She figures to be favored off that race and her sharp form. Marijo Terleski

has the riding assignment at 119 pounds.

Stareaux figures as the main threat to Icicle Angel, as she finished with a bold rush along the rail to just miss getting second in the Diane Kem. Though she was beaten nearly three lengths by Icicle Angel, Stareaux is a much tougher competitor around two turns and should greatly appreciate the added quarter-mile on Sunday.

Stareaux, a 4-year-old daughter of Northern Park from the barn of trainer Steve Fisher, will be ridden by leading jockey Juan Gutierrez at 119 pounds.

The feature will go as the ninth race on a 10-race card. Also on the card is an allowance sprint for fillies and mares that matches the Diane Kem runner-up, Maria Kay, against the impressive recent winners Donna Jean and Touched an Angel.