06/13/2002 12:00AM

Inish Glora should relish Sun's distance

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Inish Glora gave her trainer, Kathy Bremner, a pleasant surprise when she won the 6 1/2-furlong Strawberry Morn Stakes on May 11. Bremner wasn't surprised that the classy filly ran a good race, she just assumed that the sprint was too short for Inish Glora.

Bremner is looking forward to stretching out Inish Glora on Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile Sun Handicap at Hastings Park. "I hate sprinting her, said Bremner. "She'll run well at any distance, but I prefer running her a distance of ground. She's a lot more comfortable."

On paper it looks like the race should set up perfectly for Inish Glora. Only three other horses were entered and two of them, Grooms Derby and Queen of My Nights, both appear to need the lead. That should ensure a quick pace for Inish Glora, who likes to settle early and put in a strong late run.

Bremner wasn't counting on anything though. "I hate short fields," she said. "A race unfolds with a good field but if there's just a few horses running anything can happen. The faster the pace the better, but we'll have to wait and see what happens."

Bremner thought that the best race Inish Glora ran last year was in the Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks where she came from more than 10 lengths behind to finish a close second to Graceful Cat. Others would argue that her race in the BC Breeders' Cup Oaks was better because she hooked up with graded stakes winner Collect Call early and then held on well to again finish second.

Either way, Inish Glora is a very nice filly who appears to be improving with each start, and if she continues her progress could dominate the local filly and mare division.

Trainer Harold Barroby has entered Princess Premier in the Sun but he's not sure she belongs there. "It came up light so I entered, but unless Inish Glora carries 136 pounds I don't think my horse has much of a shot," he said.

Coup Fizzles would rather keep running

Twelve-year-old Coup Fizzles worked five furlongs recently and if he doesn't mind giving up his day job he should be in the entries soon.

Coup Fizzles is owned by Bremner's parents and at the end of last year they decided to retire him and turn him into a show horse. He wasn't happy away from the track, however, and Bremner put him back in training. She will give him a couple of starts this year before trying to retire him again and teach him a new line of work.

"He's learning a new vocation," she said. "We're teaching him how to become a lead pony."

Coup Fizzles has won 19 races and earned $179,755.

Trip to Stampede was worthwhile

Trainer Jim Brown had nominated Catahoula Rose to the Sun but elected to ship her to Stampede Park last weekend and ran in the Duchess of York instead. It turned out to be a wise choice as she scored a two-length decision over Slewability.

"She came out of the race in excellent shape but I'm not sure where she'll start next," said Brown. "We might go back to Alberta, but we'll just wait and see."

Trainer Barb Heads also passed the Sun with Always a Dixie and will enter her next weekend in the one-mile King County at Emerald.

Always a Dixie won the Washington State Legislature Handicap at Emerald in her last start.

Last year's Ballerina winner Grey Tobe Free will also start in the King County.

* Kid Katabatic came out of his win in the John Longden in great shape and has been sent to the farm for a few days of rest. He will resume training shortly and will be pointed to the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors' on July 1, said trainer Shauna Ferguson.