10/26/2004 11:00PM

Modoc returns off short rest


Everything seems aligned well for Modoc to repeat in Friday's Portland Meadows feature.

A 3-year-old gelding, Modoc has six rivals in a six-furlong allowance race for horses that have never won three races.

One week ago, Modoc won an allowance race for nonwinners of two lifetime, earning a career-best 71 Beyer and beating older. The figure is the best last-race Beyer and has been matched by only one other runner in the field, Sensationalsonny, who was fifth while trying to rally four wide in the slop against similar in his debut her on Oct. 17.

Deborah Hoonan, who has more than double the number of winners of the second-place rider at the meet, rode Modoc to victory in his Oct. 22 win here and has chosen him over Sensationalsonny, whom she had ridden in his past two starts.

Modoc, the lone runner with a victory here, has enough early speed to take the lead but seems more comfortable stalking. He has never come back this quickly, but did come back in eight days at Emerald Downs and ran well, stretching out from a sprint to a route. He set the pace that day, fading late after being brushed at the quarter pole.

Swing N Run, another 3-year-old, ran evenly and edged Sensationalsonny on Oct. 17. He could provide some pace competition to Modoc.