08/20/2002 11:00PM

Miss Noire faces four Hardy grads


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Miss Noire makes her local debut in Friday's feature, an allowance race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, and will be the one to beat as she faces four rivals.

A winner of two stakes races last year at Woodbine, Miss Noire has one win from six starts this season, that success coming over allowance company at Fort Erie two starts ago.

Now trained by Tom Dodds, Miss Noire will be ridden by Jerry Pruitt and breaks from post 3.

The other entrants in Friday's feature all come out of the Aug. 5 Jack Hardy Stakes.

Bitdaboss appeared to have the one-mile Jack Hardy won with a sixteenth of a mile left but tired late and was caught be Beausox, which suggests that Friday's distance may be beyond her scope.

Trained by Emile Corbel, Bitdaboss will start from post 5 under Jacques DesAutels.

Beausox was part of the early pace in the Jack Hardy and may be the lone speed here. She looked beaten in midstretch that day but was able to come back on in the final sixteenth to get past the tiring Bitdaboss.

Trained by Karline Hunter, Beausox will be ridden by Rohan Singh from post 4.

What Four and Sands Fury finished fourth and fifth in the Jack Hardy.

What Four has failed to win this year, while Sands Fury's only victory came in the Chantilly Stakes here in June. Trained by Chad Torevell, What Four has drawn the rail with Tim Gardiner. The Ardell Sayler-trained Sands Fury breaks from post 2 under Ken Hendricks.

* Last Sunday, Suntana ($3.50) won his second race in the restricted North Dakota Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds. Lady Della Rayne finished second, with My Friend Frank third. Trained by Blair Miller and ridden by Tim Gardiner, Suntana finished the six furlongs in 1:13.60.