07/12/2005 11:00PM

Miss Rainier in nice spot as a closer


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - With trainer Terry Jordan changing his mind at the last minute and entering La Pistola in the Liberation Stakes at Hastings Saturday, the feature race on Friday, a $50,000 optional sprint for 3-year-old fillies, appears to be a wide-open race. After the withdrawal of La Pistola, five horses will start in the 6 1/2-furlong race.

There is plenty of speed in the field, and it could set up for Miss Rainier. She came from behind to win a $32,000 claiming sprint on July 2, and was claimed out of the race by trainer Troy Taylor on behalf of Glen Todd and Patrick Kinsella. Nicky Wright will ride at a very light 108 pounds.

Fuchsia Gold, trained by Robbie Anderson, was good enough to win the Timber Music Stakes as a 2-year-old but has not been able to keep up with stakes company this year. She has good tactical speed and should be in the race early. In Fuchsia Gold's latest start, she made a threatening move at the quarter pole but then tired to finish third behind a very tough Virtuous Lady in a $50,000 optional sprint on July 1.

All Round Cowgirl also has good speed, and she finished in front of Fuchisa Gold in the race Virtuous Lady won. All Round Cowgirl appears to need firm ground to run her best race. She has hit the board in all four of her fast-track races, and it is possible the sloppy footing had a lot to do with her dull effort in the CTHS Sales Stakes, where she ran a distant fifth to Avenging Kat.

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