08/01/2003 11:00PM

Jamaari Girl gets good setup in Distaff


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The most intriguing race of the seven added-money events on the British Columbia Cup Day card is the B.C. Cup Distaff.

There is no clear leader in the older fillies and mares division at Hastings, and it is hard to predict which of the seven horses in the field will be sent off favored in the 1 1/8-mile race.

The $50,000 Distaff looks like it should set up for Jamaari Girl, who became a stakes winner for the first time when placed first via disqualification in the Senate Appointee on July 20.

The pace should be very quick with both Shelby Madison and Grace For You in the field, and Jamaari Girl, who will be ridden by Nicky Wright, looks like the one with the best closing kick.

"I like her chances," said her trainer, Mel Snow. "I'm pretty sure she would have won the Senate Appointee if she didn't have to take up on the stretch turn, and the extra sixteenth won't hurt her."

Shelby Madison finished first in the Brighouse Belles and the Senate Appointee but had her number taken down in the Senate Appointee for interfering with Victor's Secret on the stretch turn.

Grace for You closed out her 3-year-old year with a victory over older fillies and mares in the Grade 3 Ballerina Breeders' Cup but has only had one start this year, finishing fifth in the Senate Appointee. She won four races last year, and, like Shelby Madison, she does her best running on the lead.

Victor's Secret is a late-bloomer who has won 2 of 4 starts this year and might have won the Senate Appointee if she had not been shut off on the stretch turn.

* The B.C. Cup Nursery is the first stakes race of the day, and

Lord Samarai figures to be a solid favorite off his impressive debut, a 4 1/2-length win in the Ladnesian Stakes July 13.

* The B.C. Cup Debutante appears to be up for grabs. The Canmor Farms entry of Frozen in Time and Silent Bet will likely be favored, but Perfect Illusion, who looked like a winner in the Timber Music Stakes before tiring in the last few jumps to be narrowly beaten, should be a formidable opponent.

* Dancewithavixen has won 5 of 6 starts at the Hastings meet while totally dominating the 3-year-old filly division and will be a very short price in the fillies division of the B.C. Cup Stallion Stakes.

* Bold 'n Keen should benefit from the expected duel up front between Celt and Commodore Craig in the B.C. Cup Sprint. Silver Donn should also get a good trip from just off the pace.

* Roscoe Pito and Illusive Force are the main players in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes.

Roscoe Pito went to the head of the 3-year-old ranks with an emphatic score in the Province, posting a Beyer Speed Figure of 93, easily the best in the field.

Illusive Force will try to regain his winning ways following four sub-par performances at Woodbine.