03/14/2003 1:00AM

Portland: Two turns a challenge for favorites


PORTLAND, Ore. - A competitive field of six Oregon-bred 3-year-old fillies will contest Sunday's one-mile, $10,000 Mary Goldblatt Stakes at Portland Meadows.

The two stakes winners in the field - Our Lucky Kiss, who won the Janet Wineberg; and Carlyn Road, who won the Jane Driggers Debutante - will be well-bet, and so will the rapidly improving allowance winner Valentine Surprise.

Those three met in last month's six-furlong Ms. Stakes, in which Valentine Surprise finished second to the undefeated Back Street Gal, with Our Lucky Kiss, possibly in need of a race, fading to fourth and Carlyn Road checking in sixth of seven after a troubled trip.

All three of the top contenders will be attempting two turns for the first time in the Goldblatt, which adds another dollop of uncertainty to the race.

Rounding out the field are Slew Falls, Last Time Pilot, and Chancy Chancy, who is a possible upsetter after winning her maiden against winners in her second career start on Feb. 16.

Sharing the spotlight with the Goldblatt is the second leg of the popular Marathon Series for $4,000 starter allowance company at 1 1/4 miles. Included in the field of nine are Produckson and From Mars, who won divisions of the 1 1/8-mile first leg of the series here on Feb. 23. Produckson won the faster division and may be favored on that basis, but he prevailed by only a half-length over G and L Special, who is back on Sunday.

The Goldblatt will go as the fifth race and the Marathon Series leg as the eighth race on a nine-race card slated to get under way at 1 p.m.

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