01/01/2004 1:00AM

Nance takes three shots in Stallion


PORTLAND, Ore. - Trainer Jonathan Nance looms large in Saturday's $10,000 OTBA Stallion Stakes, a restricted six-furlong test for Oregon-bred 3-year-olds.

Nance will saddle three of the five horses entered, including probable favorite, Kya Jo. All three of the Nance-trained entrants are fillies.

Kya Jo, a daughter of Abstract who races for Allen Floyd, has already placed in a pair of stakes. She finished second to Americas Pride in the six-furlong Janet Wineberg in November and third to Belle Forche in the six-furlong Jane Driggers Debutante in her most recent outing on Dec. 13. Between her stakes engagements, Kya Jo won her maiden over Belle Forche and others in a six-furlong maiden special weight affair. Joe Crispin, who was up for that score, will return to ride on Saturday at 117 pounds.

The other Nance trainees are both maidens, Reignsofire and Cutting a Rug, who are also by Abstract.

Nance won the training title here at the 2000-2001 meeting before finishing second to Jim Fergason at each of the last two meets, and he ranks second to Fergason at this meet. Not surprisingly, Fergason will saddle Kya Jo's chief rival in the Stallion Stakes.

The Fergason trainee is yet another Abstract offspring, Lilfreddyfastfeet. After showing only brief speed in his debut in Nov. 3, Lilfreddyfastfeet came back to defeat $12,500 maiden company by eight lengths as a 26-1 longshot on Dec. 5.

Rounding out the field is Treasure Booty, a Boutinierre gelding who will be making his career debut for trainer Ann Lauzon.