11/22/2001 12:00AM

Lammy tries extra furlong


PORTLAND, Ore. - Lammy will head a cast of eight, including a stable coupling, in Saturday's $15,210 Janet Wineberg Stakes for Oregon-bred 2-year-old fillies at Portland Meadows.

Lammy, a front-running daughter of Abstract who races for trainer Pat Sonnen, earned the favorite's role in this race by posting a seven-length win over open fillies in the five-furlong Lassie Stakes on Oct. 28. Lammy will need to stretch her speed to six furlongs here, but she notched her maiden win at 5 1/2 furlongs at Emerald Downs and seems capable of handling the distance. Regular rider Juan Gutierrez will have the mount at 120 pounds, the impost to be carried by all starters.

The Jonathan Nance-trained entry of Be Still My Heart and Absolutism may pose the greatest threat to the favorite, though each of these promising fillies will be making just their second starts. Be Still My Heart debuted as the favorite in the OTBA Sales Stakes on Nov. 10, but had to settle for third behind Lethal Grande and Gammagoat Kid.

Absolutism was a winner in her debut, defeating $10,000 maidens by four lengths in the good time of 1:00.80 for five furlongs.

Also a threat is B J's Black Gold, who scored her maiden win at two furlongs here last spring before finishing a good second in the 4 1/2-furlong Kindergarten Stakes on April 29. B J's Black Gold finished 10 lengths behind Lammy while running fourth in the Lassie, but that was her first start since her stakes placing and she can be expected to move forward off that effort.

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