11/07/2001 1:00AM

Kingsview takes drop into dash

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Canadian invader Kingsview will attempt to parlay his considerable speed into a 15th career win at Portland Meadows on Friday, when he takes on eight other $4,000 sprinters at 4 1/2 furlongs in the featured eighth race.

Kingsview, from the barn of Troy Taylor, posted four front-running wins at the Hastings Park meeting that closed last Sunday. He defeated $4,000 foes over 6 1/2 furlongs in his latest win on Aug. 12, but tired to finish fourth and sixth in two subsequent outings against tougher company at the same trip. Friday's drop back down in class, combined with the abbreviated distance, will make Kingsview the one to catch and beat under Shawna Barber at 119 pounds.

Though Kingsview is seldom denied the early lead, he will be meeting a pair of sharp speedsters in Lefty McSlew and L. Capone. The former led throughout en route to a victory over $4,000 company here on Oct. 27, while the latter posted a wire-to-wire score over $5,000 runners just last Saturday. If Kingsview is unable to clear either or both, the door could swing open for a closer or a stalker to be up for the win.

Closers are in short supply in Friday's field, but both halves of the Tony Canady-trained entry of Wind Surfing and Si Madre have proven capable from just off the pace. Wind Surfing came from fourth to defeat $3,200 claimers over six furlongs when last seen at Emerald Downs in August, while Si Madre raced in third before forging to the front en route to an easy score over $2,500 rivals going five furlongs here on Oct. 28.

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