07/31/2008 11:00PM

Polynesian Kitty can pad local record


Polynesian Kitty looks to enhance her already sparkling local form in Sunday's $50,000 Winnipeg Sun Stakes when she takes on six other fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile event.

Polynesian Kitty has won 5 of 7 starts at Assiniboia Downs, including three stakes. She finished second in her losses.

Polynesian Kitty was the champion 3-year-old filly in the province in 2007, and has staked claim to divisional honors once again with two wins and a second from three Assiniboia starts thus far in 2008.

Polynesian Kitty won the six-furlong La Verendrye on June 1 before being unable to catch the 3-year-old speedster Miss Missile in the Canada Day on July 1. Polynesian Kitty got back to her winning ways two weeks later, with a comfortable victory in a one-mile allowance prep against three foes that she'll meet once again here.

Alan Cutherbertson will return aboard Polynesian Kitty, who is trained by Jamie Ness.

Culpeper Moon, who won this race by 7 1/2 lengths last year, stalked the pace in the allowance prep but was unable to collar Polynesian Kitty down the lane.

Culpeper Moon is trained by Martin Drexler, who also will send out Turn It Up and Spillway.

The lone shipper in the field is Belleplaine, who appears at her seventh different track in just her ninth lifetime start.

By A.P. Indy out of the solid racemare Marley Vale, Belleplaine scored two victories by double-digit margins last spring in Maryland and was then bet down to 5-1 in the Woodbine Oaks, where she was eased.

Belleplaine did not return to the races for seven months, and won a second-level allowance in her second start of the year at Laurel in March.

In two subsequent outings, both stakes, Belleplaine has run evenly. She did not threaten for the win in either race, although she did finish third in the 1 1/8-mile Sweetzie Stakes at Aqueduct.

Simon Husbands will be in from Woodbine to ride Belleplaine in her first start for trainer Mark Casse.