11/02/2009 12:00AM

Perfect Finish back on short rest for Kem


Perfect Finish will try to keep her perfect Portland Meadows record intact Wednesday when she makes a quick turnaround to run in the $18,000 Diane Kem after winning the Mt. Hood in front-running style last Wednesday.

In the co-feature, last year's Dennis Dodge Memorial winner, Who's Your Next Ex, will try to keep his Portland Meadows record unblemished when he runs in the N.E. "Nub" Norton Memorial Handicap.

Perfect Finish, who debuted earlier this year at Emerald Downs for owner-breeder-trainer Howard Belvoir, has won both of her starts at Portland Meadows. She scored a six-length allowance victory at Wednesday's distance of six furlongs on Oct. 7. In last week's Mt. Hood, she established an open early lead and rated nicely in winning the one-mile race by three-quarters of a length.

Belvoir wins stakes at a 22 percent clip. The quick turnaround is a bit unusual for him, but he has done it with success.

With her early speed, Perfect Finish can sit almost anywhere she wants for jockey Seth Martinez, who handled her for the first time in winning the Mt. Hood.

Monarchos Cassie, eighth in the Mt. Hood after winning her first two starts here, and Jimbos Fire Ant, who has won 9 of 14 starts here, could provide pace competition for Perfect Finish, who may be content to sit in a stalking position.

Monarchos Cassie, making only the third start of her career, was rank early and wound up wide on the first turn in the Mt. Hood to lose all chance. She breaks from the rail here and did show speed in a victory on Oct. 13.

Jimbos Fire Ant drew the outside post in the field of nine fillies and mares and could dictate the race tempo from that position.

She's All Silk, the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Mt. Hood, won her Portland Meadows debut on Oct. 7, earning a 75 Beyer Speed Figure, which bested the 63 Beyer that Perfect Finish earned earlier that day. She's All Silk could prove the one to hold off in the stretch.

* Who's Your Next Ex and Quinalt are rematched in the N.E. "Nub" Norton at a mile and 70 yards.

Who's Your Next Ex was second to Quinalt in the one-mile Trooper Seven at Emerald Downs this year. Quinalt was runner-up in last spring's Oregon Derby here to El Cugat, and he comes off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings.

The stakes winners Thanks Doc and Shivers Me also are entered.