06/19/2003 11:00PM

Top fillies run, but not against each other

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The best of the local 3-year-old fillies stretch out Sunday for the first time this year - but they're not all in the same race.

Chantilly Stakes winner Princess Muldoon meets five rivals, including Chantilly runner-up Halos Promise Land and the improving Alipalooza, in the seventh race at Assiniboia, an open allowance at seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies.

Air Driver takes on older females in the third race, also at seven furlongs, in a two-other-than allowance that will be her prep race for the one-mile R.C. Anderson here July 5.

Owned by K-5 Stable and trained by Ramona Dorsch, Air Driver looks like the dominant speed in the third race. She broke falsely in the June 8 Chantilly, banging her head on the gate before it opened, and finished fifth. Improvement is expected in Sunday's race, but there is other speed in the lineup.

U Da Gal likes to gun it early and is unlikely to let Air Driver have things her own way. That should set the race up for a rallier such as Sands Fury or Dawn Charger.

Sands Fury comes out of the La Verendrye Stakes, where she steadied mildly on the turn before finishing evenly behind the top mares on the grounds.

Dawn Charger comes out of a condition allowance race in which she stumbled at the break and was used up before the stretch. A 5-year-old, Dawn Charger ran some good races at a route in Texas this winter and should be flying late.

Rounding out the field for the third are Tamorons Blade, recently fourth in a condition allowance race, and Top Stage Dancer, a stakes winner who was excluded from the La Verendrye due to lack of earnings in 2003.

Top Stage Dancer proved her class here last year, just missing in the $60,000 Manitoba Matron, and could be a force if ready at first asking this year.

In trying older females, Air Driver bypassed running against Princess Muldoon and Halos Promise Land in the seventh race. Halos Promise Land, a Southern Halo filly, gets first-time Lasix after finishing a half-length behind Princess Muldoon in the Chantilly.

Alipalooza has won her last two starts, including a condition allowance, in romping fashion.

Rounding out the field for the seventh race are Private Navy, Stolen Sheena, and Ocean Effect.