06/04/2002 11:00PM

Sister Adiba may not get bias boost

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AUBURN, Wash. - Sister Adiba, who returned to her winning ways with a smart score over $25,000 claimers at a mile on May 24, will head a field of eight older fillies in Friday's feature at Emerald Downs.

Sister Adiba, a 5-year-old daughter of Pirate's Bounty with nine career victories to her credit, will again race at a mile against $25,000 company and figures to be favored off her recent score, which was accomplished in a nifty 1:35.80. It should be noted, however, that she enjoyed a perfect ground-saving trip on May 24, when the rail path offered much the best footing. Gary Baze, who again rides at 122 pounds, will attempt to fashion another favorable trip for Sister Adiba on Friday, but there is no guarantee that a bias will exist to aid her cause.

Mukilteo Smoke, who was three-quarters of a length behind Sister Adiba in second after setting the pace in the May 24 contest, is back to challenge, as are Skylar May, Kalowana Sunrise, and Que Facil Corazon, who finished third through fifth in that race.

Two of the others, Miz Heather and Playdemrocks, ran one-two in a mile event for $16,000 claimers on May 26, when Miz Heather earned a hard-fought win in 1:37.80.

The field's final entrant, Asummerforwindy, is dropping from the $32,000 claiming level after an uncharacteristically dull effort at 6 1/2 furlongs.

In her prior outing, she was victorious over $25,000 rivals at 6 1/2 furlongs. Asummerforwindy will be ridden by veteran jockey Sandi Gann, who has returned to the Northwest after an absence of several years.

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