07/03/2006 12:00AM

Stole One wins again in Wild Rose

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EDMONTON, Alberta - Stole One, a Kentucky-bred mare owned by Ole Nielsen and Lola McCarthy, restated her preference for sprints here in last Saturday's Wild Rose Handicap at Northlands Park.

Stole One successfully defended her title in the 6 1/2-furlong Wild Rose by stalking the pace-setting Ice Girl and handily subduing her for a 1 1/4-length victory.

Stole One was sent off as a lukewarm favorite at 5-2 under Quincy Welch after drawing the rail in the field of nine. He was coming off a third-place finish in the Marc Jenkins Memorial and a second-place finish in the Ken Pearson Memorial, both at Stampede Park.

A year ago, Stole One preceded her Wild Rose triumph with a two-length victory in the Jenkins two starts earlier.

Trainer Stuart Simon, who has Stole One in his care for her Alberta campaigns, is planning to test her again in the one-mile John Patrick here July 16.

A mile appears to test Stole One's limits. Last year she yielded in the late going in the Patrick to another West Coast invader, Gold Accent, and this spring she was beaten by a head by Wild Bender in the one-mile Pearson.

Stole One is expected to return to trainer Tracy McCarthy at Hastings after the Patrick rather than stay here for the 1 1/16-mile Madamoiselle. She failed to finish on the board in the Madamoiselle last year.