11/04/2004 12:00AM

Sunland: Which fast filly gets the lead?


There is no shortage of speed drawn to the inside in the $52,550 Princess Handicap for 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park.

The six-furlong race, which is the first stakes of the new meet, has drawn three speedsters in Coronado Rose, Time to Divorce, and Gone Western, and a fight for the early lead is almost certainly looming.

All three have inside post positions, with Time to Divorce breaking from the rail for trainer Carlos Sedillo. The last time she was on the fence she won her debut wire to wire in a 4 1/2-furlong race at SunRay Park on Aug. 2.

Time to Divorce ran the opening quarter in 21.80 seconds, and went on to win by five lengths in a time of 51.80 seconds. Following the race, Time to Divorce placed in two stakes, and she figures to break through with a stakes win soon. She is a daughter of Halo's Image and is out of the same mare as False Promises, a Grade 3 winner of $263,686.

Coronado Rose, who breaks from post 2, drew out by 7 1/4 lengths last out, when she won her maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 24. She set all the pace in the six-furlong race, and ran her opening quarter in 21.20 seconds. Coronado Rose was purchased for $100,000 as a yearling, and is the 120-pound highweight for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Gone Western, who drew post 4, won her maiden in a stakes last out and before that set the fractions in an maiden race at Fairplex. She ran the opening quarter of that race in 21.60 seconds, and figures to be prominent again for trainer Brant Taylor.

If the three fillies were to cook each other, it could set the plate for the late run of the maiden Pumkin Cat.