01/06/2006 12:00AM

Standouts square off in Director's


PORTLAND, Ore. - Quarter Horse standouts My Crowning Glory and One Fast Trick will meet for the first time in Sunday's $6,000-added Director's Handicap at 350 yards at Portland Meadows.

My Crowning Glory, a 6-year-old mare trained by Wayne Burger, will carry high weight of 127 pounds after dominating the handicap division at Portland Meadows for the last two seasons. My Crowning Glory won four of her last five outings here last season, and is undefeated in three tries at the current meet. She is coming off a 1 1/2-length victory in the Columbia River Handicap on Dec. 11, when she carried 126 pounds and ran 400 yards in 20.81 seconds. Though she is considered to be at her best at 400 or 440 yards, My Crowning Glory won her previous two outings at Sunday's 350-yard distance. Regular rider Flip Nollar retains the mount.

One Fast Trick, a 4-year-old filly who races for trainer Ron Raley, was equally dominant against her own division here as a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old. One Fast Trick has won 8 of 9 starts at Portland Meadows, including the PM Fall Derby at 400 yards on Nov. 20, but she will be stepping into the local handicap division for the first time in the Director's. Twyla Beckner will ride at 124 pounds.

Two other females, Zoomon and Neava Boots, may have the best chances to upset after losing close photos to My Crowning Glory earlier in the meeting. Easy Kipa Dash, a 4-year-old gelding, also looks like a threat off two strong efforts at Turf Paradise.