07/11/2001 11:00PM

Rapadash back from vet's list


SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Rapadash, the local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's champion 2-year-old filly last year, will be making just her second start this season in Saturday's $6,500-added James Leakos Sophomore at Marquis Downs.

Owned by trainer Sandra Foster and Bill Meikle, Rapadash raced just twice last year, winning the Woodland Heritage and then running third behind Ice Jamer in the Prairie Lily Sales Stakes.

In her 2001 bow, Rapadash won the six-furlong Marquis Oaks by a nose over Ms. Lady Rose. She since has spent time on the vet's list and had to miss the one-mile allowance prep for this event.

Foster has put a number of solid stamina works in Rapadash. Rider Serge Rocheleau retains the mount for this one-mile feature for Saskatchewan-bred 3-year old fillies .

Ms. Lady Rose sports a solid record of three wins and three seconds from six career starts. Although she is without a stakes victory, Ms. Lady Rose has run second in Rapadash's two stakes wins and finished ahead of Rapadash when second in the Prairie Lily.

Leading rider Isiah Sala picks up the mount on Ms. Lady Rose, who closed four lengths in the final half-mile of the Oaks and came back to duel gamely throughout her next race, which she won by a half-length over Red Vil Do. The pair was so dominant that it was 17 lengths back to the third-place finisher.

Red Vil Do, who won the Marquis Debutante last year at a mile with her late-running style, has finished second to Ms. Lady Rose twice this year.