11/02/2002 12:00AM

Lil Sister Stich takes Distaff


ARCADIA, Calif. - A move to turf has revived the career of Lil Sister Stich.

In 2001, Lil Sister Stich was racing against $10,000 claimers. In Saturday's $150,000 Distaff, she won her second stakes and sixth race in 10 starts on turf.

Benefiting from an ideal trip under Laffit Pincay, Jr., Lil Sister Stich ($8) rallied from just off the pace to win by a length over 25-1 Party Pirate. Lil Sister Stich was fourth on the hillside, and reached contention when the field crossed over the main track.

Lil Sister Stich finished about 6 1-2 furlongs on the turf course in 1:13.36.

Top of Our Game finished third in the field of 13 fillies and mares.

Trained by Doug O'Neill and owned by a partnership, the 5-year-old Lil Sister Stich has won 7 of 16 starts and $248,015.

* Nicole's Pursuit won her first stakes in the $100,000 Distance Handicap, but only after holding off a determined Shalini through the stretch.

Only a nose separated the two fillies at the finish. They were so close that Shalini appeared to lead in the stride before and after the finish.

"It was a sweet bob," winning trainer Craig Lewis said.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Nicole's Pursuit ($7.80) ran 1 1-4 miles on turf in 2:01.93. Nicole's Pursuit was always near the front, following pacesetter Exclusiveandcatty, who set fractions of 24.72 and 48.83 seconds.

Shalini, who was fourth on the backstretch, rallied wide to reach contention on the final turn and had the first jump on Nicole's Pursuit, who moved around the tiring pacesetters entering the stretch.

Shalini led in early stretch, but was quickly challenged on the outside by Nicole's Pursuit. Barely Daylight finished third.

The 3-year-old Nicole's Pursuit races for Flying A Farms and has won 4 of 12 starts and $223,880.

* Super High won her fourth stakes of the year in the $150,000 Matron, displaying her typical frontrunning style.

Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Super High ($5.20) set fractions of 23.20 and 47.31 seconds and stretched a half-length lead on the final turn to 2 1-2 lengths at the finish.

Broke the Slump, a 15-1 shot, was second throughout, finishing two lengths in front of Elaine's Angel in the field of seven fillies and mares.

Super High has won 6 of 12 starts and $456,348 for owner-breeder Harris Farms. The win came 19 days after she finished second in a division of the Ramser Handicap on turf.

Super High won the Sires Stakes and Flawlessly Stakes on turf during the Hollywood Park meeting and the Solana Beach Handicap on turf at Del Mar. The Matron was her first stakes win on the main track.

* In the $50,000 Starter Handicap, Noble Kinsman ($13) rallied in the final half-mile to beat favored Fade to Blue. Noble Kinsman ran 1 1-2 miles on turf in 2:28.69.

In the $50,000 Starter Sprint Handicap, Giovanetti ($19.40) led throughout, finishing six furlongs in 1:08.85. Stoney, the 1-2 favorite, was eased on the backstretch and vanned off.