04/27/2006 11:00PM

One of last year's best is back


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Miss Me Not should have a decent pace to close into when she makes her 2006 debut in the Hastings feature race Sunday. The optional $50,000 claiming race drew 12 3-year-old fillies, but only 10 will be allowed to start. The horses that make up the body of the race are all eligible for a first-level allowance race, and the 6 1/2-furlong event appears to be wide open.

Trained by John Snow, Miss Me Not was a maiden when she won the CTHS Sales Stakes Sept. 11. She proved her upset win was no fluke with two solid efforts to close out her 2-year-old campaign. She finished third in the Sadie Diamond Futurity, and it was no disgrace to be the runner-up to local champion Langara Lass in the 1 1/16-mile Fantasy Stakes. Miss Me Not doesn't have any early lick, so her jockey, Jorge Espitia, will have to find a way to work out a trip.

Pewterville also has stakes credentials. A Washington-bred, Pewterville won a 3 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race in her debut. After setting an honest pace, she held on well to finish second to Langara Lass in the Timber Music Stakes July 11. Pewterville could be dangerous if she gets away on her own. Mario Velazquez has the mount.

By Magic and Knotty Ash are the only horses in the field who have raced in 2006. By Magic finished fourth in the Supernaturel Stakes April 22, and Knotty Ash won a maiden special weight race in her debut April 14.