05/28/2003 11:00PM

Shiny Sheet makes 2003 debut


Shiny Sheet, a winner of three stakes last year, makes her 5-year-old debut in Saturday's $75,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico.

Ten fillies and mares were entered in the six-furlong Skipat.

Bruanna, who looms the main speed, is the one to beat.

Trained by Michael Gorham, Bruanna won five of seven starts last year, including back-to-back stakes at Delaware Park. In her last race, Bruanna won a small stakes at Suffolk Downs on May 3.

Bruanna, who has no rider named, drew post 7.

Based on her form last year, Shiny Sheet should be tough in this spot. But Shiny Sheet, who is trained by Charles Hadry, hasn't raced since winning the Alma North Stakes at Timonium on Aug. 31. Last year, the daughter of Press Card won five of 11 starts, including the Geisha Handicap at Pimlico and the Just a Kiss at Delaware Park. All of Shiny Sheet's stakes wins have come around two turns. Her sprint record is 1 for 5.

Abel Castellano rides Shiny Sheet, who drew post 3.

Hunka Hunka Lori Z seeks her first win of the year.

Trained by Ben Feliciano Jr., Hunka Hunka Lori Z finished third in the Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico on April 5, her last start. A Colonial Affair mare, Hunka Hunka Lori Z has won three of seven starts at Pimlico.

Mario Pino rides Hunka Hunka Lori Z from the outside post.

Darnestown ran a big race to finish second to Balmy in the Primonetta Stakes, but threw in a real clunker in her last start when she finished sixth as the favorite in an April 27 optional claimer at Delaware Park. Since her last race, Darnestown worked a bullet three furlongs in 35 seconds at Laurel Park on May 10.

Bronze Abe, who drew the rail, has been inconsistent of late, but she has been known to rise to the occasion in stakes. Last year, Bronze Abe won the Jameela and the Heavenly Cause at Laurel Park by comfortable margins.

If the track is wet, Skip the Print merits consideration.

Valley Parking, Ahimsa, A Barry Good Act, and Gamble's Answer complete the field.