07/11/2003 12:00AM

Stole One follows familiar pattern


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Ole Nielson of Canmor Farms and Lola McCarthy have been very successful in buying yearling fillies in Kentucky and bringing them back to the Pacific Northwest. Ever Lasting, Lasting Code, and Lasting Chance are just a few of the many horses they have won stakes races with in this neck of the woods, and it looks like they have another nice one in Stole One.

She figures to be a short price when she faces six other 2-year-old fillies in the $35,000 Timber Music Stakes Sunday at Hastings.

Stole One was purchased for $15,000 out of last year's Keeneland September sale, and it appears she was well worth the money. She has shown plenty of ability in her two starts-both against males-breaking slowly and rallying to finish third to Louie Downtown in her debut, and then doing everything right as she cruised to a two-length victory in a maiden special weight race on May 25. Both of those races were on the 3 1/2-furlong Nursery Course, and with only one five-furlong workout showing in the last seven weeks, her fitness is a question mark as she stretches out to 6 1/2 furlongs in the Timber Music.

"She's been training right along," said her trainer, Steve Henson. "She's been training at the farm, and the other day she worked six furlongs in 1:16 and change. The screws are tightened, and she should be plenty fit."

The farm Henson referred to is Canmor, in Surrey, where they train on what Henson called "almost a half-mile training track."

Nielson and McCarthy won this race with a first-time starter, Lasting Code, in 2001, and they also are running the first-time starter Lasting Punch on Saturday. Henson isn't discounting the chances of Lasting Punch. She was a $27,000 buy at the same sale as Stole One.

"She's a very nice filly," he said. "She's done everything we've asked her, and it wouldn't shock me if she beats Stole One. She's just one of those fillies you love to throw the tack on."

It's not by accident that Nielson and McCarthy have had so much success focusing on fillies instead of colts.

"It seems like everyone wants a good colt, and so they're usually pretty expensive," said McCarthy. "You can get a filly for a reasonable price, and they have a lot better residual value. Plus, Stevie gets along a lot better with the girls than he does with boys."

Louie Downtown beat Stole One in her debut and will likely be the favorite in Sunday's Ladnesian Stakes. He is a full brother to last year's Ladnesian winner, Don't Pali Me, and his owner-trainer, Tom Longstaff, thinks that Louie Downtown could be the better of the two.

"Everyone that's been on him thinks he's better," said Longstaff. "He's put together better than Don't Pali Me."

Louie Downtown was ridden by Pedro Alvarado in his debut, but Alvarado has opted to ride first-time starter Lord Samarai in the Ladnesian.

"Luckily, Nicky Wright was open and I had her work him a quarter-mile Thursday morning," Longstaff said of Louie Downtown's 23.40-second workout. "She had to go around horses during the work, and when she came back said she was in love. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but it sounded good to me."

Longstaff also said that he has turned out Don't Pali Me for the year and will put him back in training next spring.

"His problems are more arthritic than anything else, and the vet said that time would be the best medicine," he said. "I could keep him in training, but he'd have to be medicated all of the time, and it's just not worth it."

Weepinbell back racing

Weepinbell, whose last start was a second-place finish to Illusive Force in the Ascot Sophomore last October, makes his return in the second race Sunday, a $50,000 optional sprint that drew a salty field of 3-year-olds.

Weepinbell didn't get back into training until March because of alignment problems in his back.

"We tried everything, but nobody could help him until we sent him to a chiropractor," said his trainer, Gary Demorest. "Dr. Stephen Weller works mostly with people, but he's also worked with horses for about 15 years, and he seems to have found the key."