05/26/2006 12:00AM

Look for 'Basket' to improve


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Basket of Dreams and Katelyn's Star look like the ones to beat in the eighth race at Hastings Sunday. A 6 1/2-furlong $20,000 claiming race for fillies and mares which haven't won three races, it drew seven horses and serves as the feature on the nine-race card.

Basket of Dreams, who is trained by Terry Clyde, finished third, just behind Katelyn's Star in a similar race May 14, but she could have the edge Sunday. Basket of Dreams has better speed than Katelyn's Star and she figures to take a substantial step forward in her second start following a layoff of almost seven months. It's also a very positive sign that she came back to work a bullet four furlongs in 47.60 seconds over a track rated good May 25.

Basket of Dreams will be ridden by Pedro Alvarado, who will probably put her right on the lead or stalk On High.

Katelyn's Star was the 9-5 favorite the last time they met, and she closed strongly to finish second behind Ms. Sarah Vye, who led from start to finish. In her first start this year, Katelyn's Star was up close to a quick pace before fading to finish seventh in an open $25,000 claiming sprint, so it's possible that her jockey, Dave Wilson, will try and put her into the race early.

On High looked good winning an $8,000 nonwinners-of-two sprint May 13, posting a Beyer Speed Figure that suggests she fits with these.