07/09/2001 11:00PM

'Princess' goes after 5th straight

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Princess Vye, who is looking for her fifth straight win, is just one of many possibilities in a contentious field of nine fillies and mares in a $25,000 optional claiming race at 1 1/16 miles Wednesday.

Princess Vye started her season with two 4 1/2-furlong allowance wins at Kamloops and then was overlooked at almost 8-1 when she shipped to Hastings Park and beat $11,000 fillies and mares June 16. She came back two weeks later and won a $15,000 claiming race going 1 1/16 miles, and again she paid a generous price, $12.

With as deep a field as she's facing here, she could offer value again, but don't be surprised to see her in contention from start to finish, as she has tactical speed and figures to get a stalking trip from her inside post. Ralph Therres trains Princess Vye and he's named apprentice rider Mario Velazquez to ride.

Lady Burton was dismissed at over 30-1 when she faced $25,000 optional fillies and mares June 13, but she made an impressive late run to beat Princess Premier by a nose. It's not surprising that she was such a big price, as she had just broken her maiden for $15,000 May 16 and had never tried three turns in her three-race career. Trainer Judy Coghlan has named Anrella Villeseche to ride.

Princess Premier and Sideline Duchess both come out of Lady Burton's race. Princess Premier just missed after taking the lead in midstretch, while Sideline Duchess, who was favored, broke slowly and finished fifth.