11/25/2005 12:00AM

Sharp pair figure to test each other


PORTLAND, Ore. - Colony Lane will shoot for his fourth consecutive win when he heads a cast of eight in Sunday's headliner at Portland Meadows, a six-furlong sprint for $10,000 to $8,000 claimers.

Colony Lane, a 6-year-old from the barn of trainer Jim Fergason, has thoroughly dominated his two outings at this stand, defeating $5,000 rivals by 11 3/4 lengths on Oct. 22 and $8,000 foes by 11 1/4 lengths on Nov. 12. Fergason doubted another race would fill for Colony Lane and talked of sending him to California to compete, but that trip was postponed if not canceled when Sunday's feature went with eight head. Clark Jones will again have the mount on Colony Lane, who figures to go to the front at the start.

Colony Lane may have company on the lead, however, as another sharp runner, Voile Soar, also likes the front end. Voile Soar, a 4-year-old trained by Kelli Amundson, is working on a two-race win streak and is coming off an 11 1/2-length score over $5,000 company on Nov. 6. Felipe Valdez retains the mount.

Should the two speedsters contest the lead too hotly, Dino Camino may be able to take advantage. Dino Camino, who will race as part of a Ben Root-trained entry with Stately Jack Flash, finished a distant second to Colony Lane in his local debut on Nov. 12. He was making his first start in two months then, however, and Root feels he can move forward strongly with a recent race under his girth. Marijo Terleski will ride Dino Camino, who won for a $20,000 tag earlier this year at Bay Meadows.