11/10/2001 12:00AM

Speed Trial making big jump


PORTLAND, Ore. - Speed Trial will try for a second win at the young Portland Meadows meeting on Monday when he takes on a half-dozen rivals in the featured eighth race, a one-mile affair for $6,250 claimers.

Speed Trial, a 4-year-old son of Maudlin, made short work of $3,200 sprinters here on Nov. 4, drawing out to score by 2 1/2 lengths after six furlongs in 1:13.47. Owner and trainer Pat Sonnen claimed Speed Trial out of that sharp score and bumps him up three levels for Monday's return, which might be seen as a sign of confidence. Sonnen has tabbed Felipe Valdez to ride.

Speed Trial figures to receive stern challenges from Super Intimidator and Aldorado, who are both coming off useful sprint preps. Super Intimidator finished an even third racing six furlongs against $5,000 company on Nov. 3, an effort that should set him up nicely for the move to a mile. Super Intimidator had never before finished in the money at six furlongs, but has posted several wins around two turns, including a score over $3,200 claimers at a mile on Aug. 19 at Emerald.

Aldorado is another who prefers longer distances, yet he posted a creditable third-place finish against $8,000 claimers going five furlongs here on Nov. 3. He performed well competing in the marathon series at Emerald last summer, finishing third in the nine-furlong leg and second in the 10-furlong leg of the series, which was run under $10,000 starter allowance conditions. He will be dropping to his lowest level ever on Monday and may be favored off his apparent edge in class.