11/04/2005 12:00AM

'Lightning' still speedy at age 8


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Lilsisterlightning may have lost a step this year, but the 8-year-old mare still tries hard every time and could be tough to get past in Sunday's feature race at Hastings. She's one of many contenders in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for $20,000 optional fillies and mares, which drew nine horses and goes as the eighth race.

Lilsisterlightning has excellent speed and drew the rail, and it's likely that her jockey, Jorge Espitia, will put her right on the lead. Trained by Felimon Alvarado, Lilsisterlightning set a pressured pace and took a clear lead into the stretch in a similar spot Oct. 23. She held on well, but just got caught in the last couple of jumps by Camberley, who is also entered here. Lilsisterlightning has plenty of back class. She's a stakes winner, and her earnings of $228,008 are easily the most in the field.

Bullseye Bess, trained by Jim Brown, has been holding her own while facing tougher company all year. A homebred daughter of On Target, Bullseye Bess finished a close fourth to Avalanche Bay in a $50,000 optional sprint Oct. 16 and should appreciate the class relief.

She will be reunited with jockey Dave Wilson, who was aboard for her lone win this year in a $35,000 optional race July 8.

Great Form ran a dull race when she was favored over many of these in the same race that Lilsisterlightning comes out of. She won a $20,000 claiming race in her previous start, and it wouldn't be surprising to see her rebound here.