10/10/2002 11:00PM

Lindood duo looms large in fantasy


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A full field of 11 2-year-old fillies will line-up in the $40,000, 1 1/16-mile Fantasy Stakes Sunday at Hastings Park, but the entry of Aquita and Chorus Dancer, trained by Robbie Anderson and owned by Linwood Stables, stands out and will likely take most of the action.

Aquita won her maiden in the $106,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity in her last start and figures to be even better going a middle distance. She's a half-sister to Sophie J, who won 9 of 13 starts, including the nine-furlong Ballerina as a 3-year-old.

Aquita finished strongly in the Sadie Diamond, which indicates that she won't have any trouble handling three turns. She had to be used early to gain position from the 11 hole, making her win even more impressive. She drew post 4 for the Fantasy and figures to get a nice stalking trip. Frank Fuentes rides.

Chorus Dancer was closing fastest of all at the finish in the futurity but had to make up a lot of ground after getting squeezed back at the start. She also is a well-bred filly. She's the first foal out of Loud Dancer, who was a multiple stakes winner with more than $130,000 in earnings.

Both Aquita and Chorus Dancer are by B.C.'s leading sire, Vying Victor, and were bred by their owners, Fred and Claurice Gumprich. Robert May will ride Chorus Dancer.

Trainer Terry Marshall isn't conceding anything, though. He thinks Sharp Miss could run big Sunday, and he likes the way Sharp Miss worked on Monday. "She finished full of run, and I think she'll improve going a distance," he said.

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