01/13/2005 1:00AM

Two enter feature off sprint wins


PORTLAND, Ore. - Last-out winners That Cool Cat and West Saratoga will hook up in Saturday's Portland Meadows feature, a six-furlong race for $8,000 claimers that has drawn a field of six.

Both horses come off wins under the same conditions as Saturday's, but the styles they employed in those races were polar opposites. That Cool Cat, a 7-year-old from the barn of Jonathan Nance, came from far back to nail Delinquinator on the wire in 1:12.40 on Jan. 2. That Cool Cat does have tactical speed, however, as he demonstrated in his previous win on Nov. 13. Racing for a $5,000 tag that day, That Cool Cat disputed the early pace before drawing out to score by six lengths in 1:11 for six furlongs.

West Saratoga, a 5-year-old son of Western Fame who races for trainer Jason Homer, comes off a front-running win on Nov. 19, when he stopped the timer in 1:13.20. In his previous race on Nov. 5, West Saratoga came from eighth position to just miss catching Lovers Son after six furlongs in 1:11.20. West Saratoga hasn't raced since his most recent win, but sports two recent workouts.

The four others in Saturday's feature have all been beaten by either That Cool Cat or West Saratoga at this meeting, but Something Clever wasn't beaten by much. Something Clever, a 5-year-old trained by Eulia Bischoff, dueled for the lead before being run down by That Cool Cat on Jan. 2. Though he finished fourth that day, he was only beaten by a half-length and might be able to reverse that outcome if he can avoid a speed duel Saturday.