06/13/2002 12:00AM

Pace in Sun sets up for Inish Glora


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A lively pace should help Inish Glora's chances in the $35,000 Sun Handicap this Saturday at Hastings Park. The 1 1/16-mile feature drew just four fillies and mares and it shapes up as a battle between Grooms Derby, who will be part of the pace, and the late-running Inish Glora.

Inish Glora will be the starting highweight at 118 pounds and will be a short-priced favorite because of her sharp win in the 6 1/2-furlong Strawberry Morn Stakes. In that race she came from well off the pace to beat Grooms Derby by three-quarters of a length. A 4-year-old filly by Regal Classic, Inish Glora should improve with the added distance. Her best race last year was in the nine-furlong B.C. Breeders' Cup Oaks where she finished a controversial second to graded stakes winner Collect Call.

Jake Barton, who was aboard Inish Glora, claimed that Collect Call's rider, Chris Loseth, had struck her with the whip just past the quarter pole. Because a tree blocked the view of the video-replay cameras, the stewards disallowed the foul claim. Regular rider Fernando Serna will be aboard Saturday. Kathy Bremner trains.

Grooms Derby, a multiple stakes winner, appears to have the best chance of beating Inish Glora. However, she likes to be in front, and with the speedy Queen of My Nights in the race, she will have a hard time getting a clear lead. Grooms Derby is trained by Michael Turner and will be ridden by Pedro Alvarado.

Princess Premier rounds out the field.

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