02/16/2004 12:00AM

Sunland: Speedy Falcon pounces


SUNLAND PARK, N. M. - Speedy Falcon displayed a new dimension by stalking the front-runners into the far turn, then taking over with a rush under jockey Ricardo Jaime at the five-sixteenths pole to win the $50,000-added El Paso Times Handicap for three-year-old fillies by 1 3/4 lengths over Spoiled.

Speedy Falcon ($4.40) finished 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.07.

The race puts Speedy Falcon on course to start in the one-mile, $250,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks on March 27 for trainer Henry Dominguez.

"I'd like to get one more out in her before then, but it doesn't have to be a mile. We'll just see what's in the next book. If necessary we can train her up to the Oaks."

The win was the fifth in six tries for Speedy Falcon and pushed her earnings to $88,927.