03/10/2005 12:00AM

'Rowe' only runner with stakes win


PORTLAND, Ore. - Eleven 3-year-olds will audition for berths in the April 2 Oregon Derby in Saturday's Preview Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile affair with a purse of $7,500.

The lone stakes winner in the field is Raggidy Rowe, a son of Superior Success who is trained by Sammy Davis. Raggidy Rowe exits a victory over Oregon-breds in the McFadden Memorial on Feb. 18, when he came from well back to prevail by 2 1/4 lengths over Big Tuff and Ugly in 1:50.08 for 1 1/16 miles. Raggidy Rowe will carry top weight of 121 pounds, with jockey Shawna Barber retaining the mount.

Raggidy Rowe may have to yield the favorite's role to Palanca, a lightly raced son of Commandperformance from the barn of trainer Robbie Baze. Palanca has finished second in both of his starts, checking in behind Ahnold in a maiden special weight race here in December before finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind the undefeated Typhoon Aaron in the six-furlong Flying Lark Stakes on Jan. 29. Palanca earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 71 in the Flying Lark, which towers above the 58 earned by Raggidy Rowe in the McFadden. However, Palanca will be attempting two turns for the first time off a break of 42 days.

Also dangerous is City Fox, who won a mile allowance prep on Feb. 28, when he prevailed by two lengths over Flying Actor in 1:42.60. It was the second win in six starts for City Fox, a son of Kansas City who is trained by Cindy Hoover.