05/16/2002 11:00PM

Mister Cy suddenly can't lose


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Mister Cy will be trying for his third straight win in Sunday's feature race at Hastings Park, a $25,000 sprint for older horses. Only five horses have been entered, but all of them appear to have a chance at the top prize.

Mister Cy didn't win a race last year. But his trainer, Jim Loseth, had him ready for a big effort right out of the box as he started out this season with an easy 5 3/4-length victory over Free and Bold in a $11,000 claiming race April 20. After being allowed to set moderate fractions early, he was on cruise control throughout the race and widened his margin at each call. His 90 Beyer Speed Figure for the race is the highest at the meet, one point higher than Lord Nelson received when he captured the George Royal Stakes.

Mister Cy was claimed out of the race by K K Sangara, who received a quick profit when the horse won right back for $15,000 May 8. Although his Beyer Figure regressed to 78, the race could be considered a better one, as it was the first time that Mister Cy has ever won without having the lead from start to finish. He was claimed back by Loseth, who has named Nicola Wright to ride.

Loseth is having the same type of revitalized year as Mister Cy. He only won 10 races last year while this season he has already won with six of his starters and he came close to a hat trick Wednesday evening, missing by only a nose in the last race with Blissful Morning.

Mister Cy will have to deal with Aim to Win, who also has good speed and tired to finish second to Shingen Storm in his initial start of the year.