06/21/2005 11:00PM

Speedster tries to go three turns


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Grayross Gal will try to carry her good speed around three turns for the first time in the feature race at Hastings on Friday evening. Six horses were entered in the $35,000 optional race for fillies and mares, which is run at 1 1/16 miles and goes as the sixth race.

Grayross Gal has won all three of her starts this year, but she is stepping into open company for the first time and has never gone farther than 6 1/2 furlongs in her 14-race career.

She has also never been this good. A B.C.-bred daughter of Feu d'Enfer, Grayross Gal began her 2005 campaign with an eight-length win in an $8,000 nonwinners-of-two and beat $20,000 conditional horses in her next two starts. In all three races, Grayross Gal led from start to finish. She drew the rail Friday and figures to be the one to catch again.

Grayross Gal's breeding makes her a bit suspect at the distance - neither her sire nor dam won going long - but her trainer, Craig MacPherson, has won with three of the last nine horses he has stretched out.

Indian Attack has the best Beyer Speed Figure at the distance, an 83, and she closed strongly to finish second in a $25,000 sprint June 4. Indian Attack was claimed out of that race by trainer Gary Demorest, who over the past two seasons has won with 28 percent of his newly claimed horses. Indian Attack has decent tactical speed and could get first crack if Grayross Gal falters.