02/25/2005 12:00AM

'Rose's' goes for second straight win


PORTLAND, Ore. - Rose's Thistle, who ran second in seven straight races before scoring in her last outing, will try to begin a win streak in Sunday's feature at Portland Meadows.

The six-furlong race is the sixth of nine live races and will match eight 3-year-old fillies, each eligible to be claimed from $12,500 to $10,000.

Rose's Thistle, an Oregon-bred trained by Dave Runyon, was stuck in second gear from Nov. 8 through Jan. 31, a span of seven races, before breaking through with a nose victory over maiden special weight fillies on Feb. 12, when she got five furlongs in 1:02.80 under leading rider Tim Neal. Neal again has the call Sunday.

Rose's Thistle figures to get her sternest opposition from True Kitty Cat and Cya Cahill, who ran third and fourth when racing six furlongs for an $8,000 tag on

Feb. 20. True Kitty Cat finished nearly three lengths ahead of Cya Cahill in that race and also scored a 3 3/4-length maiden victory over $6,250 runners in her previous outing. Jaime Martinez will ride.

Cya Cahill, a daughter of Cahill Road and multiple local stakes winner Cyamaria, will also be making her second start against winners Sunday. Two races back, she defeated $10,000 maidens by a neck in 1:15.80 for six furlongs. Trainer Delmer Webb has again tabbed Jose Zunino to ride.

Also dangerous is Easter Basket, who defeated Rose's Thistle and Cya Maria when she scored her maiden win here in December.