03/28/2003 12:00AM

An Naabi set for top effort


PORTLAND, Ore. - Can An Naabi knock off the favorites in Sunday's six-furlong Governor's Speed Stakes at Portland Meadows?

Yesss and Lethal Grande, both of whom are using the Governor's Speed as a prep for next month's Portland Meadows Mile, figure to attract most of the betting action in Sunday's stakes race.

An Naabi will be no higher than third choice in the field of seven, and might slip lower than that because he is coming off back-to-back losses. He finished a distant second to Yesss in a mile allowance race Feb. 17, then ran a close third, beaten less than a length by Special Sign, in a six-furlong allowance race March 8. Before those two races An Naabi strung together four straight sprint wins, and trainer Eulia Bischoff said he feels the streak should now be at five.

"He broke badly in his last race and then he ran up on heels on the turn," Bischoff said. "By then he was too far back, but he came flying at the end. It might have been his best race yet.

"He is meeting some very tough horses, but I really think he is better than he has ever been and six furlongs is his best distance. I can't promise he'll win, but I know he'll try his darnedest."

In Search of Fame loves course

Sunday's Quarter Horse feature, the Portland Meadows Championship at 440 yards, will showcase crowd favorite and horse-for-course In Search of Fame.

Seven horses will start in the $6,000-added race.

In Search of Fame, who will break from the usually disadvantageous rail post under Don Sandoval at 133 pounds, will be shooting for his 20th win at Portland Meadows from only 22 starts over the track.

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