09/05/2003 12:00AM

Look for late run by 'Rose'


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Catahoula Rose should get set up nicely in Sunday's feature race at Hastings, a $50,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Catahoula Rose, trained by Jim Brown, has been a steady performer throughout her career and has banked $229,620. A stakes winner at 3 and 4, the 5-year-old Catahoula Rose is winless this year but was stakes placed in her last two starts. She finished a close third to Slewability in the City of Edmonton Distaff at Northlands Park on Aug. 23 and a distant third to Shelby Madison in the B.C. Cup Distaff here Aug. 4.

With Lilsisterlightning in the field, the pace should be extremely fast and that should suit Catahoula Rose, as she does her best running late. Fernando Serna rides.

Lilsisterlightning had finished second in all four of her starts this year before winning a $32,000 claiming race last Monday. She was claimed out of that race by trainer Steve Bryant on behalf of Kim Hart. Lilsisterlightning won the Cover Girl Stakes last year and finished second in the same race Aug. 23, but she has tried a middle distance only once, when she tired badly to finish seventh in the Delta Colleen Stakes last year. Felipe Valdez will try and reserve her speed for as long as possible.

The wild card in the race is the 3-year-old filly Pretty Meadow. She looked good winning her last two starts but this will be her first time going this far and, like Lilsisterlightning, she's very fast. Apprentice Mark Lawson will try to get her to relax early.